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BIANA LUPA
RAJEing since 2005

BIANA LUPA

"My parents associated Judaism with danger," says Biana. Therefore, as she was growing up, we had "absolutely no affiliation with Judaism." It wasn't until she came to college that Biana started having questions about her identity: "I had questions about what it meant to be Jewish, because I didn't come from a home that had the answers." She was searching to "learn more about my Jewish self and figure out what being Jewish meant to me."

A friend pointed her in the direction of RAJE. "I did my first trip to Israel with them and I've been involved ever since." Starting with "zero" Jewish knowledge, upon completing the RAJE fellowship program and returning from the trip, she continued her studies at RAJE by joining the RAJE Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, celebrating her bat-mitzvah ceremony at the RAJE center and taking on a Hebrew name.

Inspired by her experience with RAJE, Biana decided to pursue a master's degree in non-profit administration. "I was so impressed by what RAJE was doing, and I loved being involved in the Jewish community...I've been working with Jewish non profits ever since." Biana has served as associate director of Hillel at Baruch, and is investing her considerable talents at the Shorefront Y, as a full time Jewish educator and administrator of after school programming for children and young families.

In addition to her work, she spends her free time building the Jewish community as well: she volunteers in a variety of capacities at RAJE, and she helps Jewish singles find their soul mates as a matchmaker. "One of the biggest problems that plague our generation is the inability to find the person that's right for you. I use the online platform mymatchmaker.com as a platform to help end that struggle.

" Both Biana and the greater Russian-American Jewish community have benefited from Biana's involvement at RAJE. "RAJE is more than just a free trip. It's a community, and it's a place that no matter where you go, you can always come back and be welcomed with open arms. You make friends for life. It is really building a real young Russian American Jewish community."

 
 

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