Professional Staff and Board of Directors

 

Professional Staff

Jenna Citron, Interim Executive Director

Originally from New Jersey, Jenna has lived all over the United States from south to north Florida, Texas, Georgia and New York. Her Hillel journey began as a student leader at Hillel at FSU (Florida State), serving 3 years as Executive Vice President, focusing her time on community service and social justice. Jenna received a Master of Public Administration and Policy from the Askew School at The Florida State University in 2012 where she focused her graduate studies on strategic leadership and non-profit management. She also received a B.S. in Political Science from the Florida State University in 2008. Jenna has worked in Jewish non-profits since 2010 and before her time at QC Hillel (this is her 7th year here!) served as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Hillel at FSU. Jenna was a member of the 4th cohort of Shalom Hartman Institute Campus Fellows, a member of the 2nd cohort of UJA-Federation of NY Ruskay Fellows, served as the Conference Co-Chair of Limmud NY 2018, sits on the Board of Directors of Limmud NY, and is the steering committee Chair of the Malkhut- a progressive Jewish community in Astoria. Jenna loves Florida State football (#1), mastering the art of cooking, Walt Disney World, her partner Devon, and their cats Albus and Mr. Wadsworth (Wadsie). 

 

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.

 

Manashe Khaimov, Director of Community Engagement and Development

Manashe was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, a city along the Silk Road, where his ancestors had lived for over 2000 years, which makes his 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 the Jewish community. His Hillel journey began 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. For the past 6 years, Manashe worked for JCCA’s Bukharian Teen Lounge in various roles. In his last role as the 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 the privilege to work with Russian Holocaust survivors as a Community Organizer and helped to assess the client's needs and advocated on their behalf at SelfHelp Community Services. Manashe hold his Masters from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in Community Organizing, Planning, & Development.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. 

 

Spencer Perdeck, Springboard Fellow 

Spencer is a recent graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and NYU. Originally from South Florida, Spencer moved to New York to pursue a degree in Drama. Spencer is an optimistic, friendly, hard working and fun individual! He is really passionate about Judaism, the arts, the environment and living a healthy lifestyle. He is excited to work at QC Hillel and meet all the students. His best friends all have movie pass, and he invites you to be his friend and get one too!

 

Rav Sara Zacharia, Senior Jewish Educator

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.

 

Rav Benny Berlin, OU-JLIC Co-Director 

Rav Benny was born in St. Paul, MN and raised in Teaneck, NJ. He spent 2 years studying at Lev HaTorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh. He subsequently attended Lander College for men where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in psychology. Rav Benny received semikhah from Yeshiva University's RIETS rabbinic program as well as from Ohy Somayach and Pirchei Shoshanim. He obtained a Master's degree from Touro School of Jewish Education and Administration, graduating as a Legacy Heritage Fellow. Rav Benny served as the rabbinic intern at the East Hill Synagogue from 2014-2018, where he was involved in leading community services and implementing programs to foster community integration. Rav Benny and his wife Sara also led two inspiring trips to Poland with the 12th graders of the Englewood community as part of the Asher Strobel Leadership Program. Rav Benny also served as the Co-Director of the Community Campaign at Jewish National Fund, successfully launching  JNF Tu B'shvat programs across the country, creating and implementing curriculum to be used with a focus on young professionals.

 

Sara Berlin, OU-JLIC Co-Director 

Originally from Teaneck NJ, Sara went to Frisch for high school. Following graduation, Sara studied at Tiferet in Ramat Beit Shemesh for a year. She graduated with honors from Stern College for Women with a BA in Psychology. Additionally, Sara is a certified Kallah teacher through OU-RCA-Nishmat, and has learned with Kallot in the Englewood community. While at Stern, Sara served as an RA, where she managed, guided, and facilitated religious activity on campus, and was commended for her excellence in communal leadership. After graduation, Sara completed her Social Work degree at Columbia University and is on track to obtain a license as a clinical social worker (LCSW) with a specialization in children/adolescent mental health.

Galit Mimran, Community Shlicha

Galit has just completed 2 years as the coordinator for the Israeli scouts movement of the ”Nofar” group in Lehavim in Southern Israel. She is about to go on a shlichut in Long Island and work with scouts in Shevet Gefen and college students on hofstra and Queens college. Galit has been involved with the Scouts for many years: she started as a member of the Scouts “Arava” group in her hometown of Kiryat-Gat when she was in 7th grade, taking on various leadership positions all through high school. During this time, she had a chance to represent the Israeli Scout Movement in two international events - the world Scouts jamboree in Sweden and the 'Agora' delegation to Switzerland.  After graduating from high school and prior to her army service, Galit volunteered for a year in the National scouting center, which specializes in training and developing scouting skills and leads different educational activities for different organizations in various age groups. Besides her work with the Scouts, Galit was very active during high school, when she held the position of head of the city youth council, and took part in two Partnership 2000 projects with Kiryat-Gat’s sister city – Chicago: “Kol Israel” and Camp Chai.  During her Army service, Galit served as an educational services coordinator in a combat unit.Galit is the youngest of 4 siblings, and loves theater and to Hola Hoop. Galit will be on campus every Wednesday beginning in September!

Board of Directors

Howard Wallick, President* Nikki Kornbluth
Muriel Goldberg, Vice President* Joan Loren*
Erika Witover, Vice President* Professor Arnold Franklin
Steve Schwager, Vice President* Paul Kronish
Ilene Eder, Secretary* Dani Shulan
Daniel Tavakoli, Treasurer * Ariel Tavor
Ellen Koppelman* Yasmin Pinkhasov Malaev
Bobi Klotz* * Member of Executive Committee

 

 

 

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