Rabbi Rachel D'vash Schoenfeld is the coordinator of religious identity and political intersections. She is passionate about Jewish community, spiritual searching, dialogue, and social change.
Rachel grew up in downtown Toronto. She earned a B.Ed with a concentration in Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal, and then attended the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. Her journey as a rabbi has taken her to congregations in Ottawa and San Antonio. She has also taught many ages and different topics. As an educator, she enjoys working with people of all ages, and taught at the Shoshana Cardin High School in Baltimore. Rachel has also worked and volunteered in the incarceration system, and done education around incarceration in the Jewish community.
Rachel currently serves Congregation Shirat Hayam, a small congregation in Marshfield, MA. Pursuing her interest in different, artistic, and concrete Jewish education, Rachel is also a Soferet, and enjoys gathering feathers to turn into quills, scribing sacred Jewish texts, and teaching about sofrut.
Rachel became interested in dialogue while spending time in Israel/Palestine during rabbinical school. She is a longtime volunteer and dialogue facilitator for The Jewish Dialogue Group, and co-wrote their guidebook’s Jewish Texts section. Rachel is interested in communication across differences, and dialogue’s relationship to activism.
Rabbi Rachel D'vash Schoenfeld is currently at Hampshire College part time, and is generally on campus Wednesdays through Fridays.
Get in touch with Rachel if you'd like to discuss anything from Jewish community, to feminism and queer studies, to spiritual direction, to communication and dialogue accross differences. She would love you to hear from you and is always up for a good discussion over coffee.
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