Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations

Rating: 4.89 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Immigration

Location: 40 Exchange Place, Suite 1302 NY, NY NY 10005 USA

Mission: COJECO is a central coordinating body in the Russian Jewish community of NY that works towards the successful integration of Russian Jews into American Jewish life.  Together we are working towards achieving the Jewish communal goals of caring for those in need, strengthening bonds among the Jewish people, and fostering Jewish identity and renewal.
Results: With 33 member organizations and a slew of community programming projects, COJECO has become the go-to-place for the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Member Organizations – we support our 33 member organizations through grants, advocating on their behalf, providing logistical and financial support, connecting them to other potential funders, and providing support in implementation of programs and projects. Project Gesher - provides positive informal Jewish educational experiences to Russian-speaking Jewish children attending private day care centers in New York City where Gesher-trained Russian Jewish college students serve as teachers. The initiative is based on the "for the community by the community" philosophy and helps both children and their young role models develop a positive Jewish identity. Center Without Walls – works to promote and strengthen the dialogue between Russian speaking Jews and the American Jewish community. Our work helps various Jewish organizations in the New York City area attract and work successfully with American Jews from Russian-speaking families while introducing Russian-speaking Jews to the richness of the American Jewish community. Prins Foundation – a program that assists Jewish professionals from the former Soviet Union to come to the United States and rebuild their professional and personal lives. MiniGrant Project – A project of Center Without Walls that gives unaffiliated creative Russian-speaking Jews the ability to build their own innovative community projects. Leadership – COJECO hosts and sponsors numerous leadership initiatives and fellowships that help reinvigorate the young Russian-speaking Jewish community through educational and leadership training seminars, workshops, trips, and lectures. Advocacy – we provide effective advocacy and representation for the Russian-speaking Jewish Community by working with social, state, and federal organizations.
Geographic areas served: NY Metropolitan Area

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

COJECO helped me to be establish as a student of Touro College. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and nice.

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About every six months

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2009-8-01

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COJECO has done phenominal work in helping recent immigrants from the former Soviet Republics adjust to life in the United States. The theater company that I work for often partners with COJECO to provide free tickets to our performances, especially to older and impoverished people. (Posted by GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their enthusiasm in serving their community with great passion

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more services to their constituency of 100,000 plus.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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I liked very much to meet interesting people, to discuss current problems with a group, to have an opportunity to make new contacts. About myself: I worked as a coordinator, social worker in Jewish organizations, FEGS, after graduation Adelphi University I work at the office of congressman Nadler. (Posted by GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attention and care to elderly people, laborious everyday work with disabled people, especially with people in wheelchairs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

opened, benevolent, patient, always read to assist. The word NO doesn't exist for COJECO coordinator Rimma Kharlamov. She can find an answer and be a winner in any desperate situation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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The COJECO supports our activities financially and allows us a space and usage of a copy machine free of charge. The COJECO informs us about many free cultural events and activities in support of Israel. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Russian-speaking Jews. IT definitely exerts a positive influence on the community

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The annual legislative luncheons in 2008 - 2009 and fundraising where the best members of our community were honored. It is important to represent our community before the City and State legislature.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All COJECO workers have always bee professional, considerate and well-disposed toward the member-organizations. Their advices are always helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

The COJECO would have an opportunity to really support member-organizations' activities and publish an information bulletin or a monthly newsletter about the COJECO's and members' activities.

Ways to make it better...

The COJECO should better coordinate its member-organizations' activities, provide internal and external information and improve public relations with the City administration, elected officials and other émigré organizations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I believe it is fundraising, coordination of member-organizations' activities, providing internal and external information (using media) and improvement of public relations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I suggest to gather representatives member-organizations together with the Board of Directors more often in order to give them an opportunity to exchange with their experience and discuss the community's problems.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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As a Board member of AAJFSUS participated in many COJECO endeavors. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

COJECO serves as a hub for all Russian-speaking grass-root organizations

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It leads and takes part in all Russian-speaking Community events.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sponsor various events on a high level.

Ways to make it better...

COJECO could organize community more successfully by keeping a calendar of all community events and updating it regularly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I was elected Vice President of Manhattan and Bronx branch of American Association of Veterans of WWII from FSU. The most important task was to make a list of veterans for a medal "65 Years of Great Victory." I couldn't do it all by myself, and all local organizations were obviously neglect. But COJECO answered immediately, and next day I had a meeting with a coordinator Rimma Khalamov. She found volunteers who were calling to veterans; made a deal with "Forum" newspaper to publish my ad; invited me to use COJECO conference room to meet with veterans; made copies and typed all materials; wrote a following letter to Washington and mailed a package to Washington. Also she helped me to send letters to different organizations of Manhattan to help old veterans. In behalf of Manhattan veterans I'd like to thank COJECO for a big benevolent timely help. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

COJECO's help is real and fast; COJECO solves urgent non-standard problems.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd collect more organizations under COJECO umbrella.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Staff members are 100% dedicated, initiative and kind.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

initiative, sincere, well-wishing, and work wholeheartedly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve a quality of life of many people.

Ways to make it better...

my experience with COJECO would be longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably fundings.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't propose much without experience long enough.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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I arrived in USA in 1996. Immediately I became to work in these two associations mentioned bellow, I participate actively in activities of the Vinnitsa friendly association (I was born in Vinnitsa, about 40 years I lived and worked in Petersburg). I spare big time working on radio "Our Voice": I direct a program "Outstanding Jews" since 1998. I am a member of Editorial Board of Collection of Information of AAJSFSU. I am one of the author-compilers of the Voters' Reference Book (with Inna Arolovich and William Gil).

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no information was provided.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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I came here as a single mom. I wanted badly to get a marketable profession in medical area. COJECO assisted me morally and financially and I'm extremely grateful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I can do professionally what I love to do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Staff is very considerate and find a nice word for everybody

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, benevolent and sympathetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help thousands immigrants like me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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I immigrated in USA as Political Asylum. COJECO made financial assistance to my daughter to continue her education. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

COJECO assistance is priceless for the new immigrants

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Staff members attempt to help everybody who needs assistance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and attentive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

assist many people.

Ways to make it better...

COJECO really had $10 millions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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COJECO assisted our organization Congregation Tifereth Israel to buy tfillins, prayer-books, computer, camera, also COJECO funded Jewish Holiday concerts, concert dresses for teenagers, preparation our boys to Bar-mitzvah. COJECO invited us to other Jewish organizations of New York and always keeps us informed posted about community life. Congregation Tifereth ISrael was erected in 1911; it's one of the eldest active synagogues in Queens, and it has a few historical titles. 1) In May 1999 it was the first synagogue with a status The Queens Historical Society's Queensmark. 2) In November 2002 Congregation Tifereth Israel was entered the list of The New York State and National Registers of Historic places. 3) Last ear it had New York City landmark status. In two last cases we received recommendation letters from COJECO as well as oral recommendation in hearing in the Court for New York City landmark status. COJECO recommended Congregation Tifereth Israel to state and city for a grant in amount $200,000.00. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review form.)

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About every month

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2009-1-01

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I'm President of Metropolitan Russian-American Parents Association (MRAPA). Assistance of COJECO is priceless. COJECO comes to help on time. COJECO supported MRAPA financially and gave a free room to conduct a program for disabled children. (Posted by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review form.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

COJECO acheived a great feat for community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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