I can call Raje my second home and the people there my second family. The people of RAJE welcome Jews of all walks of life, with open arms. I have been a part of RAJE for less than two years and I can say my spiritual growth has sky rocketed ever since joining. It’s not just a trip, it’s not just a class, it’s not just a movement, it’s a family that gives you the opportunity connect to your soul on deep level. The best part of it all is that you are witnessing others doing the same. Growing up non observant, I have never thought I would be engaging with Orthodox Rabbi’s, having questions and open dialogues in nonjudgmental environment. The staff at raje are some of my closest friends! I couldn’t be more grateful to Raje because they have given me the tools and wisdom to be grateful and the hunger to learn more!!! THANK YOU RAJE!!
Although the idea uniting Russian American Jews and taking a trip to Israel with classes that help provide background is good, RAJE still needs tons of work. Always cutting corners, not fully disclosing info and organization is quite lacking. The organization and timing of things is terrible - constantly late for classes, skip/delay BARRs,late on releasing online content, loose assignments/essays and do not keep track of completion of assignments.They advertise the program for non-religious Jews when in reality their intent is to turn everyone religious. I would not recommend for anyone that is easily influenced.... they are really good at what they do and your sons/daughters may become super religious. They advertise they are better than Birthright but with Birthright at least you know what you are getting into and that they are a reliable organization. I would be cautious about taking part in this organization.
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.
This organization taught me to be proud of my people. It just awesome!
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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Best jewish organization I have ever attended. Because of them I am finally learning things I never did. They are the Jewish/Yesiva experience I never got growing up as a young Russian/Jewish boy in NYC.
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 never been interested in joining any jewish organization before. I consider myself to be secular and have never met any Rabbi who could engage me on a personal level. Until i came to RAJE i never knew anything about being a Jew. They've taken me in like a long lost relative and they accept me for who i am and communicate the jewish faith in a way that's entertaining, engaging and I've learned more about being a jew in one month of RAJE then i have in the previous 25 yrs of my life. For the first time in my life i have discovered what it feels like to be among my people.
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!
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.
RAJE is doing a great job! I attended many of their events and seminars, and it helped me grow as a person. I helped with some of the events and got to know this great group of friends that are really passionate about their work and the community.
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.
They've taught me identity, community involvement, and Jewish values. This is an organization that doesn't spend its time, energy or resources frivolously. It does what it sets out to do - to bring people back to their roots.
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.
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 had an incredible experience. Besides making this experience fun, the rabbi's and mentors provide valuable lessons about life and our actions.
RAJE is an amazing organization. I attanded RAJE classes for 6 month learning about Jewish history and religion. I was exposed to a lot of new ideas and experiences. The staff of RAJE is very dedicated. They are always there for you both in terms of providing guidence as well as education. Following the 6 month classes, I went with this organization to Israel, where I learned about my culture and my roots. It was a very fun and educational experience which was organized extremely well.
I love RAJE, as for my knolege RAJE IS THE ONLY PLACE IN NY SPECIALLY DESIGATED FOR RUSSIAN JEWS GO RAJE
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.
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 was a participant of one of the trips to Israel as well as I had a chance to attend history classes conducted by RAJE. From my point of view, RAJE is a great organization that UNITE young people from different backgrounds, and the most important, make them to be proud of their origin. I was grown up in the former Soviet Union, and at the time of living there, I have experienced and loved the Russian culture. When I came to USA I didn't know much about Jewish communities in USA, I didn't know much about culture, religion, and Jewish way of life. Although, I have always felt that I am a Jewish. When I got a chance to visit Israel through RAJE, I was a very happy that I will visit a country, which I always dreamed to see, and this trip will be with young people like me. These three weeks that I spent in Israel were a tremendous experience for me. For me, it was the trip that made me feel what this country means for the whole world, it gave me the experience of the Jewish way of life. For three weeks I have lived in the atmosphere of Israeli way of life. It was very important to me to feel it, to feel the atmosphere of the Jewish way of life. And I don't know if I had such a feeling if I simply visited country with my family or friends. After I came from Israel, I have attended some history classes, where I had also a chance to get answers on very important questions for me. I think that RAJE plays a great role in life of many young people, since it helps to find something very important, it helps to experience a great heritage, RAJE helps to find real friends and helps us to be proud of our roots.
Great staff, great programs & events... The organization has inspired many young people from the community that had previously been thought of as unaffiliated, uninformed, and uninvolved in Jewish life.
Very interesting and fun organization. Provides great information on many different issues facing young Jews. Plenty of interactive programs and a awesome experience as a whole to meet new people and learn a lot.
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 participated in an educational series (a number of weeks, once a week) of courses RAJE gave and went with them on a trip to Israel. Both were free for me. As a 23 year old man, starting out working, and having my own business, I am very grateful for having for having been exposed to the speakers which spoke at the classes. They were all leaders of their industries; real estate developers doing billion dollar deals, executives who lead companies in the national spotlight, ect. I understand more about Judaism as a religion, culture, and a people since the program. The rabbis were an inspiration to me, and I still think about the example they set and aim to do the kind of good that they are doing. On the trip to Israel, I had what was probably the first strong spiritual experience of my life, and it's impossible to place a value on that. RAJE has been invaluable to me and, and I will always be grateful for the lessons I have learned and the experiences I've had. Thank you, Dmitry Kuzinets
A great organization with excellent principles and goals. They have provided me with a better understanding of my background and roots. Also, with a new self awareness which will help me hence forth in all my future endeavors in my life. By creating this type of environment which fosters education and spiritual growth they help the community at large to reach its potential and build toward future growth and and success. Serving in this critical role is essential for future generations to also be able to relish in their cultural richness and heritage from which we have all descendant from. And thus by effecting so many lives with their cause of promoting self awareness through cultural and religious understanding they help to shape my generation and all future generations. Hopefully others who follow me will be as greatly enriched by this experience as I have.
I went through Russian Jewish Leadership Program by RAJE and learned a great deal about Judaism. It was 8 to 10 learning sessions including staying for shabbat at religious Jewish family twice. It also gives Russian Jews an opportunity to meet other Jews in the NY area.
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.
RAJE is a life changing experiece with a very positive outcome. It was a great way to meet people, make great friends and get closer to our culture. On a personal level, it was a unique experiece for me and my fiance to get closer, because we had yet another thing in common to share. We learned together, had fun during RAJE sessions, and experieced first hand the unity that can come from being around people of the same culture as yours. It made us stronger and closer as a couple, and wiser and more informed as individuals. Insighful lectures, led by the rabis opened our eyes to new horizons and gave us a new perspective in life. I think it is essencial to any Jewish youth to do at least one semester of this program to get a feel for thre Jewish culture and have the time of a life time. Definitely worth the time you put into it!
Excellent organization with unbelievable programming! The staff is great and results speak for themselves. I am looking forward to further involvement with RAJE!