Our Team

Leadership Team

Meet MEF’s leadership team: A group of talented and committed individuals who shape the organization’s goals, services and strategy. Passionate about Chinuch, this team is making a significant impact on students' lives around the world.

Rabbi Zalman Shneur

Executive Director


A tireless activist on behalf of Jewish education, Rabbi Shneur founded the Menachem Education Foundation in an effort to raise the bar for Chabad Chinuch. He is widely recognized for his solutions-oriented approach to challenges and his passionate advocacy for students. From his office at MEF headquarters in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, Rabbi Shneur impacts close to 20,000 students in Chabad schools around the world.

Mrs. Chanah Rose MS Ed

Educational Director


After over a decade as a teacher and curriculum director, Mrs. Rose has taken her passion for Chinuch to the next level in her role as MEF’s educational director, where she works closely with teachers and school leaders to bring MEF’s educational goals to life in the classroom. She currently teaches in Monsey Bais Chaya Mushka High School, near her home in Pomona, NY.

Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum

Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies Director


Veteran educator, principal and CEO of blue-ribbon winning Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Rosenblum steers the content and development of the Zekelman Standards and acts as a senior advisor of MEF’s educational initiatives. Rabbi Rosenblum has contributed to numerous educational initiatives, including the Sefer Hamitzvos Chidon and Gemara Berura program, and is a sought after educational consultant.

Rabbi Menachem Greenbaum

Zekelman Standards Development Team


As principal of the high performing Cheder Menachem of Los Angeles, CA, and recipient of the Milken Jewish Educator Award, Rabbi Greenbaum contributes to the content and integrity of MEF’s educational activities. He is a sought after presenter and coach on a wide range of educational issues, with an emphasis on school leadership.

Rabbi Zelly Silber MS Ed

Teacher Induction Program Director


A veteran teacher at Cheder Chabad of Monsey, Rabbi Silber is himself an alumnus of MEF’s first cohort of the Teacher Induction Program. A sought after teacher, mentor and presenter on best practices in Chinuch, Rabbi Silber’s leading role in MEF’s teacher training initiatives has brought better tools and stronger teachers to hundreds of classrooms worldwide.

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf

Director, MMC (Head of School) Training Program


Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf has been the School Dean of the renowned Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School for over three decades. Known for his depth and breadth in Judaic learning and for his passion for education, Rabbi Wolf also serves as an esteemed spiritual leader and Rabbi for the large Chicago Lubavitch community.

Dr. Sara Rosenfeld

Zekelman Standards Development Team


Dr. Rosenfeld has served as teacher and curriculum director in several schools in Melbourne, Australia, and authored many curricula and workbooks for Judaic Studies. She plays a leading role in the development and deployment of the Zekelman Standards for Chumash, and is a sought after presenter and consultant on the topics of standards, assessment, language learning and instructional design worldwide.

Mrs. Dena Gorkin

Director of Mechaneches Training Program


Founder and director of Bnos Chomesh Academy in Crown Heights, Mrs. Gorkin is a trailblazer in meeting the social-emotional needs of teens in our community. With a background in special education and substance abuse prevention, Mrs. Gorkin works to support student well-being through her work at MEF and other organizations.

Mrs. Mimi Mark

Fundraising Specialist


A veteran fundraising professional, Mrs. Mark started her development career in the Jewish Federation system and then went on to raise funds for other Jewish organizations. At MEF she helps manage the annual campaign, grant applications, as well as board and leadership development.

Mrs. Leah New - Minkowitz

Curriculum Specialist


Mrs. Minkowitz holds a dual MA in Hebrew & Jewish Studies and Education & Jewish Studies, and was selected for the Wexner Graduate fellowship. She has set a high standard for instructional design in her work supporting MEF’s leadership training over the years, and currently teaches high school in Toronto.

Mrs. Etty Teleshevsky

Administrator


Mrs. Teleshevsky brings her dedication and attention to detail to all of MEF’s programming and operations, ensuring that constituents enjoy a seamless experience when working with MEF. Her skill and can-do attitude allow MEF’s educational vision to be realized every day.

Mrs. Rena Udkoff

Copywriter


An experienced writer with a talent for breaking down big ideas into clear and simple words, Mrs. Udkoff helps tell MEF’s story throughout the organization’s written communication.

Mrs. Leah Caras

Graphic Designer


A graphic artist with experiences ranging from magazine design and publication to teen leadership, Mrs. Caras illustrates MEF’s vision for Chinuch in our various publications. Co-founder of Carasmatic Design together with her husband, Mrs. Caras lives and works out of Albany, NY.

Vaad Ruchni

MEF is committed to maintaining Halachic and Hashkafic integrity throughout all of its programs, activities, and decisions. The Vaad Ruchani formally oversees the spiritual aspect of MEF and ensures that MEF’s work faithfully follows “ruach yisroel saba,” the time honored tradition of the Jewish people. The Vaad sets the parameters for the spiritual tone of our organization and advises MEF staff on development, programs, and activities.

Rabbi Nosson Gurary


Rabbi Nosson Gurary went out on Shlichus in 1970 to Buffalo, NY where he established many successful religious and educational institutions. Today, as the Chabad Rav of the city and the Executive Director of Chabad of Buffalo, Rabbi Gurary sets the spiritual tone for his community and is respected for his wisdom throughout the Chabad world.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kagan


Rabbi Chaim Dovid Kagan left a distinguished career in academia to devote himself to Jewish education. He has been involved in the creation and administration of various educational institutions. Rabbi Kagan is deeply involved in the local Monsey community and is the Rav and spiritual leader of K'hal Bais Menachem.

Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf


Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf has been the School Dean of the renowned Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School for over three decades. Known for his depth and breadth in Judaic learning and for his passion for education, Rabbi Wolf also serves as an esteemed spiritual leader and Rabbi for the large Chicago Lubavitch community.

Board of Directors

MEF’s board of directors is composed of dedicated, diverse, and engaged lay leaders whose wisdom and experience make them ideal stewards of our mission.

Rabbi Tuvia Greisman


Rabbi Zalman Shneur


Rabbi Zalman Shneur is the Executive Director and Founder of the Menachem Education Foundation, which he launched in 2008 in response to the pressing need for systems and solutions to professionalize Chabad around the world.

Mr. Alan Zekelman


Alan Zekelman, is president of various companies including Atlas Tube, Inc., a leading Canadian manufacturer of steel construction and industrial tubing. Mr. Zekelman is the primary benefactor of the Zekelman Standards for Judaic Studies.

Rabbi Leibi Marsow