Rakhel Silverman

Chapter Engagement Coordinator
Pronouns: 
They, Them, Theirs
Western Region (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
(202) 467-8181 or [email protected]
Rakhel (pronounced ruh-ḣel) double majored in Religious Studies and Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. 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 has also served on the Board of Directors and acted as National Organizer of Judaism On Our Own Terms, where they supported campus chapters.

 

Rakhel is particularly interested in social justice work, the intersection of faith and queerness, and making spaces accessible and inclusive. They have written about these topics and their identities for several publications, including Medium, MyJewishLearning, the Jewish Women’s Archives, and HeyAlma.