Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE)

RAJE was founded in 2006 to address the Jewish communal and educational needs of young Russian American Jews. We are a comprehensive educational and communal organization whose goal is to spark Jewish life and ensure Jewish continuity for the next generation. We are passionate about building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life.


To achieve its mission RAJE developed a unique system of community wide change, known as the RAJE Fellowship program. The semester long program which includes an educational trip to Europe and Israel, provides talented young people with a unique opportunity to explore their Jewish identity and develop their own unique leadership potential.

Apart from the RAJE Fellowship program, RAJE is a community that never sleeps. To our knowledge, we are the only center in New York that provides a full spectrum of programming to meet the communal and educational needs of Russian American Jewish college students and young professionals. The RAJE center & the RAJEon Alumni association is continuously buzzing with the energy of new students, inspired learners and community activists. Behind our doors is a professional and volunteer staff dedicated to creating an open environment that encourages people at all levels to explore their Jewish identity and find their own place within the community.

We are proud of our reputation as a wonderful place to spend Shabbat and Jewish holidays year round. We welcome the entire community to join us for festive meals, lively classes and hospitality in the warmth of family and friends