Professional Staff

Uri Cohen

Executive Director


Uri grew up in Bayside, Queens and is a life-long New Yorker. He went to public school in Bayside and the Bronx High School of Science. He attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, majoring in Jewish Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Uri has worked in the Jewish non-profit world since 2002, with organizations such as Perry Davis Associates, Hillel International, and the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. Uri came to Queens College Hillel in 2011, and together with wife Stacey and son Noah, he's thrilled to be a part of the Queens College community. He is also a major Mets fan, and also roots for the Giants, Jets, Rangers, and Knicks.

Jenna Citron

Assistant Director


Originally from New Jersey, Jenna has lived all over the US from south to north Florida, Texas, Georgia and now New York. Jenna graduated in 2008 from The Florida State University (go noles!) with a B.S in political science. Her Hillel journey began as a student leader at Hillel at FSU, where she focused her time on community service and social justice issues. In 2012 Jenna received her Master of Public Administration and Policy focusing on non-profit management and strategic leadership. After two years as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Hillel at FSU Jenna traveled back up north to NYC!. Jenna loves Florida State football, mastering the art of cooking, Walt Disney World, and her two cats Albus and Snape.

Lynn Grossman

Director of Operations


Lynn was born and raised in New York. She and her husband live 10 minutes away from our campus and are proud parents of 3 children. Lynn attended yeshivot on Long Island and received her B.A. in Economics from Stern College and continued her education at Baruch College in Computer Programming. Upon completion, she was hired as a business analyst in the Wall Street financial district until her department relocated to Florida and Lynn politely declined the job relocation offer. For the past 14 years, Lynn has enjoyed working at QC Hillel so much that her 3 children attended Queens College. Lynn enjoys swimming, Zumba and cooking for her family and Shabbat guests (& eating!). You can meet Lynn anytime (almost) at QC Hillel.

Jackie Shapiro

Associate Director of Development


Jackie is a born-and-raised New Yorker currently living in Long Island.  She is the first-born American in her family, which immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union.  She is fluent in Russian, graduated summa cum laude from Queens College, and received her MSW from Columbia University, focusing primarily on social enterprise administration.  She held an internship at the UJA-Federation of New York, where she found her passion to dedicate her career to the Jewish population and previously worked doing development for a Zionist nonprofit organization, where she collaborated with donors and board members to aid in fundraising efforts for various mission-driven projects.  Jackie considers herself to be a foodie and loves exploring Manhattan's culinary scene and also considers herself a home chef.  When she is not experimenting with different cuisines and spices, she enjoys living a healthy and fit lifestyle, exercising regularly, and traveling/exploring whenever and wherever possible.  She is overjoyed to be part of the team at Queens College Hillel, a place that hits very close to home.


Ruben Shimonov

Director of Cross-Community  Engagement and Education


Ruben was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Upon graduating the University of Washington with College Honors, he received a Bachelor of Arts in three majors: International Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and Jewish Studies. He has worked in various Jewish and secular educational settings, most recently as a youth educator at the Park Avenue Synagogue. In his spare time, Ruben enjoys exploring the seemingly limitless sights of New York City. Loving artistic expression, he also uses his free time to work on Middle Eastern calligraphy, music composition, and creative writing. As part of the indigenous Jewish population of Central Asia, Ruben belongs to a community that is simultaneously part of the Persian-speaking and Russian-speaking worlds. Therefore, given his multilayered Jewish background as a Bukharian Jew, Ruben has always been fascinated by the diverse mosaic that composes the Jewish people. He is excited to bring that commitment to Jewish diversity while working at Queens College Hillel.

Jonathan Rahmani

Springboard Fellow


Originally from Miami Beach, Jonathan grew up in Dallas, TX, and attended Texas A&M University. For Jonathan, college was a time to get involved in a variety of organizations, and work with students from a variety of backgrounds. Within Hillel, his focus was on communications, engagement, recruitment, and leadership development. After graduating from college, Jonathan joined NECHAMA, a Jewish nonprofit focused on responding to disaster stricken areas, and worked closely with Hillels from around the country running alternative spring break trips. Jonathan will be joining QC Hillel as the Innovative Springboard Fellow, and is excited to move to Queens, NY. In his free time, Jonathan likes to explore new places and try new foods, and is passionate about the Dallas Mavericks, coffee, and Israel.

Rabbi Robby Charnoff

OU-JLIC Co-Director and Torah Educator


Rabbi Charnoff was born and raised in New York. He spent two years studying at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem. He subsequently attended Yeshiva University where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in psychology. Rabbi Charnoff received semicha from Yeshiva University’s RIETS rabbinic program as well as from R. Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of the Rabbinical High Court in Jerusalem. He obtained a Master’s Degree from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration and completed YU’s Certificate Program  in Experiential Jewish Education as well as their Chosson Teacher Training Program. Rabbi Charnoff served as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ohab Zedek’s on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and has been a guest lecturer at many synagogues throughout the New York area, including the Young Israel of Woodmere, the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Manhattan Jewish Center, MJE, and the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Rabbi Charnoff and his wife Shoshana are proud to be the first ever OU-JLIC Educators at Queens College! They have been instrumental in establishing strong Orthodox life and programing at QC and offer a warm home on campus for the students of Queens College.

Shoshana Charnoff

OU-JLIC Co-Director and Torah Educator


Shoshana is excited to be the first OU-JLIC Educator at Queens College. Originally from Philadelphia, Shoshana went to Akiba Hebrew Academy for high school. Following graduation, Shoshana studied at Midreshet HaRova in the Old City of Jerusalem for a year and a half. Shoshana graduated with honors from Stern College for Women with a BA in English Literature and also earned a teaching certificate from the Israeli Ministry of Education to teach students in the Diaspora. Additionally, Shoshana is a certified Kallah teacher through the National Council of Young Israel. While at Stern, Shoshana served as the President of the Torah Activities Council (TAC), where she managed, guided, and facilitated all religious activity on campus, and received an award for her excellence in communal leadership. After graduation, Shoshana and her husband Robby spent two years in the Yeshiva University’s Gruss Institute in Israel. Shoshana has worked for the Jewish National Fund, Aish Hatorah and various Hebrew Schools throughout Manhattan. Shoshana and her husband are the parents of Aliza, the cutest toddler on campus.


Board of Directors

Muriel Goldberg, President (president@qchillel.org)

Ellen Koppelman, Vice President for Resource Development

Erika Witover, Vice President

Steve Schwager, Secretary

Hillel (Howard) Wallick, Treasurer

Josh Abrams (UJA Observer)

Zohar Bachiry

Ilene Eder

Professor Arnold Franklin

Clara Helwaser (Student President)

Bobi Klotz

Nicki Kornbluth

Paul Kronish

Joan Loren

Yasmin Pinhasov-Malaev

Beth Moses

Jonny Perlman

Dr. Mark Rosenblum

Ariel Shapiro

Daniel Tavakoli

Artur Yusupov

Rebecca Zimilover

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