About Rachel

I work primarily with individuals and couples as they navigate their fertility and family-expansion journeys, including IVF, IUI, surrogacy, and other assisted reproductive technologies. I excel in helping others tell their own story, to consider their hopes, needs, and resources, and to access their resiliency. Each person’s experience with fertility and infertility is unique; how they make meaning of and cope with their particular path is a crucial part of our work together. As someone who struggled with infertility on my path to becoming a parent, I seek to provide the kind of compassionate and competent care that I so desperately needed.

As a rabbi, I feel connected to the holy and sacred in both big and mundane moments. Since the fertility journey can be long, I believe having a guide and partner to witness and hold carefully one’s doubts, feelings, and questions is vital. As a board-certified chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City who both works with patients and teaches other chaplains how to accompany people through moments of crisis, chronic illness, and death, I am skilled at navigating painful emotions, family conflict, and offering strategies for effective communication with others. I also teach organizations and communities how to better support their members going through these experiences, in the pursuit of a more inclusive, compassionate world for all.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our son who was born via IVF, and our wonderdog Neko. I also love to drink diner coffee, bake, and write.

Education:
Rabbinic Ordination — Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Specialties:
Fertility, loss and grief, trauma, anxiety, LGBTQ, and Internal Family Systems

Office Locations:
Virtual only

Certifications:
Board-Certified Chaplain, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains
ACPE Certified Educator, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
Spiritual Director, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Connect with Rachel:

Phone: (301) 960-3955

Website: www.rvtivf.com

Email: rvtivf@gmail.com

Instagram: @rvtivf

TikTok: @rvtivf