who we are

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.

latest news

We're happy to announce the launch of New York/New Jersey edition of JEvents Mobile App. This project gathers and presents Jewish events and programs of interest to the Russian-speaking Jews in a single user-friendly app. NY/NJ edition of JEvents was developed as a COJECO BluePrint Fellowship project by Elizaveta Pantiukhova.

COJECO PROGRAMS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

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Let My People Go: Lessons From The Soviet Jewry Movement
Tue, March 19, 2019 Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
FolksbieneRu Kompot: Purim Carnival
Sun, March 24, 2019 Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds
Tue, March 26, 2019 American Sephardi Federation
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