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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member of RAJE, I am extremely proud to see that a very important segment of the Jewish community, the Russian-Jewish youth, which was almost lost; come back to its roots through the amazing work of RAJE.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Raje has illuminated the Jewish world for so many Russians. I've seen how they have reached out and created a community, where no jewish experience was before.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is nothing like seeing a young man or woman reconnect to his/her heritage and religion. The oportunity provided by RAJE has allowed me to see through another generation what is possible when you are given the chance to bring young people together from all over the world and allow them to make a difference.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has truly been a pleasure to be involved with this amazing organization. Over the years I have met lots of wonderful people here and have seen this community begin developing and growing with the help of RAJE.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being the daughter of the director of RAJE, I have always been proud to feel a part of it. Once I started working here, thought, that was when I was really blown away! I get to speak to the alumni, who tell me that RAJE has made their lives so much richer and more meaningful. They have a place to come to for Holidays and Shabbat. They feel connected to the Jewish people in a way that they never felt before. They want to pass on the legacy they got from RAJE to their own children. When the global economy became so bad, RAJE was affected tremendously as well. Every year, more and more people want to join, and RAJE is being forced to limit the amount of people they can accept. This is a real tragedy, because RAJE is not just a service to the Jewish community of Brighton Beach, it is a service to the entire Jewish nation. In the melting pot of Brooklyn, NY, our hope for the continuation of the Jewish people is getting lost.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Large Russian community with children, youth and older adults. Community teach everyone how to keep and safe Shabbos and law of our parents and Tora. It is a light of life inside the unbealivers.