About us

COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations) is the central coordinating body of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York.

COJECO is as an umbrella for Russian-speaking Jewish grassroots organizations in New York. We support our member organizations by advocating for their needs, providing financial support, and helping secure additional resources for their initiatives.

Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO) was founded in 2001 to conduct research to further the growth and enrichment of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of New York. We research and identify methods for the successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community. Our research has resulted in the identification and preservation of the culture and history of the Russian-speaking Jews, enabling them to engage with the community on their own terms, encouraging identity exploration, informal Jewish education, and volunteering.

Additionally, COJECO offers programs that are designed for Russian-speaking Jews to engage with the community. Through these programs, COJECO serves as a bridge between the Russian-speaking Jewish community and the American Jewish community.

Today COJECO supports 33 member organizations, represents the Russian-speaking Jewish community and advocates for its needs, and offers unique community programs, all in service of our mission: to facilitate the successful integration of Russian-speaking Jews into the greater American Jewish community, while preserving our unique cultural heritage.