The Bensonhurst Council of Jewish Organizations (Bensonhurst COJO)
established over fifty years ago, is one of the oldest Jewish Community
Councils in the New York Metropolitan area. We were incorporated
in 1974 and received our 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in 2002.
As a registered charity copies of our financial information is on
file with the New York State Attorney General.
the years, our mission has remained constant yet our functions
evolve in order to meet the varying needs of the Bensonhurst Jewish
community. Since our incorporation in 1974, Bensonhurst COJO addresses
itself to the growing elderly and immigrant populations residing
in the neighborhood, by providing social services and political
advocacy on its behalf.
COJO is the major community-relations advocate for the Bensonhurst
Jewish Community. We publish quarterly newsletters to inform the
community of upcoming events and the programs that we operate.
We work in collaboration with the Police Department, Community
Board 11, other community councils and organizations, both Jewish
and Non-Jewish, to improve the quality of life in the community,
to combat anti-Semitism and to achieve multi-racial and multi-ethnic
harmony in the Bensonhurst community. We outreach to the full
spectrum of local agencies and elected officials in the Bensonhurst
area, throughout Brooklyn and New York City on issues of joint
concern in support of bridge-building.
COJO is a member organization of the Jewish Community Relations
Council of New York, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and
UJA- Federation NY. Shirley Fineman, Executive Director, of Bensonhurst
COJO, is secretary of Community Board 11, and is on the Coney
Island Hospital community committee, and the Southern Brooklyn
Health Coalition committee.