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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration

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

Programs: Assisted talented russian-speaking jewish young professionals in designing and implementing community projects with the goal of strengthening their jewish identity as well as benefitting the community.

assisted emigre professionals in starting or re-starting their professional careers in the united states by providing financial assistance for professional training.

provided quality educational and social jewish programs for russian-speaking children and families, and helping them rediscover their rich heritage and build a strong community

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.)