Rachel Gildiner is the Executive Director of GatherDC, an innovative community-based startup that connects Jewish 20s & 30s to each other, to Jewish life across DC, and to sustained adult Jewish identities, wherever they go in life. With over fifteen years of professional experience in non-profit management, emerging adult identity development, and relationship-based engagement, Rachel builds community through the power of personal connection.
Rachel has a BA in Sociology from Columbia University, a BA in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary (List College), an MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. She has studied at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and is trained as an Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education facilitator. Rachel lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys dancing, reading, hiking and attending concerts and dance performances.
Rachel discusses how her organization engages young adults in the DC Jewish community and offers advice for being more welcoming.