Rachel Katz – Scholarship Recipient

Rachel Katz is caring, compassionate and committed to giving her time and energy to her community and those with special needs.

As an active member of B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) for the past four years, Rachel has had an impact on the chapter and her peers. Last year as Shlicha, Vice President of Jewish Heritage, Community Service and Social Action, she spearheaded her chapter’s Stand Up, where it picks a cause and runs fundraisers, education and advocacy programs, and social action initiatives. Rachel led her chapter to choose pediatric cancer research to honor a friend who had just overcome a fight with cancer. She ran an engaging educational program, led a blanket drive for the pediatric ward at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, and organized a group of 20 girls to participate in Relay for Life, raising $1,500 for cancer research.

Rachel’s support of those with special needs has been unwavering. In the Friendship Circle, she has met weekly for the past four years with her special friend, Maya, where the two of them do everything from playing sports and board games to talking about school. She also has been a volunteer at Stillmeadow Elementary in its Special Education classrooms and at Westhill High’s Lunch with Special Education Students program.

Other efforts have ranged from events – the J-serve day of teen service, Mitzvah day at the JCC and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – to bringing peers together for UJF’s Super Sunday. Additionally, for the past three years, Rachel has coached the Stamford Youngtimers Basketball League, and for the past 10 years, she has served Christmas Eve dinner at Pacific House.

With admiration, the Selection Committee named Rachel Katz a scholarship recipient.