Jookender Community Initiatives Inc

Building A Vibrant Friendly Community - TOGETHER!

aka Jookender   |   Framingham, MA   |  https://www.Jookender.org

Mission

Jookender supports, strengthens, and sustains Russian-speaking Jewish communities in Greater Boston, New England, and the world. We work daily to reconnect non-affiliated Jews and people interested in Judaism to these larger Jewish communities--at their pace, on their time, without membership fees, pressure, or proselytizing. Our approach simply introduces and exposes people to Judaism's rich history, rituals, and traditions. In a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, Jookender offers family-friendly programs and activities that help Russian-speaking Jewish individuals and families find their place in the Boston Jewish community and beyond. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Jookender's programs and activities are led by professionally trained, knowledgeable, and multi-lingual staff

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Mrs Sasha Grebenyuk

President

Mrs Borislava Sardak

Main address

650 Worcester Rd Unit 102

Framingham, MA 01702 USA

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EIN

82-3470470

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jookender is a inclusive, friendly, warm, and welcoming community organization that serves Russian-speaking Jewish families in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Our shared history, language, and culture uniquely position Jookender to meaningfully and memorably engage New England's Russian-speaking Jewish families and their children. Jookender's outcome-based activities introduce and expose secular, non-affiliated Russian-speaking Jewish families to Jewish heritage and culture via fun, interactive, and educational activities. Focusing on family bonding and bridge-building, Jookender's programming informs, engages, and inspires Russian-speaking Jewish children, pre-teens, teens, college students, young adults, families, and senior citizens. We rekindle their Jewish sense of identity, build their pride in our shared Jewish heritage, and create stronger connections with Jewish communities in Boston and beyond. Recognizing that none of us is as strong as all of us, Jookender welcome

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Social Entrepreneurship Program for High School Students

4 modules, 4 teams. each team has one module for 2 months, then switch. the modules are Writing, Marketing, Fundraising, and Analytics. When a team is in fundraising mode, they conduct their own fundraising event for our organization. Other teams help with the knowledge they've gained so far. At the end of the year, all teams work on fundraising for the local Jewish and Community organizations of their choice. Teambuilding, Leadership skills, project management and, of course, community hours

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

We celebrate all major Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Hanukkah, To B'Shevat, Purim, Passover, Lag B'Omer, Shavuot, and Yom Hatzmaut. and run a High Holiday Festival, named Celebration of Celebrations in the Fall.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

JSchool offers after-school, no-school, or weekend science program with Jewish Flavor for kids age 6-12

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A program, where students learn how to plan for, prepare, and execute events, teach a class, work with the younger kids. The program also provides a hands-on experience for Teens where they can earn money for the things they create, deploy, and deliver. Just another way to keep after Bney Mitzvah Teens inside the Jewish Community and continue educating them about Jewish Values, Identity, Anti-Semitism, unconditional love to Israel and other important matters

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

a great way to bring 100-180 people at once and have a boot-camp style Jewish experience for them all. All ages welcome. Cross-generational. We run 3 such camps a year and are planning to add 2 more within the next 5 years.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

2-3 times a year we plan and execute Learn and Travel programs, as domestic, so around the world to dive into the Jewish experiences, Jewish practices, Jewish values, and Jewish beliefs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

We partner with nonprofit organizations in Ukraine to provide the necessities, such as food, clothes, and medical supplies to the Ukrainian victims of the war

We're also supporting Ukrainian refugee families that come to Boston after the war has started on any Visa, helping them with social, emotional, and economic support

Population(s) Served
People of European descent
Families
Orphans
Single parents
Grandparents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Jookender is a fast-growing group, that already counts over 900 actively engaged families. Our Facebook group has already gained over 1.2K engaged members, Our Meetup group counts 640 members (with only 20% overlap with the Facebook group), and our Monthly Newsletter reaches over 6000 families, with a significant open/click rate. When we run our surveys after major events, such as Family Camps, we encounter 90% of survey participants. With programs we are currently running or plan to run in the near future, we aim to spread our influence among the 86,000+ Russian-Jewish families in Boston in New England over the next 5 years.

Jookender is looking for deficit funding to develop our non-profit programs for Teens, to eliminate the gap in Jewish Educational and Cultural involvement after the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and before college. Jookender wants to make sure that kids still remember their Russian-Jewish roots, keep a strong identity, and continue learning Jewish principles of life during that uneasy time. This is an ongoing program, where teens and pre-teens can research and prepare Jewish structured workshops, presentations, and tours; volunteer at our events, and get involved in co-branded Jookender activities with other Jewish non-profit organizations.

In addition, we serve the families of Ukrainian refugees that have arrived to the United States after the beginning of the War (after February 24, 2022), and provide necessities such as food, clothes, and medical supplies to the Ukrainian families that are still in Ukraine.

No matter your nationality, religious affiliation or knowledge, age, or resources, you're welcome at Jookender. Our inclusive programs and activities cater to the curious and are carefully designed to offer a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and faiths. At Jookender, there's no judgment... no religious orientation... no political pressure.

We create strong, enduring connections to our regional Jewish community, to Jewish communities around the world, and of course to Israel.

Whether it's a teen program, Young Adults event, Seasonal Family Retreat, a program for Women, a Parenting Workshop, Partnerships with Jewish organizations in the U.S. and internationally, or simple social gatherings, Jookender will engage you with the richness of Jewish opportunities in greater Boston and beyond.

Jookender supports, strengthens, and sustains Russian speaking Jewish communities in Greater Boston, New England, and the world. We work every day to reconnect non-affiliated Jews and people interested in Judaism to these larger Jewish communities--at their pace, on their time, without membership fees, pressure or proselytizing. Our approach simply introduces and exposes people to Judaism's rich history, rituals, and traditions.

In a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, Jookender offers family-friendly programs and activities that help Russian speaking Jewish individuals and families find their place in the Boston Jewish community and beyond.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Jookender's programs and activities are led by professionally trained, knowledgeable, and multi-lingual staff who know, teach, and demonstrate Jewish values. Working directly with families, educators, and volunteers, Jookender sparks a love of Israel and Judaism by building family bonds and community bridges.

Contact us today and discover more!

Jookender Community Initiatives, Inc. is a fairly new, independent 501 c (3) Jewish nonprofit organization, that originated in 2015, but was incorporated only at the end of 2017. It counts more than 6000
email subscribers, 875 active Facebook group members, 690 meetup group members, and the numbers increase with every new successful event conducted or program announced. On average, 1200 families are considered “active” members – they have participated in Jookender programming at least twice in 2019-2020. By adding an online puzzle “piece” into its programming, and offering FREE programs to the general public aimed at helping the community stay connected despite physical isolation, Jookender has significantly broadened its reach, from serving the Greater Boston area and New England, to serving other US states and Israel.

Jookender is an inclusive, friendly, warm, and welcoming community organization that serves Russian-speaking Jewish families in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Our shared history, language, and culture uniquely position Jookender to meaningfully and memorably engage New England's Russian-speaking Jewish families and their children.

Jookender's outcome-based activities introduce and expose secular, non-affiliated Russian-speaking Jewish families to Jewish heritage and culture via fun, interactive, and educational activities. Focusing on family bonding and bridge-building, Jookender's programming informs, engages, and inspires Russian-speaking Jewish children, pre-teens, teens, college students, young adults, families, and senior citizens.

We rekindle their Jewish sense of identity, build their pride in our shared Jewish heritage, and create stronger connections with Jewish communities in Boston and beyond.

Recognizing that none of us is as strong as all of us, Jookender welcomes everyone. Let's Tikkun Olam ("Repair the World") together.

We've been around only for a few years. Added around 6000 participants through the newsletter reach, 1.2K+ active Facebook group members, and 650 Meetup members. We've been already recognized and sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP), Miriam Fund, Jim Joseph Foundation, Honeydue, various healthcare foundations, and bank foundations.

We've delivered 20 overnight family camps, over 560 single-day events, and over 125 online multi-day programs. We've built a strong and engaging community. Our participants are families with young kids, teenagers, and young adults.

Financials

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Jookender Community Initiatives Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Borislava Sardak


Board co-chair

Anastasia Bergmann

Borislava Sardak

Irina Kovaleva

Irina Tolmach

Natella Dayn

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data