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Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations

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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.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't find a decent job, was in depression didn't hav money...When I came to COJECO LEadership Group I enjoyed all sessions as well as meetings with interesting people - the members of the Group. The result was unexpected: co-leader I've met in a Group invited me to interview at her company. So I've got an offer, and now I work at this company about 4 years - and I'm happy. Thank you COJECO for help and support. COJECO really has a right to be calld Great Non-for-profit organization. (entered by a GreatNonprofits staff member from a paper review form)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm a President of a Guild of Jewish Folks Arts and Crafts. COJECO invited Guild members to attend interesting events, Folksbiene Jewish Theatre shows, and free ESL classes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

COJECO is a great organization. They are up to very inspirational work within the Russian-Jewish Community. I hope they grow and expand.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization with unbelievable staff! Extremely professional and a true treasure in the sea of the Jewish nonprofits. Dependable and super intelligent, this is the organization to work with!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I coordinated and organized a leadership program and other events for Russian speaking Jewish young professionals with COJECO's expertise and help. I witnessed first hand how the resources available through COJECO together with its dedicated professionals and board, create an impeccable connection to the Russian speaking Jewish Community. For example, COJECO was able to gather over 100 Russian speaking Jews from New York City to attend a private discussion with the Israeli Consul General to NY, Asaf Sharif. COJECO was not only able to coordinate the community to this amazing event, but was able to connect to Mr. Sharif and able to get him to agree to speak specifically to the community and organize his speech accordingly. It was accomplishments such as this that encouraged me to continue to be involved with COJECO and the Russian speaking Jewish community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a certified chess teacher. COJECO helped me to organize 9/11 memorial championships during 7 years. (Review input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 3

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For several years I had an idea for a community art project, but I couldn't pull it off on my own. Last year I found out about COJECO and asked them for assistance. COJECO helped me to finance my project and connected me to the institutions that might be interested in hosting exhibits of artwork I have gathered. I find COJECO's involvement with my project very professional and sincere, and I know I can always come to them for an advice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

COJECO is great organization and great people! The organization is very openned to the community and brings Jewish Russians together in NYC. Also, the events and programs proposed are very interesting (open art museums, shows, concerts, trips, etc...). I highly recommend to all Russian Jews in the NY area to check out COJECO!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with COJECO's Day Care program for 4 years now and I believe it is an amzaing program. COJECO gives back a lot to the Jewish community and its children. Without this program many Jewish people would not be getting the help they are and our children may not be getting jewish education that we provide them. It is a one of a kind program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got involved with COJECO as a result of going to Israel on a trip with my fellow Russian/Jewish emigres after designing The Dance of Life sculpture for the JCC of Staten Island. It was an amasing experience discovering Israel and meeting new friends. Since that time, I participated in a Jewish retreat and received a mini-grant to coordinate a cultural program for Russian/Jewish adults called "Heritage Quest". All these experiences have changed my life and enriched it socially and spiritually. This year, for the first time in 25 years I attended the services for the High Holidays and felt connected and welcome. I thank COJECO for the opportunities to meet new people and personal and professional inspiration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Does amazing things for the community. One of a kind! Making the world better, one program at a time. has really given me great networking, personal growth and learning experiences that I deeply treasure.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COJECO is a well-run, enterprising organization serving the Russian speaking community of New York and beyond. They are a convener, a coalition and call to action for Soviet emigre activists and organizations.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great experience all throughout - this organization rocks! They serve the needs of the New York Russian-Jewish community very well.