Rabbi Sara Rich
November 25, 2022

Sara Rich Receives Kantor Professional Award

Buffalo Jewish Federation will present the Judith & Daniel Kantor Professional Service Award to Rabbi Sara Rich, Executive Director of Hillel of Buffalo, at the Award Ceremony and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 7. The Kantor award is bestowed upon a current Jewish professional working in Jewish Buffalo, who exemplifies the highest level of dedication to their agency or organization and helps to strengthen the vibrancy and health of Jewish Buffalo.

Sara has led the rejuvenation of Hillel at Buffalo over the past 6 years.  During her tenure at Hillel, Sara has brought new opportunities for Jewish learning, travel, career development, and community networking to hundreds of students each year. She handled the challenges of working with college students remotely during the pandemic with excellence and grace.  Sara also spearheaded an incredible 75th Anniversary event last spring celebrating the rich history of the organization. Prior to joining the staff in 2017, Sara was the Director of Education at the Hillel of Princeton University for six years. In that 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. Sara currently serves on Hillel International’s Directors Cabinet.

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.

Sara earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. in Hebrew Literature from HUC-JIR. Since moving to Buffalo, she has gotten involved in the local community, serving as the Chair of the Buffalo Board of Rabbis and Cantors and the Secretary of the Board of the JCC of Greater Buffalo. Sara resides in Williamsville with her husband, Ezra, and their daughters, Miriam, Sivan and Naomi.

Join us on Wednesday December 7, 2022 as Sara receives her award at the Buffalo Jewish Federation & Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Annual Award Ceremony and Business Meetings.  RSVP: bit.ly/celebratejewishbuffalo2022

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