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Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol, PhD.
Head of School
 

Dr. Sokol has spent over 25 years in the fields of psychology  and education, both secular and Jewish. In addition to  dual-ordination as a rabbi and cantor, he is a licensed psychologist and board certified pediatric neuropsychologist with a high degree of expertise in child development and learning. He has his BA summa cum laude from Brandeis University, MA and  PhD from Johns Hopkins University and MSM from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

 

 

Eileen Bohrer
Executive Director
 

Eileen Bohrer serves as the Executive Director at the Schechter School of Long Island. She came to SSLI 11 years ago with the aspiration of working with the staff and faculty to create a school of excellence that would serve the Jewish population of Long Island

Always active in synagogue and community life as a volunteer, Eileen made what she considers a pivotal career move leaving the field of teaching and accepting a position as the Director of Connections, the education and outreach arm of UJA-Federation of New York.  In that capacity, she was responsible for covering an area from Great Neck to the Hamptons, working to bring Judaism, lifelong learning and an understanding of tikkun olam, tzedakah and philanthropy as Jewish values to young families of diverse degrees of observance and involvement.

After almost five years at UJA, Eileen became the first Executive Director of Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, a conservative North Shore synagogue.  There Eileen worked to ensure a connection between each congregant and the synagogue, to foster financial health, build community and guide the shul through an 11-million-dollar capital campaign and expansion.

In coming to Schechter, Eileen hoped that her understanding of the Long Island Jewish community would serve her well as she looked forward to meeting the challenges and opportunities before her.  In the last four years, Eileen has taken on the additional responsibility of managing the Annual Campaign.  She is delighted to call the Schechter School of Long Island her home away from home.

 
Ofra Hiltzik
Upper School Principal
 
Ofra has been part of the Schechter LI Family since the early 1980's.   Ofra completed her studies at the Beersheva Teaching College and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and began her journey as a Jewish Educator.  After many years of teaching Judaic Studies and Hebrew at Schechter, Ofra became the middle school assistant principal for grades 6-8, then the upper school assistant principal for grades 6-12, before becoming Principal in 2014.   Ofra received the Janus Korczak Educators Award and was honored at the 2011 Schechter LI Gala. Ofra practices what she preaches and all of her children have received their education at Schechter LI.
 
 
 
 
Sandi Swerdloff
Lower School Principal

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Sandi graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and received a Masters in Education from Stony Brook University, She has been teaching at SSLI for 19 years. Sandi taught 5th grade for three years in New York City and taught fourth grade for 16 years at Schechter before becoming assistant principal. She is married to Steven and together they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

 

 

Randy Krevat
Director of  Admissions
 
 
 
Rabbi Tracy Kaplowitz, PhD.
Director of Strategic Initiatives 
 

Tracy is not only an administrator and parent at Schechter Long Island; she is also the proud graduate of Golda Och Academy in NJ – a Prizmah School. From NJ, she was off to NY to attend Barnard College of Columbia University and List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary, attaining two BAs. Wanting to give back to the field of Jewish Education, she achieved an MA in Jewish Education from JTS, while in Rabbinical School. In 2012 she also completed a PhD in Sociology of Education from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.  Along the way, Tracy received numerous awards and fellowships for her doctoral and Rabbinical studies, including: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Fellowship, Network for Research in Jewish Education Young Scholar’s Award, Melton Centre Doctoral Fellowship and the Crown Rabbinical Fellowship.  

From her childhood through graduate school, Tracy spent most summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Wisconsin or Israel. She took an about face in 1999 and marched herself to the United States Air Force to become its first female Jewish Chaplain Candidate. She loved her service to our country and rose to the rank of Captain, having served at the US Air Force Academy, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and most recently at Dover Air Force Base Mortuary Affairs.  Publications:  “Community Building: A New Role for the Jewish Day School” in Journal of Jewish Education and “School-Church/Synagogue Partnerships: A Comparative Case Study of Religious Capital Enrichment” (click here to read article) in Journal of Jewish Education.

 

Randy Krevat 
Director of Admissions

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Melanie Ginsburg
Director of Pupil Services
 
Melanie is our Director of Pupil Personnel and Student Services.Melanie Ginsberg is a graduate of William Smith College and Columbia University, and maintains a permanent New York State certification as a school psychologist. Melanie has more than ten years of diverse experience as a school psychologist focusing on student, family, classroom and special support services.  Melanie has specialized in and maintains a certification in family development, organizational leadership, suicide intervention and community prevention programs.   Most recently, Melanie worked at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County as the Director of Education & Training, Family Support, Volunteer and Outreach Services, her role as a director included the oversight of NassauCounty's education and training department, the direct supervision of the help-line and the leadership of family support and transition services.  Melanie has a diverse background as a community educator focused on healthy family development, multiculturalism, developmental and behavioral health.  Melanie has dedicated her work toward family systems, mental health, education, advocacy, crisis intervention and analysis.
 
 
Michael Hirsch
Director of Student Life
 
Currently in his 11th year as the Director of Student Life at the Schechter School of Long Island,  Michael Hirsch looks forward to the adventures of each new day at school.  Mike works with our middle and high school students on special events, leadership, shabbatonim, clubs and is the Assistant Coach for our Cross Country and Floor Hockey teams.  Mike also works very carefully with the Director of Technology to ensure that our students and faculty have access to world class educational technology to teach and learn 21st century skills.  Before returning to Long Island, Mike worked as the Full-Time Director of Youth and Young Adult Activities at a Boston area synagogue and completed graduate studies in Informal Jewish Education and Youth Leadership. Mike has been a Divisional Director of USY on Long Island for the past 9 years and been the group leader for their Wheels East teen tour for the past four summers.  Mike feels privileged to have the opportunity to be part of Schechter's warm, caring, and giving community.

 

 
 
 
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