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.
Excellent organization with unbelievable programming! The staff is great and results speak for themselves. I am looking forward to further involvement with RAJE!
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.
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.
I oversee all the Campus & young professional programs throughout N America & Canada Under the H/W Foundation. I have been involved with RAJE since it's inception & it is by far one of the most effective organizations in reaching out to inspire & engage students to explore their 3000+ yr old heritage. I can't think of another organization more deserving & worthy of receiving recognition for the great work they're doing!
I have been to a few Shabatonim, met the kids in Israel, been on Sunday This place is a winner. The kids tell me that this is home - the social connection is the key. The staff - who themselves are world class - just love the kids who come in - but they also have content. But behind all of that is a superbly thought out, fine-tuned organization.
I was so impressed with the incredible work that RAJE does in NY that i wanted to bring a similar program to the Philadelphia area. Their system of Jewish education coupled with infusing a pride of Judaism into every single participant is uncanny. Couple that with a trip to Israel and there is just nothing more to say.
This organization has been connecting Russian Jews to their heritage through consistent learning, building relationships and slowing down the assimilation rate. Many young people have found their spouses in this environment of people with similar backgrounds learning about their Jewish religion in a fun environment!
As someone who has been involved with RAJE for over a year, I can honestly say that this organization is one of the best when it comes to engaging the Jewish youth in both educational and entertaining formats. I am so impressed with RAJE, its tireless staff and all the members.
RAJE is transforming lives of hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews by engaging them in a meaningful way in Jewish learning. While my organization (COJECO) is participating in Jewish Choice Awards 2009, I am gladly writing this review for COJECO Member Organization- RAJE. The staff and Board are great, and the participants are enthusiastic, passionate and sophisticated young people. My best wishes to everyone involved at RAJE!
Great program and the staff that involved is extremely passionate. They really make the Jewish experience what they promise. It's an experience of a lifetime and I enjoy being part of such great organization. They not oly facilitate the trip to israel but really create a community with their fuest speakers and weekly events.
The lectures were very informative and entertaining and most of the guest speakers were very inspiring. The program provided me with an opportunity to meet new, like-minded Jews and overall, established a sense of community among the participants. The Shabbat trips were also great because they exposed me to what it was like to enjoy myself without many of the every-day distractions. I am now enrolled in the second stage of the program and I am looking forward to it.
I am one of few lucky people who go to a job with a HUGE smile RAJE is my daily dose of inspiration and good mood
My experience at RAJE has been nothing short of inspiring. I've been involved with young Russian Jewish professionals and students as they explore their history and culture for often the very first time. Inevitably they grow tremendously and gain a thirst for more knowledge and connection.