Rabbi Menachem Altein
Jewish Chaplain, Chabad at MIT
Born in the heart of Brooklyn, Menachem was raised together with his 11 siblings by his parents, Rabbi Yaakov Altein, a leading scholar and author on Chassidic texts, and Mrs. Chava Altein, principal of Beth Rivka - the largest Chabad girls’ school in Brooklyn. Beginning Talmudic studies at the age of 10, his formal education in Chassidic philosophy began at Lubavitch Mesivta High School in Chicago. From there he went on to Yeshiva in Manchester, England, for 2 years to advance his Judaic studies and its practical application.
Continuing his advanced studies in Jewish mysticism and Chabad texts, he spent 2 years at the Rabbinical College of America (Morristown, NJ), where he received his BA in Religious Studies. Having taught for a year in Yeshiva Ohr Elchanan in Los Angeles, he returned to Brooklyn to further his study of Halacha (Jewish law) and received rabbinical ordination at Chabad World Headquarters in 2013.
After marrying his wife, Mussy, he studied a year in a Kollel in Midtown Manhattan, before moving to Cambridge in the summer of 2014 to head the new Chabad center at MIT, founded by Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi, director of Chabad Lubavitch of Cambridge and Jewish chaplain at Harvard University.