Meet the OU-JLIC at Queens College Staff

Rabbi Robby Charnoff
Co-Director, Rabbi 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 semikah 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. He is also certified as a Chosson Teacher through Yeshiva University’s Rabbinic Programming Division. Rabbi Charnoff served as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Ohab Zedek 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, the Irving Place Minyan, the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, and the Young Israel of Plainview.

Rabbi Charnoff is proud to be the first ever OU-JLIC Co-Director, Rabbi and Torah Educator at Queens College! Rabbi Charnoff coined the phrase “turning a commuter campus into a Queens College Jewish community” and he and his wife have accomplished just that. They have been instrumental in establishing consistent Shabbat and holiday programming, numerous daily learning opportunities, exciting events, and a warm home on campus for the 1,000+ Orthodox students at Queens College. Rabbi Charnoff is also the driving force behind the new, intensive daily women’s Torah learning program on campus, HaMidrasha at QC.

Shoshana Charnoff
Co-Director and Torah Educator

Shoshana is excited to be the first OU-JLIC female Torah 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 and has learned with many Kallot on campus. 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 was awarded for her excellence in communal leadership. After graduation, Shoshana and her husband Robby spent two years in the Yeshiva University’s Gruss Institute. Shoshana has worked for the Jewish National Fund, Aish Hatorah and various Hebrew Schools throughout Manhattan. In her spare time Shoshana loves to catch a good laugh with students and hone her Torah comedy skills. Shoshana and her husband Robby are the proud parents to Aliza and Aharon, the cutest kids on campus.

Channah Cohen
Torah Educator

Channah originates from the windy (and snowy, and awesome) city of Chicago. After two years of study at Tomer Devorah Seminary in Israel, she attended Stern College for Women as a major in Psychology. Channah served on the Torah Activities Counsel (TAC) and graduated summa cum laude, achieving the Leadership and Vision Award. Following her college studies, she traveled back to Israel to serve as a madricha at Tomer Devorah, and it was during her time in Israel that she met her wonderful husband Jeff. Upon her return, Channah completed a Masters in Adult Learning & Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. The only thing that makes Channah happier than speaking about her dense thesis on Transformative Learning in Religion (copies available upon request!) is working for OU-JLIC at Queens College – connecting, teaching, learning, and being part of the vibrant Jewish Community on campus. Channah lives in Passaic, NJ with her husband Jeff and their son Aryeh, both of whom she adores.

Rav Moshe Dechter
Rabbinic Fellow

Rav Moshe Dechter is originally from Woodmere, NY. After attending DRS for high school, he went on to spend two years in Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University where he earned a BA in Psychology and has worked for various mental health organizations including New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center. Rav Dechter joined MTA in 2016 and serves in a variety of roles, including instructor of Halacha and substitute rebbe. In addition to his role at MTA, Rav Dechter is currently studying at the YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and serves as the Rebbe’s Assistant in one of YU’s MYP daily Gemara Shiurim. Rav Dechter has also worked for HASC and Ohel which provide care for the special needs population. Over the summer, Rav Dechter served as both the Assistant of Educational Programming and as Chinuch staff at Camp Morasha. In addition to his daytime positions, Rav Dechter, along with his wife Etana, serve as the Av and Eim Bayit for the MTA high school dormitory students. Rav Dechter and Etana live in Washington Heights with their son Noam.

Rav Yonah Hazan
Sephardic Rabbinic Fellow

The city that brought you the Habs now gives OU-JLIC at Queens College its first Sephardic Rabbinic Fellow, Rav Yonah Hazan! The son of Moroccan immigrants, Rav Hazan hails from snowy Montreal and combines a killer slap shot with an affable, easygoing demeanor. After high school, Rav Hazan learned in Sh’or Yoshuv Institute and Yeshivas Mir Jerusalem for six years. He then entered YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he is currently a 4th-year Rabbinical student. Rav Hazan is also pursuing a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Always extremely active in the community, Rav Hazan helped launch an evening learning program for adults at the Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, NJ. Rav Hazan is thrilled to be the first ever Sephardic Rabbinic Fellow on campus and looks forward to connecting with Jews of all backgrounds. He and his wife Sori live in Passaic, NJ and are the proud parents of two adorable little girls.