By Shoshana Bernstein

On Monday, October 22, COPE Institute of Brooklyn will be conducting an open house for the benefit of men and women who are seeking viable and impactful career options and education. Since its establishment 35 years ago by Agudath Israel of America, COPE has continued to offer innovative programs geared to achieving the goal of enabling men and women to earn a dignified parnassah. As the financial landscape has changed, so too has COPE, morphing from an emphasis on computer programming courses to accounting, business, and finance, providing invaluable knowledge for anyone entering the business world.

“We chose to offer an accounting course,” explains Rabbi Daniel Baumann, director of COPE education services, “because aside from being an excellent field in its own right, it opens up opportunities in so many fields. Even if our students do not go into the accounting field per se, the knowledge which they gain from our course improves their chances of success in any field.”

Mr. David Ilowitz, a COPE graduate currently in the position of chief financial officer of Fidelity Payment Services, concurs. Mr. Ilowitz manages and directs all financial and operational aspects of Fidelity, a merchant service provider which offers a full suite of payment services options to businesses and industries throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. With offices in 22 cities, Fidelity processes in excess of $8 billion annually.

“COPE clearly enabled me to embark on a career path,” states Mr. Ilowitz. “The skills I learned, specifically in the junior accounting course, remain the nuts and bolts of finance and business concepts and skills that I utilize daily.”

Mr. Ilowitz was a yungerman, married and learning in kollel, when he entered COPE, seeking a means by which to continue his learning while simultaneously preparing to earn a living. His accomplishments emphasize the realism that is COPE’s daily motivation–helping men and women achieve financial stability and success.

COPE’s three and a half month, intensive junior accounting course is custom designed for individuals with little or no experience in business or accounting. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors, hand-picked for their experience, dedication, and sensitivity to their students’ cultural and scheduling needs.

In keeping with an ever-challenging financial reality, for the very first time COPE is introducing an innovative women-only morning class. This new course will run from 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., making it the perfect choice for mothers who wish to see their children off to school and be at home when they arrive. Not limited to stay at home moms, the course is open to women of all ages and stages–answering the call to action demanded by growing economic pressures that have many women returning to the workforce or entering it for the very first time.

Upon graduation from COPE’s junior accounting program, students often choose to join COPE’s CES accelerated CPA evening program. This course offering allows students the opportunity to work by day and attend classes several evenings a week. In just two years one can earn a bachelor of science degree and sit for the New York State CPA exam.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently forecasted a bright future for the field of accounting, projecting a 16 percent increase in job openings by the year 2016. COPE’s uncompromising education in an uncompromising atmosphere along with a better than 85% job placement rate, makes financial stability an attainable goal for the men and women of our community.

COPE’s open house will take place on Monday, October 22 at COPE, 4006 18th Avenue (East 5th St.) at 12:00 p.m. for women and 9:00 p.m. for men. Men’s day or evening classes begin Sunday, October 28. Women’s morning class begins Sunday, October 28.

For details, call 718-506-0500, ext. 208 or e-mail


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