Menachem holds a B.A. in education from the Moreshet Yaakov College, and an M.A. in public policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studied at the Vizhnitz Ahavat Yisrael yeshiva and the Mir yeshiva. He founded and directed the Lezion Berina high school, which was awarded the Religious Education Prize. In adition, Menachem founded a preparatory program for Haredi students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and directed the youth department of the Beitar Illit local authority. Currently, he leads the Berdichev Hassidic community in Beitar Illit and is the head of its seminary for young people, which he also founded. His main areas of interest are education, managing education systems, and inter-cultural dialogue. Torah Academy is a new and exciting educational model that affords children from mainstream Hassidic homes the opportunity to remain rooted in Torah study and values while preparing for life as an adult that requires professional skills in order to become self-supportive. Torah Academy is the first high school in Israel to offer an integrated program for the Hassidic community, geared to boys in the mainstream that see an opportunity to combine their traditional education with an opportunity for educational and professional advancement as adults. Torah Academy offers a solution that will empower the next generation through knowledge and education. Graduates will be capable of acquiring a higher education and will understand how to pursue and measure career opportunities much better than their parents’ generation.