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An Internal Periodical of Chabad-Lubavitch Educational News
Elul 5775 - August 2015 * Vol 11, Issue 1
Dear Reader,
The objective of this newsletter is to give exposure to the kind of things of which חז"ל say: קנאת סופרים תרבה חכמה with the hope that we will indeed see the fulfillment of those words. This will only be possible if Mechanchim and Mechanchos will forward their news items to the Chinuch Office. You are cordially urged to submit your own items for publication in the next issue.

Rabbi Nochem Kaplan
In This Issue:

News from the Chinuch Office

  • Chinuch Office Appoints Rabbi Mendel Itzinger as Shliach
    to Unite Lubavitch Mesivtas
  • First Installments of Hanhaga Tehorah Curriculum Completed: 7th and 8th Grade Mechanchim to have Yom Iyun on 9 Elul - Aug. 24th
  • National Accreditation Board News

News For Our Schools
  • The Association of Chabad Professional Educational Leaders

Worth Knowing About
  • New Volume of Halichos Yisroel Series on Laws of Property
News From the Chinuch Office

Chinuch Office Appoints Rabbi Mendel Itzinger as Shliach to Unite Lubavitch Mesivtas

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Itzinger, Mashpia at the Lubavitch Mechina L'Yeshiva (Mesivta) for the last eight years has been appointed a Shliach by Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Krinsky and the Merkos Chinuch
Office to create and run a cooperative serving Chabad Mesivtas, to be known as the Igud Mesivas V'Yeshivaos Lubavitch -Association of Lubavitch Mesivtas and Yeshivas.
Chabad Mesivtas are considered by some to be the most successful segment of Chabad Chinuch. There are B"H many talmidim who are developing very well in their learning and their hanhogo. The yeshivas may justly be proud of their development and they are doing their upmost to inspire talmidim to maximize their potential.

While every mesivta is doing its very best, not every individual mesivta can cater to the needs of every talmid and there are a considerable number of talmidim who are struggling and many not maximizing their full potential. Through pooling the cooperative efforts and the talents of the mechanchim within of all our mesivtas the likelihood of reaching all talmidim in all mosdos, will be tremendously increased.

Rabbi Itzinger's shlichus will address a wide variety of projects to serve all talmidim, with a special eye upon those who may need assistance. He will work toward developing programs to foster a spirit of cooperation among the mesivtas, to provide learning materials through which they will be able to help all
talmidim thrive.
"Rabbi Itzinger is perfectly suited to this important undertaking, having spent years in the hanahala, he understands the talmidim and knows their needs. I think all mesivtas and their talmidim stand to benefit tremendously" said Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, director of the Merkos Chinuch Office, who appointed Rabbi Itzinger.
Rabbi Itzinger has already launched a number of programs to involve parents in their son's learning such as which will help fathers keep abreast of their sons' progress. A number of new initiatives are planned for this coming zman.


First Installment of Hanhaga Tehorah Curriculum Completed:
7th and 8th grade Mechanchim to have Yom Iyun on 9 Elul (Aug. 24th)
The development of the first curriculum guide on Hanhaga Tehorah: Tochnis l'limud Inyonei Shmiras Kedushas Haguf V'Tharas Heneshama was completed by Rabbi Mendel Edelman last month and teacher-training sessions have been set for Mon. 8 Elul.
The Hanhaga Tehorah curriculum is a 140 page detailed guide for mechanchim to teach the Halacha and Hashkofo of personal behavior regarding intimate subjects. More than a year in development, the curriculum is the first of a full series which will prepare talmidim in an unprecedented way, to deal with the challenges of Chassidic maturity in the modern world. It is complete based upon the words of Chazal and Chassidus and is organized so that the talmid will develop an increasing spiral of understanding.
The curriculum will be piloted in a number of mosdos this fall, among them Oholei Torah, Lubavitcher Yeshivas, Cheder Chabad of Monsey and others. The mechanchim who will teach the 30 week curriculum will be given both oral and written guidelines and instruction so as to make for a seamless experience for themselves and their talmidim. The first teacher training- session will be held on Monday 9 Elul, August 24th for Melamdim of 7th and 8th grades, hosted by Rabbis Hershel Lustig and Yosef Simpson. .
Plans are for a full program which will extend through the second year of Mesivta (10th grade) and to develop a parallel program for girls schools.
"The fact is that we do not have the luxury assuming a position of a benign kind of neglect, a wait and see attitude', said Rabbi Nochem Kaplan, director of the Merkos Chinuch Office, who initiated the Taharah commission nearly two years ago to begin tackling the issue. 'We have been doing that and it is leading us to potential disaster; must act urgently because the very lives of our children are at play" he said.


National Accreditation Board News

In a recent development, four schools in Toronto, ONT. have embarked upon an NAB Merkos accreditation program.

The four are: Beth Jacob High School, Ohr HaEmet Sefardic School, Tiferes Beis Yaakov Girls High School and Yeshiva Darchei Torah.

The move was prompted by a mandate from the Toronto UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, which wanted assurances that the schools are in a process of continuous improvement, which is at the core of American Accreditation processes.

The Merkos NAB as the only nationally recognized Jewish accreditation agency and was therefore engaged to work with the schools.
The Montreal UJA is expected to follow suit and the Merkos NAB is expected to work with 5 schools on accreditation this fall.
News For Our Schools
The Association of Chabad Professional Educational Leaders (ACPEL)
The Association of Chabad Professional Educational Leaders (ACPEL) has begun an array of activities since its birth a few months ago. Its objective is to plan and execute cooperative programs to address the needs of Chabad menahalim and menahalos and other educational leaders and it has started with a roar.
In July, ACPEL sponsored a webinar hosted by Dr. David Pelcovits on the topic of "Educational administrators dealing with the pressures of the job". The principalship is a pressure filled responsibility and it commonly takes a toll on the principal and his/her family as well. The webinar was meant to help them taking care of their own well being and emotional health. The webinar was held on Monday, 11 Av-July 27 and nearly 50 menahalim and menahalos participated.
A new principals' exchange is being planned to be a forum for discussion and sharing of ideas, what works and what doesn't so that everyone has to reinvent the wheel. A mentoring program for new principals is being organized so that young menahalim will be able to easily get guidance and assistance from veterans.
ACPEL will be involved in the planning of the Chinuch sessions at the upcoming Kinus HaShluchim. A survey was sent out to menahalim and menahalos so they can indicate what type of sessions can be organized to support them in their leadership role and what topics they thought would best meet the needs for the professional development for their staff.
ACPEL is a division of the Merkos Chinuch Office.
Worth Knowing About
New Volume of Halichos Yisroel Series on Laws of Property

A new volume of Halichos Yisroel for the study of the halachos relating to property is being readied for publication. It includes topics such as being responsible for one's own property and that of others, borrowing and lending, honesty and deception, transactions and usury and much more.
Written in simple Hebrew, it contains translation of more difficult words, and a variety of student activities.
More than 10,000 of copies of the acclaimed Halichos Yisroel series, by Rabbi Nochem Kaplan have been sold over the last 20 years. The uniqueness of the series is that it traces each Halacha from its origins in the Torah, through the words of the oral tradition of Torah and through the halachic expositors in the Shulchan Aruch to its application in daily life.
The theory behind its approach is that for a student to have an appreciation of any mitzvah he needs to understand its background, it's meaning and unique importance. The Halacha series broke new ground when first published by Torah Umesorah in as much it provided students with a thorough understanding of the Mitzvos presented.
Additionally, because it was written using much of the terminology of the classic Halacha seforim, it helps a student develop the skills necessary to become an independent learner.
The new volume is being piloted in a number of mosdos this fall and will be printed when comments and suggestions from those who will teach from it will be submitted to the author. If a school is interested in a pilot program the principal should contact Rabbi Kaplan at the Merkos Chinuch Office.
Your comments, ideas, and especially news from your school is most welcome.

Rabbi Nochem Kaplan
The Merkos Chinuch Office