Council of Jewish Organizations (Bensonhurst COJO) is a community-based
organization that provides services to all who come through our
doors. Our clients are primarily made up of the elderly (more than
80%), and refugees and immigrants from the Former Soviet Union.
The staff at Bensonhurst COJO is dedicated to helping neighborhood
residents, including new immigrants, the elderly, and others in
need obtain services and benefits through a variety of programs.
In collaboration with government agencies, charitable organizations,
and others we work at resolving a wide range of problems, including
housing, food, clothing and furniture.
Services – Assistance in obtaining a job for
immigrants in the United States less than 5 years. Services include:
resume preparation, cultural adjustment, letter writing, interview
preparation, and referrals to Dress for Success programs. For more
information, contact Mrs. Bella Galitskaya, Job Developer, at (718)
seeking qualified candidates for vacant positions can contact Mrs.
Bella Galitskaya, Job Developer, at (718) 333-2010 for appropriate
BRIA – Job placements for those requesting
assistance who are in the US from 1-3 years
• Camp Scholarship for Bensonhurst
Children – Bensonhurst COJO and Metropolitan
Council on Jewish Poverty provide respite for troubled families
through scholarships for camp tuition. A limited amount of scholarships
are available. All applications must be received before May 1.
Call (718) 333-1834 to apply.
• Citizenship and ESL classes
Classes for for immigrants from the Former Soviet Union
• TAG –
Job placements for those requesting assistance who are in the
US up to 5 years
• Emergency F.E.M.A. Funds
and Crisis Intervention – emergency money
for necessary products and rent through Met Council and referral
to appropriate agency for assistance
• Food Pantry
– every month food hundreds of packages are distributed
• Food Vouchers
– (when available) funds to be used at Associated Food Stores
• Machson Mobile
– clothing - by appointment
• Project Machson
– Project Machson is a Warehouse Distribution Program providing
furniture, clothing and toys to the homeless, new immigrants and
those with emergency crisis situations. Call (718) 333-1834 to
schedule an appointment.
• Hebrew Free Burial
– Assistance obtaining burial services at low cost.
• Hebrew Free Loan
– Assistance obtaining loans.
• Housing Assistance
– Assistance completing application forms for Senior Citizen
Rent Increase Exemptions (SCRIE), City Housing, Section 8, Senior
Citizen Houses, locating affordable housing. Mediate between Landlord
and tenant to resolve any problems with rent, eviction, and repairs.
• Social Services
– Assistance obtaining government benefits and entitlements,
including Public Assistance, Social Security, Food Stamps and
Medicaid. Interface with city agencies to resolve issues of dispute
or conflict, translation services, assistance with paying bills,
work with the immigrants agency NYANA, any Holocaust related claims
• Voter Registration
- assistance in filling the form necessary to register to vote
Call (718) 333 1834 for help or for any other questions you may
and TAG EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
We have a staff dedicated to helping new immigrants, who are in
the United States less than 5 years obtain a job. This includes
resume preparation, cultural adjustment, letter writing, interview
preparation, referrals to “dress for success programs”.
Employers are contacted, and appointments made. Contact Mrs. Bella
Galitskaya, Job Developer, at (718) 333-2010 for assistance in finding
If you are an employer seeking qualified candidates for vacant positions
please contact Mrs. Bella Galitskaya, Job Developer, at (718) 333-2010.
Scholarships for Bensonhurst Children
Bensonhurst COJO through Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
can help find funds for children from poor homes for summer camp.
Limited Scholarships available. The application must be submitted
before May 1. Call our office at (718) 333-1834 to apply.
and ESL classes
FEGS of Brooklyn runs classes from immigrants from the former Soviet
Union once a week. To inquire about classes call Maria Kogan at
(718) 336-2836 ext. 333.
Bensonhurst COJO can assist in obtaining FEMA Emergency Help for
needy individuals and families for necessities and rent through
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
Intervention - Services designed both to address
immediate crises and also to lay the foundation for longer-term
self-sufficiency. Client present with a host of crises-related problems
including homelessness, eviction, loss of benefits, medical emergencies,
crime victimization, immigration problems, and domestic violence.
Clients are provided information and referrals, financial assistance,
emergency food, emergency shelter, rental assistance, clothing and
furniture assistance, employment assistance, entitlement counseling,
short-term counseling, and ongoing support. Victims of domestic
violence are provided with short-term supportive therapy, referral
for longer-term therapy, emergency shelter, employment assistance,
assistance in obtaining an order of protection, and other legal
assistance. This program is designed to offer both immediate aid
to these clients in need and help in planning for long-term solutions.
These services include direct food assistance through food packages
containing a nutritionally balanced group of staples as well as
food vouchers that are redeemable at Associated Food Stores. Call
(718) 333-1834 for more information.
• Provide information and referral to city, state, and federal
agencies and charities
• Apartment referral, locating affordable housing
• Tenant/ landlord relations. Mediate between landlord and
tenant to resolve any problems with rent, eviction, and repairs.
• Completing forms for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemptions
(SCRIE), City Housing, Section 8, Senior Citizen Houses (SCRIE)
The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program provides exemption
from rent increases to New York City tenants:
- who were 62 years of age or older when their
current rent increase took effect;
- who live in a rent regulated apartment or hotel
- whose annual house income is $24,000 or less
- whose rent has been or will be increased and
represents more than one-third (1/3) of the total household income
Tenants who live in a Public Housing Authority Project
or receive Section 8 rental subsidies do not qualify for SCRIE benefits.
If you live in a Mitchell-Lama building, call the
Department of Housing Preservation and Development at 212 863 8494.
Call Executive Director, Shirley Fineman at (718)
333-1834 for assistance in freezing the rent, re-certifying for
SCRIE, or to obtain a re-determination after the death of a spouse.
We urge all members of the community, young and old, old residents
and new immigrants who are eligible, to register to vote. Voting
helps our community by giving Bensonhurst a presence within the
political scene and allows us to advocate on behalf of our members.
Once you have registered to vote it is really imperative to exercise
that ability and VOTE. You can come in to register in our offices
at 8635 21st Avenue, Apt.1B, Brooklyn, New York. 11214. We will
help you complete the form if necessary. Call (718) 333 1834 for
help or for any other questions you may have.
COJO sponsors community Sedarim for the Passover holidays, serving
people in the community and surrounding areas. We inform the community
on all community and Jewish Holiday events.