Virtual Events and Programs for the Russian-speaking 
Jewish  Community
APRIL 8-15, 2020

D ear friends!

This Passover Eve is unlike anything we have ever experienced before. This night will be different from all the other nights indeed! 

In this letter we will highlight some of the broader community's virtual programs, activities, lectures, tours for any age and taste - and, of course, Passover programs.

May we find our way through this time of challenge and pain. May we emerge from this slavery with more strength, resilience, compassion and humility than ever before.

Happy Passover! Pesach Sameach!
As always, we are here for you!

Your COJECO Family
COJE CO Programs and Events
COJECO RJKrug Presents an Open Session - Pesach Journey to the Met

Join us for a virtual tour of the world-class Egyptian galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Journey back in time to Ancient Egypt and explore the Exodus story through the eyes of Egyptian Mythology.
Our guide - a Jewish educator and a historian, director of the Torah Intermedia, as well as COJECO RJKrug faculty member - Nachliel haCohen Selavan.
COJECO Family Shabbat Live
Friday, April 10, 5PM

This coming Shabbat is special -because it happens during Passover. Let's make it even more special, by coming together to celebrate.
Please join us as go live, welcoming Shabbat with a beautiful story, songs and blessings. For children of all ages and their parents! Please be ready with your own candles so we can light them together.
Intuition for Analytical Thinkers: Myths, Science, & Practice
Monday, April 13, 9:30PM

COJECO is partnering with our BluePrint Fellowship graduate, the Executive Coach, Alina Bas, and invites you to address common myths about intuition, discuss what intuition researchers and practitioners know, and practice understanding and using intuition.
Alina Bas, M.A., is an intuition practitioner, and a teacher with 20 years of experience in leadership development.
Please join the event v ia zoom link  
COJECO Academy of Russian Jewish Heritage: 
Tsar Nicholas the First and the Russian Jews
Tuesday, April 14, 8:30PM

We continue our COJECO Virtual Academy of the Russian Jewish Heritage sessions. 
At this session our Jewish Education Director Yigal Kotler will present a dramatic page in the history of the Russian Jews - the reign of Tsar Nicholas I (1825-1855), who was obsessed with the idea of assimilating Jews in his military bureaucratic system of the Russian Empire.
Please join via zoom link
COJECO NJ: Jewish Genealogy 101
Sunday, April 12, 9PM

Inna Vayner, Research Director of Bessarabia SIG of Jewishgen and founder of, will discuss how we can get started with learning about our ancestry and building our family tree.
Community Programs and Events
New Book by Anatoly Rokhvarger
Пятикнижие чудес советских евреев

Anatoly Rokhvarger is a  President of COJECO Network Organization- International Émigré Association of Arts And Sciences.

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. You'll even get a chance to ask them questions in the live QA.  Each 30-minute episode will feature an interview with a leading Jewish personality. We will explore their background and learn about how they became Jewish change makers. 
Afikoman Hunt by BBYO

BBYO invites you to participate in The Great Afikoman Hunt. The Hunt works on a point-based system. You can earn points by answering questions, solving clues, participating in tournaments, and by finding the location of hidden afikoman images that are planted across the Internet.
Чай со Шпунтиком by PJ Library
Sunday, April 12, 11AM 

The puppet Shpuntik will invite children and families into his home and teach them about his favorite teas, foods, and the countries they are from. Children will will listen to an interactive PJ Library story in Russian, sing songs and make crafts with Shpuntik. Facilitated in Russian.
At this time of uncertainty, why is now the right time to find community? Host Margarita Korol speaks with fellow Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals on their efforts to build community and promote the value of global Jewish responsibility.

  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 to stay connected and engaged and-in some cases-continue to host programs previously scheduled by making them accessible to you in your home.  

Even today - or maybe 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.

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

Starting this week, Yiddish theatre company is launching Folksbiene LIVE! - an online celebration of Yiddish culture featuring livestreamed theater, American Jewish performers, workshops, and other events - to entertain audiences young and old.
Slava's Snowshow 

Slava's Snowshow is a stage show created and staged by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin. The show won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. Please enjoy the full version.

Spend an Evening at the Bolshoi 

For the first time in history Russia's Bolshoi Theater is going digital. The "Golden Collection" of Ballet and Opera
will be broadcast online for free on official YouTube Channel, allowing viewers around the world to tune in.

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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