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MISHA BRITAN
RAJEing since 2007

MISHA BRITAN

Misha's journey began when his family immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1995. He was thirteen at the time, a challenging age to make a major life transition. Although "I knew that I was Jewish, and I was never against Judaism, I was just too busy to learn anything about it."His childhood experiences led him to believe that "Jew" is "a word that is not to be said in public," and that being Jewish was "no more than a reason why one gets into fights at school."

It wasn't until many years later that Misha had the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of his Jewish identity. After completing public school, graduating from university and working for a few years in the financial sector, "it was my good fortune to be introduced to RAJE." He jokes, "I heard there were a lot of single girls at RAJE and a lot of free food." He found "a path to the deep and the real learning of what Judaism has to offer," thanks to "the momentous efforts of the Rabbis and the staff involved with RAJE. There was never a shortage of engaging and meaningful opportunities."

After the Leadership program, he completed the second-level Action program. His experience in the Brighton Beach center and on his trips to Israel inspired him to give back to the Russian-American Jewish community. He contributed at a convention for young Jewish leaders in New Orleans, and with the help of fellow RAJErs has organized a networking event to help young Russian-Jewish professionals make new connections and potentially find new job opportunities. Misha came to RAJE looking for a Russian-Jewish social life. But on reflection, he says he found "a whole different kind of socializing."

 
 

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