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Rutgers Learning Network Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: Rutgers Jewish Xperience is committed to educating young Jews about their heritage and inspiring them to use this knowledge to better themselves and the greater Jewish community.

Results: Of the 300+ students per year that we have an ongoing relationship with, 150 will enjoy an authentic Shabbat experience in local communities. 100 will take advantage of weekly private tutorials given by our staff. 100 will attend weekly classes. 85 will participate in Jewish trips, in Israel and the U.S. in addition to the dozens of students that go on our birthrite trip we sponsor with Hillel. 20+ students have made aliyah. Jmed Jewish medical students club; Matching pre med students with Jewish medical professionals. Jbiz Jewish business students club; Matching business students with Jewish business professionals. Most students will have the most powerful, positive Jewish experience of their lives. Our staff puts an emphasis on developing close personal relationships with each student.

Target demographics: College students in NJ

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300+

Geographic areas served: State of NJ and beyond

Programs: Maimonides Leaders Fellowship Sinai Chavruta Study Program Jmed JBiz Israel Trips

Community Story

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago I started going to classes with the RLN (aka Rutgers Jewish Experience) to learn more about my heritage, to find a connection to Judaism that I had mostly lost since going to graduate school, and out of curiosity to see what centuries-old traditions and wisdom could teach me and how they could enrich my life. I had no idea how deeply it would affect me. It's introduced me to a lifestyle centered around community, education, and personal growth; it's helped me find a community of people who truly care about and support each other that extends around the world; it's given me guidance in addressing character traits of mine that were hurting my relationships with others, improving my family, social, and academic life; it's presented intellectual challenges that forced me to think about who I am and what I believe and to make knowledgeable and deliberate decisions about how to live my life, and given me a foundation to do that. Hands down, RLN has changed my life.