Executive Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Alma mater(s): University of Pennsylvania, '03 (MSW), University of Delaware, '01 (BA Sociology, Concentration in Social Welfare)


Favorite Shabbat Activity: the moments of silence after lighting the candles.

Superpower: creating space for others.


Contact Rachel about: travel guidance for your Jewish journey, social justice, volunteerism, universal inclusion, Israel, and leadership development.

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Rachel joined the HOW team in 2014.  Prior to her time in the Hillel family, Rachel served as a Reform synagogue director in New Jersey, youth group advisor, and teacher.  She began her social work career in 2003 as a direct-practice social worker in mental health and substance abuse.  Her journey from clinical social work to Hillel professional brought her to serve as an Assistant Child Advocate with the State of New Jersey for nearly a decade, where she focused on anti-bullying efforts, childhood lead poisoning, legislative oversight and individual advocacy.  She is an award winning hobby winemaker and currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband, Brian, English Bulldog, Lucy, and (master of the house) cat, Ollie.  

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Director of Jewish Student Life

Pronouns: they/them/theirs


Alma mater: Appalachian State University, '19 (BA Philosophy, minor in Political Science)

Favorite Shabbat Activity: setting the table for a homecooked Shabbat meal

Superpower: infusing Judaism everywhere


Contact Ari about: innovative ways to connect with Judaism, the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF), LGBTQ+ education and activism, the disability rights movement, storytelling, vegan biscuits & gravy, and leadership & career development


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Ari Fernandez joined the HOW Team in the summer of 2019. They hail from the southeastern United States, where they grew up in metro Atlanta and attended school at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Ari's main goal at Hillels of Westchester is to help every student tell the story of their own authentic Jewish journey. In their free time, Ari can be found exploring farmers' markets with their partner Emily, having deep conversations with their cat Cumin, and browsing bookstores for radical queer, disabled, and Jewish texts.

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Social Justice Springboard Fellow

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alma mater: University of Maryland '19 (BS Community Health, BS Business Management)

Favorite Shabbat Activity: Losing track of time with friends

Superpower: Finding meaning in the mundane

Contact Hannah about: where we fit in this big wide world, how Judaism is a great tool kit for every project, social justice & action, the mind-body connection, baking, and comedy

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Hannah joined HOW in the summer of 2020 after graduating from the University of Maryland. Throughout her undergraduate experience she took on roles involved in promoting health education and peer engagement. She has returned to the county where she grew up in pursuit of fostering a space for college students to discover what tikkun olam (repairing the world) means to them. Hannah lives in Westchester with her raised bed garden that she is very proud of. She is also passionate about being present in the moment and can be found hiking, dreaming about traveling, exercising, and baking. 

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Celebrating her 10 year anniversary with HOW in 2019, Linda is the longest serving staff member.  She is the proud Jewish mom of Ben and Sam, alumni of SUNY Binghamton University.