Chag Sameach!

Wonderful to see so many of you at our tenement Seder. As Passover week comes to an end, we bring back leavened bread, breathe deep the cold Spring air, and start filling our minds and calendars with new plans.

To help energize, we invite you to programs on photography, on film, and on foot ( hiking that is).  Attend a special exhibit on Soviet Jewish photojournalism in WWII on April 3rd. On the 9th watch an award winning, high-energy, music-driven film about Israels diversity, democracy and settlement struggles. Reclaim the snow-less hills of NY with a hike on the 14th and be the last one to grab opera tickets as we only have 5 left.

~ RJeneration   

P.S: Uncle Sam called, taxes are due... 

Soviet Photography, War and the Holocaust

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00pm (close@8)

"Although World War II is one of the most documented conflicts of the 20th century, western audiences know very little about the Soviet Jewish photojournalists who captured some of the most riveting and powerful images of the war. Such photographers as Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma, and Dmitrii Baltermants merged documentary photography with avant-garde modernist sensibilities to create works that have had a profound influence on 20th century art and beyond."

Helping us better understand this incredible exhibit will be Евгений Вепринский, a Soviet Jewish photographer in his own right, an engineer, an artist, a student of several showcased photographers, a man who's camera hasn't left his hands for over 40 years, and who at 80+ is still exhibiting today.

Discussions on anything from content, to photo technique to true photojournalism under Communist rule will follow over coffee.

We prefer to keep the group small . To help, and to learn of the post museum location, we ask you to  RSVP on facebook and arrive on time. The museum will close at 8 and we will migrate to a nearby cafe to open up discussions ( the exhibit is silent).

Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage - 36 Battery Pl, (entrance)

Contact: Maksim Noy maxnoy@gmail.com


a film screening 

Tuesday, April 9th, 6:30pm 


"Unsettled" is the award-winning, high-energy, music-driven, stereotype-busting film that paints a picture of Israeli diversity, democracy, and humanity that is both complex and compelling - like the story of Israel itself.

During the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the film features six young Israelis - soldiers, surfers, religious settlers and activists - who must come to terms with one another in their generation's struggle to secure Israel's futur
e and define its identity. Featuring music from Grammy-nominated reggae superstar Matisyahu, the story is told in these kids' own words, seen through their eyes, and heard to the beat of their music.

Three young Israelis will be forced from their homes, two soldiers will be sent to evict them, and one activist will try to help her country avoid a war. UNSETTLED is the story of a generation on the front lines of a nation's battle against itself.

About the film

Where: UJA Federation of NY 130 East 59th Street, NY NY
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Wine and cheese to be served
Contact: Misha Gorn misha.gorn@rjeneration.org

Tax Hike (Hike Tax?)  

Sunday, April 14th, 10am sharp   


Reward yourself for filing taxes early this year  by joining us for a hike in the Hudson Highlands. RSVP required - read below.

About the Hike: 
� Terrain: Rolling hills. 
� Distance: 5 to 6 miles. Can be more or less depending on the group composition
� Hiking Pace: street walking pace adjusted for elevation when necessary.
� After the hike we can grab dinner in Cold Spring, minutes away from the train station for the train back to NYC.

We will meet at 10:00AM by the parking lot on Route 9D (see map) and head out as soon as the train riders arrive.

When: April 14th 10:00am** (sharp!)
Where: Cold Spring, NY
Cost: You can't put a price on sweat...
How: You must RSVP with your phone # by emailing Natan Elman or calling him (215) 760-9205

A night at the opera! Rigoletto

Wednesday, April 24th, 7:30pm 



Here is an amazing opportunity to see a modern twist on a classic opera. Join us in balcony seats for an incredible price. (40-50% off. Yes, we are connected.)

"Michael Mayer's bold new production locates Verdi's tragedy of lust, betrayal, and revenge in Las Vegas in 1960. Zeljko Lucic sings the title role and Diana Damrau is his beautiful daughter, who falls under the spell of Piotr Beczala's womanizing Duke."
"It's wildly entertaining, inventive, strangely funny and yet also deeply sad... Mayer captures both the emotional depth and surface glitter in an audacious staging..." (Bloomberg).
"Briskly entertaining, richly sung" (New York Magazine)

When: Wednesday, April 24th, 7:30pm 
Where: MET Opera, Lincoln Center - Meet by the fountain at 7:00pm to claim tickets 
Cost: $55/person - tickets are very limited and MUST be purchased in advance. This event WILL sell out.
NOTE: If by the time you attempt to purchase tickets none are available and you would still like to attend email Veronica to put your name on a list as we attempt to secure more of these awesome tickets 

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In This Issue
Soviet Photography WWII
Unsettled, a film screening
April (Tax) Hike
Opera - only 5 tickets left
Community Events  
Oct 17 - Oct 27, 2013
Few days left to apply
Only a few days left to get your application together for the Germany Close Up trip taking place Oct 17 - Oct 27, 2013.

This trip is designed for Russian-speaking Jews ages 25-35; its laid-back, and fun trip exploring historic and modern-day Germany, for only $770 total, including flight. Apply ASAP!

Info and Application 
Klezbard Cabaret 
Thursday, April 4th, 6:30pm

New program entitled April is the Coolest Month. New show will include old and new songs, translations and remakes, in Russian, Yiddish, French, and English

Where: The Brownstone
224 East 12th St.,
Cost: $20

Details and Tickets
Ask Joseph
A Steps Theater production  
April 3-7th, 2013

A son and his father... A man and his mistresses... A poet and his country... A genius, captive of his time..   
a unique drama in which the distinct echoes of Chekhov's "Seagull" is in the peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. The production was very well accepted by both theatre-goers and critics. Ask Joseph is not a story about a particular individual. Rather it is about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environments, and end up on the verge of catastrophic cultural and emotional divisions. Love, mystery, adultery, scandal and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot.


Where: The ArcLight Theatre, 152 West 71 Street, New York, NY 1002 (Wednesday - 7:30 pm, $23; Thursday, Friday - 7:30 pm; Saturday - 3pm and 7:30 pm; Sunday - 6pm, $30)



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About RJeneration
Born in the Soviet Union -- made in America

We came to America as kids and teens, brought by our parents. Some were born enroute, and some were born here. We are a generation of Americans with a second culture and language, a Russian heritage, Jewish roots, and a defining immigrant experience. We've juggled our "hybrid" Russian-Jewish-American identity throughout our lives.

Many of us went to the top high schools and colleges in the country. English is our primary language, but we still speak Russian. Runglish is also our style. We're Jewish, despite yeshiva traumas. We're in our 20's and 30's, busy building successful careers in every imaginable field. Some of us are already household names - Sergey Brin, Gary Shteyngart, David Bezmozgis, Lenny Krayzelberg, Mila Kunis, Regina Spektor. Many others are sure to follow and make their mark.

The RJeneration community brings us together to network, make connections, explore the richness of our unique Russian-Jewish-American identity, showcase and celebrate RJeneration's rising stars, and engage in Russian and Jewish life all around us.

For more information visit our website at: http://www.RJeneration.org