Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News
JULY 2019

Dear friends!

We hope your June was at least as half busy as ours! Let us brag a little bit about the COJECO RSJ Symposium for communal professionals we just organized. A group of amazing and dedicated professionals working to strengthen the Russian-speaking Jewish communities across the US and Canada gathered to network, share and learn. The energy in the room was palpable, the ideas were flowing and let us assure you: our community has great leaders who are smart, knowledgeable and creative. So many amazing things happening in our community and we're excited to see what's next!

A quick reminder: COJECO B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey and COJECO Germany Close Up  are almost at full capacity, a few spots left.  Sign up now for these amazing programs!

Summer is in the air, so let's see what exciting events are happening in July! BluePrint Project Series have 2 more truly unique community projects coming up. 

Amazing cultural and educational events: Celebrate Israel Water and Air Parade, volunteering Jewish Tour of Ukraine, exhibition of Jewish Folk Craft Guild,  DODO Orchestra on the Roof   and many more!

Keep reading and check out all the great events by COJECO, our BluePrint Fellows and our Network and Partner organizations. Enjoy your July!
COJECO Germany Close Up - 
Registration is On!

A unique travel experience that offers an opportunity to explore the complex Jewish history and the rebirth of Jewish life in Germany. We invite 25-39 yr old Russian-speaking Jews to travel with us to Germany October 28-November 4, 2019 and grapple with tough issues ranging from Holocaust to contemporary social and economic policies. Apply Today! Spots are Limited!
More  info and registration on our website .                                       
B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey - 
Last spots!

Registration for the B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2019-2020 cohort is on!
Words can't describe how meaningful and unforgettable the journey has been for participating teens and their families. 
Family retreat, engaging sessions, mitzvah projects, a beautiful ceremony in New York and a culminating Israel experience - all await the new cohort.
More  info and registration on our website                                        
BluePrint Fellowship Application is Live!

Arts and Culture? Jewish and Israel Education and Advocacy? Community building? Come with a great idea and COJECO BluePrint Fellowship will help you turn your community project ideas and passions into reality with the help of implementation grants, inspiring sessions and an incredible network of BluePrint Fellows, alumni, and educators. 

Join this incubator of innovative projects and take on the challenge! 
Deadline: August 1st.
To Apply please visit BluePrint Page on our website                                  
New York/ New Jersey Mobile App

JEvents NY and NJ Mobile App. This project gathers and presents Jewish events and programs of interest to the Russian-speaking Jews in a single user-friendly app. NY/NJ edition of JEvents was developed as a COJECO BluePrint Fellowship project by Elizaveta Pantiukhova.
Please download JEvents App for iPhone HERE  or for Android  HERE   to see what amazing events are happening in our community today.                                               
COJECO BluePrint Project Series
Songs of Our Journey - presented by COJECO BluePrint Project Series
Project of Yafa Borukhova

We are excited to share with you a musical performance of Yiddish, Russian, Bukharian, and Ladino songs performed by mezzo-soprano, Yaffa Borukhova and guests. The photographs that will accompany the traditional songs will further tell the story of Jews of the Former Soviet Union and the surrounding regions in diaspora.
Reception will follow after the show.

OPERA America
330 7th Ave, Fl 7th, New York, New York 10001
Monday, July 1, 7-9PM 
COJECO Blueprint Project Series: This Side of the Sea
Project by Ilya Tselnik

"A young woman struggles with understanding her inherited fears, and moving through urban America as a Jew, as current events threaten to drown her in the currents of the past".
 This Side of the Sea is an animated short film developed to explore intergenerational trauma in America's Russian-speaking Jewish immigrant community, and start 
to close a generational gap in the understanding of our past.

Stuart Cinema & Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Monday, July 8, 7-8:30PM 
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
Jewish Folk Craft Guild Presents:
Contemporary Jewish Artistry Creation - The Memory of Shtetl

The exhibition on display at the UJA-Federation of NY Gallery. 
RSVP required for gallery entrance and building security. 
The Guild researches,  preserves and develops the  Traditional, Rare and Contemporary Jewish Folk Visual Arts. 

UJA-Federation Gallery
 130 East 59th St., New York, NY
On view through August 31
RSVP required:  or
BluePrint Fellowship Alumni Projects
The Fifth Paragraph (Пятая графа*)
The Fifth Paragraph is a theatrical multimedia experience that tells a story of immigration. Based on COJECO BluePrint Alimni Olia Toporovsky's journey to New Haven, CT from the Former Soviet Union, the narrative is presented through the eyes of a ten year-old girl. The performance combines video installation, live music, and interactive theater. Featuring, Pablo Vergara on piano and Abraham Gomez-Delgado on voice, guitar and percussion.

JCC of Greater New Haven 
360 Amity Rd, Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525
Sunday, July 14, 12-2PM
Community Events and Opportunities
Celebrate Israel Water and Air Parade

COJECO is proud to support the 4th Annual Inspire Unity 
Celebrate Israel Water and Air Parade.
 Join the Aharai Project and Kings Bay Y in  celebrating solidarity with  the state of Israel  and Unity between our two countries.  This year our mission is to "Inspire Unity and stand fast against  Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism".
Sheryll Princess
Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4, Brooklyn, New York 11220
Sunday, June 30, 9AM-1PM
 JDC Entwine presents: Inside Jewish Odessa & Kharkov
Not Your Babushka's Ukraine: for Russian-Speaking Jewish Young Professionals

Explore identity and diaspora by way of the renaissance of Jewish life in Ukraine, 
a country that for centuries has been a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe 
and today struggles to create its own unique post-communist identity.

October 27 - November 3, 2019
Application deadline:  June 30, 2019
Join other Russian-speaking adults for an exhilarating summer rooftop concert with DODO Orchestra, a unique retro-world-jazz ensemble that has enchanted audiences with their vivacious energy and refined repertoire. This NYC-based miniature orchestra is composed of young and talented musicians who are everything that is New York - sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and a never-ending party. This is a show you don't want to miss!   

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Thursday, July 18, 8-10PM
This groundbreaking exhibition brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs of Auschwitz, from over 20 institutions and museums around the world. 
Exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented 
in North America, and an unparalleled opportunity to confront the singular face of 
human  evil-one that arose not long ago and not far away.

36 Battery Pl, New York, New York 10280
On view through January 3, 2020

Hebrew Free Loan Society

Are You in Need of Financial Assistance? 
The Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) may be able to help.
For 125 years, HFLS has been providing 0% interest loans to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers in need. Loans are available for emergency and personal needs, higher education, vocational school, small business start-up or expansion, fertility treatments, adoption, and more. All HFLS loans have no interest, no fees, and reasonable repayment terms.
Visit the HFLS website at to learn about loan programs and eligibility, or contact HFLS at (212) 687-0188 or
HFLS a non-profit, UJA-Federation core partner agency.
Russian-speaking Facilitators Needed for 
Virtual Senior Center Program

Using simple video-chat technology, homebound seniors participate in online programs facilitated by volunteers in a wide-ranging array of topics. Volunteers lead recurring classes from their home or office computer with a range of flexible scheduling options during the day, evening or weekend.  Facilitating one hour, interactive classes on diverse topics enables you and the homebound seniors to have meaningful interactions. 

Selfhelp is looking for Russian-speaking facilitators for the Virtual Senior Center, to participate  in one hour  class (on any topic that facilitator chooses: music and art appreciation, history, current events, seated exercise, games, health/wellness, sports, the sciences, cultures, travel, and literature. Any new ideas are welcome!)

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