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
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am originally from Moscow in Russia. COJECO has helped me with important information and they've also helped with moral support.

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COJECO unites people.

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2009-9-01

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I am a member of NY Association of Holocaust Survivors since 1993. I went on tours, Folkbiene new show "New voices," and to museums. (Review input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form)

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COJECO has a positive influence on community.

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I'd try to press for foundation for Jewish Community Center.

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COJECO staff and volunteers conduct together all events. COJECO staff members give us iseful advice and we all together convert them into a fact of our life.

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

Share this money with COJECO member organizations that always have financial support from COJECO.

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COJECO has more big grants.

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Material base.

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To communicate more with organizations.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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Great organizations helps get in touch with the community around you. Helps kids in every age group to accomplish goals in life that meet beyond expectations. I am doing an internship teaching children of age 3 about jewish practices and traditions and enjoying every moment of it.

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I do not know what changes I would make to this organization.

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

being provided the opportunity to work with children and practice my Russian language skills.

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

bring more and better change through the various programs it offers.

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More hours could have been involved within the project.

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Succeeding in providing valuable information to three year olds.

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Cojeco has done a project I would have loved to start myself.

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One time

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2009-10-01

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As a longtime Board Member of COJECO, I am extremely proud to be a part of this vital and incredibly important organization. COJECO plays the most significant role in unifying our community and community organizations into a cohesive structure and empowers its members to grow and flourish.

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

The great work that it enables us to do in helping and shaping our wonderful community.

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

Are great friends and extremely dedicated people who believe in their cause and mission.

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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As a Russian Jew and director of RAJE, I take great pride that our organization is a member of COJECO. Under the leadership of Roman Shmulenson, one of the most effective and talented young leaders in our community, COJECO has grown by leaps and bounds becoming the most important umbrella organization representing our community. Building strong grassroots communal institutions is essential for Russian Jews in America, but without proper guidance and support from COJECO that type of development would be almost impossible. Roman works night and day, helping countless grassroots initiatives within our community to develop into strong and successful non-for-profit organizations. His patience, ingenuity and hard work are legendary and I feel great knowing that I can count on him and COJECO to help with the development and expansion of RAJE.

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

receiving assistance with the growth and development of RAJE

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

great advice, advocacy and some financial support

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

the best of the best

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

help their member organizations reach their full potential

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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3 people found this review helpful

CoJECO has been a great help us by providing our recently immigrated students with grants for their education at our facility.

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

Help a lot of new immigrants in their search of a good education, career and overall "American" experience.

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About every month

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2009-10-01

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COJECO always organize a lot of great events for russian jewish emigrant community. I come to a lot of these events and they never fail to be fun. All in all, I think they're doing a great great!

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Always very professional, yet fun people, who seem genuinely delighted in helping others.

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About every month

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2009-9-01

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COJECO is a vital organization that strongly serves the NY Russian Jewish community. It has filled a long standing void and has excelled through innovative programming and leadership. It is run very efficiently and effectively.

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

very devoted and creative. Willing to work hard and think out of the box, always looking to do what is in the best interest of the community.

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About every month

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2009-9-01

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This is my 2nd year working for this organization and my experience has definitely been a positive one. I feel that it is important to educate children from early childhood about their heritage and COJECO has been making it possible. The lessons are not only informative, but interactive and creative! The best part is that I am also learning and not just teaching.

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

motivated, creative and overall great educators!

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we could teach at the daycares more than just once a week! The experience would be that much more fulfilling!

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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Cojeco is one of the great programs that NYC helps to Russian Jewish children learn about their culture and religion. I have been working for them for 3 years now and I have learned a lot by teaching the children. This is a great non profit organization that keeps the Jewish tradition alive.

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

Learning more about my heritage

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Ways to make it better...

nothing

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About every week

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2009-10-01

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