Students become teenage leaders and role models, learning to be co-teachers, tutors, and camp junior counselors through the High School's Madrichim Program. In the process, teens learn valuable life skills which will help them be more effective leaders or participants in any group. After completion of the Madrichim class, students are eligible to become assistant teachers in the classroom and junior counselors at our weekend camps.
Helene Schlafman, known affectionately as Eemah (mom), started the Madrichim program more than 35 years ago. It began when she was pregnant with her son and her students began to call her Eemah. Through the years the name and the Madrichim program have both endured.
Each week Eemah sends an electronic newsletter out to over 200 former Madrichim. It's a wonderful opportunity to keep in touch with old friends.
Thanks to Rick Shumacher (Madrichim class of 1972), there is a Madrichim Web site, www.madrichim.homestead.com., where newsletters and fun photos from the past are available.
Alumni E-Mail Addresses Wanted
If you have email addresses of any former students please send them to
(Eemah). Photos may be sent to
Helene Schlafman’s Madrichim program continues to be one of the most popular classes in the High School. Helene is Director of Education Emeritus at CBI, is currently teaching in our Religious School and High School and has, for 35 years, been affectionately known at CBI as “Eemah” (Mom).