Spring is in the air, and there is no turning back.  This issue is full of great programs ranging from spiritual exploration to our annual Passover Seder and includes a nice little treat in the form of a trip to the Opera.

On Thursday, March 21st, we will delve into prayer - what it means, what it feels like, and why and how its practice can lead to stillness, self awareness and mindfulness - what so many of us try to establish in various facets of life.

The Passover Seder is one of our cornerstone events throughout the year, and we look forward to dining with you once again -- this time, very appropriately, in the heart of the Lower East Side, a long-standing gathering place for the wandering Jew.

~ RJeneration   

P.S: Opera tickets are selling fast.  Consider this a gentle warning 

Jewish Spirituality:

What is Prayer?

Thursday, March 21st, 7:30pm



What is prayer? And what is the Jewish practice of prayer? What is it that Jews do and say when they go to synagogue, and what purpose does it serve? Is it possible that Jewish prayer, Tefillah, can serve as a practice for self-awareness and mindfulness?

When we encounter moments that rock our world we often bracket these experiences as 'out of the ordinary' and put them aside. But there are times when we feel drawn to more -- a need for analysis, a greater self-awareness, a connection to something deeper. This search is the art of Tefillah (Jewish prayer).

RJeneration invites Russian Jews to The Brownstone, to join Samuel Klein in examining the meaning, art and practice of Tefillah as a means of deepening awareness, building relationships and strengthening community. Through group experience and discussion, we will explore the practice of prayer in attempt to understand how it may enhance our connectedness to Judaism, our inner strength, and each other.

Exploration of Prayer is a new RJeneration series for those interested in delving deeper into their spiritual practices and exploring where and how Judaism fits into their lives. Please join us on this journey, wherever you may be on its path.

When: Thursday, March 21st, 2013, 7:30pm 
Where: The Brownstone 224 East 12th st NY NY 10003

Cost: $10/person 

Passover Seder - Tenement Style   Monday, March 25th (1st night), 6:30pm 


Of all the holidays in Judaism, Passover is the most widely celebrated among ex-Soviet Jews. Why? Because "Let My People Go!" is a cry from our own generation, and the story of the Exodus truly underscores the link between Jewish tradition and our personal experience.

Where better to celebrate the first night of Passover than the neighborhood so many immigrant Jews called home, the epicenter of the turn-of-the-century Exodus - The Lower East Side of NY 


This Passover Seder, RJeneration brings together a community of young Russian-Jewish couples, singles and young families (do bring your little ones!) for a night that is truly "different from all other nights", in a neighborhood that inspires us still and a location just blocks away from the historical -- and still functioning -- Streits Matzo factory, among many other old world Jewish landmarks.

Join us for this cornerstone celebration of our heritage!

When: Monday, March 25th, 6:30pm
Where:  Clemente Soto V´┐Żlez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street 
Cost: $50/adult (kids 10 and up half price - email us)

Register Online Here
(Pre-registration is required.)

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.

 Purchase Tickets  




In This Issue
So what is prayer?
Passover Seder - LES!
Opera - Rigoletto
Read/Watch - links to love
Community Events  
Sunday March 17th, 4&5pm
"Central Park" is a Russian musical for the whole family, with songs  composed by by Dina Pruzhansky,  inspired by children's poems by Marshak, Barto and others. Produced by 'Classical Presentations LLC', the musical features a fabulous cast of children and adults.

When: 03/17/2013 Time: 4 and 5  

Where: JCC Manhattan

For tickets click here and click on March 17th in the calendar choosing a 4 or 5 pm start 

OR, call 646-505-5708 OR, stop by and get the tickets at the box office.

Note that there will be two performance times: 4pm and 5pm.

*The project is generously underwritten by a Cojeco Blueprint Fellowship Grant. A project of Cojeco sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.   

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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