HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management student Rachelle Minteer was selected as a member of the inaugural class of PresenTenseLA: The Jewish Federation's Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. Between January and May, the fellows will develop the leadership skills, business tools, and connections – through a Jewish lens – that turns ideas into ventures which will engage, inspire, and transform the Los Angeles Jewish community.
Minteer will work with Jewish Recovery Services, which provides resources for people in the Jewish community suffering from alcoholism, addiction, and co-occurring mental illnesses to seek help in Israel, giving them a profound experience in the Holy Land that energizes and propels them to delve deeper into their spiritual, religious, and community ties during the recovery process. JRS will be partnering with Or Aviva, a therapeutic community in Israel, to create a program where American Jews can travel to Israel for the unique experience of getting sober.
Minteer’s Jewish background and education has impacted every aspect of her life - personal, professional, and as a volunteer. Her commitment and desire to give back to her community led her to work in the Volunteer Engagement Department of Jewish Family Service of San Diego for three years. Rachelle received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego.
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