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A Pilot with a Purpose: New CBS show ‘The Activist’ features Avodah alum Rachel Sumekh

When you think of reality TV, the type of content that comes to mind may not be the most… meaningful. A new CBS show, The Activist, aims to change that. Its first season airs on October 22, and it features one of our very own Avodah alumni, Rachel Sumekh.

The Activist is a competition where select activists are paired with high-profile public figures. The teams work together to address one of three important social causes: health, education, and environment. The person who gains the most support for their cause will be taken to the G20 Summit in Italy.

Rachel is an Avodah Chicago alum (2012-13). She is an Iranian Jew, a Los Angeles native, and self-described “big time Avodah fan girl.” She is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Swipe Out Hunger, which is focused on ending college student hunger. The organization has served 2.5 million meals and helped pass over $70 million in legislation to combat food insecurity.

“I never thought I’d be on a reality show,” says Rachel, “But I’m not one to say no to the chance to take our cause to millions of people overnight.”

Want to help Rachel win? Follow along on Instagram or Twitter before September 1 and comment using the hashtag, #GiveEmHealthRachel.

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