Rachel Eden Klein

Executive Director

Hi there!  

As the Executive Director of Hillels of Westchester (HOW), I have the unique job to elevate Jewish voices across some very different campuses: Manhattanville College, Pace University in Pleasantville, Purchase College SUNY, Sarah Lawrence College and Westchester Community College.  It is a challenge I happily endeavor.  I was a latecomer to the Hillel movement, and therefore strive to open the doors of the awesomeness of Jewish life to young adults in ways that are meaningful to each individual journey. 

My philosophy is to prepare every Jewish student to answer two questions: what makes me Jewish, and why does Israel matter to me?  And, I am ready for every answer to be fluid and different.  My style helps students recognize personal strengths to bring unique Jewish programs to campus.  I am committed to help every individual grow his/her/their Jewish identity and experience within each distinct campus served by HOW.  To every current and prosepctive student I say this: let's make your best Jewish ideas happen!    

HOW is unique because of our deep connection to the local Westchester Jewish community.  My hope for every student is that he/she/they take advantage of the diverse observance, Israel and cultural opportunities on- and off-campus.  Our programming and professionals excel because of the support of local people and partners, and I am grateful for this rare campus-community relationship.

Coffee dates are kind of our 'thing' at Hillel, so send me an email and let's chat: rachel@hillelsofwestchester.org



Rachel Eden Klein joined Hillels of Westchester as the Executive Director in 2014.  Rachel came to HOW from a Reform synagogue in New Jersey, where she served as Executive Director, senior youth group adviser, and Judaic studies educator.  Her professional experience includes work as a counselor to mentally-ill substance abusers in inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as nearly a decade of public service and advocacy for New Jersey’s children with the former Office of the Child Advocate.  Outside of her professional life, Rachel’s passions include cooking, wine making, hiking, travel, and live music.  She lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her fiance Brian, step-son Max, and their English Bulldog, Lucy.


University of Pennsylvania, 2003, MSW Social Work

University of Delaware, 2001, B.A. Sociology, conc: Social Welfare


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