Diversity is a crucial reason why Jewish student life is so vibrant at Queens College. A substantial percentage of our students are Sephardic and Mizrahi, tracing their roots to North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Of these communities, two of the largest at Queens College are the Bukharian Jews from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and the Persian Jews from Iran.
QC Hillel offers many opportunities for Bukharian, Persian, and other Sephardic students to celebrate their cultures, explore and strengthen their identities, and fully engage with the Jewish campus community and beyond. A few examples of these programs are the festive Persian formal that attracts hundreds of students, a Sephardic-themed shabbaton, and the Choikhona (teahouse) lunches that serve as a platform for discussions about Bukharian identity, community and culture. The dynamic leadership of the Sephardi students is present through the active Persian and Bukharian clubs, as well as the Bukharian and Persian engagement internships.
Questions? Contact Ruben.