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, Director of Engagement
Logan Woodard is the Director of Engagement. 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.
Macie Clawson, Springboard Innovation Specialist
Macie Clawson is a 2020 graduate of the University of Kansas where she double majored in Political Science and Jewish Studies. While at KU, she was an active member and intern of KU Hillel. Having grown up in rural Nebraska, she had no connection to Jewish life until connecting with Hillel in college and is eager for the opportunity to give back to the organization that started her on her Jewish journey. Outside of Hillel, her hobbies include long-distance running, listening to and making podcasts, and baking bread. Also *anything* related to dogs. She is excited to work with students in engaging their passions and with their Judaism!
Board of Directors
Dr. Jeffrey Lackner - President
Marc Adler - Vice President
Dr. Iris Danziger - Vice President
Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg - Treasurer
Laura Hemlock - Secretary
Professor Alex Green
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein