For over 25 years, and especially during the last 10 years, the Jewish community has been piloting, developing, and fine-tuning a wide array of engagement programs for Russian-speaking Jews. The COJECO RSJ Symposium brings together the invaluable experience and knowledge found among Jewish professionals from different metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada who have been working first hand with the Russian-speaking Jewish community toward the goals of Jewish identity development and community building.

COJECO RSJ Symposium June 20 - June 21, 2019


RSJ Symposium 2019: The Power of Connection

When:   Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2019

Where:  New York City


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.
The Symposium aims to:

  • Foster opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between professionals and organizations
  • Empower and re-energize professionals working with the RSJ community
  • Strengthen skills of being effective ambassadors for the RSJ community
  • Reimagine the opportunity and the impact of our work on the Jewish community in the 21 st century

Join us for a program that will feature:

  • Expert presenters including senior professionals, funders, and academics
  • Networking, exchange of best practices, and peer-to-peer connections
  • Workshops offering skills and tools for effective RSJ engagement

Symposium Program

Participants and Speakers

This conference is designed for:        

Jewish professionals working at nonprofit organizations in North America directly involved in engaging the Russian-speaking Jewish community toward the goals of Jewish identity development and community building. Participation is by invitation only. If you would like to attend or nominate a participant, please contact us directly.

Registration fee – $200 


  • 2 days of RSJ Symposium program – Thursday 8:30AM-6PM, Friday 8:30AM-3PM.
  • 2 Kosher breakfasts and lunches, coffee breaks and snacks
  • RSJ Symposium materials
  • 1 evening program, Thursday 6-9PM (optional)

Does not include:

  • Accommodations
  • Travel expenses
  • Dinners


Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging. We have reserved a discounted block of rooms at the San Carlos Hotel, located at 150 East 50th St, New York, NY 10022
Each individual will be responsible for confirming their reservation directly with the hotel reservation department by calling 1.800.722.2012, email:
If calling, please refer to COJECO group name. Guests will be responsible for all room charges.


For participants coming from outside of the New York metro area, a limited number of travel subsidies will be available to help cover the cost of airfare (only). Travel subsidies will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, and remitted upon submission of payment receipts after the conference.

Registration Process

The registration process is designed to create participant profiles as well as to collect data that will be used to plan and design conference workshops.

Profiles of the 2019 RSJ Symposium participants will be available online in advance of the conference, on the COJECO website.

Materials submitted as part of registration pertaining to program design, outreach, and evaluation will not be publicized, but rather used internally as collective data.

Registration submission requires payment of registration fee.

Sponsored By

For more information

or if you have any questions, please e-mail
Irina Rakhlis, COJECO RSJ Symposium coordinator at: