Rabbi Alon Madmony, the newly-appointed principal of Boys Town Jerusalem High School, holds a BA in Education, an MA in Organizational Consulting, and has 19 years’ experience as a Hebrew Language teacher at the school. Yet some of his most intensive lessons took place recently in the great outdoors.

The best lessons are learned outdoors

Leading a group of BTJ high school students on a 60-mile “coast to coast” hike to grapple with the challenges of navigating, cooking and sleeping in the rough, the seasoned educator challenged his students to grow. “That rugged environment offered lessons I could never teach in the classroom,” he admits. “Students had to struggle each day to earn their success. For boys from difficult homes, this became a particularly empowering experience.

Rabbi Madmony is focused on both students and teachers

Rabbi Madmony, age 43, is the son of Yemenite immigrants to Israel, a former IDF commander, and the father of nine children. He views his new role as BTJ High School principal as a multifaceted endeavor phased towards both students and teachers. “A student can only achieve his maximum if his teacher can reach his maximum,” he declares.

The new principal insists on striving for more

As such, the new principal has launched comprehensive in-house training sessions to inspire and assist teachers to excel. “The highest quality education has always been Boys Town Jerusalem’s mission. My basic goal is for students to leave lessons saying, ‘Wow! That was interesting!’ This demands augmented, ongoing teacher training. Athletes work out every day…A teacher’s training should be no less rigorous,” insists Rabbi Madmony.

Rabbi Madmony follows the retirement of Rabbi Elimelech Yaakov

Rabbi Alon Madmony’s appointment as the new BTJ High School principal follows the retirement of legendary principal Rabbi Elimelech Yaakov. After serving as a teacher and principal within BTJ’s junior high and high school for some four decades, Rabbi Elimelech is now teaching Jewish Studies in the school’s College of Applied Engineering.

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