Rachel works to open minds and create meaningful connections that extend beyond personal & cultural differences.
She is a graduate of the Paideia Incubator programme, and founder of Yelala.
In the Jewish community, Rachel's mission has been to create opportunities for establishing common ground, & for the unaffiliated to reclaim their Jewish identity. She co-founded Moishe House London, developing the house's network in the local area through collaborations with local Muslim, Transition Town, and volunteer groups. Rachel has been a key part of Grassroots Jews,(a pop-up High Holy Day community of 350), initially focusing on making prayer services accesible for a diverse range of people. As a director of Grassroots Jews 2016 she spearheaded a strategy for organisational cultural change, integrating emotional intelligence, wellbeing & community-building plans into conventional project logistics.
As the first European to be ordained by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, Rachel facilitates workshops & prayer, sharing the heritage of Jewish women's practices spanning from sacred texts to the modern era. She has worked with Wilderness Torah, Sukkat Shalom (now Milk + Honey) at Burning Man, Limmud UK, curating the Hearth, a space for experiential and meditative sessions)
In the wider World Rachel is driven by similar motivations, building bridges between people and narratives. As a professional storyteller and poet, she has written and performed commissions for BBC Radio 3, the London Symphony Orchestra, & the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst many others. Rachel's annual urban community festival The Willesden Green Wassail has been praised by The Lonely Planet guide as one of the UK's most inspiring winter events, whilst the Cena de los Muertos - created with Pablo Villierezz - enables participants to share stories of loved ones no longer living, in a warm and safe Seder-style meal. She is also the founder of the MeetMyStreet CookBook, a replicable community project to develop and improve relationships in urban and suburban neighbourhoods.