Leadership

Professional Staff

Uri Cohen

Executive Director

uri@qchillel.org

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

jenna@qchillel.org

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 and Middle Eastern Studies. Her Hillel journey began as a student leader at Hillel at FSU, serving 3 consecutive years as Executive Vice President, focusing much of her time on community service and social justice issues. Jenna also holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy from the Askew School at The Florida State University where she focused her graduate studies on strategic leadership and non profit management. Jenna has worked in Jewish non profits since 2010 and before her time at Queens College Hillel served as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Hillel at FSU. When not at Hillel, Jenna proudly serves as the co-chair of Limmud NY 2018 and would love to chat with you about it! Jenna loves Florida State football (#1), mastering the art of cooking, Walt Disney World, and her cat Albus.


 

Lynn Grossman

Director of Operations

lynng@qchillel.org

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.


 

Manashe Khaimov

Director of Community Engagement and Development

manashe@qchillel.org

Manashe was born in a city along the Silk Road, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where his ancestors lived for over 2000 years, which makes Manashe’s Jewish identity simultaneously Bukharian, Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian speaking.

Manashe is a fourth generation community organizer, informal Jewish educator, and a lifelong learner who brings his passion working with Jewish community. His Hillel journey began as a student leader at Baruch College where he served as Hillel President. He mainly focused his time on building cross campus community by organizing multi campus, city wide educational and social justice events. Manashe received his BA in International Marketing and Corporate Communications from Baruch College. In 2017 Manashe had completed his Masters from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in Community Organizing, Planning, & Development. For the past 6 years, Manashe worked for JCCA's Bukharian Teen Lounge in various roles. In his last role as a Director of the program, Manashe oversaw all the operations of the program as well as developed and ran leadership training seminars for the next generation of Jewish leaders. In 2016 Manashe had a privilege to work with Russian Holocaust survivors as a Community Organizer and helped to assess the client's need and advocate on their behalf at SelfHelp Community Services.

Manashe is a recipient of the New York Jewish Week's 36 Under 36” Visionary Jewish Leader Award,  TimesLedger Newspapers “Queens Impact Award” honoring the borough's unsung heroes, and he is an alumnus of the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship for International Jewish Leaders.


 

Jonathan Rahmani

Springboard Fellow

jonathan@qchillel.org

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 Sara Zacharia

Senior Jewish Educator

ravsara@qchillel.org

Rabbi Sara Zacharia (Rav Sara) was born and raised in an Ultra-Orthodox home, in Brooklyn, NY. After studying Speech Pathology and Audiology at Brooklyn College, her journey lead her to becoming a member of the first class ordained in Los Angeles at The Zeigler School for Rabbinic Studies in 1999.  Rav Sara has been deeply involved in creating and directing all aspects of supplemental education, adult learning and informal youth engagement at numerous Reform and Conservative synagogues in San Diego and Los Angeles. She has also served in several pluralistic communities in Boston, Los Angeles and New York. Her love of teaching torah permeates all she does. Rav Sara’s facility with Jewish text has sparked several innovative learning opportunities throughout the City. She also teaches Jewish mindfulness through study, meditation, prayer and eating practices, and serves as spiritual guide and mentor.  Rav Sara tweets weekly @rebzee99 #torahtweets on the Torah portion, Jewish themes and musings. She is a member of 2017 PresenTense NYC fellowship to incubate, cultivate and grow her start-up the Bet Art Midrash Project. She loves to take long walks, read, and dance and has an eclectic taste in music. She is a single mom to her daughter, Sasha. Rav Sara is thrilled to be joining Queens College Hillel as its first Senior Jewish Educator.


 

Rabbi Robby Charnoff

OU-JLIC Co-Director and Torah Educator

jlicrabbi@qchillel.org

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

scharnoff@qchillel.org

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 and Aharon.

 

Board of Directors

Muriel Goldberg, President (president@qchillel.org)

Ellen Koppelman, Vice President

Erika Witover, Vice President

Hillel (Howard) Wallick, Vice President for Strategy

Steve Schwager, Secretary

Daniel Tavakoli, Treasurer

Josh Abrams

Zohar Bachiry

Ilene Eder

Professor Arnold Franklin

Bobi Klotz

Nicki Kornbluth

Paul Kronish

Joan Loren

Yasmin Pinhasov-Malaev

Beth Moses

Ariel Shapiro

Abby Ziegler (Student President)

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