Dr. Scott M. Sokol 

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.




Ofra Hiltzik

Associate Head of School



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 Jewish 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.


Sari Allen
Director of Admissions & Community Outreach












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 Nassau County'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 & Community Engagement



Currently, in his 13th year at the Schechter School of Long Island, Mike 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 Floor Hockey team.  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 feels privileged to have the opportunity to be part of Schechter's warm, caring, and giving community.


Eileen Bohrer

Director of Institutional Advancement



Eileen Bohrer serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Schechter School of Long Island. She came to SSLI 13 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.

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.   She is delighted to call the Schechter School of Long Island her home away from home.



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