PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Rakhel (pronounced ruh-ḣel) double majored in Religious Studies and Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. For their senior thesis, they examined how faith and/or LGBTQ communities can be truly inclusive spaces.
While in college, they worked for several nonprofits. They were trained in community organizing through the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan fellowship in DC, where they interned at the Center for Responsible Lending and advocated for people of color, women, and low income borrowers. They then served as an Advocacy Associate at Keshet, where they mobilized the Jewish community to defend transgender rights in Massachusetts. Rakhel also acted as a field organizer for IfNotNow, where they supported chapter development.
Upon graduating, Rakhel served in the Avodah Jewish Service Corps in DC, working as a Community Organizer and Program Assistant at Jews United for Justice (JUFJ). At JUFJ, they worked on local racial and economic justice campaigns and supported leadership development.
Rakhel is also a National Organizer for Judaism On Our Own Terms, where they support the development of campus chapters. They write about social justice and their faith, queerness, and disability for the Jewish Women’s Archives and HeyAlma.