Nov 6, 2014
Surprise Award for L.A. Principal
Photos: Milken Family Foundation

What started out as a typical school day turned into the surprise of a lifetime for Cheder Menachem principal Rabbi Menachem Mendel Greenbaum.

By Rena Udkoff

What started out as a typical school day turned into the surprise of a lifetime for Cheder Menachem principal Rabbi Menachem Mendel Greenbaum.

At a school-wide assembly, the principal was honored with the Milken Jewish Educator Award before a crowd of cheering students and staff members. The accolade comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

Rabbi Greenbaum was aware that one of Cheder Menachem’s educators would be receiving the prize but had no idea that he was this year’s recipient. After the surprise was announced before the entire school body, the shocked Rabbi Greenbaum thanked the BJE and the Milken Family Foundation for the award. He expressed his gratitude to his school community, telling the crowd that “this award is representative of everybody who's in this room...There's nothing that I'd be able to accomplish without our wonderful faculty and students.”

The Jewish Educator Awards initiative was established in 1990 by the Milken Family Foundation, in cooperation with BJE: Builders of Jewish Education. The initiative is intended to provide public recognition and unrestricted $15,000 cash awards to teachers, administrators and other education professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area who have made significant contributions to excellence in day schools affiliated with BJE.

According to Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President Richard Sandler, “The Jewish Educator Awards call upon others in the profession to emulate the high standards of those we honor today—educators whose intelligence, scholarship, creativity and compassion help guide children to greater success, while preserving the heritage that gives meaning to that success.”

He added that, “To me, the most elegant tile one can have is 'teacher' because teachers change the world.”

The award recognized that under Rabbi Greenbaum’s leadership, enrollment at Cheder Menachem has nearly doubled. Some of the “best practices” in education that he has introduced are: professional development for faculty, data-driven instruction, and the integration of technology into the learning.

Rabbi Greenbaum’s talents have extended beyond the Los Angeles boys school as well. He is currently an educational consultant for the national Menachem Education Foundation (MEF), and invests his time consulting with other Jewish schools, helping spread best practices.

Rabbi Greenbaum played a key role in the development of MEF’s Zekelman Standards for Chumash, piloting them at Cheder Menachem. Currently, the school is an exemplar of standards based learning, integrating the Zekelman Standards for Chumash – along with standards based assessment, analysis and action planning – into the school’s curriculum and culture.

Rabbi Greenbaum is one of four 2014 recipients of the award. The honorees will be celebrated, together with their families and community leaders, at an awards luncheon on December 16th.

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Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov
It is an honor to be part of Rabbi Greenbaum's world. He personifies geula! What amazing nachas he brings to The Rebbe!

The Garbose Family
(11/7/2014 2:16:39 AM)
That video is beautiful! All the kids seem so happy. I'd send my kids there
(11/7/2014 4:29:44 AM)
7th grade student in 5761/2001
i remember when rabbi greenbaum became principle he instantly managed to transform the school over night. he took a crumbling school and turned it into the pride and beauty of lubavitch chinuch today!

thank you and kol hakaviod!
(11/7/2014 8:02:51 AM)
finally reward for our devoted teachers
wonderful! wish there was more recognition of the devotion of our teachers to OUR children....
(11/7/2014 8:44:18 AM)
Best choice
What a great choice. Well deserved . M'chayil el choyil!
Your cousins from Long Island
(11/7/2014 9:47:00 AM)
Baila and Yankel
Much continued nachas! From your nieces and nephews on the east coast!
(11/7/2014 10:11:40 AM)
Go Dovi Goldman
U look just as excited as Rabbi Greenbaum
(11/7/2014 11:23:07 AM)
fans from redondo beach
congrats!! well deserved!!!
(11/7/2014 11:32:17 AM)
It is an honour and pleasure to work at Cheder Menachem. Rabbi Greenbaum is an amazing educator!
(11/7/2014 12:08:55 PM)
Mazal Tov Mendy and the gantze mishpacha. May you go m
mechoyil el choyil gezunterheit and freilicherheit.

"Tante" Rochel
(11/7/2014 12:12:08 PM)
LA community member
Actually the assembly was called together for the visiting members to award the Cheder with the certificate of a 6-year accreditation which they just received; the highest any school is able to receive;

Mazal Tov Rebbi Greenbaum and Mazal Tov Cheder Menachem!
(11/7/2014 1:17:20 PM)
great job mendy
mendy,mazel tov!we are very happy for you!definitely well deserved. from your cousins on malbone strret
(11/7/2014 1:54:32 PM)
Right On
Thanks for picking the right school and the correct staff member. Rabbi G is an outstanding mechanech.
(11/7/2014 1:58:38 PM)
I remember we were in 8th grade (his first 8th grade) and Rabbi Greenbaum came into our class and told the story about having a first class ticket and being an example for the school. He is an amazing principle, keep up the great work!
(11/7/2014 4:01:14 PM)
Munitz family
We are so thankful to be part of this amazing school, thank you Rabbi Greenbaum for all your hard work & Mazal Tov!!
(11/7/2014 4:13:01 PM)
Mazel tov!
No one is more deserving! So proud to have my son in Cheder Menachem!!!
(11/7/2014 5:54:29 PM)
A long time LA resident
Rabbi Greenbaum is a superb principal for his students and parents as well. We are so proud to be part of the Cheder Menachem family. He should continue to be a source of nachas to the Rebbe
(11/7/2014 5:54:46 PM)
Right prize for the Right Rabbi
I was a Shliach in 1988 and 1989 and I come back often to Los Angeles and you could see the excitement and growth on all levels
I can't think of any one better, and in addition R Greenbaum has an embedded smile that affects every child in the school (one of the many keys to his success) something he must of got from His dear Parents.

Your friends in Israel
(11/8/2014 4:59:47 PM)
i spot Avrom and Levi Levin
Hey Levi and Avrom we spotted you. We're sorry we missed Yisrolik. missing you all loads. your cousins from across the ocean
(11/8/2014 6:47:25 PM)
Mazal Tov Reb Mendel!
Well deserved!

May you have continued nachas from yourself, your faculty, and your kinderlach.

Keep climbing. You are an inspiration to us all.

Zelig Silber
(11/8/2014 8:48:24 PM)
i spy...
i spy uncle yaisef
(11/8/2014 9:26:01 PM)
Mazel Tov Mendy, Zelda, Yankel and Baila!
Congratulations Mendy on recognition so thoroughly deserved.You should continue to go M'chayil el Choyil!
Yankel and Baila - themselves acclaimed educators over many decades- continued nachas and brochos!
D&Y down under.
(11/8/2014 9:41:17 PM)
friday night winter minyan
Go rabbi greenbaum best principle in California

Your student 5766-5770
(11/8/2014 10:24:24 PM)
From the Shifren Family
Mazal Tov Rabbi Greenbaum!
(11/9/2014 8:17:22 PM)
No better principal of ANY Lubavitcher Moised
Rabbi Greenbaum is a beacon of light in the Lubavitcher community of Los Angeles. A well-deserved award for a very special person and Principal. M'chayil el choyil! NG, LA & Fam.
(11/10/2014 3:49:45 PM)
Well Deserved.
Great Role Model and Chassid. Proud to have my child under his watch.
(11/11/2014 8:26:43 PM)
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