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  

2 people found this review helpful

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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5 people found this review helpful

Our group (over 20 senior citizens, living in Riverdale, Bronx, NY) is very grateful to COJECO and personally to Victoria Anesh and Rimma Kharlamov. They are our real friends. They inform us about exhibitions, festivals and concerts of Folksbiene Theater when the tickets are free or with a big discount. We never forget exhibition of Mark Chagall in Jewish Art Museum. It was so interesting to see Chagall's art, decorations for Russian Jewish Theater, and portraits of famous Russian Jewish actors of terrible destiny during Stalin's terror. When we were on the concert of Folksbiene we felt like a real part of Jewish nation. It was unbelievable atmosphere on the stage and around. We also participated in the parade Salute to Israel and commemoration days of Holocaust. All good things in our community COJECO did for us.

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

We all become a part of American Jewish community.

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

Ways to make it better...

COJECO was all-American organization.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am President of NY Association of Holocaust Suurvivors. We cooperate with COJECO a few years. We participate actively in COJECO events: meetings, seminars, tours at Jewish Art and Holocaust museum, creative meetings, etc. (Review input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form).

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

COJECO supports an atmosphere of comradeship and mutual aid among COJECO member organizations; supports financially giving grants.

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

I'd organize quarterly meetings for leaders and volunteers to be better informed about lives and problems of COJECO member organizations.

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

They take care of our needs and lend an attentive ear to our ideas.

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

Considerate, sympathetic, and solicitous.

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

Give more financial support to organizations and broaden a field of their use.

Ways to make it better...

To inform regularly in media about COJECO activities and plans.

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

Shortage of contact among volunteers

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

To expand forms and methods of working with organizations of volunteers.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I came to USA from Moscow. Attending COJECO events and meetings I started to know and love Jewish culture, music, and literature. (Review input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form).

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

educated and intelligent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I immigrated into USA from Moscow, Russia. COJECO helped me with my Jewish self-identification. I discovered Jewish history and culture that were stolen from Jews in the former Soviet Union. (Review input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form).

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

COJECO unites Russian-speaking Jewish community.

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

I started to feel I'm a Jew.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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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.

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

COJECO unites people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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)

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

COJECO has a positive influence on community.

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

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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

COJECO has more big grants.

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

Material base.

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

To communicate more with organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

More hours could have been involved within the project.

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

Succeeding in providing valuable information to three year olds.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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1 person found this review helpful

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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