Dr. Rafi Kalman
718-591-9800 ext. 307
Brandeis University - B.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - M.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - Psy.D
Dr. Kalman earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University majoring in Psychology with a focus on child-adolescent learning and development. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Simultaneous to building a private practice, Dr. Kalman began working as a School Psychologist at the Green Chimneys School in 2005, where he spent the next eight years. Dr. Kalman joined Schechter Queens in September 2013 as School Psychologist, and in 2014 was promoted Director of Student Learning and Related Services. In these roles, he has been a valuable part of the school’s administrative team. Dr. Kalman possesses the administrative ability, knowledge and experience necessary to successfully lead our school into the future.
STEM Coordinator/Dean of Students
Hofstra University - B.A. in Elementary Education
B.A. in English Literature
CUNY - Queens College - M.S.in Ed. - Mathematics Education
St. John's University - M.S. in Ed. - School Building Leadership
Jennifer Hale became a member of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens in 2006 as a second grade teacher. Since that time, she has taught many different grade levels, and currently teaches Science to elementary school students. As the STEAM coordinator, Mrs. Hale assists with planning and coordinating STEAM level activities, which will allow for the students to thrive in a more creative learning environment, and it will provide students a wider range of ways to learn and express themselves. In addition to her role as a teacher, Mrs. Hale serves as the school dean, and she provides support for families and students throughout the school.
Rabbi Boaz Tomsky
Coordinator of Judaic Studies
718-591-9800 ext. 314
Barry University - M.B.A.
University of Hartford - Doctorate of Education
Talmudic University of Florida - Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Tomsky received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Talmudic University of Florida, his M.B.A. from Barry University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Hartford. His experience includes over 20 years of working at Jewish Community day schools both as a teacher and as a principal at Bi-Cultural Day School, Yeshiva of Belle Harbor and Crown Heights Yeshiva. In addition to his work in the field of day school education, Rabbi Tomsky is also an accomplished college professor, lecturing on topics ranging from early education and parenting to finance and economics. His doctoral dissertation discussed curriculum integration, namely the interconnections between Judaic and general studies curriculum within Jewish community day schools. Furthermore, he has served as a pulpit rabbi in synagogues in Maine, Rhode Island, and Belle Harbor, New York.
Rabbi Tomsky has helped foster a warm, loving and nurturing environment for students to succeed. He believes that there is a significant correlation between the cognitive and social-emotional development in children and in the importance of students feeling safe, respected and cared for in their schools. Rabbi Tomsky emphasizes the value of Midot Tovot, refined character traits. He believes that a Jewish education is about educating both the heart and the mind. By so doing, his students have developed a deeper love for Torah, their heritage and for Israel.