By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yosef Minkowitz, the veteran principal of Beth Rivkah Academy for girls in Montreal, Canada, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Chabad Chinuch Convention in Crown Heights.
He will be speaking at the main event of the men’s program running 3-5 Tammuz (June 27-29), bringing together educators from across the world for three days of knowledge, inspiration, networking, and practical teaching solutions.
Founded by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1956, the school had 150 students when Rabbi Minkowitz was appointed as principal. Today, the school boasts an enrollment of 500.
With over 40 years of experience in Chinuch, what is the theme of your address at the convention?
“The Rebbe’s Shlichus -Neiros Le’hoir: Our Awesome Zchus and Achrayus.” The Rebbe gave us a Shlichus with a clear ultimate goal of who we want our talmidim and talmidos to be. It is a huge achrayus, especially nowadays, but very much a tremendous zchus. It is vital that we keep this goal in mind.
Why would you encourage other Mechanchim or Mechanchos to join the Kinus?
The Rebbe believed very strongly in continuing professional development in Chinuch, and teachers having a chance to recharge. The Rebbe said about the Kinus Hashluchim: “איש את רעהו יעזורו ולאחיו יאמר חזק” that when we get together, we help, support and strengthen each other.
Can you share will us a message for fellow mechanchim?
I heard personally from the Rebbe about a specific Mechanech, who would say that he has 30 years of Chinuch experience behind him and therefore he knows everything there is to know about Chinuch. The Rebbe said that the problem is that the experience is behind him. Chinuch has to be ahead of us, constantly growing.
How does that translate in practical words?
If one doesn’t look forward and doesn’t try to learn new ideas and have a desire to grow, one will become stagnant. When one is not climbing, they are falling. Joining this event, especially on such a holy day as Gimmel Tammuz, we will be given the opportunity to grow in our Shlichus, and we will get the extra strength we need to continue to fulfill the Rebbes shlichus.
Get an early bird rate for the Chabad Chinuch Convention – Men’s Program or Women’s Program by registering before 21 Sivan / June 15 at chinuchconvention.org