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Eileen Bohrer
Executive Director
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
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.

 

 

 
 
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 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

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.
 
Bonnie Cahn
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.
 
 
 
Michael Hirsch
Director of Student Life
 
Currently in his 9th 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.

 

 
 
Michael Bourdet
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.

 
 
 
 

 

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