Rachel Sumekh

Rachel came to IKAR in 2013 and began serving on the board in 2018. She is a leader within TRIBE, IKAR’s vibrant 20s/30s group, and a regular at Saturday morning Shabbat services. Her commitment to the Jewish community is grounded in love and appreciation for the many Jewish programs that helped shape her and a passion to make Jewish spaces more inclusive and representative for all. The child of Iranian Jewish immigrants, Rachel was raised in a rich Mizrahi tradition, community and cuisine.

Rachel is the Founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, a national nonprofit focused on ending hunger amongst college students which has grown to serve over 1.4 million meals and pass millions in innovative legislation. She is a native Angeleno, proud alum of UCLA and serves on the board of directors for The LA Kitchen. Her work has officially been recognized by the Obama White House, her grandmother and Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.