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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

362 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.