William Davidson Foundation Welcomes New Program Officer For Jewish Education




Menachem “Manny” Menchel has joined the staff of the William Davidson Foundation as its new program officer for Jewish education. Advancing pluralistic education is central to the foundation’s efforts to foster the growth and preservation of Jewish life and culture. Menchel will work to increase the reach, diversity and effectiveness of educational options for families in Southeast Michigan and Israel as well as enhance teacher training and professional development.

“Manny’s entrepreneurial experience and robust knowledge of the Jewish education landscape — from day schools and supplementary programs to training great leaders — will serve us well,” says Darin McKeever, chief program and strategy officer at the William Davidson Foundation. “He possesses a deep commitment to an inclusive and educated Jewish community. I’m delighted he is joining our team.”

Menchel comes to the foundation from the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale where he served for five years, first as youth education director and then as the institute’s first director of education and programming. He developed and managed a portfolio of educational offerings for adult, youth, teen, family and older adult constituencies, often significantly increasing participation rates.

“Our founder, Bill Davidson, demonstrated through his charitable giving that the future of the Jewish people — families and children of all denominations — was dependent upon the quality of its Jewish educators and the reach and diversity of its educational offerings,” says Kari Alterman, senior program officer for Jewish Life and Continuity. “Manny brings hands-on experience and creative thinking that will inform our grantmaking.”

Menchel says, “It is an honor to join the team at the William Davidson Foundation. I am eager to advance Mr. Davidson’s legacy for sustaining and enhancing community, both locally and globally.”


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