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. 

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CHARLES RABINOVICH
RAJEing since 2008

CHARLES RABINOVICHThe attitude of Charlie's family was always, "Now that we were free, there was no reason to practice Judaism. Hey, why risk getting killed again?" His Jewish education stopped after his bar-mitzvah, and he was not encouraged to grow further.

His first trip to Israel was life-changing. "I felt a spark like I never felt before...I was now onto something big, like a hidden treasure that has been kept from me." Back in the States, he was looking for a way to translate his inspiration into action. "I wanted to do more, become more involved with my community, learn more about my heritage. With this new discovery, what good use would I be if I were just silent and not doing anything to help my people prosper?"

A Google search connected him to RAJE in 2008. The classes were right up his alley. "I enjoyed the Chavruta learning sessions the most, because I was free to ask questions. I would learn things, which I always felt inside, but could never put into words."

His trip to Athens and Israel with Rabbi Ibragimov helped him go even further: "I learned from that trip that I am very good with people, and that it is a Jewish mission to inspire and light up this world. From that trip it was all history, no turning back!"

Charlie has utilized several opportunities to share his inspiration with others. In addition to writing a weekly inspirational newsletter and staffing several trips to Israel as a madrich, "I also helped with organization, planning and implementation of many programs at RAJE including the Israel day parade. One year, I even organized an event called iJAM - Israel Jewish American Music Festival, where we had nine Jewish rappers and performers all under one roof after the Israel day parade. I had also worked closely with two good friends who are singers and we put together a project which was the birth of an anthem for RAJE. Now we perform this song every year at the parade in front of thousands of people."

 

 
 

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