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born and raised in NYC, where he attended modern Jewish schools through high school. After graduation, he spent 18 incredible months in Israel before enrolling at Hunter. Currently he is working towards his undergraduate Nursing degree, and in his free time he coaches a high school hockey team in New Jersey. He is dedicated New York sports fan; his love for the NY Giants is only surpassed by his love of grilled cheese and other fried/cheesy delicacies.
When first getting involved with Hunter Hillel, he was taken aback by the warmth that greeted him from the first time he stepped through the door, and which he has felt every other time since then. It is Aaron's pledge to do everything in his power to ensure that Hillel continues to be a safe place where people feel accepted and free to express themselves.
Jonathan Shakarov is a twenty-one year old Jewish Buharian student born and raised in Queens, New York. He is a pre-med history major in his Senior year of college. He has a passion for learning and hopes to achieve his Medical Doctorate. He is dedicated and hard working, and often volunteers to give back to his community. He volunteers at hospitals and other organizations throughout his community. His hobbies include swimming and martial arts, having trained primarily in Tae Kwon Doe. He can speak two languages, English and Russian and is in the process of learning Italian. Johnny is also fun, funny, friendly, outgoing, easy to talk to and kind. He loves Israel and is proud of his Jewish heritage.
Milana Cohen was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She is a Junior at Hunter and is on the pre-med track, she aspires to become a pediatrician. Milana loves everything about Israel and Judaism, and she is excited to plan community service events at Hunter Hillel around the concepts of "repairing the world" or Tikkun Olam, as well as preparing students to be effective advocates for Israel. Feel free to ask her about all things Israeli, as well as how you can get involved.
Svetlana was born in a small city in western Ukraine, and immigrated to the U.S in 1993. She is a history major at Hunter College, and got involved in Hillel after going on Birthright. She hopes to spread and inspire Jewish life on campus as well as spread and promote pro Israel attitude. Svetlana tends to think she is funny, but her jokes don’t usually tend to work out, however she never stops trying to make people laugh and smile. She enjoys painting, swimming, cooking, and yoga.
Leah Kashani grew up in Great Neck, New York, where she attended North High school. Throughout high school Leah enjoyed participating in Select Singers music group for four years, as well as Jazz Choir. This is her third year at Hunter, studying Psychology as a major and Music as a minor. In her spare time, Leah enjoys writing poetry, learning guitar, and hanging out with her friends. She has a strong passion for Israel, as a proud Israeli and advocate for Zionism. Leah hopes to bring many exciting events to hunter Hillel this year.
After attending the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School in Brooklyn, NY, Rose decided that she needed a change of scenery, and exchanged the pavement of the holy city of Brooklyn for the alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem for a year in Midreshet Harova. In Israel she discovered a deep connection to Judaism and its land through study of its texts. She also discovered ma’afe ne’eman. After completing her year she returned to America with a new perspective and four years of college to look forward to. She is now in her Junior year and is avidly studying Chemistry and Philosophy, two lifelong interests. Since starting Hunter she has made the Hillel lounge her home and wishes to give back to the place that created a warm, open and stimulating environment on a campusless college. She would make a dedicated and effective treasurer, when she’s not vacuuming the Hillel lounge or writing about herself in the third person.
Born and raised in New York and was fortunate to travel extensively due his parents career pursuits. Luckily , he was surround by a melange of ethnicities and religions that was due to his families colorful ethnic background. While, not a worshipping member of the Jewish faith, he takes pride in his love of the Jewish traditions and the state of Israel. Currently, he is concluding his undergraduate studies and plans to attend law school soon after. He also plans to practice international law upon hopefully being admitted to the bar, and engage heavily in pro-bono services