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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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Join COJECO in celebrating 16 years of service to the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York, providing culturally sensitive programs for young families, opportunities for young artists/writers/filmmakers, supporting grassroots community organizations, and more.


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

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.

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.


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