RAJEing since 2011
Growing 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."