One America Movement

Rabbi Rachel Schmelkin

Rabbi Rachel is the Rabbinic Fellow at the One America Movement. Since the lead-up to and aftermath of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, Rachel has been dedicated to forming relationships across divides. Prior to joining the One America Movement team, Rachel served as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA. During that time, Rachel was a One America chapter leader and an active member of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, The Women’s Clergy Circle, and Congregate Charlottesville.

She received Truah’s “Action Under Fire Award,” for her work during the 2017 Summer of Hate. She received her bachelor of arts in psychology and Jewish studies from Indiana University at Bloomington with minors in Hebrew and history. She was ordained through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was a recipient of the Tisch Rabbinical Fellowship. Rachel is married and has a son and a dog.

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