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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

RAJE is a very welcoming, warm and resourceful organization. It satisfies spiritual needs and supports young Jewish people, who often find it hard to fit in anywhere. You will find a place in RAJE, no matter who you are.

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Donor

Rating: 5

RAJE is a great organization. They have a unique ability to engage local community in all age groups. The programs are tailored to enrich and to add to spiritual and individual growth. Staff is highly educated, friendly and openly shares their knowledge and experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

RAJE helped my business, Rabbi Tokarsky took me to the Gateway dinner where I meet powerful people who do business with me ever since (it helps to feed my family), RAJE is a powerhouse for people who wants to meet who is who in Russian Jewish community. I feel that RAJE is doing a great job, perhaps we need to raise more funds for RAJE. If you have more questions about my experince with RAGE please contact me at AG@AlexGurman.com or mobile 917.825.8225,

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Donor

Rating: 5

RAJE is the place to be. Gotta love it.They really care and help out many people find their true roots.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

i am soo speachless as to what I have experienced this past summer. it was AMAZING, spiritual, fun and educational all at the same time.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

RAJE is a wonderful organization helping children of Russian-Jewish immigrants to reacquire their Jewish identity. I encountered RAJE a few years ago and, since then, became their ardent supporter. It is heart-warming to watch young teenagers rediscovering their Jewishness. The success rate of RAJE's programs is astounding. Kids who would otherwise be lost for the Jewish nation, marry Jewish boys/girls, raise Jewish families and follow Jewish traditions. RAJE classes are first quality -- both in depth and breadth, and their Israeli tour program is second to none. The dedication of RAJE staff is above reproach. Nowhere else the donated money can be applied with greater efficiency and results.