Board of Trustees

Our Board

Shari Lipner, Chair

Dr. Shari Lipner is an assistant professor of dermatology and assistant attending physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Lipner is a distinguished dermatologist and scholar, having obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth University. She has a passion for giving back to the community and is a parent leader for Hebrew Language Academy Charter School.

Stella Binkevich, Treasurer

Stella Binkevich is an accomplished business person and a prominent young lay leader in NYC. Binkevich was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States when she was seven. She later attended the University of Michigan and worked for Goldman Sachs upon graduation. Binkevich was recently honored by the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations for her involvement with the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Binkevich is a passionate and driven representative for Hebrew Language Academy Charter School.

Reverend Karim Camara

Reverend Karim Camara is the current executive director and deputy commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services. Additionally, Kamara was the fundraising director for the Cush Campus Schools in Brooklyn. With a background in politics and religion, Camara has a rare perspective that he uses to successfully lead and represent Hebrew Language Academy Charter School.

Aaron Listhaus, Secretary

Aaron Listhaus began at Hebrew Public in January 2011 and has since helped with the development and opening of five new Hebrew language charter schools. Listhaus is an experienced educator, having worked as the chief academic officer of the New York City’s Department of Education’s Office of Charter Schools. Listhaus previously spent five years as principal of Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. Listhaus continues his educational career and support of charter schools through his involvement with Hebrew Language Academy Charter School.

Michael Tobman, Vice Chair

Mike Tobman, ESQ. is a political professional with substantial experience in media relations, political consulting, and political campaigns. After working for Senator Charles Schumer, Tobman organized The Educational Alliance for Children in New York State, which advocated for an Education Tax Credit proposal. He has represented the Hebrew Public Charter Schools in New York since 2008.

Ella Zalkind

Ella Zalkind practices corporate, commercial, and real estate law for Beress & Zalkind. She has worked at renowned law firms in New York City, where she has mastered her trade in corporate and real estate transactions. Zalkind is the current President of the Board of Trustees at the Shorefront YM-YMHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach. Zalkind is an active member of the nonprofit community and a valuable member of Hebrew Language Academy Charter School.

Board Meeting Calendar 2017-18

All meetings are held at 6:45 PM, at HLA: 2186 Mill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Board Meeting Materials

2017 Meeting Materials

October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February, 2017
January, 2017


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