Latest update: November 18th, 2011
Rabbi Elchonon Abramchik’s life has taken some unique turns. He was born in China, to parents who spent the war years in the ghetto of Shanghai, and thus survived the Nazi regime. The popular educator has held many administrative positions in Jewish schools in the United States and Israel. He and his wife now live in Miami Beach.
Rabbi Abramchik, who has spent the past seven years as principal of a girls’ high school in South Florida, is about to make a new but related move.
As someone with nearly 40 years in education, Rabbi Abramchik is constantly approached by people seeking his expertise and guidance. So he decided it was time to launch “Coaching for Life”.
“People should not get confused between being a Life Coach and Coaching for Life,” he says. “They are two different programs designed to improve and enhance one’s ability to reach contentment with oneself. The title of each profession should be understood as two different paths toward growth.”
The “idea of coaching people,” says the rabbi, “is not new.” Indeed, the idea has been used for centuries by people seeking rabbinic opinion on one matter or another. By meeting with the rabbi, the client walks away feeling better about himself and much more directed toward his goals.
Coaching for Life is the practice of supporting an individual with the purpose of achieving a particular result of one’s personal goals. People need a sounding board as well as a motivator; “one needs someone to really listen to them and give honest feedback,” says Rabbi Abramchik.
The goal of this new venture is to have the client focus on the present and future rather than dwell on the past. Rabbi Abramchik says his aim is to draw out a person’s potential. In addition, he will develop rather than impose; have the client reflect rather than direct; and enable the person rather than train the person.
The rabbi genuinely likes people and wants to bring out the best in them. Based on past experience, he believes the undertaking will be successful.
To make an inquiry and receive more information, call Rabbi Abramchik at 786-247-3961 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.
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