Selah Leadership Program Participants

Cohort 14

Yoshi Silverstein

Yoshi Silverstein is Director of the JOFEE Fellowship, Hazon’s new flagship training and certification program for Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Educators. A landscape designer, writer, and educator with over thirteen years of experience in JOFEE and related fields, Yoshi holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in European Cultural Studies & Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Yoshi was previously Education Director at the Pearlstone Center and has taught throughout the US and Israel. Originally from Spokane, WA, Yoshi has resided in roughly thirteen different places since his eighteenth birthday and now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Abby and their pup, Norman Jellybean.

Rachel Sumekh

Rachel Sumekh is a Social Entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Swipe Out Hunger, a White House Champion of Change. She is a Los Angeles native who in 2014 was placed at No. 5 on the Forward's list of Millennial changemakers.

Rachel serves on the Board of 30 Years After and mentors early stage nonprofit start-ups. She is a proud UCLA alum whose work ranges from fighting poverty in Chicago to International Human Rights work with AJWS. She calls her self an idealistic realist who is challenging the status quo of what it means to be a “Typical Persian Girl.

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