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We are the central hub for the Russian-speaking Jewish community in New York tri-state area. Our mission is to convene and connect the Russian-speaking Jewish community to build on our heritage through collaborative leadership, innovative engagement, Jewish education, and community capacity building.

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Every day COJECO makes a difference in the Jewish journeys of our community members. As we approach Passover we ask for your help to make an impact! Every gift made before the first night of Passover on April 19th will be matched by two generous COJECO supporters. Turn every $1 into $3 by donating today!


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.

This Passover Make a Gift and Triple your Impact

Our goal is to touch as many lives as we can in our unique Russian-speaking Jewish community. As we approach Passover we ask for your help to make an impact!

B'nai Mitzvah RSJ Family Journey

A customized, year-long family program for Russian-speaking Jewish parents and their children leading up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

RSJ Symposium 2019

Convening of professionals building a strong, Jewishly connected RSJ Community across North America. Following two highly successful convenings, the COJECO RSJ Symposium 2019: The Power of Connection will gather participants to share learning and build networks. We will tap into our collective intelligence to address questions shaping the future of the RSJ community as part of the larger Jewish community.

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.

Germany Close Up

Bringing Russian-speaking Jewish young adults on 8-day educational trips to Germany to explore the past and present of Jewish life in Germany, and to experience modern Germany first hand.

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.

COJECO New Jersey

We have launched a successful program for adults, children, teens, and families in Northern New Jersey, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.


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Baruch Performing Arts Center is premiering a new play REFUGE
Thu, April 25, 2019 Baruch Performing Arts Center 55 Lexington Ave (25th St, btw. 3rd & Lex), New York, NY 10010
Vadim Zhuk Poet, actor, broadcaster, screenwriter, librettist
Sun, April 28, 2019 Russian Samovar 256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Book presentation The Nuclear Saga: Heroes and Villains by Genrikh Golin
Mon, April 29, 2019 Yorkville Library. 222 E. 79th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
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