Governance 2019-08-19T15:32:23+00:00



Hélène Bussières

First Vice President:

Steven Karachinsky

Second Vice President:

Karen Payne


Richard Schnurbach

Home and School President:

Tiffany Pinchuk-Rinzler

Board of Trustees:

Jonathan Afilalo
Matthew Cutler
Judith Obadia Benhamou
Moranne Elarar
Pamela Feifer
Erica Segel-Isenberg
Howard Klein
Daniel Levine
Shari Munk-Manel
Nathalie Noik-Elharrar
Olivia Oiknine
Larry Rinzler
Harold Scharf
Bonnie Frank-Waxman

Head of School:

Steven Erdelyi

Assistant Head of School:

Julie Schneider

Head of School Emeritus:

Shimshon Hamerman

Principal Emeritus:

Rosa Finestone

Standing Committees Of The Board Of Trustees

President for 2018-2019: Hélène Bussières

  • 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.

Finance & Audit
Chair for 2018-2019: Harold Scharf

Acts in cooperation with the 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 times per year.

Real Estate
Chair for 2018-2019: Pamela Feifer

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.

Development (Foundation Committee)
Chair for 2018-2019: Matthew Cutler

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 5-10 members.

Human Resources
Chairs for 2018-2019: Hélène Bussières & Shari Munk-Manel

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.

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.

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.

Parent Advisory Committee

The Amiel Centre has a Parent Advisory Committee that is comprised of parent members who work in conjunction with the Director of Early Childhood Education to better the experience of the children and the parents in our school. The P.A.C. was established 7 years ago to fulfill the government’s requirements, provide a place for parents to be involved and make the Preschool shine. Must have a child in JPK or PK.

Information Technology

Makes recommendations concerning major hardware and software purchases, SSA website design, email requirements, and system configurations. Meets 4 to 6 times per year.

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. Is under the umbrella of the Risk Management Committee. The committee meets infrequently, as needed.