Our People

Shana Kerlander website 2020


BEd (University of Sydney), CELTA (Cambridge English)


Shana was appointed CEO at Mandelbaum House in May 2005. Her long association with Mandelbaum House began a year before the College’s opening in 1995 via her position as AUJS president at the University of Sydney. Shana has held many leadership positions including Hillel Director of Student Services at Shalom College, UNSW.

She is a qualified teacher and has worked in the field of education and in business development. She has also worked as a tour leader in Sydney, Israel and in 11 countries/35 cities across Europe and worked on cruise-ships in the South Pacific. Shana was awarded the NSW JBD President’s Award in 2020 for outstanding contribution towards promoting a safe, inclusive and cohesive community in NSW.

A welcoming and warm place immersed in cultural diversity,
great memories and friends for life!

Audrey, New Caledonia

It is wonderful to have a spacious and fully furnished bedroom
to which I can retreat to after a busy day of classes!

Julio, Colombia

I love that I always have a healthy option
at every meal that is also delicious!

Rebecca, USA

When you go to uni with 60,000 people,
it’s nice to come back to a family of 40 at the end of the day.

Michael, Australia

Mandelbaum House has been the most diverse,
welcoming, active society I have ever been involved in.

Alex, USA