RAJE - The Russian American Jewish Experience RAJE - The Russian American Jewish Experience. 

RAJE is an evolving organization committed to sparking Jewish life in Russian American society. We  are passionate about building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life. 

The core of RAJE is our Fellowship Programming.
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ANNA IGLANOVA
RAJEing since 2008

ANNA IGLANOVA

Anna moved to the US from Turkmenistan at age twelve. Her family was grateful for the religious freedom offered in America, but Anna wasn't motivated to take steps to learn and grow on her own until after her first trip to Israel. "I went on Birthright, and came back really inspired to learn more."

Before RAJE was "RAJE," Anna participated in every program she could get at the Brighton Beach center. "I was really hanging out with the 'crowd' then. There was a whole group of us always around, taking the classes." She began with the Tanach program, which she felt offered "more in-depth learning of Judaism and everything it has to offer. We were really exploring Judaism, using Jewish texts themselves." She was moved by her studies to continue into more advanced programming, all of which helped her "take my Jewish identity to the next step."

Her education through RAJE empowered Anna to devote her life to assisting the Jewish community. "I believe in the Jewish cause. I know what it feels like to feel alienated, not to know your place in the world. Judaism should be about embracing every Jew. It's not about where you come from, it's about where you're going. We should all love each other and help each other grow in whichever way we can." Anna tries to inspire others to adopt her ethic of responsibility through her work with iVolunteer. This program helps Holocaust survivors, and at Project Genesis, "a Russian-Jewish foundation started in Russia with private donors, they try to reach out to Russian-Jewish communities throughout the world." Anna is also involved with the organization Rayon, where she is part of a "team of people who want to be involved in the Russian Jewish community. We're really all about handing over leadership to the young adults there who've gone through different programs." Anna is not only a leader herself, but she is already inspiring the next generation of Jewish leaders.

 

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