Governance 2018-05-15T07:36:45+00:00



Jonathan Amiel

Immediate Past President:

Lisa Singer-Miller

Vice Presidents:

Hélène Bussières

Steven Karachinsky


Harold Scharf

Home and School:

Randi Greenberg Joseph

Board of Trustees:

Jonathan Afilalo
Matthew Cutler
Liz Freedman
Erica Segel-Isenberg
Howard Klein
Daniel Levine
Shari Munk-Manel
Nathalie Noik-Elharrar
Judith Obadia
Olivia Oiknine
Karen Payne
Larry Rinzler
Howard Szalavetz
Bonnie Frank-Waxman

Head of School:

Steven Erdelyi

Assistant Head of School:

Jonathan Kuczer

Head of School Emeritus:

Shimshon Hamerman

Principal Emeritus:

Rosa Finestone

Standing Committees Of The Board Of Trustees

President for 2017-2018: Jonathan Amiel

  • 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 1st Vice-President, the 2nd Vice-President and the Treasurer.

Head Support & Evaluation
Chair for 2017-2018: Lisa Singer-Miller

  • Provides support to the Head of School on matters that arise.
  • Performs an annual evaluation of the Head of School.
  • Members limited to Trustees of the Board.
  • Meets approximately 5 times per year.
  • This Committee has 3 members.

Chair for 2017-2018: Harold Scharf

  • Acts in cooperation with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School 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 6-7 times per year.
  • This Committee has 18 members.

House Committee
Chairs for 2017-2018: Pamela Feifer & Howard Szalavetz

Work in cooperation with the Head of School and the Finance Committee.

Oversee, report on and make 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.

This Committee has 4 members.

Chair for 2017-2018: Matthew Cutler

  • Specializes in areas of strategic fundraising and cultivation of relationships with future donors and planned giving, specifically:
    • Capital/Annual Giving
    • Engagement- Welcoming/ Mentor
  • Specializes in areas of strategic fundraising and cultivation of relationships with future donors and planned giving.
  • This committee works closely with the Assistant Head of School and Head of School in prioritizing and planning all fundraising initiatives including the development of activities with alumni as well as parents and grandparents of alumni. Supports all fundraising events for the allocation of funds to the Solomon Schechter Academy Children’s Foundation. Members should include, but not be limited to those with marketing and fundraising experience. New members may include those with an interest or knowledge in web design, annual giving campaign organization, social media and communications/PR. Meets approximately 8 times per year. This Committee has approximately 10 members.

Committee on Trustees (CoT)
Chair for 2017-2018: Nathalie Noik- Elharrar

  • Ensure that SSA’s governance practices are continually reviewed and improved.
  • Responsible for the evaluation of the performance of Trustees, Trustee nominations, Officer nominations, recommendations for filling Trustee vacancies, and the orientation of new Trustees.
  • Members limited to Trustees of the Board.
  • Meets approximately 10 times per year.
  • This Committee has approximately 8 members.

Risk Management
Chair for 2017-2018: Bonnie Frank

The Risk Management Committee reflects on the policies and procedures applied at Solomon Schechter Academy in order to ensure that they are in line with the best practices.  In the past, this included reviewing the policy concerning allergic children, drafting the policy on the use of technology by students, family and staff in collaboration with the IT Committee and drafting the policy for field trips.  In the future, the Risk Management Committee plans to review the practices with respect to privacy and data retention and to contribute to the resolution of any risk management issue that may arise.

  • Members with a background in law or risk management matters are preferable.
  • Meets about 8 to 10 times per year.
  • This Committee has a maximum of 8 members.

Chair for 2017-2018: Hélène Bussières

The HR Committee contributes to the fulfillment by Solomon Schechter Academy of one of its most strategic priorities, which is to deliver a leading edge education by hiring and developing excellent professional staff who continue to deliver excellence in education and a first class administrative team, strong and united. The HR Committee will contribute to the development and the implementation of an improved performance appraisal process. The Committee will develop human resources policies and assist in the succession planning. The Committee will also provide assistance in the management of any HR related situation.

Committees reporting to the Head of School; Steven Erdelyi

Head of School Advisory

Provides support, advice & recommendations to the Head of School and to his team on matters that are brought before this committee.

Safety & Security

Makes recommendations concerning programs and equipment needed to maintain the safety and security of students and staff.

Parent Advisory Committee

The Amiel Centre has a Parent Advisory Committee that is comprised of parent members who work in conjunction with the Preschool Director to better the experience of the children and the parents in our school. The P.A.C. was established 5 years ago to fulfill the government’s requirements, provide a place for parents to be involved and make the Preschool shine.

Information Technology

Makes recommendations concerning major hardware and software purchases, IT infrastructure, e-mail requirements, Internet security and system configurations.

Medical Advisory

Provides medical advice to the Board and the Administration on medical issues brought to the committee’s attention.

Parenting Matters Committee

The Parenting Matters committee provides our parents with an opportunity to be ambassadors for our school and focuses on raising spirit at SSA by assisting at school wide events and wherever else needed.