For the first time in 17 years, the UJA-Federation of New York has added a new organization to its network – one that represents Russian-speaking Jewry.
The Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO) was founded through UJA-Federation grants following a study conducted by the organization that documented the magnitude of the population in New York.
For the past 10 years, COJECO has become one of the main organizations involved in “giving this population a united voice,” said the UJA-Federation in a statement Monday, “helping Russian-speaking Jews maintain and express their cultural heritage while encouraging them to engage with the American Jewish community.”
According to the 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York, Russian-speaking Jews have continued to increase as a population in the city.
In becoming an affiliate of UJA-Federation's network of agencies, COJECO joins a massive list of organizations that provide critical support to Jewish communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester and Long Island.
“The Russian-speaking Jewish community has gone through enormous changes over the last 10 years, and COJECO has been able to act as a bridge, providing resources and programs that have helped establish our community as a part of the fabric of New York Jewish life,” said Roman Shmulenson, executive director of COJECO. “As part of UJA-Federation’s network of agencies, we can better actualize our priorities of impacting the lives of Russian-speaking Jews and enhancing their relationship to the mainstream Jewish community.”
Roberta Leiner, senior vice president of agency relations at UJA-Federation, said that COJECO’s addition to the network of agencies will help expand UJA-Federation’s overall ability to try and create “a more connected and caring Jewish community.”