Rabbi Sara Rich, Executive Director
Rabbi Sara views early adulthood as a key time for meeting people and learning about one’s self, and she invites all undergraduate and graduate students to check out Hillel as the best venue in Buffalo for engaging in this exploration in a Jewish context.
Prior to joining the staff in 2017, Rabbi Sara served as the Director of Education at the Hillel of Princeton University for six years. In her role, she worked with students on leadership development and community-building, and taught numerous classes at the Hillel in topics such as Jewish Biomedical Ethics and Judaism 101.
Rabbi Sara was ordained in 2011 from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She subsequently earned a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education in 2015 from Yeshiva University and completed Hillel International’s Weinberg Accelerate executive training program in 2016.
Earlier, Rabbi Sara served as a student rabbi in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and Brampton, Ontario. She also worked at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Greene Family Camp and as a chaplain intern at the Bellevue Hospital Center. Rabbi Sara earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIR. Today, Rabbi Sara resides in Williamsville with her husband, Ezra, and their daughters, Miriam, Sivan and Naomi.
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Logan Woodard, Springboard Ezra Jewish Education Specialist
Logan Woodard is the Coordinator of Jewish Student Life and Ezra Fellow at Hillel of Buffalo. Logan was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, where he first realized his passion for Jewish Life, Israel, and SU basketball. Before attending the University at Buffalo, Logan enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard. Logan graduated from the University at Buffalo in February 2017 where he studied History and Judaic Studies. Logan is thrilled to have the opportunity to work at his alma mater and continue his involvement with Hillel. In his free time, you can find Logan enjoying coffee, watching HGTV, and pursuing his passion for martial arts.
Alexa Zappia, Springboard Innovation Specialist
Alexa Zappia was born and raised in Williamsville, NY. She graduated in May from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY majoring in Inclusive Childhood Education with a Concentration in English Literature . In 2009, Alexa faced tragedy when her life mentor, Cantor Susan Wehle, suddenly passed away in the Flight 3407 plane crash. Alexa wanted to do something that would make her proud by continuing to touch peoples’ lives as Susan touched hers. To Alexa, she found her life’s purpose: to volunteer at struggling organizations within the Buffalo community. Since the plane crash, Alexa has accumulated over 3,000 volunteer hours helping organizations in need.
In the past year, Alexa created an organization known as Rocks of Unity™. Rocks of Unity™uses dialogue and art to teach, empower, and advocate inclusivity. Alexa has grown Rocks of Unity from one school in Buffalo to over 25 different countries and over 35 different states. Alexa has grown Rocks of Unity™ on social media as well where she writes Daily Doses of Kindness to promote positivity to global audiences.
Outside of work, Alexa’s family and friends are the most important aspects of her life. She is the happiest when she is surrounded by those she loves the most. Alexa’s passion is yoga which she continues to practice each day at her yoga studio, East Meets West Yoga. She loves Broadway and musical theater as well.