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We know you’ve all been wondering – “who’s the gal behind those Sign of the Day Passover videos?”
We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to Rachel Braver, the newest member of the MazelTogether team. As she takes on her role as Digital Storyteller, we wanted to share her story with you.
Rachel’s family moved from New York to California when she was a toddler and she grew up in Anaheim, near the happiest place on Earth. Rachel even worked at Disneyland as an electrical parade float driver in high school! An active participant in United Synagogue Youth (USY) growing up, Judaism was an integral part of her family life. In college, she majored in Deaf Studies and obtained her Bachelor of Arts, from the School of Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Following graduation, Rachel fell into working in the world of media.
From coordinating advertising and television station airtime with Katz Radio to serving as National Sales and Promotions Coordinator for a top-ten radio station in Los Angeles, she brought her personality and creative thinking to the table. Her passion for the deaf community, stemming from her close relationship with her hard of hearing elderly grandmother of blessed memory, led Rachel to take her career to the non-profit world. She combined her love of the media and the non-profit sector when she took the role of Director of Public Relations for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD). During her time in Los Angeles, Rachel also had the honor of working with Deaf West Theatre as Director of Marketing and Educational Outreach providing exposure and access to professional theatre, filling a void for deaf artists and audiences.
Rachel always had a strong desire to communicate with her hard of hearing grandmother and her Deaf cousin, a native ASL user. Prior to moving to Colorado, she became a certified sign language interpreter from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD IV, Advanced) and served as an Orange County Staff Interpreter covering assignments ranging from medical appointments, community events, education and business related affairs and such. Her professional affiliations include being a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and serving on the Board of the Perinatal Foundation for the Deaf.
Rachel and her husband, Andy (a native Coloradoan) moved to Colorado in December of 2017. With the support from MazelTogether, she has co-founded the Southeast Tribe with another Colorado newbie, Nancy Wurzman. The Southeast Tribe is a group of Southeast Aurora and surrounding Jews of all age groups, all places on the religious spectrum, affiliated and unaffiliated and all family situations. It’s their version of a Chavurah in their little neck of the woods. Teaming up with Rachel Gayle Berman, she recently created the Colorado ASL Jew Crew creating a new space for ASL users to gather, meet and connect while also create more and accessible opportunities for Jewish related events throughout the community. Stay tuned for future American Sign Language collaborations this year!
Creating partnerships has always been in Rachel’s blood and she focused her professional life on networking and building bridges within the community. When she’s not hosting events, Rachel enjoys spending time with Andy and their two young children.
We are so excited to have Rachel as a part of the MazelTogether team. She is just getting to know the beauty of Colorado and is looking forward to getting to know our MazelTogether families! If you have a story you want to share with Rachel and MazelTogether or are interested in participating in the Colorado ASL Jew Crew or the Southeast Tribe, email her! She’s always looking for awesome local parents who are interested in sharing their stories!