Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky - Dean
Rabbi Uzhansky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and raised in Philadelphia. Prior to receiving his rabbinical ordination, he studied in Yeshivot both in Israel and the U.S., and spent much time developing culturally sensitive programming for Russian-speaking Jews across the United States. His great passion is creating opportunities for Jewish people of all backgrounds to meaningfully connect to their heritage.
Chana Uzhansky – Head of School
Mrs. Uzhansky was born in Philadelphia, PA to a family of former refuseniks, Barry and Elena Iann. After graduating from the acclaimed Bruriah High School, Mrs. Uzhansky went on to study in Israel at B'not Torah Institute. Following her year abroad she began to pursue a career in education at Touro College and was awarded with an academic scholarship to participate in their accelerated Educators Honor's Program. Mrs. Uzhansky graduated in 2003 with a Masters in Education and Special Education certified to teach students from kindergarten through twelfth grade in all subject areas specializing in special instruction and mathematics. Since graduating, Mrs. Uzhansky has taught in elementary, middle, and high school general education classrooms as well as worked with students with disabilities as an Early Intervention specialist with A.B.A experience and training. Mrs. Uzhansky is currently in pursuit of an Educational Doctorate degree with a specialized focus on the Exceptional Child at Northcentral University. She is currently in her dissertation phase with the hope of graduating in June 2016. Mrs. Uzhansky’s greatest passion is to inspire young minds to love the actual quest of knowledge and to embolden their souls to pursue that love of learning throughout their life.
Lina Shuster - Director of Staff and Development
Lina was born in the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine. She was born into a family deeply rooted in the importance of preserving Judaism despite the anti-Semitic environment. Lina’s family moved to New York in 1991 and Lina attended Sinai Academy to learn and embrace the richness of Jewish culture and religion. Lina graduated Brooklyn College with a Masters degree in Organizational Development and has worked as an HR Manager for over 10 years in the Fortune 500 Companies as well as in the non-for-profit sector. Currently, together with her husband, Lina is devoting her time to raising two beautiful children (one of whom is a SIHA student), while running a successful, award-nominated Photography Studio (Lasting Memories Photography). Given Lina’s own childhood experience, she strongly believes in high quality Jewish education for our children and is currently involved in helping SIHA grow by taking an active role serving as a Director of Staff and Development.
Ilanit Dinar - Executive Coordinator
Ilanit Dinar, is the daughter of a Jewish Ukrainian born mother who immigrated to Israel and instilled in her children the importance of Jewish heritage. Being born in the US, Ilanit went to yeshiva her entire academic career and she graduated from Flatbush High School. Together with her husband, she continues with sending their own children to Yeshiva as preserving Jewish heritage is something they value immensely. Ilanit graduated from Briarcliff College with an Associate’s Degree in Business. She obtained Series 7 and 63 License and worked in Bear Sterns as a registered sales assistant. With her financial background she helps run SIHA’s administration efficiently. She is extremely dedicated to SIHA as she strongly believes in its mission of a great academic education while teaching the students to have a love and appreciation for their Jewish roots.