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We are the central hub for the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York. Our mission is to support the successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community, while preserving our unique cultural heritage.

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This year, we are exploring the need and interest of the Russian-speaking Jewish community for a customized, culturally sensitive, egalitarian family program for parents and their Bar/Bat Mitzvah aged children - the COJECO B’nai Mitzvah Family Journey!


We offer unique programs for Russian-speaking Jews to engage with the community on their own terms, encouraging identity exploration, informal Jewish education, leadership training, and volunteering.


BluePrint Fellowship

Empowering Russian-speaking Jewish young adults to create their own community-building initiatives, with the support of a network of peers, educational workshops, one-on-one mentorship, and a mini-grants for project implementation.


Family Events and Retreats

Offering one day events and weekend retreats for Russian-speaking Jewish families to connect with our heritage and each other, featuring age-appropriate workshops for children and teens, seminars for adults, and entertainment for the whole family.


Germany Close Up

Bringing Russian-speaking Jewish young adults on 10-day educational trips to Germany to explore the past and present of Jewish life in Germany, and to experience modern Germany first hand.


Keystone Fellowship

Executive course enabling American and Russian-speaking Jewish lay leaders to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Jewish community issues, as well as to acquire the skills and knowledge to to steer the future development of Jewish life.


PJ Library

Free Jewish children’s books for Russian-speaking Jewish families with children ages 6 months to 8 years old. Mailed every month directly to each family’s home, these high quality books include suggested discussion questions and activities.


Project Dacha

Providing informal Jewish experiences to Russian-speaking Jewish families who spend their summers at upstate NY cabin communities – dachas - through fun hands-on workshops for children during the week and immersive family activities during the weekends.


Prins Project

Offering assistance to professionals from the former Soviet Union in their first steps towards a new career in the United States, the Prins Project provides one-time financial assistance for professional development courses, as well as networking opportunities and personal consultation.


RSJ Symposium

Bringing together Jewish professionals from all over North America who are working first hand with the Russian-speaking Jewish community toward the goals of Jewish identity development and community building.


COJECO was formed in 2001 as an umbrella organization for grassroots community organizations of Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants in New York to make their voices heard and respected. Today we represent over 30 such member organizations, including young adult leadership groups, Holocaust Survivors, professional associations, arts & culture organizations, and social justice groups.

We support our member organization by

  • Offering financial support and helping to secure additional funding
  • Assisting with program development and implementation
  • Providing resources, partner opportunities, and marketing support
  • Advocating for their needs in the greater Jewish community


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Soviet Songs with a Jewish Flavor Sun, December 6, 2015 YIVO - 15 West 16th St, NYC
Latke-Making with Author Anya von Bremzen Wed, December 9, 2015 JCC Manhattan - 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St, Manhattan
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