Raje-Usa Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   364 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

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
www.rajeusa.com

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I am so thrilled to see RAJE at its peak today. I am a proud colleague of Rabbi Tokarsky, RAJE Executive Director, and know him personally. I met Rabbi Tokarsky before the inception of RAJE. When the idea for the fellowships came about I was happy to coordinate with him and help by providing space for meetings and Hillel students to participate in the beginning stages of the program. RAJE is truly an exemplary non-profit organization. The staff at RAJE is instrumental in recognizing, understanding and responding to the needs of the community. Today, a large number of Hillel students are involved with RAJE and continue to be inspired by this fantastic organization. It is my pleasure and honor to be involved with RAJE and I encourage students and professionals to get involved.

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

Professional and knowledgeable staff are the key to the success of organization. Rabbi Reuven Ibragimov, Program director is a true visionary and a real friend.

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About every month

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2009-1-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Excellent organization with unbelievable programming! The staff is great and results speak for themselves. I am looking forward to further involvement with RAJE!

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

The amount of participants and the programming.

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

Very nice!

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

Change the world :)

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I had the greatest experience at RAJE. I think this organizatioun is during a tremendous work in the Russian Jewish community. It had helped me realize a lot of different life skills that I had not know of. I would suggest anyone who is Russian Jewish to be a part of this organizatioun.

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

Helping the Russian Jewish community.

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4 people found this review helpful

The world is full of opportunities. The jewish world is even more. RAJE used many of them to make great influence for the Jewish life in NY. - at first Israel is the most powerful tool to awaken Jews. But many organizations make taglit. The truth is that we should prepare people before giving them this experience. The efficiency of just trip is much less than focusing people into jewish values and connecting them with the source of these values afterwards. - at second Jewish wisdom is the most relevant for the most challenges of our life. But we need to adjust our view with our access to this wisdom. - at third the most precious is the live communication with live people. In the modern world of virtual connections, real communication makes a difference. I teach in RAJE for more than five years and I can observe people changing after learning with us, spending time with each other. It gives hope to our Jewish community.

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

the life of Jews in our neighborhood.

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

set more effective feedback.

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

a lot of opportunities to be involved.

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

creative.

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

spread activity to all NY.

Ways to make it better...

it will be more advertise among Jews.

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

how to use all opportunities which come to us.

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

Jews should make more for the world.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I oversee all the Campus & young professional programs throughout N America & Canada Under the H/W Foundation. I have been involved with RAJE since it's inception & it is by far one of the most effective organizations in reaching out to inspire & engage students to explore their 3000+ yr old heritage. I can't think of another organization more deserving & worthy of receiving recognition for the great work they're doing!

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

very passionate about their roles & in creating an environment that allows natural growth for each participant on their level.

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About every month

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2009-11-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been to a few Shabatonim, met the kids in Israel, been on Sunday This place is a winner. The kids tell me that this is home - the social connection is the key. The staff - who themselves are world class - just love the kids who come in - but they also have content. But behind all of that is a superbly thought out, fine-tuned organization.

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

high quality kids who are very bright and questioning - very real - who come from very far and get turned onto their Judaism and who themselves become attractors for tohers.

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About every six months

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2009-8-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I was so impressed with the incredible work that RAJE does in NY that i wanted to bring a similar program to the Philadelphia area. Their system of Jewish education coupled with infusing a pride of Judaism into every single participant is uncanny. Couple that with a trip to Israel and there is just nothing more to say.

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

extremely dedicated to Jewish education. Their familiarity with the students' needs as well as their compassion for their futures was a pleasure to watch.

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

touch the lives of thousands upon thousands of Jews who have a very small to absolutely no understanding of their beautiful and rich heritage.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

This organization has been connecting Russian Jews to their heritage through consistent learning, building relationships and slowing down the assimilation rate. Many young people have found their spouses in this environment of people with similar backgrounds learning about their Jewish religion in a fun environment!

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

Hearing about the engagements

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

kind, supportive, hip

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

it could help millions of Jews connect to their religion and feel connected to something that is real!

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About every week

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2009-10-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

As someone who has been involved with RAJE for over a year, I can honestly say that this organization is one of the best when it comes to engaging the Jewish youth in both educational and entertaining formats. I am so impressed with RAJE, its tireless staff and all the members.

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as visitor

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5 people found this review helpful

RAJE is transforming lives of hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews by engaging them in a meaningful way in Jewish learning. While my organization (COJECO) is participating in Jewish Choice Awards 2009, I am gladly writing this review for COJECO Member Organization- RAJE. The staff and Board are great, and the participants are enthusiastic, passionate and sophisticated young people. My best wishes to everyone involved at RAJE!

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

Excitement and passion of the participants!

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2009-1-01

 
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