Board of Trustees

  • Sara Berman, Chair
  • David Gedzelman, Vice-Chair
  • Eli Schaap, Treasurer
  • Ella Zalkind, Secretary
  • Rev. Assemblyman Karim Camara
  • Charles Capetanakis
  • Stacie Feldman
  • Allyson Galishoff
  • Norman Green
  • Hindie Weissman

Board of Trustees Meetings 2015-16

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, November 19. 2015

Thursday, December 17. 2015

Thursday, January 28. 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

All meetings begin at 6:30 PM and take place at 2186 Mill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Board Meeting Materials

Download materials for the June 18, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 06.18.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 05.21.15

HLA Head of School Report June 2015

HLA Financial Reports 04.30.15

Proposed HLA Budget 2015-16

HLA Board Meeting Calendar 2015-16


Download materials for the May 21, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 05.21.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 04.23.15

Proposed HLA Academic Calendar 2015-16

Head of School Report May 2015

HLA Financial Reports 03.31.15


Download materials for the April 23, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 04.23.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 03.19.15

HLA Financial Reports 02.28.15

HLA Head of School Report 04.23.15

Download Materials for the March 19, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 03.19.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 02.19.15

Head of School Report March 2015

HLA Financial Reports 01.31.15

Download Materials for the February 19, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 02.19.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 01.22.15

Head of School’s Report February 2015

HLA Financial Reports 12.31.14

Download Materials for the January 22, 2015 meeting:

HLA Board Agenda 01.22.15

DRAFT HLA Board Minutes 12.11.14

Head of School Report January 2015

HLA Financial Reports 11.30.14

HLA Student Discipline Policy (Revised Jan 2015)


Additional materials from past Board meetings can be found on Reports & Public Documents.






Laura Joan Silver

Head Of School
Laura Joan Silver

Education & Training

  • B.S., Syracuse University
  • M.A., New York University
  • Advanced Certificate, City College of New York

I became a teacher because...

I knew that by being a classroom teacher I had the ability to positively affect the way children learn and work. I knew that by being a supervisor and administrator, I could positively impact the way schools work, and set the standard high for children and staff.

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

When I was a brand new supervisor I learned that getting support and training was critical to a person’s ability to perform his job well. For me, this meant that as a supervisor I had provide my staff with the tools they needed to excel at their teaching jobs. When teachers are supported in a trusting, professional environment, they excel at their job, and can provide quality instruction for our children.

I joined HLA because...

The mission of HLA is an exciting one. I joined HLA to help develop a strong leadership team that can support teachers, children, and their families in order to provide quality instruction. I am thrilled to lead this school to excellence, where the standard of teaching and learning is high, and where respect and regard for the individual child and staff member contributes to this environment.

My vision for our children at HLA...

I hope that through the work we do at HLA, we lay a strong foundation for our children to become life- long learners in a constant search for information. My vision is for our children to develop a level of respect and honor for his/her neighbor, promoting acceptance of our diverse cultures.

Arleen Danon

Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Arleen Danon

Education & Training

  • B.A., Temple University
  • B.H.L., Gratz College
  • H.T.D., Gratz College

I became a teacher because...

I have always delighted in the sheer joy of the “Aha” moment – that magical intersection of just the right circumstances when a person’s face lights up with the glow of “I get it!” Being an educator provides countless opportunities to nurture and share in these moments of discovery that mark the intellectual and emotional development of children. For an educator, there is nothing more fulfilling

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

As a young adolescent, music was an important portal into Hebrew language and Israeli culture for me. As my music collection increased, so did my vocabulary, along with a deepening appreciation for the rich and varied rhythms so characteristic of Israeli music. When I became a Hebrew language teacher, I came to understand the transformative power that music can have in the language classroom. Hearing my students joyfully singing a song on the playground that I had taught them was very exciting. When they later told me that they wanted the song on their iPods, I realized that this song could have a far-reaching impact on them.

I joined HLA because...

I joined HLA because I love to work with children. I love their curiosity, their imagination,their enthusiasm, and their laughter. And I equally love the Hebrew language. I love to hear it, speak it, read it, and write it. I love its cadence, its expressions, its intonation, and even its idiosyncrasies. As a member of the HLA staff and leadership team, I look forward to contributing to this diverse learning community, where I can interweave these two passions in support of the school’s mission.

My vision for our children at HLA...

My vision for HLA is to continue to develop as a community of learners, where supported by all of the school’s constituencies, each student progresses in Hebrew language proficiency and across all of the disciplines, with confidence and competence, guided by respect for self and others.

Robyn Coghlan

General Studies
Robyn Coghlan

Education & Training

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

When I was in third grade the teacher gave us a writing assignment where we had to describe the career we would like to pursue later on. I couldn’t choose between being a librarian, teacher, banker or flight attendant, so I wrote about them all. The flight attendant career went by the wayside in about 8th grade after I realized it wasn’t a very glamorous job! I was a school librarian for a year and I did work for a period of time, in a bank. And so to teaching: I enjoy all subjects, I love learning and I need to discuss what I am learning. My happiest times growing up were at school and I regularly played teacher with my friends, my dog and even by myself. Early on, I recognized that I had a talent for being able to observe a learner, understand their strengths and know the next thing that they needed to learn. Teaching is where I could I practice my strengths all day, learn about infinite subjects and surround myself with people who have a thirst for learning. My vocation has grown to mean something even more important. Someone once wrote, “What is a life? What do we leave behind that cannot be erased by wind or time or memory?” Teaching someone to be a successful and contributing member of society is why I teach.

I joined HLA because...

I think in almost every teacher’s career there are times when one thinks if I had my own school and could do anything I wanted, I would do… Reading HLA’s charter was like reading about the dream model for a school. HLA has responsibilities and yet, the freedom to choose and emphasize things that I believe are important to education.

My vision for our children at HLA...

I would like to borrow some of the social studies and service learning narrative from the charter as a way of explaining my vision for the children of HLA., that “children will be exposed to a rigorous intellectual tradition that analyzes culture and history in an open and unrestricted way” and there is a desire to “help all children understand and appreciate the value of their own cultural distinctiveness in the context of the shared universal culture. I particularly want the education of our children to be experiential with a focus on the action and reflection process in order to come to deep understandings.