Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News

Dear friends!

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are looking forward to another exciting year. Our community has been busy creating new and exciting opportunities for all ages. 

November has a lot in store: Mitzvah Day in New Jersey, a poetry reading, PJ Library kids events, conversation with creators and the cast of "Fauda", lectures and educational events. So much to choose from - and so little time!

Please note that December 1st is a deadline for Bronfman fellowship Application. We're proud to be an ambassador of this program and will be really happy if the 11th graders from Russian-speaking Jewish community will be chosen to be part of this unique and exciting opportunity, including a 5-week trip to Israel! Scroll down for more details!

RJKrug is a Russian Jewish Heritage Program 
for families with school-age children

 A few spots are available in our  Westchester RJKrug!  

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 
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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
COJECO NJ & Jewish Federation of NNJ Present: 
Mitzvah Day 2019

Please join COJECO NJ as we bring together the Russian-speaking Jewish community and make a difference by volunteering and Tikkun Olam!  Create Gifts for Seniors to be distributed to local nursing homes,  sort and pack children's clothing to be distributed to families in need,  make Memory books for dementia patients, s ort Thanksgiving kits for local food pantries, d ecorate Holiday cards  and much much more!

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Dr, Paramus, NJ 7652
Sunday, November 24, 12:30-2PM
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
Alexander Veytsman writes poetry and prose in both English and Russian. His original poems, translations, as well as short stories and essays, have appeared in more than 50 publications worldwide.  A graduate of Harvard and Yale universities, he lives in New York City.  Alexander will read poems out of his new book, as well as those published in recent years.
222 E. 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
Wednesday, November 6, 5-6:45PM
Community Events and Opportunities
  Conversations@Senesh Presents:
Select Cast and Creators of Fauda

Please join the Conversations@Senesh speaker series featuring select cast and creators 
from Fauda, the popular Israeli television series on Netflix. Fauda (Arabic for 'chaos') 
follows an elite undercover Israeli army unit operating in Palestinian society. 
The program, in Arabic and Hebrew, is considered groundbreaking in its efforts 
to venture into the lives and minds of characters on all sides of the conflict. 
Tickets will go on sale on October 29 at 11AM and are expected to sell fast.  

342 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Sunday , November 24, 5-6PM
PJ Library NY Presents:
Musical Theater in Russian: Флюс и Пульпидус

Join other Russian-speaking families of Western Nassau County for a theatrical tale of 
two bacteria, Flus and Pulpidus, who planned a sweet new year in a little boy's 
mouth over the Rosh HaShana holiday. The tale teaches us the importance 
of brushing our teeth, especially during the sweetest of holidays. Written and directed 
by Gera Sandler. Ideal for children ages 3+ but all are welcome.

108 Old Mill Rd, Great Neck, NY 11023
Sunday , November 3, 4-5:30PM
PJ Library NY Presents:
A Poetic Play: Монетки на Ветке 

Russian-speaking families are invited to attend a delightful Russian language play based on poems of Russian-Israeli children's book author, Leonid Soroka.  If your kids enjoy theater and music, join a poetry-infused performance with amazing actors and musicians: Sandler Gera , Tatyana Kot , Sergey Nagorny (COJECO BluePrint Alumnus) , and Alex Notkin  (COJECO BluePrint participant). Ideal for children ages 2+, but all are welcome. 

Greenburgh Hebrew Center Synagogue
515 Broadway,  Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Sunday, November 10, 4-5:30PM
  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.
JCC Manahattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:

Directed by Michael Idov (Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic 2019, 101 min)
In the 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once the leaders who dictate what he can and can't joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of "insult humor," he takes his revenge. In Russian with English subtitles.  Watch the trailer

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Tuesday , November 5, 7-9PM
JPA Brooklyn Presents:
Annual Open House For 2020

The Jewish Parent Academy is an exclusive semester-long program for Russian-speaking Jewish parents. A select cohort of individuals will have an opportunity to explore the values, heritage and tenets of Judaism with like-minded people from our community. 
This Year's Keynote Speaker is Gil Troy.  Troy has been widely published and quoted in the American, Canadian, and Israeli media, including the New York Times, the Daily Beast, Jerusalem Post and the Huffington Post. 

511 Avenue R, Brooklyn, New York 11223
Tuesday , November 5, 6:30-9PM
For questions or to RSVP please email:  [email protected]
JPA Manahattan Presents:

Jewish Parent Academy is coming to Manhattan.  Explore diverse approaches to Jewish thought, history, and knowledge, taught by international renown lecturers and thinkers. Engage in thought-provoking discussions about what matters to you including Jewish Philosophy, Israel, personal relationships, and more.
50 Riverside Blvd, New York, NY 10069
Tuesday , November 19, 6:30-9PM
For questions or to RSVP please email:  [email protected]
iMishpacha Presents:
Global Day of Jewish Learning: Brooklyn RSJ Edition 2019

Join the Russian-speaking Jewish community for a unique Jewish learning experience to learn together at the same time as hundreds of diverse communities across the continents. Topic: Zeev Jabotinsky in reflection of his era - The Prophet. The Judge. The Liberator.
Speaker: Fishzon Yehiel
All lectures are in Russian language.

3495 Nostrand Ave,  Brooklyn, NY 11229
Sunday , November 10, 5-8PM
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
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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