Russian-speaking  Jewish 
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Dear friends!

We are about to enter the most eventful month of the Jewish calendar. Whether you are familiar with all the nuances of the upcoming holidays, or just use it as an opportunity for introspection and gathering your family - it is always a good idea to dip apples into honey for a sweet new year! 

This year COJECO is celebrating its 18th Birthday and we know it will be absolutely remarkable! Please stay tuned for all the special events and celebrations by following us on Facebook and Instagram. 

So, what is October bringing us? Lots of unique holiday events! Sukkot for the families in New Jersey, Art Film Festival, the reading of translations of Yesenin, indoor and outdoor events for families, a klezmer concert, parenting lecture and more.  Our community is bustling with exciting programs and anyone can find something of interest for them! 

We want to wish you Shana Tova U'Metuka, Gmar Hatima Tova and Hag Sukkot Sameach! May this year bring you and your family health, peace and prosperity!
RJKrug is a Russian Jewish Heritage Program 
for families with school-age children

 A few spots available in circles in Manhattan and Westchester locations!  

In  RJKrug you and your children will:
  • Learn about the Russian Jewish heritage in an informal environment of private homes
  • Explore Jewish history, culture, traditions and wisdom, from ancient to modern
  • Enjoy interactive and intellectually stimulating sessions for adults and children, designed by leading experts in Jewish education
  • Participate in group trips and tours to places of Jewish interest
  • Create a community of like-minded families with a common goal of celebrating our heritage and values                            
More information and registration on our website
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Great news: COJECO will get a donation from Amazon for every purchase you make when 
you use the link:
So enjoy your next shopping spree while contributing to the Russian-speaking Jewish community! Now that's a real deal!
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 New Jersey Events
Learn about architectural design of the Sukkah, and become an architect for a day by building and decorating your own. Join other New Jersey families at a bountiful potluck dinner and enjoy entertainment under the beautiful autumn sky. 

9-10 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410
Sunday, October 13, 5-8PM
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
On Sunday, September 22, 
Association of East-European Jewry 
organized  the 16th Annual Remembrance Day "No One is Forgotten".  This event honored the hundreds of thousands of Jews who perished during the Holocaust and commemorated those who were tragically murdered in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and other various parts of the former Soviet Union.
The event brought together Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren, community members and local NY officials. The memory of those perished will live on in the beautifully written essays by children and teenagers as part of the "Holocaust through the eyes of children" essay contest.  
The central part of the 2019 Art Film Festival is Tribute to Valentina Kropivnitsky (1924-2008) and Oskar Rabin (1928-2018), the pioneers of nonconformist movement in Soviet Russia, soon before the first anniversary of the death of Oscar Rabin on November 7th.  

695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
Sunday, October 6, 3-8PM
IThis reading will present "The Last Poet of the Village" (Sensitive Skin Books, 2019), 
a book of selected translations of Sergei Yesenin by Anton Yakovlev, whose goal is 
to rectify the relative scarcity of Yesenin's English translations and to introduce 
English speakers to many of his most beloved and iconic poems.

222 E 79th St, New York, NY 10021
Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-7PM
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Alumni Events
 New York Klezmer Series Present:

The transcendent Yiddish singer COJECO BluePrint Alumna Zhenya Lopatnik joins with a group of leading musicians who are revitalizing the sounds of traditional East European string bands. Join the Ternovka Ensemble for a performance of haunting folk ballads, rollicking klezmer instrumentals, and Yiddish anthems that you can't help but sing along with.

 Chabad of Inwood and Sukkahwood Present:

Sukkahwood's values of inclusion are universal and seek to bring together people from 
all walks of life. Sukkahwood is about re-thinking an essential Jewish tradition through unique and out-of-the-box thinking, using materials with a focus on sustainability 
and affordability, and connecting to our beautiful New York City parks. Featured artists this year include COJECO BluePrint Alumna Ronit Levin Delgado.

Payson Ave. & Seaman Ave, New York, NY 10034
Sunday, October 6, 12-4PM
Community Events and Opportunities
Shofar, So Good! A Kibbutznik Rosh Hashanah Celebration!

Join Kibbutznik for a one-of-a-kind musical Rosh Hashanah for all ages! Take a journey through memory, and reflection and the sounds of Rosh Hashanah. From 
the history and creation of the Shofar to the sweet tastes of honey and apples, 
bring your family to bring in the new year!

Brooklyn Society Of Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Sunday, September 29, 4-6PM
JCC Manahattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
Shakshukah in the Sukkah

Celebrate Sukkot with other Russian-speaking families in our beautiful Roberts Family Rooftop Sukkah. Children and adults will engage in model sukkah building from recycled materials; younger kids will enjoy a sing-a-long led by a guitar-playing Russian-Israeli teaching artist; and babies will enjoy open-play activities. At the end, everyone will come together for shakshukah and other traditional Israeli dishes.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Thursday, October 17, 5-6:30PM
JCC Manahattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
14th Annual Shashlik in the Sukkah

Celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot in style with a lavish Russian spread, wine, drinks and conversation in the JCC's spectacular rooftop sukkah. Engage with other Russian speakers over holiday rituals and the shared experience of eating in a temporary shelter. Enjoy a special speaker. Gourmet glatt kosher catered dinner by Aaron's Gourmet Emporium.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Thursday, October 17, 7:30-10PM
Dima Zicer Presents:
Exclusive talk on child-parent relationships "Любить нельзя воспитывать" 

An acclaimed author, pedagogue, educator and the founder of INO (Institute of Informal Education) Dima Zicer will lead a talk about ways to communicate with children that will also be pleasurable to both us and the child, as well as ways to create an atmosphere of success and support in the home. This talk will be presented in Russian.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School
120 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Wednesday, November 6, 7-9PM
  The Bronfman Fellowship Application: 
Application is OPEN for Jewish High School Juniors - December 1st Deadline

The Bronfman Fellowship is a mong the most prestigious programs available to Jewish 
high school students of all backgrounds. Each year fellowship selects a diverse group of 26 students for a year-long experience, starting with an all-expenses paid, 5-week trip to Israel. The purpose of the Fellowship is to invest  i n a cohort of talented young Jews who will become leaders in all areas of Jewish  and public life.  Applicants must be in 11 th  grade, self-identify as Jewish,  and live in the United States or Canada.

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 [email protected].
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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