Steven Karachinsky

Vice President:

Karen Payne


Richard Schnurbach

Home and School President:

Melanie Weinstock

Board of Trustees:

Jonathan Afilalo
Ryan Blatt
Matthew Cutler
Moranne Elarar
Pamela Feifer
Howard Klein
Daniel Levine
Shari Munk-Manel
Julien Marais
Olivia Oiknine
Robbie Peck
Stephen Rabinovitch
Larry Rinzler
Rena Rozenek
Harold Scharf

Head of School:

Steven Erdelyi

Assistant Head of School:

Julie Schneider


Jennifer Benoualid

Head of School Emeritus:

Shimshon Hamerman

Principal Emeritus:

Rosa Finestone

Standing Committees Of The Board Of Trustees

President for 2020-2021: Steven Karachinsky

  • 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.

Finance & Audit

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

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.

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.

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 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. was established 9 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 Jr. Pre-K or Pre-K.

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.

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 2021-2022 Academic year. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Nominations must be submitted to Jim Goill no later than May 17, 2021 with the required criteria set out below.
  1. He/she is a Member of the Academy in Good Standing.
  2. He/she has served on a committee of the Academy.
  3. 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.
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