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Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.


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.


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.