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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Meet The RAJE Alumni

RAJEing since 2011

DAVID STOROBINGrowing up in communist Russia, David had very little knowledge of his Jewish heritage. "We celebrated some holidays, but I didn't even know what Rosh Hashanah was called. We just called it the Jewish New Year."

When David heard about RAJE, he jumped at the opportunity to learn more about Jewish history and philosophy, subjects that had always interested him but which he was never given the opportunity to study. After the first session, he was hooked: "It's amazing how interesting the classes were because sometimes learning Jewish history could become a drag. But RAJE started with a comedian coming in, which piqued my interest. Thenthe semester continued with Rabbi Goldshteyn who is practically a comedian himself." For the first time, David found himself and his peers actively engaging with Judaism. "The students really follow the rabbis. They try to reach people beyond expectations. The staff is truly amazing. Every single teacher was excellent."

After graduation from RAJE, David soon found an opportunity to put his new-found knowledge to work. The position of state senator became vacant, and David, who has always been very involved in Politics, has been nominated as the Republican Party candidate in the special election to fill the vacant seat. David feels that RAJE inspired and prepared him for leadership: "Learning Jewish history, religion, and philosophy helped me develop a strong sense of responsibility to make a difference, to do my part in making the world a better place."

"When you learn about our heritage, this is what these people care about, this is what they need, and this is worth fighting for."