Rachel Shomali

Rachel is from Bethlehem, Palestine. She was born in Michigan but moved to Palestine
when she was 12-years-old. She recently graduated from Birzeit University in Palestine with a degree in Marketing; during her college years she spent a semester abroad in Bilboa, Spain. In the summer of 2016, she served with Disciples Peace Fellowship as a Peace Intern and learned about Disciples while attending Disciples camps across the nation. In the summer of 2017, she served as an Intern at Vista La Mesa Christian Church in San Diego, California. Since 2013, she has worked with Spirit of Hope in Palestine, where she coordinates basketball tournaments and assists in public relations for this program with six high schools and numerous sports centers. She has been playing basketball for 10 years, and loves hiking, food and trying new things. She believes that
“people, regardless of what religion, need to feel like they belong and are cared for,” and hopes XPLOR will expand her ability to create communities of compassion and care.

  • From: Bethlehem, Palestine
  • XPLOR House: Spokane, WA
  • Community Engagement Site: Northwest Housing Alliance
  • Host Congregation: North Hill Christian Church 

Rachel's Blog Posts

Taking in the Beauty of Spokane

Hey! My name is Rachel Shomali and I am currently in Spokane, Washington. We have been here for a little over a month now, and coming from Bethlehem, Palestine, Spokane is very different! Read more>>

Rachel Shomali