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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

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

1

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

3

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!!

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

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 !!!

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

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.