According to the Pew study, there are approximately 750,000 Jews from the Former Soviet Union and their children, who live in North America. Due to 70 years of systematic communist repression of Jewish education and communal life, this group represents the largest unaffiliated Jewish community of its type and hence its Jewish future is of great importance in shaping the next generation of Jewish life in North America.
RAJE’s mission is to create a vibrant Jewish future for an entire generation of Jews of FSU Jews in North America, by inspiring young Jews to:
RAJE’s Comprehensive Strategy:
- To focus on the millennial age group of 18 – 30 year olds, an age when most important decisions regarding future identity and affiliation are made, and which hence can be seen as an hour glass shaping the future generation.
- To provide these millennials with a comprehensive 6 – 18 month Jewish educational and social bonding experience we call The RAJE Fellowship and Israel Trip program.
- To provide support for RAJE Fellowship alumni in their integration into the local framework of Jewish communal organizations.
- To facilitate the development of RAJE Fellowship alumni based Jewish communal institutions such as; Jewish life centers, synagogues, community service organizations, professional networks and Israel advocacy groups (but only where existing Jewish communal infrastructure is insufficient to care for the needs of RAJE alumni).