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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STEVE ASNES
RAJEing since 2009

STEVE ASNES

Simcha Asnes did not connect to Judaism and Jewish life before RAJE. Everyone called him Slava or Steve. Friends told him about the free trip and he joined. But it wasn't the trip that got him hooked on RAJE, it was the classes. "After learning with the Rabbis, I got excited about my Jewish Identity, I wanted to know more, and I realized this was about my kids being Jewish." Simcha began to look at his life differently after attending the first semester of RAJE. "I began to think seriously about people around me, I wanted to change how society views its Jewishness."

A big change occurred in Simcha's life, when he was inspired by Avigail Chazin and Luba Kaufman, long-time RAJE employees and mentors. "They taught me how to care about people, how to be less selfish, especially within my own family, I began to influence my parents and become an example for my friends." Because of his experience at RAJE, Simcha understands and values his heritage. "I want to go deeper and further, I want to advance in my learning of the Jewish world."

After three years at RAJE, Simcha wanted to give back even more to RAJE and now he teaches and mentors new incoming RAJE students. He loves sharing his experience and newly acquired knowledge with new RAJErs. "I know what the new students are thinking, I've been there and now it's my turn to give back. My new way of life has brought me closer to my peers, my parents and my community."


 
 

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