Rakhel Silverman

Rakhel Silverman

Rakhel Silverman is grateful to JWA for giving them an outlet for their many Jewish feelings. Rakhel 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. Rakhel 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 Rakhel was not into Jacob. Rakhel 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

Composite image of Hebrew and Harry Potter glasses / scarf

How Midrash Helps Me Grapple with J.K. Rowling's Transphobia

Rakhel Silverman

How should we grapple with J.K. Rowling's transphobia? Midrash offers some answers.

Topics: LGBTQIA Rights
Rakhel Silverman Arrested on July 2

Never Again: I was Arrested Protesting ICE

Rakhel 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?

Rakhel 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

Rakhel 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?

Rakhel 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.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Rakhel Silverman." (Viewed on September 29, 2020) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/rakhel-silverman>.