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: 1 stars  

They present themselves as altruistic but their goal is to convert people to ultra orthodox religion. It's creepy. If you attend an event they will hound you.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

Very nice but expect to be badgered for donations very soon. Went to a weekend program and thought the speakers were excellent but am not sure if I should donate to promote this. Seems everyone is already where the head of the group wants and do not understand where the money would go.

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

Met many of the group

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

Make it appeal to somewhat less than Black Hats.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I listened to online classes given by a rabbi who was a former classmate of mine. I am so proud that the Jewish people has organizations such as this one that reach out to so many people in a user-friendly way.

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

reach out to even more people.

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: 1 stars  

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

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

very bad waste of money.Nobody became frum

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

make it religious at least

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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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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?

2009-9-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
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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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.

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

It can't get better.

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

there are no challenges

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

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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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  

9 people found this review helpful

I had an amazing Raje experience. I learned so much about my jewish heritage, and met so many great people. The staff at Raje was always reaching out to us above and beyond what i would normally expect. The experience bonded all of us like a family, and raje welcomed us with open arms. This is a great organization, that I am very proud to be a part of.

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

phenominal! The speakers that they brought in were so educated and we were really interested in what they had to share with us. The rake staff has become part of my family, and I will always keep them in my heart.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have traveled with this organization, all were wonderful experiences. Have been part of services as well as been part of classes offered, and Shabbat dinners.

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

all of the wonderful learning programs available for the community.

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

renovate its facilities and create more learning opportunities.

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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