Rachel wore many different hats at the Asheville Jewish Community Center. She served as secretary and point person for the Asheville Jewish Leadership Collaborative, a gathering comprised of diverse Jewish leaders in the local community. The collaborative meets to discuss Jewish community issues and to strengthen relationships between the collective leadership. Rachel also worked with the JCC’s Young Adult Jews of Asheville (YAJA), a group of Jews in their twenties and thirties, to coordinate learning programs, social events, and events for Jewish Holidays and Shabbat. Her work also involved coordinating social Jewish programming for the JCC’s LGBT group such as creating community over Shabbat dinners, holiday events, and other events such as National Coming out Day. Rachel organized a community LGBT Ally training by SOJOURN, based in Atlanta. At the JCC she also coordinated its CSA Farmshare (monthly produce shares from local farmers) and is organizing an upcoming talk on permaculture and a local farm tour.
While at the JCC, Rachel helped to implement Israel-themed programming, which included a mini Israel store, an Israeli cooking demonstration, a conversational Hebrew class, and creation of an Israel page on the JCC’s website. In June, she provided a Diversity Training for the JCC staff. Rachel also planned a program with her supervisor for high school-age students and their parents to learn about anti-Semitism and how it impacts the greater community. On occasion she was fortunate enough to help out in the Shalom preschool and in the JCC Kids after school program. In her spare time as a Tzedek Resident, Rachel played music and attended as many yoga classes as possible. She also enjoyed weekend hikes here in Asheville. As a recent transplant from Florida, Rachel thought that the mountains were quite a treat! An avid reader of women’s memoirs, Rachel was constantly researching and reading about women’s rights issues and organizations.
After the residency Rachel was offered a fellow position abroad with Tevel b’Tzedek: The Earth in Justice. She lives in Nepal and is part of a team of Israelis and Americans carrying out rehabilitation and community development work in villages that were affected by earthquakes. Within the next few years, Rachel plans to earn a Master’s Degree in International Development and Gender or in Human Rights with a focus on Gender. As a singer-songwriter, she welcomes you to listen to a few of her songs at: soundcloud.com/rachelroselive.