Dr. Cindy Dolgin
Head of School
Dr. Dolgin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, and made aliya shortly after college graduation. Jewish education is Dr. Dolgin's second career, the first being as a Tel Aviv-based computer programmer and systems analyst in banking and Israeli hi-tech. After studying computers at Mechon Sivan, and living and working in Israel for 8 years, Dr. Dolgin returned to New York with her husband and two children. She knew that a career-change was necessary in order to continue contributing to the well-being of the Jewish people from her new home on Long Island, so Dr. Dolgin found a new professional path as a teacher and Religious School principal at the Hungtington Jewish Center. With her own children then enrolled as students at a Schechter Day School, Dr. Dolgin had an epiphany that Jewish Day Schools are by far the most effective means for educating young Jews in the Diaspora, and she wanted to get in on the action. She began working on a Masters degree in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, student taught at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County, and was a member of the second Cohort of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and the first Cohort of the Day School Leadership Training Institute. She then began working on an Ed.D. in Religion and Education at Columbia University - Teachers College, and in 2003, she became Judaic Studies Principal at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, completing her doctorate in 2005. Subsequently, Dr. Dolgin served for 3 years as the Director of Admissions and Placement at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, before becoming Lower School Principal right here at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County, now known as the Schechter School of Long Island. In August, 2011, Dr. Dolgin stepped up to the position of Head of School.
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
Lower School Principal
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.
Rabbi Tracy Kaplowitz, PhD.
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Admissions
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 Schechter Network 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
Upper School Guidance Counselor
Bonnie earned a BA from New York University, majoring in Spanish, French and Education with a minor in psychology. She studied language at the graduate level at Middlebury College. Bonnie received her MA in Personal/Social Counseling from Michigan State University. She selected this superior program for its hands-on training and supervision in the field. She counseled and taught at elite private schools including Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, and now at Schechter. In addition, Bonnie provided counseling therapy at a pain clinic.
Bonnie's relationship with Schechter began when her eldest son Josh transferred from Herricks in his junior year. Ben followed the next year in seventh grade and Rachel entered our kindergarten (they are all proud Schechter alumni). Bonnie started at Schechter that same year, seventeen years ago as a teacher and counselor, and is proud to be Director of Guidance and the Spanish Department Coordinator.
Director of Student Life
Currently in his 8th 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 Mr. Bourdet 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.
ICT Network Administrator
Mike comes to Schechter with over 20 years experience in educational technology. Mike works with the administration to plan and implement the strategic plan for technology at Schechter. He administers the local and cloud-based systems that keep the school alive. He works with faculty, staff, students and parents to help make using the information and communications technology resources of the school as easy to use as possible. In addition, Mike works with the division-level technology integrators to blend technology into the curriculum. Mike has previously worked as a web designer, systems analyst, systems engineer, graphic designer, and technical support specialist. Mike is married to the former Cheryl Wheeler. He is the father of 3, and grandfather of 2. In his free time, Mike is an Assistant Council Commissioner for the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is active in his church and community.
Rav Yosi Cirlin
Rav Beit haSefer
Rav Yosi Cirlin is Rav Beit haSefer at the Schechter School of Long Island where he has been teaching since 2013. In addition to his role as mara d’atra, Rav Yosi teaches Talmud and Tanakh in the HS as well as being the advisor for the school’s Moot Beit Din team. Rav Yosi graduated from Binghamton University with a bachelors in Philosophy and Judaic Studies. After graduation, Rav Yosi spent two years in the Kollel at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and two years as a full time fellow at Yeshivat Hadar. After completing four years of study, he received private smicha in Israel from Rabbi Elisha Anscelovits of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa and Rabbi Daniel Landes of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Rav Yosi currently lives in Washington Heights with his wife Amy and their son Uriel Moshe.