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Rachel Swartz Robinson

Vice President for Development and Philanthropic Advisor
Rachel Swartz Robinson joined Reconstructing Judaism in April 2020. As Vice President for Development and Philanthropic Advisor, she oversees fundraising activities across major gifts, annual giving and institutional relations, as well as supporting board engagement. In 2022 she led the public launch of Reconstructing Judaism’s Momentum Campaign, which has raised over $9.3 million for rabbinic scholarships, congregational engagement, field education and other core priorities.


In her 15-year career, Rachel has helped raise over $25 million for Jewish, educational and arts organizations. She served at the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia to joining Reconstructing Judaism’s staff. She is passionate about building holistic advancement strategies and connecting philanthropists of all levels to the causes they care about.


Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Virginia, where she has been a volunteer for the Brody Jewish Center-Hillel at UVa, and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from New York University. She was awarded a Wexner Foundation Field Fellowship in 2021.
Rachel Robinson, wearing a blue blazer, poses in front of trees outside the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

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Rachel Swartz Robinson, Reconstructing Judaism’s new vice president for development and philanthropic advisor, knows firsthand the impact that a Reconstructionist approach can have on a family. As it happens, Reconstructionist rabbis were present at two of the most important moments of her life: her wedding and her son’s naming ceremony.

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