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Governance

President:

Robbie Peck

Vice President:

Melanie Weinstock

Treasurer:

Vanessa Hadida
Board of Directors:
Jonathan Afilalo
Odelia Borten
Warren Cola

Melissa Daniel

Joshua Fisher
Julien Marais
Mike Nehemia
David Nemes
Stephen Rabinovitch
Karina Roskies
Rena Rozenek
Ellen Schreter
Zev Zelman

Head of School:

Steven Erdelyi

Assistant Head of School:

Julie Schneider

Principal:

Maya Doughan

Head of School Emeritus:

Shimshon Hamerman

Principal Emeritus:

Rosa Finestone

Standing Committees Of The Board Of Trustees

Executive

  • Assists the President in setting and managing the annual and monthly agendas for meetings of the Board of Trustees in accordance with the strategic priorities of the school.
  • Meets approximately 10 times per year.
  • Limited to the President, the Vice-President and the Treasurer.

Real Estate

Oversees, reports on and makes recommendations concerning the long term operation and maintenance of the school’s facilities and grounds and major capital expenditures. Background in real estate management, construction, architecture, or engineering is an asset. Number of meetings varies depending on the construction project in place.

Current committee members: Michael Nehemia (Chair), Jessica Choueke, Yahel Farkas, Joshua Kahan, Astrid Nataf Clopman, Mark Singer, Olivier Tolila, Michael Watchorn

Home and School Association

The Home and School Association is dedicated to the enhancement of academic, social, cultural and recreational programs of the Academy. It is run entirely by parent volunteers providing services and/or event planning for the school community as a whole.

Finance & Audit

Acts in cooperation with the Head of School and Director of Finance and Operations to oversee the operational finances of the school. Reports on the overall management and supervision of the financial affairs of SSA. Prepares the annual budget and reviews budget updates, oversees all investments of the school, reviews and advises Board to approve financial statements and interacts with auditors. Background in accounting, finance, or business is an asset. Meets approximately 6 times per year.

Current committee members: Vanessa Hadida (Chair), Linda Argalgi, Daniel Becker, Lara Bohbot, Brian Gottlieb, Daniel Hasenfratz, Brandon Knecht, David Potofsky, Rena Rozenek

Human Resources

To develop and implement HR processes, procedures and documents such as a performance review process, contract templates and HR policies and to assist the Head of School in managing legal and human resources matters. Meets approximately 6-10 times per year.

Current committee members: David Nemes (Co-Chair), Zev Zelman (Co-Chair), Shari Munk-Manel, Julie Schlesinger

Strategic Planning 

To develop Solomon Schechter Academy's strategic plan and ensure its priorities are aligned with the mission, vision, and values of the Academy, to be approved by the Board of Trustees. Once adopted, the Committee is responsible for stewarding the current strategic plan by monitoring, updating, and reporting on its progress to the Board of Trustees and the school community. The committee meets 3-4 times per year during ongoing strategic plans and more frequently during the development of the next strategic plan.

Current committee members: Daniel Ehrenfeld (Co-Chair), Melanie Weinstock (Co-Chair), Olivier Benchaya, Dan Chetrit, Lisa Dahl

Committees reporting to the Head of School; Steven Erdelyi

Development

The Development Committee works together with the administration to actively cultivate and solicit donors, and to provide input on fundraising strategies, in order to realize the Academy’s annual fundraising goal. The committee includes parents, grandparents, and friends of the Academy and meets approximately once per month and more frequently during the annual campaign.

Current committee members: Melissa Daniel (Co-Chair), Josh Fisher (Co-Chair), Sean Adelsohn, Lauren Applebaum Tock, Jamie Cassoff, Warren Cola, Ryan Cymet, Philip Kakon, Joel Milgram, Robbie Peck, Karina Roskies, Ellen Schreter, Andrew Schwartz, Adam Shapiro

Information Technology

The committee identifies opportunities and makes recommendations concerning major hardware and software acquisitions to support SSA’s leadership position in digital transformation and remote learning. Meets 4 to 6 times per year.

Current committee members: Jamie Wald (Chair), Avi Krivorot, Julien Marais, Dan Munk, Ben Rodier, Jordan Rosenthal, Ilan Saul, Marysia Wancewicz Pastor

Parent Advisory Committee 

The Amiel Early Childhood Centre has a Parent Advisory Committee that works in conjunction with the Director of Early Childhood Education to better the experience of the children and the parents in our school. P.A.C. fulfills the government’s requirements, provides a place for parents to be involved, and makes our preschool shine. Must have a child in Junior Pre-K or Pre-K.

Current committee members: Lauren Aslatei (Co-Chair), Lauren Pekofsky Fisher (Co-Chair), Etel Bahrat, Laura Bromberg, Elana Kohn, Rachel Moscovitz Shapiro, Marlee Schnider, Karina Roskies

Head of School Advisory

Provides support, advice, and recommendations to the Head of School and to his team on matters that are brought before this committee. Please note that this committee does not advise on curriculum.

Current committee members: Daniel Ehrenfeld, Tamara Jedeikin, Carly Berlin, Kia Rassekh, Cedric Zeitouni

Medical Advisory

Provides medical advice to the Board, and Administration on medical issues brought to the committee’s attention. Members should be physicians, nurses, or lawyers. The committee meets as frequently as needed.

Current committee members: Odelia Borten (Co-Chair), Dori Shiff (Co-Chair), Jonathan Afilalo, Deborah Assayag, Laura Segal

Risk & Safety

Reviews policies and procedures of the school. Makes recommendations concerning program and equipment needs to ensure the safety and security of both the children and staff. Members should be professionals with proven experience in risk and safety management.

Current committee members: Stephanie Afilalo (Co-Chair), Lonny Fineberg (Co-Chair), Tal Almos, Emmanuel Amzallag, Alexia Bitton, Adam Cohen, Kara Crudo, Renaud Dery, Julien Marais, Nadia Nachtigall, Robbie Peck, Benjamin Sternthal, Keri Takefman

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In accordance with Section 5.7 of the By-Laws of Solomon Schechter Academy, the Academy hereby calls for nominations to the Board of Trustees for the 2024-2025 Academic year. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Nominations must be submitted to Steven Erdelyi no later than May 5, 2024 with the required criteria set out below.

  • He/she is a Member of the Academy in Good Standing.
  • He/she has served on a committee of the Academy.
  • He/she has submitted his/her candidacy to the Secretary in writing endorsed by fifteen (15) signatures of other members of the Academy in good standing a minimum of thirty (30) days before the Annual Meeting.

Candidates with the required number of signatures will be elected by majority approval of the members present at the Annual Meeting.