RAJE-USA INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   364 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 2915 Ocean Parkway Brooklyn NY 11235 USA

Mission: The mission of RAJE is to ensure that the current generation of, 18 – 30 year old, Russian American Jews be provided with the Jewish education, social bonding and positive inspiration needed to sufficiently strengthen their sense of Jewish peoplehood, thereby increasing the likelihood that they: Establish a Jewish household Affiliate themselves with and be involved in the life of the Jewish community Fulfill their spiritual needs through the study and practice of Judaism Develop a strong connection with the State of Israel
Results: Each year, approximately 750 students complete RAJE fellowship programming. As a direct result, most have remained involved in Jewish communal life by actively participating in follow-up programming and/or have found alternate venues of engagement within the community; 50% have chosen to continue their Jewish education in one form or another, 30% are now involved in UJA Federation network agencies, in leadership positions and/or other capacities.
Target demographics: 18 – 30 year old Russian American Jews
Geographic areas served: North America
Programs: RAJE developed a unique system of deep level engagement, known as the RAJE Fellowship program. The semester long program consists of ten, 4.5 hour sessions, 2 weekend retreats and a 14 day educational trip to Europe and Israel. Over the course of a single semester the students experience over 250 hours of highly impactful and transformative programming, a higher level of deep level engagement then any program of its type within the Jewish community.
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(718) 812-0779
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Best jewish organization I have ever attended. Because of them I am finally learning things I never did. They are the Jewish/Yesiva experience I never got growing up as a young Russian/Jewish boy in NYC.

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RAJE Leadership for Russian American Jewish people.

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Amazing, life changing. Opening me up to greater faith in my religion. Yes we Can !

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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13 people found this review helpful

very bad, completely not religious kehila, kissing, hugging and so on.Previously was more religious Waste of money.Should be closed or redone completely.Shame

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very bad waste of money.Nobody became frum

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it religious at least

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nothing.should be closed

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

terrible

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform to orthodox

Ways to make it better...

this organization will do something helpful

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

closing because no normal person will give money on it

One thing I'd also say is that...

it sucks

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I've never been interested in joining any jewish organization before. I consider myself to be secular and have never met any Rabbi who could engage me on a personal level. Until i came to RAJE i never knew anything about being a Jew. They've taken me in like a long lost relative and they accept me for who i am and communicate the jewish faith in a way that's entertaining, engaging and I've learned more about being a jew in one month of RAJE then i have in the previous 25 yrs of my life. For the first time in my life i have discovered what it feels like to be among my people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the friendliest people i've ever encountered

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About every week

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2008-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Like many people, I am concerned about the possibility of losing my job, or at least losing work hours. So I watch my budget. I found out about RAJE from the Internet. I'm glad I went to RAJE fo rRosh Hashana. I loved every minute of it!!! Not only were the meals very affordable and delicious, but i enjoyed real comeraderie and friendliness. the services were in Hebrew, Russian, and English. There were Dvrei Torah (lectures) in English, and othrs in Russian. thre was something for EVERYONE, no matter what languages you understood. And I saw the real commitment to not leaving anyone out. I know that people could pay for meals by helping out instead of giving money. Even though I do, thank God, have the money now, many people really don't. I'll continue to do so as long as RAJE exits!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer religious services and Shabbat meals in more places! It could help even more people who've lost their jobs but still yearn for Jewish learning and fellowship! It could fix up more Jewish singles! Give RAJE 10 million $! It's worth it!!!

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I lived in walking distance of the shul. RAJE offers to find hospitality, but I'm skittish about staying in other people's homes.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

One of the most exciting experiences of my life and the trip was fun as well. I have gained valuable life lessons and plenty of new friends while talking the Sunday classes. The classes were very interesting and all the rabbis are exceptionally talented, caring, and most of all amusing.The trip was overall educational and has met all of my expectations. The overall experience leaves me with good memories and experiences that i will treasure for the rest of my life.

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The lifelong lessons i have gained from socializing with fellow Jews as well as all the knowledge I've gained from the weekly . lectures

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The staff of the program was equally responsive with answering questions after the completion of the program.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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1 person found this review helpful

RAJE is doing a great job! I attended many of their events and seminars, and it helped me grow as a person. I helped with some of the events and got to know this great group of friends that are really passionate about their work and the community.

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participating in their wonderful seminars and Shabatton's. They really organized everything very well, and everyone had an amazing and uplifting experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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2008-6-01

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1 person found this review helpful

This is an excellent program that allowed me to better connect to my cultural roots and has taught me a lot about my cultural background. I also got to meet many new people, all of whom share the same cultural background as me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

making a better connection with my cultural roots.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great and knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

They've taught me identity, community involvement, and Jewish values. This is an organization that doesn't spend its time, energy or resources frivolously. It does what it sets out to do - to bring people back to their roots.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth and discovery. I found out about my roots, Jewish heritage and history.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

going on trips.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring and always accessible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

repair it's badly-needed facilities and infrastructure.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I've had a really positive experience at RAJE over the past 2 years. When ever I wanted to be around a warm group of jewish ppl and needed spiritual uplifting from the very knowledgeable Rabbis, Raje was there for me. I can rely on them every shabbos to have warm delicious healthy shabbos meals, many torah lectures to choose from and people my age I can interact with. They continue to put in an unsurpassed amount of effort and dedication to the jewish cause. I'm very happy to have been introduced to such an organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the weekly shabbos

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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8 people found this review helpful

As a Russian immigrant knowing nothing about judaism, I have gone through many different Jewish organizations that have impacted my awareness about my Judaism. I came to RAJE a few years ago when my knowledge was already in the intermediate to advanced stage. I quickly got to know the fun, witty, warm and carring leadership at RAJE, and since then, I have been involved in tutoring, prayer services (weekdays, shabbat, high holidays), participating in Shabbat events, and many other activities with RAJE. The beauty of this organization is that it provides unaffiliated Jews deep knowledge and sustained pride about their Judaism, that not only a beginner finds this new and fascinating, but even an advanced individual like myself finds fresh and exciting. In every one of my experiences prior to RAJE, I found myself thinking how "this could be done better," and "that could have been included," and "why are they asking us to listen or do this." I found no such thoughts entering my mind with RAJE. This organization has a phenomenal mix of events, classes and opportunities that fulfill every type of person's individual tastes and preferences. And even if someone feels the organization is missing something, there is always a person to turn to, to whom one can speak his mind and will be heard. Lastly, RAJE doesn't alienate its members by following a rigid or closed philosophy, rather is very inclusive, and yet very focused on the ultimate goal at hand, namely: bringing as many Jews closer to their heritage as possible. I have seen the success at RAJE over the course of 3 years from its inception to today's daily programs that attract hundreds, and Shabbatons that attract even more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

3 years that i have been a part of it, seeing it mature from a fledgling group of a handful of members to hundreds upon hundreds of hungry unaffiliated Jews being turned on and engaged to learn about their past.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Invest money in it to move it to a nicer more presentable building. Considering the venue, its success is all the more amazing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

everything you would expect and more, from an organization dedicated to spreading the beauty and greatness of Judaism

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Use it better and more wisely than a heck of a lot of other Jewish organizations i have been a part of

Ways to make it better...

it had more branches that were closer to my house.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

too many Russian Jews to attract, not enough resources to handle them all.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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