The University of Sydney’s
boutique residential college
and best-kept secret

People

MS SHANA KERLANDER – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND MASTER

BEd (University of Sydney), CELTA

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 resides onsite with her husband and their son.


MRS NAOMI WINTON – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MANDELBAUM TRUST

Naomi has worked at Mandelbaum House since 2002 in a variety of management roles, including Acting CEO. As well as her position with the Mandelbaum Trust she is the Harassment and Discrimination Officer at the college.

MS IRYNA KOZLOVA – OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Originally from Ukraine, Iryna moved to Australia in 2013 and has fallen in love with the country and people. She joined the Mandelbaum House team in November 2014.


MR ROBERT VOTAVA — CHEF MANAGER

Robert was born in the Czech Republic and has been at Mandelbaum House since 2013. He is interested in international cuisine and photography.

MS ZELDA AND MR MO LEVITT - LIBRARIANS

Zelda and Mo are the honorary librarians at Mandelbaum House. Zelda is a qualified librarian and worked at WITS University in South Africa.


MS MANJULA NARAYAN – HOUSEKEEPER

Manjula is our longest serving staff member. Having started at Mandelbaum House 20 years ago she is a familiar face around the college, recognised by generations of residents. She takes great pride in her work and keeps every room sparkling clean.

MR RON OZEN - MAINTENANCE OFFICER

Ron is from South Africa and has been living in Australia for nearly 20 years. He has over 30 years experience in building maintenance and readily takes on all the odd jobs around the college.


Resident Assistants

The Resident Assistants (RA) provide on-call after business hours assistance to residents and visitors of Mandelbaum House.

KARISHA LUTHRIA

Karishma is a third year Media and Communications student. She is from Mumbai, India and has a passion for writing and the communities she immerses herself in. She is an aspiring Journalist, whose areas of interest range from Human Rights to Hip-Hop

BENJAMIN LEADBETTER

Ben is originally from Terrigal, NSW. He's in his third year at Mandelbaum house and is completing his Bachelor of Arts before moving to postgraduate study. During his free time Ben can be found at the USYD’s largest gym which is just up the road from us.

KYLE FAN

Kyle grew up in Adelaide, moving to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Science. Kyle is the IT RA and enjoys playing tennis and cycling in his spare time.


College Council

The Council of Mandelbaum House oversees the management of the college, and comprises of respected university academics and prominent community figures.

  • Associate Professor David Levy (Chairman and Trustee)
  • Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod
  • Associate Professor Lilon Bandler
  • Mr Paul Baram
  • Emeritus Professor Graham de Vahl Davis AM FTSE
  • Dr Rosemary Einstein
  • Rabbi Benjamin Elton
  • Rabbi David Freedman (Trustee)
  • Mrs Gael Hammer
  • Ms Shana Kerlander (CEO)
  • Dr Don Perlgut
  • Mrs Naomi Winton (Honorary Secretary)
  • Mr Sam Zweig (Honorary Treasurer)

Academic Advisory Committee

The Academic Advisory Committee determines the academic programme of the college. It serves as a liaison between the college council and the Mandelbaum Trust. Members of this committee sit on the scholarship committee.

  • Dr Avril Alba (Chair of Committee)
  • Rabbi Benjamin Elton
  • Mrs Gael Hammer
  • Dr Simon Holloway
  • Rabbi David Freedman
  • Ms Shana Kerlander (CEO)
  • Mrs Claire May
  • Associate Professor Eric Sowey
  • Mrs Naomi Winton (Secretary)
  • Associate Professor Ian Young
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