RAJE-USA INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   364 reviews

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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  

7 people found this review helpful

I've had an incredible experience. Besides making this experience fun, the rabbi's and mentors provide valuable lessons about life and our actions.

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

seeing value in our jewish tradition.

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i couldn't make any changes because these people take their time to understand and help you in every way they can.

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

the moderns rabbis.

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

incredible people that will go out of there way to make you happy.

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

use it to donate it to the community w/ less opportunities.

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It can't get better.

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

there are no challenges

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I love RAJE.

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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6 people found this review helpful

RAJE is an amazing organization. I attanded RAJE classes for 6 month learning about Jewish history and religion. I was exposed to a lot of new ideas and experiences. The staff of RAJE is very dedicated. They are always there for you both in terms of providing guidence as well as education. Following the 6 month classes, I went with this organization to Israel, where I learned about my culture and my roots. It was a very fun and educational experience which was organized extremely well.

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

the wonderful rabbis who are always extremely excited about teaching and learning. They are all very smart and openminded. It is very easy to relate to them.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I love RAJE, as for my knolege RAJE IS THE ONLY PLACE IN NY SPECIALLY DESIGATED FOR RUSSIAN JEWS GO RAJE

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

AMAZING

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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RAJE provides outstanding lectures for young jews of Russian and non-Russian origin on the subjects of Jewdaism. Young rabbis are well versed in the subject and help the audiences relate Torah teachings to the modern life. The atmosphere is lively and humorous. Everyone is engaged. This organization does a great service not only in line with the Jewish values but helps young people select a virtuous lifestyle serving local communities and humanity in general.

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

teaching young people how to be humble and responsible human beings

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

lively and engating atmosphere during classes open discussions great rabbis

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

very knowledgeable humorous sensitive and responsive to the audience

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

bring more people to the classes expand the number of class hours per week

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

RAJE has been a life changing experience for me. I have developed a network of friends, peers and mentors. I came to RAJE as an ignorant kid looking for a fun trip and I came out as an educated leader, with a greater grasp of my Jewish identity. RAJE has become a second home to me.

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

every aspect of my life.

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

give it the opportunity to spread its message to the rest of the world.

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

the people that i have met and the relationships i have build.

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

incredibly giving, thoughtful, knowledgeable and nurturing.

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

transform many communities just as it did with the Brooklyn community.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had greater reach.

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

financial burdens in this tough economy.

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

RAJE is the very best.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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I was a participant of one of the trips to Israel as well as I had a chance to attend history classes conducted by RAJE. From my point of view, RAJE is a great organization that UNITE young people from different backgrounds, and the most important, make them to be proud of their origin. I was grown up in the former Soviet Union, and at the time of living there, I have experienced and loved the Russian culture. When I came to USA I didn't know much about Jewish communities in USA, I didn't know much about culture, religion, and Jewish way of life. Although, I have always felt that I am a Jewish. When I got a chance to visit Israel through RAJE, I was a very happy that I will visit a country, which I always dreamed to see, and this trip will be with young people like me. These three weeks that I spent in Israel were a tremendous experience for me. For me, it was the trip that made me feel what this country means for the whole world, it gave me the experience of the Jewish way of life. For three weeks I have lived in the atmosphere of Israeli way of life. It was very important to me to feel it, to feel the atmosphere of the Jewish way of life. And I don't know if I had such a feeling if I simply visited country with my family or friends. After I came from Israel, I have attended some history classes, where I had also a chance to get answers on very important questions for me. I think that RAJE plays a great role in life of many young people, since it helps to find something very important, it helps to experience a great heritage, RAJE helps to find real friends and helps us to be proud of our roots.

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

Their willingness to UNITE young people. Their willingness to make feel young people as a one community, who has same goals and beliefs. RaJE's desire to make every person happy about their heritage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Great staff, great programs & events... The organization has inspired many young people from the community that had previously been thought of as unaffiliated, uninformed, and uninvolved in Jewish life.

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

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

do even more for the Russian Jewish community in the New York area

Ways to make it better...

they were located closer to where I live

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Very interesting and fun organization. Provides great information on many different issues facing young Jews. Plenty of interactive programs and a awesome experience as a whole to meet new people and learn a lot.

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

Very comfortable to discuss topics with. They helped me a lot and showed lot's of love and humor to make me feel apart of their organization.

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Nothing can be done to better this program because it is perfect has it is. I can't find any flaws.

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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: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I just started the Raje Leadership program and i love it. The classes are both fun and educational. Rabbis are amazing, all of them. They are young, hip, cool and can relate to young people like myself more than anything. Also, the fact that i get to meet a lot of new people through this program is a huge plus.

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

Participating in Raje Leadership Program

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

Classes, Shabbaton and Speakers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I participated in an educational series (a number of weeks, once a week) of courses RAJE gave and went with them on a trip to Israel. Both were free for me. As a 23 year old man, starting out working, and having my own business, I am very grateful for having for having been exposed to the speakers which spoke at the classes. They were all leaders of their industries; real estate developers doing billion dollar deals, executives who lead companies in the national spotlight, ect. I understand more about Judaism as a religion, culture, and a people since the program. The rabbis were an inspiration to me, and I still think about the example they set and aim to do the kind of good that they are doing. On the trip to Israel, I had what was probably the first strong spiritual experience of my life, and it's impossible to place a value on that. RAJE has been invaluable to me and, and I will always be grateful for the lessons I have learned and the experiences I've had. Thank you, Dmitry Kuzinets

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

Growing spiritually. The experience I had in Israel has led me in the direction of spiritual searching which has been the most fulfilling adventure of my adult life.

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

The rabbis are inspiritional. Each one has their own gift that they share fully with the young adults who are part of the programs. Each one has shown me how to be a better person.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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