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  

3 people found this review helpful

As a Board Member of RAJE, I am extremely proud to see that a very important segment of the Jewish community, the Russian-Jewish youth, which was almost lost; come back to its roots through the amazing work of RAJE.

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

my role as Board Member

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Raje has illuminated the Jewish world for so many Russians. I've seen how they have reached out and created a community, where no jewish experience was before.

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

Assimilation of the Russian community is a critical issue facing the American jewish community. With more money, they could definitely reach more people through additional programming and additional staff.

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About every six months

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2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

There is nothing like seeing a young man or woman reconnect to his/her heritage and religion. The oportunity provided by RAJE has allowed me to see through another generation what is possible when you are given the chance to bring young people together from all over the world and allow them to make a difference.

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

hearing from the kids that have gone through the whole program and seeing the joy in their experience.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It has truly been a pleasure to be involved with this amazing organization. Over the years I have met lots of wonderful people here and have seen this community begin developing and growing with the help of RAJE.

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many ways.

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

seeing program participants grow.

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

were amazing people.

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

build a better facility to accommodate a lot more people

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Being the daughter of the director of RAJE, I have always been proud to feel a part of it. Once I started working here, thought, that was when I was really blown away! I get to speak to the alumni, who tell me that RAJE has made their lives so much richer and more meaningful. They have a place to come to for Holidays and Shabbat. They feel connected to the Jewish people in a way that they never felt before. They want to pass on the legacy they got from RAJE to their own children. When the global economy became so bad, RAJE was affected tremendously as well. Every year, more and more people want to join, and RAJE is being forced to limit the amount of people they can accept. This is a real tragedy, because RAJE is not just a service to the Jewish community of Brighton Beach, it is a service to the entire Jewish nation. In the melting pot of Brooklyn, NY, our hope for the continuation of the Jewish people is getting lost.

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

the sense of accomplishment in having people so positively affected by what we do. People are coming back to their very own Heritage.

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

unbelievably motivated, dedicated, warm, professional

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

change the face of the Jewish world! Jews all over would be educated and inspired to become reconnected to their Heritage.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Large Russian community with children, youth and older adults. Community teach everyone how to keep and safe Shabbos and law of our parents and Tora. It is a light of life inside the unbealivers.

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

Helping others.

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Care for others opinion

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

Care of people who surroud you.

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

Helpful and understandable.

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

Give donations to less fortune Jews

Ways to make it better...

All members of my family participated.

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

Moving to Israel

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

The Russian community is united.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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