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  

Participating in RAJE has enhanced my observance of Judaism and allowed me to get an even better feel for my heritage. I also met my now husband during the program, so it's definitely a wonderful venue for meeting people with whom you share ideals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Participated in various fundraising events and classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Met new friends through the events. Friendly, creative, and knowledgable staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a BS ORG i was cursed and emotionally abused by one of the rabbis of this ORG, i hope this ORG goes down ASAP cause instead of looking to make Jews better they are only there for the money, for instance i know many non religious Jews who tried coming to their programs but with lack of funding got denied, but on the other hand if they know you got money these people will suck your money as much as they can, i worked in the office and attended many events i know very well how their system works.

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

monsey, pesach, shevuos, sukkot.

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

fire Mr. Jordan.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This is simply a wonderful organization. I am particularly impressed in their ability to motivate young people and to connect them to their Jewish identity. Organizations like this are vital if Jews have any hope of fighting assimilation.

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

Watching the kids reconnect with their Jewish identity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Role: Volunteer
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.

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My experience with RAJE was/is amazing. The program not only got me to go and visit israel for the very first time. But taught me how good it is to be a jew and surround myself with many jews such as myself. by teaching us about our culture and history and making new friendships that would last life times. By being more productive with jewish holidays and knowing what they all mean. By cherishing our familys and opening the synogogue to us when it is needed. I recommend that everybody who hasnt joined raje needs to sign up and experience what i had experienced.

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

is the shaabat services, making new friends every-time i go there. seeing familiar faces every time. Being more jewish and spending time with awesome people and rabbis. each time you goto raje you learn something new.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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