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Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman is grateful to JWA for giving them an outlet for their many Jewish feelings. Rachel recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where they majored in Religion and Sociology. They are currently in the Avodah Jewish Service Corps and work at Jews United for Justice as a community organizer and program assistant. Rachel spends much of their time thinking about queer Torah, faith-based organizing, ritual innovation, making Jewish spaces more accessible, and cults. Their crowning achievement was at age 13 when they wrote a 20-page paper on why Rachel was not into Jacob. Rachel plans to attend rabbinical school. They are also the proud mother to Li'l Sebastian the guinea pig. To read more of their Jewish social justice rants and attempts at humor, check them out on Twitter @rachbsilverman.

Blog Posts

Rachel Silverman Arrested on July 2

Never Again: I was Arrested Protesting ICE

by Rachel Silverman

When I learned about the Holocaust in Hebrew school, I remember feeling most disgusted by the bystanders who saw these atrocities but did nothing.

Topics: Activism
Open Hillel Protest in NYC

Who Funds Religious Life on College Campuses?

by Rachel Silverman

Jewish life organizations on college campuses rely on outside funders with their own agendas, and progressive religious students are left in the dust.

Topics: Activism, Religion
Girl Blowing Shofar

The Harm of Tshuvah: A Letter from an Abuse Survivor

by Rachel Silverman

People view forgiveness as the secret to healing, as if it isn’t a long painful process of flashbacks, relapsing, shame, medication, and therapy, as if there’s some easy way to heal that I have been too prideful to consider. To view forgiveness as the apex of survivors’ progress trivializes each person’s individual struggle.

Good Jew or Bad Jew?

Are you a Good Jew or a Bad Jew?

by Rachel Silverman

This anxiety of “am I Jewish enough” is part of a larger historical problem, one of power dynamics and exclusionary politics. ... The “right” or “wrong” way to be Jewish has long been a narrative controlled by those in power.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rachel Silverman." (Viewed on October 16, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/rachel-silverman>.

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