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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations

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

103 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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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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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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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.