Principal Joins Chanoch Lenaar
Chanoch Lenaar is pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi
Yosef Wernick of Queensland, Australia as its new principal,
beginning in September 2000. Although young in years and spirit,
Rabbi Wernick comes to us with a wealth of experience in the field
of chinuch. He is especially known for his caring nature
and his concern for the needs of each individual student.
Wernick has been a leader and innovator in developing adult
education programs both in Queensland and in Sydney, Australia. At
the same time, he has taught and directed various programs for
elementary and high school-age children, including classes for
public school students, and those with learning disabilities and
other academic challenges. In addition to his teaching
responsibilities, Rabbi Wernick has been involved in organizing
Shabbatons, camps and other extra-curricular activities for his
the past three years, Rabbi Wernick has served as rav of
his shul, the South Brisbane Hebrew Congregation, as well
as Jewish chaplain at the University of Queensland. His
administrative skills have made him a valuable member of numerous
committees, such as the Queensland Jewish Community Services,
ChaiCare (Jewish Aged Care Agency), and the Educational Division
of the Jewish National Fund.
the current YCL principal, Rabbi Eliyohu Davis, moves on to become
the principal of the new Bnos Menachem girls school. Dean Rabbi
Yaakov Bryski is confident that Rabbi Wernick’s energy and
enthusiasm will guarantee a smooth transition and bring renewed
vigor to Chanoch Lenaar’s unique approach. Rabbi Wernick has
visited Chanoch Lenaar, and spent time with the faculty,
administration, and most importantly the students at the school.
He is well-prepared to expand upon the strong foundation built by
Rabbi Davis and former principal Rabbi Yosef Simpson, as he looks
to broaden and augment this remarkable yeshiva program.
Rabbi Wernick is also committed to ensuring that everything the
students learn and each project initiated will be for the express
purpose of preparing them for Moshiach’s imminent arrival, as
per the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach’s prophecy of “higia zman
Geulas’chem” (the time of your redemption has arrived).
Lenaar is now entering its 25th year, completing a quarter of a
century of dedication to the ideal of providing a warm and
stimulating educational environment for high school age boys with
little or no previous Jewish education, and those who cannot
thrive in other yeshivos. However, YCL is never content to
rest on its laurels.