Rachael and Jonathan
Rachael Chou reached out to Tribe 12 warily. She had just moved from Boston to Philly with her fiancé Jonathan, an Asian American, and their experience in Boston’s Jewish community had been that his identity was questioned as soon as he walked into a room. Rachael had always been very connected to Jewish community throughout her life — synagogue, youth group, all the basics — and she was looking for opportunities for the two of them to find their Jewish community together. When Rachael reached out to Tribe 12 and told us her story she was quickly assured through words, but even more significantly through actions, that there was a place for both of them at Tribe 12. They became regulars at events, with Jonathan joining an informal “Jewish” basketball league with guys he met, and together Rachael and Jonathan became part of a volunteer board where they developed friendships they still maintain a decade later.