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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

364 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Shako K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 2

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization taught me to be proud of my people. It just awesome!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

11 larichik

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had an incredible experience. Besides making this experience fun, the rabbi's and mentors provide valuable lessons about life and our actions.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love RAJE, as for my knolege RAJE IS THE ONLY PLACE IN NY SPECIALLY DESIGATED FOR RUSSIAN JEWS GO RAJE

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at RAJE are very nice and work very hard to teach us the youth. My experience so far has been very good. I have met a lot of important people that have taught me to strive for the best. i have been taught that hard work leads to amazing results. I have been inspired to do better in school and i would highly recommend this program to all of the jewish youth.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAJE has been a very positive experience in my life. It is a place i can go to any day of the week to hear a Rabbi speak or see and socialize with people my age and with the same background as me. After going to Israel this previous summer, I felt very connected to my Jewish identity as well as the Jewish people. RAJE provided me with a life changing experience. The people that run this organization are very sincere and want to make a difference.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAJE is one program I could say that I will never forget. The Rabbi's, the lectures, the people, and overall experience. I could actually say it was perfect. The Rabbi's were the only ones that actually touched my soul. They actually made me a believer. And I'm not easily convinced. I appreciate all the help, all the education, and all the inspirational speeches. We need RAJE in business...FOREVER!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RAJE is a great organization! I know so many people whose lives have been changed by RAJE!!! The dedication of the staff is unparallel to anything I've ever seen!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Organization! Committed to its cause! Helps people with the most important aspects of life. Religion, Culture, Relationships and career. They are there for their members.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the Leadership program with RAJE and found it to be an excellent one filled with insightful speakers and allowed me to open my mind to further explore the Talmud.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have recently joined their leadership program and I am finding out that I am receiving top notch continuing education. RAJE offers the opportunity to connect as a community, to be able to be proud of where we came from as a group and to see how much we have accomplished. They do a wonderful job restoring our belief in the Jewish nation and in particular being of Russian decent. They make us question things and think for ourselves. They educate, not just brain was and stick opinions in our head. They give us many valuable lessons and have us always leaving with drawing our own conclusions and pleasantly discussing issues we covered in the days program. The "staff" or rather people involved, whether paid or volunteering give their all and it shows each time we participate in a program at the center and beyond. Honestly most of my friends and I joined the program to earn a trip to Israel at a modes price. What we are receiving from RAJE is so much more, and I will be forever grateful!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAJE is a great organization for young Jews in New York Metro area. It has many activities and a good staff. It is trully one of very few organizations where young Jews can come to and feel that they belong

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

3 BoruchNatapov

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was psychiatrist in Moscow. In USA I was accepted in NYU for program for dentists. And I became a dentist. I was a successful doctor there and dentist here. I took additional courses in my medical field, like chinese medicine-accupuncture, hypnotherapy. But something important was missing in my life. 5 years ago I moved to new area and started to come to RAJE (shaarei Emuna). I met some unbelievably interesting people: r.Tokarsky, r.Bruk, r.Chaskin, r.Zaltsman etc. These people had similar previous professional background. But all of them were filled with spiritual ideas which open for me something new and inspired me. I started my new life which is absolutely changed me completely. To study with them. Everyone of them has unique experience and they helped me to get new quality of life. They became a part of my family, making beautiful unity. Thank RAJE for changing my life.

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was first introduced to RAJE by one of my closest friends. He was able to convince myself and 4 of our friends to go to the classes run by Rabbi Reuven Chaskin (Talmud Program). Sure it was under the conditions that we would all go to israel together as a group pretty much for free. In the beginning it was less about classes and more about going together on a free trip to Israel. This was an interesting time in my life. I was well on my way to becoming religeous, but was lacking a community and learning. It didnt take me long to have my first few religeous and life altering epiphanies. Midway through a purim shiur I truly realized that there were no coincidences in this life. More and more the inviting and non-judging atmoshphere at Raje opened me up and tore down many obstacles to my religeous growth. Even before wee went on our trip to Israel and Kiev I felt myself sucked in more and more. People like Luba Kaufman and Rabbi Krelin and Rabbi Zaltsman made the place feel like home, while allowing questions and the soul to soar. Avigail and Rabbi Groovin Reuven added their unique personalities to the mix. Rabbi Aryeh Katsin was engaing and caring. The whole place seemed to sing and light a tremendous fire of yearning and comfort with and within all of jewdiasm, which seemed to warm all participants. For me personally the trip to Kiev and then to Israel was very rewarding. It just so happened that about 6 months before I went to Raje I spoke to my father for the first time in my life. I was 25 and it was something that i was waiting a lifetime to do. My father lived in the Ukraine. When we went on the trip I was afforded personal time with him. He was also allowed to join us on all the activities. My half sister and father tagged along with the group on all the activities. I was even able to see my grandmother for the first time in about 20 years. The night before leaving Kiev emotions were running wild given how we were treated by the locals. That on noght in Kiev made my friends, other participants and myself really feel how lucky we were that our parents and grandparents took a tremendous risk in immigrating to the states. 2 days in Kiev made us all appreciate the stagerring sacrifice made by our families in bring us to a true land of opportunity. We were also able to acknowledge the true unending worth of the work and tzaddaka of our American counterparts which made our immigration possible. When our feet hit Israeli soil, it was as if we had landed at home. Raje Rabbis and Madrichim displayed the same quiet and steady resolve to make sure that everyone had a wonderful time while connecting to our jewish roots. All felt comfortable and the flames of jewish pasion and pride began to burn higher and stronger. What really struck was how quickly Raje was able to reignite a flame that it took Hundreds of years of exile to all but obliterate. Another truly mystifying experience was how they were able to connect a group of 40 people who could not be any more different, in under a weeks time. When we got back home it was difficult to adjust to bieng back. The fact that follow up programs from Raje were available made it easy to stay friends with the majority of the people from the group. I truly believe that in an age of dispersement, sepparation, materialism and assimilation Raje has an antidote. Many of the participants ended up staying to learn in Israel. Many came on subsequent trips. Many still becam staples at shabbos dinners prepared every week by this organization. The reason that I only give them 4 stars when they desrve 10 is because more can be done. Raje needs investment and financial assitance to create more classes for the various levels of participants. While having a great knack for lighting the fire of Jewishness the need more classes that will take someone who is sold on jewdism to a whole other level. This is truly the reason that i write this review, it is in the hopes that more and more people will get to know and fall in love with Raje and its people. That those people will bring more people and investment in Torah. Raje is a shinning light in the darkness of Exile which is able to have the lost flock to it. I cant even imagine how bright this fire will burn when investment will allow them to spread and teach more Torah to an ever expanding community. They have been able to stop assimilation and bring jews back from all walks of life. I also want to take this time to thank Rabbi Takarsky and the amazing staff that he has been able to put together. They are a truly fantastic and necessary organization.

4 meirbruk

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience! Everybody joining together in song and dance to celebrate the Shabbat! There no place like RAJE to celebrate and enjoy Shabbat!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended classes on Jewish History. My overall experience was very positive. The instructor was very knowledgable and passionate about the subject.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, provides a community setting for meeting other fellow jews and imigrants from former soviet union. Also provides jewish education and subsidized trips to israel

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RAJE (former Shaarei Emunah) was the first place I visited while searching for jewish traditions. I still remember it was Rosh Hashana of 2002. At that time it was rather a small place but so friendly and open that till 2009 I still go there, almost every week. I am very glad that Shaarei Emunha grew bigger and now being RAJE it offers even more, there are lectures, programs and different social events. I myself truly enjoy Talmud program with Rav. Krelin and philosophy&history;classes with Rav. Khaskin. I believe that many will agree with me on fact that this place does provide so-called Jewish experience. From traditional food to Shabbat songs, from Purim concerts to engagements in Sukkah, from havruta learning to lectures by Israeli settlers. Bbeing a part of RAJE for few years I must mention that it is very hard work they do there, it requires so much dedication and love that otherwise this place wouldn't exist till now. I wish RAJE to succeed and to remain a place where everyone feels a part of a big family. Thanks RAJE and thank you Rav. Tokarsky !!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the mmany things i love about Raje is that no matter your religious education or backround, no matter where you are from, everybody who walks into Raje feels at home! Raje is an amazing orginization that spreads unity, education, and warmth and kindness throughout the new york jewish community.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YES, RAJE HAS DONE GOOD THINGS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE, STRENGTHED A COMMUNITY, BUILT A FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING. BUT THAT IS JUST DIPPING A TOE IN THE WATER ABOUT WHAT RAJE HAS DONE AND KEEPS DOING. IT’S A PLACE THAT GIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT’S NOT A PLACE THAT TRANSFORMS PEOPLE INTO A SPECIFIC MODEL, BUT IT HELPS PEOPLE FIND THEMSELVES, BECOME WHO THEY WANT TO BE, HELPS THEM BUILD A MODEL OF THEMSELVES THAT HAS QUALITY AND MEANING. IT’S NOT A PLACE THAT ONLY ACCEPTS LIKEMINDED INDIVIUALS BUT ITS OPENS ITS DOORS TO TONS OF PEOPLE WITH VASTLY DIFFERENT OPINIONS AND QUESTIONS. THE MONEY THEY RECEIVE FROM DONORS THEY SPEND EVERY LAST PENNY ON EMPLOYING EDUCATORS THAT DONT SPEND THEIR TIME AND MONEY ON LIESURELY COMFORTS, BUT DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO ACQURING KNOWNLEDGE TO RELATE TO OUR OPINIONS AND ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS, TO OPEN OUR EYES TO THE GREATER REALITIES OF LIFE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THEY REQUIRE OF US IS NOT TO BE SELFISH, OR SELF CENTERED, OR COVET WHAT WE ATTAINED FROM THEM. THEY ENCOURAGE US TO SHARE WHAT WE LEARNED AND TO FULLY EXPRESS OURSELVES IN ANY WAY, OF COURSE AS LONG AS IT IS NORMAL AND GOOD NATURED. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS WHAT WE PAST ALONG TO OTHERS SHOULD IN THE BEGINNING AND THE END BENEFIT SOCIETY. RAJE HAS HELPED ME MAKE FOR MYSELF A QUALITY LIFE, WHICH I WILL SPEND MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR WHOEVER WOULD WANT IT AND NEED IT.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to RAJE (former Shaarei Emunah) back in 2003. I remember it was Channukah party. I liked it right away. The people were nice and warm, the rabbis were amazing , and I also liked the fact that everyone there was Russian. I was a little shocked that such place exist where all the people are from the former soviet union. I felt like home. In 2004 I took one of RAJE (former Shaarei Emunah) first trips to Israel. 3 weeks of unforgettable experience. Great lectures, great Ribbis. They made sure that we had the BEST time. The educational part of the trip was amazing. I've learned so much. The lecturers were famous people: writers, phycologists, teachers, professors, etc. We were chatting with them for hours. The spiritual part of the trip was unbelievable. We were crying, laughing, sad, surprised. It was all kinds of emotions. I couldn't believe that one organization can bring so many positive emotions in one trip. We didn't want to leave. I think it was just the fact that we didn't want to say goodbye to each other and realize the fact that it was over. Since than Im a constant member of RAJE. I've been doing leadership program for a while. I love the program because of its uniqueness. Every lecture bring knowledge, new ideas and even make one a better person... Thanks to RAJE we have an opportunity to meet and talk to very famous people of our planet. They give us lectures, share their knowledge, talk about their experience, give advice, etc. (How often can one meet and actually talk to a famous person???!!!???) RAJE made it happen!!! Another part of the program is the spiritual one with our amazing Rabbis. I can't recall one class that I missed. I was literally running to the program... As Im sitting and writing my review, Im going back to 2003, to Channukah party, where the first person that approached me became my best friend. The first Ribbis and their families became my second family. The first house that I was invited to became my second home (besides RAJE ;-))... I want to thank all the RAJE staff for giving us an opportunity to meet new friends, enrich our knowledge, become better people, realize who we are as Jews and how lucky we are, and just for being you.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very positive experience with the organization. They do a great job attracting young people to Judaism. The rabbis at RAJE are just wonderful, expecially Rabbi Tokarski. He is very intelligent and I like his Torah lectures.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

RAJE was by far the best thing I ever did to get in touch with my spiritual side. Having been born in communist Russia I had no idea what being Jewish was all about, it was RAJE that exposed me to a way of living I had no idea existed. I'm sooooo thankful to them for exposing me to the Jewish community. -AJT

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I heard so much about the organization, I visited and met with the RAJE community for the first time this past weekend. I am profoundly moved and impressed with their mission, their passionate and learned staff and with the incredible energy and interest on the part of their students, many of whom are being introduced to Judaism for the first time. It was a joy to behold and a privilege to speak with them. There are many future Russian-American jewish leaders among them who would not develop without this organization's support and encouragement.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Raje is the best!!!! It offers a relaxing fun, comfortable, setting where you can learn about your Jewish roots, history, Torah, anything!!! As well as meet new people, communicate with old friends, its a great social network, where people come together (any age) and just have a GREAT TIME! Celebrate Shabbat, get their questions answered by Rabbis, and eat GOOD FOOD!!! I LOVE RAJE and will not trade it for anything else!!!! RAJE is my second HOME!!! The work, Kiruv, and love they provide for all who come to RAJE, is unseen anywhere else! Rabbie Takarski, and all the others who make this a possibility....THANK YOU!

4 sergiy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very lovely people, help out a lot. Also amazing trips witch i enjoy every time i go! I made a lot of good and positive riends, we come every Shabbas (jewish holyday, friday and saterday)to learn, talk, and play all kinds of games.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been more of a and active observer than an active participant of RAJE, but what I've seen is absolutely amazing! Lots of college students with Russian Jewish background come together to participate in learning programs and trips! May HKB"H bless you in all the blessings there are for all of you future endeavors!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

RAJE caters to the interests of so many Russian Jews thirsty to learn about their heritage and to become more involved in Judaism. In my time being a mentor there, I have achieved a great satisfaction in seeing the unbelievable progress and development with so many of the RAJE students. I wish for them much more success and hope they keep up their great work. -YG

4

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.