Teacher Induction Program

MAKE CHINUCH YOUR SHLICHUS & train for classroom success.

The Teacher Induction Program is a yearlong intensive program to professionally train Chabad teachers in the skills needed to succeed in the classroom. Rooted in the traditional Chassidic approach to education, the program incorporates the most effective educational techniques used in classrooms around the world and offers new teachers comprehensive skill building courses and hands-on mentorship to train for classroom success.

At MEF, we know that the secret to stellar learning and thriving students is teachers. Numerous studies and extensive experience have shown that teachers are the most important factor in a child’s success in school. In our specially designed programs, both new and veteran teachers can enhance their knowledge of pedagogical instruction and directly impact improved outcomes in the classroom.
When we focus on teachers, our students succeed.

Program Details:

Our separate men’s and women’s programs follow different structures and schedules to best serve the needs of our community’s educators. Please see TIP for Men and TIP for Women for more details.


Developed by leading educational specialists, the TIP curriculum covers a wide range of pedagogical methods and progressive teaching techniques for teachers to reach every student, based on the overarching theme of how to become a quality Chabad educator.

The core of all of our programs focus on four main domains:

  •        the Teacher, or how to be a Chassidishe Mechanech,
  •        the Teaching, all about lesson planning and delivery,
  •        the Students, strategies for classroom management and student rapport,
  •        the Learning, a comprehensive look at standards and assessment.

Some topics the in-depth curriculum expounds on are:

  1. Building Personal Relationships with Students
  2. Student Engagement
  3. Lesson Planning
  4. Evaluation and Assessment
  5. Activating Critical Thinking
  6. Classroom Systems and Procedures
  7. Classroom Management
  8. Active Classroom Participation
  9. Differentiated Instruction: Students of Differing Abilities and Learning Styles

Teachers will complete comprehensive coursework, be evaluated based on their understanding and implementation of the learning, and receive continuous feedback from their facilitator and peers.


MEF also provides a mentorship program that connects teachers with educational professionals who observe them in person or via video on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and coach them one-on-one throughout the year. Program participants will be assigned a personal mentor with years of experience, who was fully trained in MEF’s parallel Teacher Coaching Program. Mentors will help teachers test ideas, reflect on their own practices, model effective practices, and navigate tough situations.

All our coaches have been specially trained in our TIP standards and will work with their mentees throughout the year to realize specific goals.

Optional Accreditation

TIP participants can receive up to 12 NCCRS Credits through MEF’s partnership with Maalot. To be eligible for accreditation, candidates must be teaching for a minimum of 20 hours per week and successfully complete the program. Credits will cost $300 for 6 credits or $600 for 12 credits, in addition to the TIP tuition.

The Menachem Education Foundation has made me aware of how much I still need to learn in order to be an effective classroom teacher. The awareness has made me more sensitive to the rights and wrongs of classroom management and instructional strategies. More than anything else, I need to continue to learn from the mentors of the Menachem Education Foundation.
Rabbi Nochum Schapiro, Teacher Kluman Mesivta, Miami
The Program gave me an excitement in lesson planning, positive discipline, and help in stimulating the students. MEF made all the difference
Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm, 3rd Grade, Oholei Menachem, Brooklyn
My mentor really helped… to bring out the best in me.
Rabbi Yosef Schtroks, Mesivta, Darchei Menachem, Brooklyn
I recommend the program to anyone seeking to enter the education field. The academies contain strong fundamentals, each one giving another “yesod” in Chinuch. They are extremely organized and ‘aruch betzurah mesuderet.’ The presentations themselves, given by Rabbi Zelig Silber are well presented, clear, and ample time for questions are given. The forums are a time to get together and unpack, see what helped, what worked, and how to do it better next time.
Rabbi Mendy Hazdi, Pre 1-A, Ohr Menachem, Brooklyn
Thank you, MEF, for being a source of ongoing support. The academies, forums and my mentor have introduced me to a vast sea of pedagogic knowledge and helped me apply it in a practical way.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman Marshall, 6th Grade, Ohr Menachem, Brooklyn
The encouragement and guidance I received from my mentor, coupled with the insightful academies, were an incredible support in the challenges that I faced as a first year teacher. My mentor went out of his way to create an open and comfortable relationship which served as the base for our year long journey of introspection, recognition, evaluation and implementation. In addition to academies being enriching and informative, they were structured and designed for immediate use in the classroom.
Rabbi Yitzchok Klein, 4th Grade, Oholei Menachem
As a first year teacher, Menachem Foundation has been very beneficial to me. It would have taken several years of classroom experience to accomplish what the Teacher Training Program’s workshops and forums have taught me in just one year. Thank you!
Rabbi Akiva Steinmetz, 2nd Grade, Shluchim Online School
The weekly mentor observation allows one to know his classroom from the ‘students perspective’, thereby gaining confidence in areas that are ‘working’ and together strengthening the areas of challenge.
Rabbi Menachem Shusterman, Beis Medrash, Chovevei Torah, Brooklyn
The hours I spent in the training program gave me an idea of how much there is to learn about this special shlichus, chinuch. The mentor program is a great source of support, Yasher Ko’ach.
Rabbi Mendy Klyne, Teacher 6th grade, Oholei Torah of Brooklyn

TIP for Men

The men’s TIP is a complete one-year program that includes in-depth learning academies, bimonthly virtual forums and coaching. The program is open to all Chabad men teachers both in Crown Heights and out of town. The program begins with a one-week in-person summer intensive in Crown Heights on August 15-18 / Av 11-14 followed by bimonthly online meetings from the comfort of the teachers’ own homes. Every other week, teachers will log on to a fully interactive web-hosted platform for two hours of intensive learning and collaboration. This virtual classroom will provide interactive lessons taught by veteran TIP director, Rabbi Zelly Silber, as well as a strong supportive network of like minded educators. In addition, multiple Chassidishe farbrengens with guest speakers and visiting mechanchim will take place live in Crown Heights throughout the year.

Anchored in the four TIP standards, the program will also offer practical homework assignments and evaluations that will ensure that the program participants graduate the program with the tools they need to pursue a career as a Chassidic educator.

All program participants will be assigned a mentor. Participation in the coaching element of the program is mandatory.


The men’s TIP will be consolidated to a small group of handpicked participants who display a strong work ethic and are passionate about Chinuch.  To apply to the program participants must:

  •        teach at least 4-5 days a week in a classroom setting in a Chabad school
  •        be in their first 3 years of classroom teaching

Download the application form here: Men’s TIP Application 5777

TIP for Women

The women’s TIP is a modular, incremental program that has been structured to allow teachers to opt in to various courses to brush up on specific skill sets, or to commit to a comprehensive induction program in full.. Over the course of an academic year, four separate six-week courses will be offered, highlighting the four core standards of TIP. Participants will be able to choose the sessions and topics that are most relevant to them, or complete all four sessions to benefit from the comprehensive program. All of the courses will take place live online in a virtual classroom and will be taught by expert instructors. All a teacher needs are a headset, a webcam and a few hours a week, and she can participate in an immersive, interactive, and enriching learning experience.

The four six-week courses will focus on:

  1.    Classroom Management with Ms. Chani Kramer. Begins September 14th
  2.    Lesson Planning and Delivery Presenter TBA begins mid November.
  3.    Standards and Assessments with Mrs. Sara Rosenfeld, begins mid February.
  4.    The Chassidishe Mechaneches Presenter TBA begins May.

All of the courses are sourced in MEF’s extensive TIP curriculum and standards and are aligned to focus on how these skills help a teacher become a Chassidishe Mechanches. Homework assignments and other evaluations of teachers’ application of the learning will be incorporated into every individual course, in order to ensure that all skills have been mastered and are integrated into the teaching.

Courses are offered a la carte, and participants can choose to take all four in a package deal, or individual courses based on interest. Yearlong coaching is also available to any participant as an optional add-on to any or all of the courses. New teachers are encouraged to take advantage of all the program offerings as in the past, taking all four courses and coaching to earn a diploma of program completion.


The women’s program is open to any woman teacher in a Chabad school regardless of her background or experience.


The cost of the full program, including all four courses and coaching is $1,800.

The cost of the coaching standalone (without the webinars) is $1,2o0.

The cost of each 6 week course is $200.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register for any of the courses by September 1st, 2016 for the price of $175 per course! 

To sign up: Please call (718) 819-6175 or email [email protected]

Optional Certification

At least two courses taken in combination with coaching make a participant eligible to receive credits according to the stipulations detailed in the above section, “Optional Accreditation.”  Professional development certificates and continuing education credits are also available to participants who fulfill course requirements. Please inquire for more details.

Program Staff

Teacher Induction for Men: Rabbi Zelig Silber  

Rabbi Zelig Silber was born in Toronto and raised in Chicago in a family of educators. After studying in Lubavitch Mesivta High School in Chicago and at the Or Elchanon Chabad in Los Angeles, he graduated from Oholei Torah Educational Institute in 2004. Rabbi Silber interned for the next 2 years as a Rabbi and high school teacher in Israel and Canada, before furthering his studies at the Central Yeshiva Tmimim of Lubavitch. Rabbi Silber received Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Dovid Schochet of Toronto in 2007. He continued to study at Kollel Menachem in Brooklyn, NY, advancing his skills and expanding his knowledge.

A skilled educator with a passion for progressive teaching, Rabbi Silber sought out various programs to enhance his teaching abilities. He was a member of the first group to graduate the MEF’s Teacher Training Program when it piloted in 2008, and currently holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialty in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Since 2008, Rabbi Silber has taught 5th, 7th and 8th Grade at the Cheder Chabad of Monsey. He is much sought after for mentoring and pedagogical advice by new and experienced educators across the country, and was trained as a teacher Mentor by the Jewish New Teacher Program (JNTP). After years of active involvement at the Menachem Education Foundation, first as trainee, and then as presenter and consultant, Rabbi Silber was hired in 2012 to direct the Teacher Induction Program. In 2014, he assumed leadership of the Teacher Coaching Program as well.

Read an interview with Rabbi Silber here. 

Our Alumni

Rabbi Yosef Abromov – Monsey, NY Rabbi Sruli Menkes – Montreal, Canada
Rabbi Yisroel Blank – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Mendel Myers – Buffalo, NY
Rabbi Yehuda Blotner – Monsey, NY Rabbi Zalman Raskin – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Naftali Charyrtan – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Nochum Shapiro – Miami Beach, FL
Rabbi Levi Emmer – Milwaukee, WI Rabbi Zevy Shusterman – Coral Springs, FL
Rabbi Mannis Frankel – Morristown, NJ Rabbi Zelig Silber – Monsey, NY
Rabbi Chaim D. Junowski – Coral Springs, FL Rabbi Yisroel Slavaticki – Monsey, NY
Rabbi Yisroel Frimerman – Brooklyn NY Rabbi Mendy Yusevitch – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yisroel Goldberg – Monsey, NY Rabbi Moshe Weiner – Monsey, NY
Rabbi Ezra Horowitz – Brooklyn,NY Rabbi Itzik Wolf – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Mendel Klyne – Detroit, MI Rabbi Chaim Zaklos – Solano County, CA
Rabbi Mendel Levin – Brooklyn NY Rabbi Mendy Matusof – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Shimon Emlan – Seattle, WA Rabbi Levi Eisenberg – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Shmully Geisinsky – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Levi Gajer – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yonah Grossman – Chicago, IL Rabbi Yakov Hoffinger – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Levi Kessler – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Shneur Kirschenbaum – Sydney, Australia
Rabbi Yehuda Green – Kingtson, PA Rabbi Levi Klyne – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yitzy Kleinman – Manhattan, NY Rabbi Mendy Wilansky – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Sholom Kramer – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Mendy Mathless – Albany, NY
Rabbi Shua Lustig – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Levi Rappaport – Brooklyn – NY
Rabbi Shmuly Newman – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Binyomin Schmidt – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Yechiel Schanowitz – Baltimore, MD Rabbi Moshe Shor – Miami, FL
Rabbi Shmuel Shneur – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi David Vidrin – Brooklyn, NY
Rabbi Eliyahu Simpson – Brooklyn, NY Rabbi Imanuel Storfer – North Miami, FL
Rabbi Yossi Zeidman – Brooklyn, NY  Rabbi Menachem Hazdi – Brooklyn, NY
  Rabbi Yitzchok Klein – Brooklyn, NY   Rabbi Chaim Lipsyzc – Brooklyn, NY
  Rabbi Shneur Zalman Marshall – Brooklyn, NY   Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schtroks – Brooklyn, NY
  Rabbi Menachem Shusterman – Brooklyn, NY   Rabbi Yaakov Akiva Steinmetz – Brooklyn, NY
  Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm – Brooklyn, NY   Rabbi Zalman Shimon Wircberg – Brooklyn, NY