As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rayna never believed she would experience anti-Semitism in her lifetime. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, racism and anti-Semitism were virtually absent from her life. However, once Rayna began college, everything changed. She encountered many challenges including cyberbullying, a mock eviction notice taped to her door, anti-Semitic comments, and Holocaust denial.
From these experiences, Rayna learned that more work needs to be done to successfully combat anti-Semitism – even in the strongest Jewish communities. Since the age of 12, Rayna has led fundraising initiatives for influential organizations and programming for hundreds of events.
In 2010, she embarked on her professional speaking career addressing over 125,000 people in various demographics. By sharing her own story, Rayna seeks to empower others to enrich their communities through organizing and storytelling. Rayna lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics. Programs are highly customizable, Reach out to Rayna@TheRoseGrows.com for questions.