Conference Highlights information

Focus on: The מחנך educator himself

  • K’sh’ani L’Atzmi: Reclaiming the Self In Working With Others Understanding and Nurturing The Torah Educator
    Rabbi Dr. David Fox 

A Rebbe’s public persona requires his maintaining an image that models the role of a learned, stable, and inspiring adult. Beneath the overt layer of his appearance, his conduct and his pedagogic style are the components which make up his essence, or character structure. 

This program will facilitate individual self-awareness of psychological, psychosocial, and psychospiritual aspects of one’s character, and will provide tools and exercises for self-care in promoting health and mental health in dealing effectively with one’s roles with students, administration, parents, and the many demands which face the Torah educator.

  • Tocho K’barro; Barro K’tocho: Tools for Developing a Professional Image
    Aligning Your Subjective Self With The Demands and Challenges of Teaching.
    Rabbi Dr. David Fox 

This presentation introduces important concepts and implementable skills for aligning one’s motivations and expectations with their overt image within their multiple roles as professional educators. Getting through self-doubt, reigniting confidence, directing passion, strengthening authenticity, promoting a command presence, utilizing power differential, and enhancing communication techniques will be covered. Participants will develop insights and tools for meeting the demands of the classroom, collegial relationships, and community expectations of today’s Torah educator. 


Focus on: The מחנך educator in the Classroom

  • Gaining the Understandings and Skills to Meet the Challenges of Today’s Classrooms
    Rabbi Dr. A. Hershel Fried

The challenges of today’s classrooms are different from what they were just a few decades ago, meeting them requires new understandings, skills, and empathy.  How to motivate today’s children. 

  • How does an educator measure his effectiveness? How can know that he is actually reaching his students?
    Dr. Paul Zak

Focus on: The Personal life of a מחנך  educator:

  • The מחנך and his finances: What does one need to do now to manage his finances present and future equitably?
    Mr.  Asher Lieblich CPA and financial planner

Focus on: The מחנך and his  Executive Functioning

  • I don’t Have the Time!
    A מחנך educator must have well-tuned executive skills, regardless of whether he is a classroom teacher or administrator. Effective time management is essential. 
    Rabbi Nochem Kaplan

Focus on: Developing קבלת עול  in our Students:

  • The Rebbe spoke many times of קבלת עול as a primary objective of חינוך, Given the prevalent social atmosphere,  how is this achieved in practical terms?

    Rabbi Nosan Gourarie

    Rabbi Menachem M. Blau

  • Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation

There is a raging debate as to what kind of motivation is ultimately more effective, intrinsic or extrinsic; should we focus less on rewards and prizes and more on personal verbal encouragement?

Rabbi Dr. A Hershel Fried  

Focus on: Individual mosdos and Their Unique Needs

  • My school is unique

There is obviously a great common denominator which binds all Chabad schools but there are many differences that relate to demographics, stakeholder and community demands, actual time at school, and more. מחנכים educators in schools with similar programs and challenges will get together to discuss common concerns and solutions.

Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, Southern New England Hebrew Academy: Day Schools

Rabbi Menachem M. Klyne, Cheder Lubavitch, Detroit MI: Chadorim