Student Team

QC Hillel Community Builders

 

 

Destiny Innocent c/o 2020

Peer Network Engagement Intern

Who are you? Hello! My name is Destiny Inocent, I am a Junior at Queens College (Graduation 2020), majoring in Economics going towards Business in Finance.

Why is Hillel important to you? When I joined the Jewish Learning Fellowship this past spring semester, I knew I wanted to create more amazing connections and explore the Hillel community. Hearing ideas and perspectives not only broadens my mind, but it helps me understand people. 

 

Jessica Muratova c/o 2020

Peer Network Engagement Intern

Who are you? I'm a third year student here at Queens College and I'm pursuing a psychology major. When I first came to Queens college, I was very apprehensive about meeting new people and kept to myself most of the time. But after coming into the Hillel, I was exposed to so many different people which opened me up to explore my identity and connect with my Bukharian roots.  

Why is Hillel important to you? Judaism plays an imperative role in my life. Being Jewish has instilled core values in me like selflessness, chessed (doing good deeds) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through actions, which is the basis of our religion. Finding my identity through Judaism has made me realize the significance of community, unity and family.

Leah Kesten c/o 2021

Peer Network Engagement Intern

Who are you? Leah Kesten is a Sophomore and Math major at queens college. She is excited to be a Hillel intern, and a member of the Egalitarian Initiative Board.

Why is Hillel important to you?Jewish life on campus, and specifically Hillel is important to me because it allows students to choose their level of involvement in Judaism, and the community they want to surround themselves with. Before I joined Hillel I didn't have many friends on campus and I wasn't sure about how involved I wanted to be with Judaism. Now that I'm active in Hillel I can see that I've made almost all of my friends through Hillel, and I have Hillel to thank for turning me into a Jewish leader.

Alaine Saks c/o 2020

Peer Network Engagement Intern

Who are you? Using her knowledge and experience from studying in queens college as well as studying in both public school and yeshiva, Alaine plans to make a impact in Jewish life on campus as well as with the Hillel as an engagement intern. 

Why is Hillel important to you? Growing up attending Yeshiva and transferring to public school, maintaining my jewish identity was always important. Coming in to queens college, a school that is so diverse, I wanted to join a group and be a part of something I truly believed in. 

Maddie Krupnick c/o 2020

Migdalim Fellow and Egalitarian Initiative, President 

Who are you? I grew up in New Jersey where I spent a lot of time in the shul where my mother is a Cantor. In high school, I worked at my religious school and participated in various extracurricular activities. I am now a Middle Eastern Studies major, a Migdalim Fellow and President of the Egalitarian Initiative!

Why is Hillel important to you? Jewish life/Hillel is important to me because I never had a lot of Jewish friends growing up. Now that I am involved in the Hillel, I have found a strong Jewish community and have learned about all the amazing cultures within it. 

Sheindel Rusanov c/o 2019

Community Organizing Intern

Who are you? My name is Sheindel Rusanov and I am originally from Fair Lawn, NJ. I'm a Junior at Queens College majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I love learning Torah, nature walks, and making smoothies. I am so excited for a new year at QC!

Why is Hillel important to you? I believe being part of Jewish community is extremely meaningful and special.

Shoshana Snow c/o 2021

Community Organizing Intern

Who are you? I am a sophomore at QC and I love to sing, read and learn Torah!

Why is Hillel important to you? Hillel gives me a space to be Jewish and spread my love for Judaism in a way that is meaningful for me and can be impactful to others.

 

Ruthie Hia c/o 2018

Migdalim Fellow

Who are you?

Hi, my name is Ruthie Hia.  I am a senior at Queens College and I am studying Nutrition and Dietetics. I am the President of the Dietetics club and Vice President of the Jewish studies club. I am actively involved with the Jewish community on campus. I’ve had several positions in the Hillel, including Shabbat Coordinator, Community Organizing Intern, Global Jewish Diversity series fellow, Meorot fellow, and I am currently a Migdalim fellow. 

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

Wilfred Mendelbaum c/o 2020

Migdalim Fellow

Who are you? Wilfred Mandelbaum is sophomore majoring in accounting and history at Queens College. Since high school, Wilfred has displayed an innate desire to serve as both an educator and influencer with regards to Israel, partaking in and leading seven different lobbying missions to capitol hill and serving as president of his school's pro-Israel club. During his free time, Wilfred enjoys following both professional and college football, where he roots for the New York Jets and Arizona State Sundevils, despite each team's relative mediocrity.

Wilfred is looking forward to creating constructive and respectful dialogue regarding Israel on campus as a Migdalim Fellow throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

Why is Hillel important to you? Being involved in Hillel provides me with an outlet to explore and enrich my Jewish identity without being prodded into situations that I otherwise wouldn't partake in. The Hillel serves as an invaluable resource for both secular and observant Jews of all denominations to practice and explore their beliefs in a warm and friendly environment. It's truly incredible how there is a place where Jews of each and every level of observance feel welcome on a secular college campus, and that place is Hillel.

 

Katie Glickman c/o 2020

David Project Fellow

Who are you? My name is Katie (long for Kate) Glickman. I am from Woodmere, and I’m a Junior in Macaulay Honors at Queens College. I’m majoring in Anthropology with a BALA minor, and I want to be a Nurse Practitioner one day (I promise it all connects). I am really interested in healthcare and health education, as well as anything and everything Israel related. I am on the National Student Board of The David Project, and am an educator in the Peer Health Exchange. Hillel is important to me because it has given me a space to be proud of my Judaism and to inspire others to do the same, and I am so lucky to be involved!

Why is Hillel important to you? Hillel has given me a space to be proud of my Judaism and to inspire others to do the same.

 

Penina Lis c/o 2020

David Project Fellow

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

Abby Zeigler c/o 2018

David Project Fellow

Who are you? Abby Ziegler grew up in Queens, now a Senior at QC studying Psychology. She was the President of QC Hillel club Fall 2017- Spring 2018. She is a David Project Intern and Gift of Life Campus Ambassador. She loves being involved on campus and meeting new people.

Why is Hillel important to you? Hillel is a place for everyone! Hillel has helped me grow as a person and as a leader.

 

Gitit Bachiry c/o 2020

Executive Intern

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

David Stahl c/o 2019

Hillel Club President

Who are you? David Stahl is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey. After graduating from Torah Academy of Bergen County, he spent a year in Israel learning at Yeshivat Hakotel. He then attended a different college for a year before a Simchat Torah celebration at Queens College showed that there was no better place to be than QC! Since switching over, his love for the QC Jewish community has only grown and he is dedicated to helping the community develop in any way that he can.

Why is Hillel important to you? Hillel as a community has impacted my life in a way no other community ever has. I've found friends that I can share and be myself with. I've found large pieces of who and what I want to be at the Queens College Hillel, and I owe this community more than I can say!

Remy Aronov c/o

Bukharian Cultural Club President

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

Galit Salamatbad c/o 2019

Persian Club President

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

Hadas Rosenberg c/o 2019

OU-JLIC President

Who are you? This is my fourth year at Queens College where I am majoring in Education and Psychology and I have been community leader for both Hillel and OU-JLIC since my first semester here. Some facts about me: I come from Chicago, I'm a huge fan of Scrabble, Dominion, and Rummikub, and I love opera and classical music!

Why is Hillel important to you? Hillel is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to be involved in making a welcoming community for all kinds of Jews on campus and because it brings the Jewish community together.

 

Jewel Shapiro c/o

Sigma AEPI, President

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

Simon Gurevich c/o

Israel Student Association President

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

Dov Kirschner c/o

AEPI Vice President

Who are you? Coming Soon!

Why is Hillel important to you? Coming Soon!

 

                                

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