Virtual Events and Programs for the Russian-speaking 
Jewish  Community
APRIL 29 - MAY 13, 2020

D ear friends!

This week we celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Israel's 72nd Birthday. The Jewish State is our pride and joy. This year we can't celebrate Israel at the Israel Parade like we do each year, but we can show and share our support in multiple ways. Please watch this short video with your family to learn more about Revival of a Nation.  

We would also like to share with you a new COJECO-led community initiative, a Facebook group History in Portraits: 75 years of WWII Victory in Europe. Let's celebrate the lives and memories of people to whom we owe our lives: to our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents - the WWII Veterans. We invite you to contribute to this group by highlighting their life stories. 

In this letter we share with you a great variety of the community's virtual programs, Israel's Independence Day events, lectures and different activities for kids and adults.

Please stay healthy and strong!
We are here for you!

Your COJECO Family
COJE CO Programs and Events
Shabbat in Bloom 
In Partnership with PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York 
Every Friday in May, at 5PM

For the month of May COJECO is proud to partner with the  PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York  to bring to you Shabbat in Bloom. There is a limited number of spots available in this multi-sensory interactive program - so register today!

Community Programs and Events
Global Celebration of Israel's Independence Day
by The Jewish Agency for Israel 
Wednesday, April 29th, All Day

Wherever you are in the world, join on Facebook LIVE to Celebrate Israel with Matisyahu and a Global Dance Party! Cooking with Israeli Celebrity Chef Haim Cohen, Celebrating the Israeli VIBE- Culture, Fashion and Technology, Exclusive performance by Matisyahu and much more!!!
 
OpenDor Media presents
Game Changers - Live Shows with Jewish Thought Leaders

COJECO is partnering with OpenDor Media to bring thought leaders directly to our community. Twice a week, we'll introduce you to Jewish thought leaders who are breaking the mold and impacting the Jewish world.  Game Changers streams live on the Unpacked YouTube channel on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3PM. Each 30-minute episode features an interview with a leading Jewish personality. We will explore their background and learn about how they became Jewish change makers. 
 
Чай со Шпунтиком 
by PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York 
Several dates and times

The Puppet Shpuntik will invite children and families into his home and discuss his favorite teas and foods from different countries. Children will enjoy an interactive PJ Library story in Russian. They will sing songs, and make crafts with Shpuntik, all while guided in Russian.
 
Only when we are spread so far apart do we start valuing things that bring us together. Three Limmud FSU teams are coming together to bring you Limmud FSU North America - virtually. An opportunity to fuel your soul, stimulate your mind, and minimize mile-long distances, in the comfort of your own home.
 
Host Margarita Korol speaks with fellow Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals on their efforts to build community. In this second episode of Not Your Babushka's Russian Speaking Jew, she explores the "why" that drives RSJ young professionals, with and without recent immigration out of the FSU. 

 
Virtual Screening and Q+A: Etgar Keret
by Israel Film Center and JCC Film
Wednesday, April 29th, at 7PM
In his short stories, Israeli writer Etgar Keret plays with fantasy and reality. His own life, too, seems a modern fairy tale. In this hybrid documentary, Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm investigate why storytelling is an essential aspect of Keret's life.
 
Designing Home: Jews and Mid-Century Modernism
by Art Deco Society of New York
Thursday, April 30th, at 6:30PM
Join the Art Deco Society of New York and the Center for Jewish History for a fascinating online illustrated talk-presented by celebrated independent curator Donald Albrecht-that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. This web-based presentation, explores the contributions of Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants in the creation of a distinctly modern, Twentieth-century American domestic landscape.
 
Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation
by The Jewish Museum and Jewish Book Council
Thursday, April 30th, at 7PM
Authors Keith Gessen (A Terrible Country) and Esther Safran Foer (I Want You to Know We're Still Here) embark on journeys that embrace their family roots. Hear them speak with Stephanie Butnick (Tablet Magazine and Unorthodox podcast) to share stories of identity, and offer as many questions as answers.
 
Live on Zoom: War Orphans Find Home
by Center for Jewish History
Monday, May 4th, at 4PM
Soon after the conclusion of WWII, American Jewish families began to express interest in adopting young Jewish war orphans. Using images from the postwar U.S. press, this lecture by Beth B. Cohen of California State University, Northridge, will highlight the fraught experience of those destined for the US who were both children and survivors of the Holocaust.
 
Historians of the Jews and the Making of Plague Memory
by Jewish Studies at Fordham and Center for Jewish History
Wednesday, May 6th, at 4PM
Conversation between Joshua Teplitsky and Magda Teter on disease and plagues in Jewish history and memory. During this installment they will examine the role premodern chroniclers played in defining "facts" and the way modern historians have approached the topic from the earliest days of modern historiography in the nineteenth century to more recent works.  
 
Crisis to Connection: Resiliency in the Time of Social Isolation
Dr.Ruth in Conversation With Ari Ackerman

by UJA-Federation's CommUnity
Thursday, May 7th, at 7:30PM
A former passenger on the Kinder Transport who spent time as an Israeli sniper in Haganah before she became one of America's most beloved therapists, Dr. Ruth, 91 years old and still hard at work, defines hardiness and strength. Join for a talk on resiliency with Dr. Ruth, in conversation with philanthropist, entrepreneur, and National Young Leadership Cabinet co-chair Ari Ackerman.  
 
All of YIVO's Shine Online courses are now free

These courses provide meaningful content to sustain our minds and soul during these uncertain times. You're invited to use this time to broaden your knowledge and learn about Jewish music, theater, literature, folklore and the history of our people and to access our many other free online resources.
 
  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan VIRTUAL PROGRAMS  

During this unprecedented time, our friends and partners at  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan are busy creating innovative opportunities for the community. This is in order to stay connected and engaged. In some cases, this will help to continue hosting programs previously scheduled by making them accessible to you in your home.  
 

 Especially today, the world of culture is more important than ever. Enjoy curator-led visits as well as virtual self-tours that open up new vistas of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Jewish Art and Life.
 

Has social distancing or lockdown got you stuck at home? Take a virtual tour of some of Italy's most gorgeous historic Jewish heritage sites.  Online tours (in English and Italian) provide s elf-guided, room-by-room (and/or 360 degree zoomable) experiences. Navigation is optimized for a computer, tablet or smartphone.
 
Broadway is dark, but NYTF Will B ring the Stage to You 

Starting this week, Yiddish Theatre Company is launching Folksbiene LIVE! It's an online celebration of Yiddish culture featuring livestreamed theater, American Jewish performers, workshops, and other events. This is to entertain audiences of all ages. 
 
Tikvah Live: A Special Online Lecture Series

Jewish life, for the time being, has moved out of our public spaces of worship, learning, and community and into the private sphere. In this period of quarantine and social distancing, Tikvah is announcing the launch of "Tikvah Live": A Special Online Lecture Series.
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