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.

June 20-21, 2019 NYC

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When:July 16, 2015 1/30/19 10:00 AM - 1/30/19 5:00 PM
Where:UJA Federation of NY – 130 East 59th St, New York, NY 10022

This conference gathers professionals from Jewish non-profit organizations throughout North America working with the Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) community.


The primary goal of the RSJ Symposium is to explore, consolidate, and ultimately publicize targeted resources and effective tools for current and future Jewish professionals working with Russian-speaking Jews. Likewise, this is an opportunity for professionals to network with peers, exchange program ideas and best practices, and take stock in the incredible work being done in the field of RSJ community engagement.


The Symposium program will include a community landscape data, highlights of successful program models, case studies to discuss challenges and best practices, and opportunities to meet with and hear from funders. Details coming soon.


The findings of the Symposium will be compiled and published as a printed and online resource to serve as a guide for current and future Jewish professionals working with Russian-speaking Jews.


Registration for the COJECO RSJ Symposium is by invitation only. Participants are selected based on their experience and ability to contribute first-hand knowledge of RSJ engagement work within the context of the greater Jewish community in different geographic regions of North America.

Registration for the Symposium will be the first step in collecting comprehensive data about the communities, organizations, programs, and resources of the participating professionals. This data will be an integral part of the Symposium program and findings.

Travel subsidy

A travel subsidy fund will be available for participants coming from outside of the NYC metro area in the form of a reimbursement, with a capped transportation cost per departure city as per the table below.

The subsidy will be available on a first come, first serve basis until the fund capacity is reached.

Maximum Reimbursement
Baltimore $150
Boston $150
Chicago $200
Detroit $300
Hartford $100
Los Angeles $500
Miami $300
Minneapolis $400
Montreal $350
Philadelphia $100
Portland $500
San Francisco $500
Toronto $300
Washington D.C $200

The RSJ Symposium is generously sponsored by
the UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

For more information

or if you have any questions, please e-mail
Irina Rakhlis, Symposium Project Manager at: