Lital and Josh Amini are proud members of the NSHA community as parents to Eden (8th grade), Elisheva (7th Grade), Noah (4th Grade) and Daniel (3rd Grade). Both Josh and Lital are actively involved in the NSHA community, Josh as a member of the Board of Directors and the English Board, and Lital as Treasurer of the PTA. Lital and Josh generously contribute their expertise to ensure that NSHA continues to provide the outstanding educational experience that has become the trademark of our school.
When not immersed in school life, Josh works in the real estate sector having achieved an undergraduate degree from NYU Stern and an MBA from Cornell. He also has a passion for Jewish history and is a Board member of the Temple Mount Sifting project in Jerusalem and has been on digs in Israel. Lital is a project manager for an Interior Design firm and her warm, welcoming and beautiful home is a reflection of her impeccable taste. She graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology.
One of Lital’s loves is cooking Persian food, honoring their family’s Mashadi heritage. The Amini family continuously makes efforts to strengthen and bridge the many communities that create our NSHA family. They set the benchmark for all of our families of how to live a life of leadership, commitment, Torah and Derech Eretz.
It is with great excitement that we recognize them as our Guests of Honor for their unwavering commitment to the mission and values of the North Shore Hebrew Academy.
It is a rare honor for a school to educate three generations in a single family, including among them some of the most important leaders in our school history. Bruce and Susan ‘80 Decter, and their extended family, represent everything a school could ask for in dedication, leadership and commitment to mission.
Susan and Bruce were married in 2004, bringing together Susan’s children Daniella Forman Kirshner ‘08 and Jeremy Forman ‘11, and Bruce’s children Jacob, Ashley Prawer, Gabby Decter and Emma Strulowitz. They are now grandparents to Julia Kirshner (Nursery), Isaac Kirshner (Toddler), Mathew Kirshner (Toddler), Stevie Prawer, Brielle Prawer, Solomon Prawer, Tova Strulowitz, Yisroel Strulowitz, Rebecca Decter, JJ Decter and Charley Forman.
Raised in Great Neck, Susan and her siblings learned firsthand from her parents what it meant to be an involved volunteer and leader at NSHA. Her parents, Anita and Hal Beretz, were early leaders of the school, with Hal serving as President from 1973-1975. Susan is among a storied generation of NSHA alumni who took an active role in transforming our school first as students and then as parents. As an active PTA member, Anita set an example for Susan who would later become a leader in the NSHA PTA, AMIT and Shaare Tzedek Hospital. She is currently a real estate agent specializing in the Great Neck market.
Bruce’s dedication to community reaches not only to NSHA but also to his volunteer work for his children’s schools and his synagogues, for which he received the National Council of Young Israel Shofar Award. He is a renowned and top rated cardiologist who is known in our community for his open door in helping those in need. As a clinical assistant professor of cardiology and medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell he prepares the next generation of medical students. He is perhaps most proud though of his work inspiring his bar-mitzvah students as they prepare to read the Torah and become leaders in their Jewish communities.
We bestow upon Susan and Bruce Decter the Dor L’Dor award for setting the benchmark of dedication and leadership for three generations of NSHA parents, students and alumni.
Rabbi Yechezkel Lehrer has been an esteemed and veteran educator teaching Talmud, Chumash and Halacha for more than forty-five years, nineteen of which he has spent inspiring our students here at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. He currently teaches the senior Talmud class and coaches our Boys Torah Bowl team.
Upon graduation from the prestigious Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, Rabbi Lehrer was invited to teach in Israel, beginning his career in yeshiva education. The common threads of warmth, genuine caring, and his scholarly approach to Talmud inspires our students to live a life grounded in Torat Yisrael and Derech Eretz His students look up to him as a role model and as a result he has thousands of alumni who stay in touch, even inviting him to numerous weddings and celebrations in many of their life events.
As Rabbi Lehrer retires from North Shore to continue his studies and spend more time with his family, he leaves behind his legacy of the Siyum Scholars Program. This tremendously successful program inspires students to complete an entire Masechet; a monumental and unforgettable achievement.
However, he says his greatest accomplishment is seeing students grow and develop an enthusiasm for Judaic Studies and experiencing the great pleasure of interacting with and being a positive factor in their lives now and in their future.
We wish Rabbi Lehrer much HaKarat HaTov for inspiring and educating our students and continued Hatzlacha in the next chapter of his life!