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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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!