Sideways was founded in 2013 in response to the increasing number of Jewish youth finding solace in parties and drugs. The organizations founders Dena and Ron, together with their dedicated team members, work to provide young people with a new, refreshing and positive view of their Jewish identity, and to offer an alternative to the drugs and thrills which are particularly prevalent at these parties.
Ron grew up in a typical secular Israeli home. After his service in the military, he traveled to India to take a spiritual journey. After years of travel, Ron returned to Israel and earned a degree in Interior Design. During his travels and studies, he discovered something hidden in the tradition from which he came: Judaism. Later, Ron began to study Torah in a yeshiva. Today he is married with three children and is committed to inspiring those still in the rave scene.
Dena grew up in a traditional and observant Jewish home in New York. While in high-school, Dena moved away from the Jewish lifestyle and found sanctuary in the rave scene. Over time, Dena began feeling empty and confused. She left the festival scene and emigrated to Israel. Today she lives in Israel with her husband and three children.
Abraham grew up in a secular Israeli family. He joined the rave scene at an early age and found himself in prison for a year and a half at the age of 18. After his release, Abraham quit the rave and drug scene and started a successful business. He is now married with 5 children.
Shlomi Grew up in a traditional family in Israel. He joined the rave scene at the age of 17. He also managed a contracting business for 5 years. He left the scene in search of something deeper, and is now fully observant. He is married plus one, and continues to work and learn.
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Several nature parties are held in Israel each week. In order to expand our involvement and positive impact, we would like to be able to be present at a number of these parties simultaneously. Additionally, Sideways is interested in creating a presence at festivals abroad. These events attract many young Israelis and Jewish youth from around the world.
|Parties in Israel||$360,000/year|
|Festivals in Israel||$148,000/year|
The next step for Sideways is to host Shabbat celebrations in nature, once every other month. These events will include meals and sleeping arrangements, along with workshops and an inspiring Shabbat experience. It will also give the staff the opportunity to deepen their relationships with those they have met, and introduce them to more positive Jewish experiences.
|A Singal Shabbat For 50 Participants||$8,500/shabbat|
Sideways is interested in operating an “Open House” – a compound which will be available for youth throughout the year. The warmth that will greet them in the Open House, together with the positive and stimulating content we will provide, far away from the environment of the parties and the drugs, will help to strengthen the positive process that the youth began in our Jewish Tent site at the parties.
“I am well acquainted with Ron Aharon Caras since the time he spent attending “Maayanot” Yeshiva in Tzfat several years ago. I am also very familiar with his organization Sideways, that he and his team are creating at festivals and parties for the past five years. Today there is a great thirst among Israeli youth from both secular and religious homes to find…”
“I would like to express my full appreciation and support for the activities of Sideways’s work in nature parties; an environment replete with the use of drugs and substance abuse.
Your irreplaceable work in these events is saving lives in the most important way.
In the work that you are doing you are combining professional knowledge based on life
experience and a deep understanding of the basic elements contained in the growing party scene in Israel.This is reflected in the appreciation and acceptance shown towards your organization by the party organizers themselves along with those attending the events…”