Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News

Dear friends!

Happy Summer! We hope you are enjoying the long sunny days, family time, vacation... and are staying close to that AC!

We have been working hard to bring you new programs and make sure the upcoming year will be full of interesting and exciting educational events. Please read on about our newest development - RJKrug! We just opened registration for this unique educational program for the whole family designed specifically for the Russian-speaking Jewish community. 

August brings us a lot of amazing cultural and educational events that are sure to keep people of all ages engaged!

Keep reading and check out all the great events by COJECO, and our Network and Partner organizations. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
RJKrug is a Russian Jewish Heritage Program 
for families with school-age children

Registration for RJKrug 
2019-2020 program year is open!

In  RJKrug you and your children will:
  • Learn about the Russian Jewish heritage in the 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
  • Create a community of like-minded families with a common goal of celebrating our heritage and values                            

More information 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 7th.
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 Fellowship Alumni Events
KashRoots, the multilingual coed vocal ensemble and brainchild of Marina Gusel, will give its second annual summer performance at the JCC, with a full concert of songs performed both a cappella and with acoustic accompaniment, and written by Jews in languages including Hebrew, Ladino, Russian, Yiddish, and English. 

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30-9PM
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
STEPS Theatre Presents:
Zhopkin Choir

Stage reading of Slava Stepnov's new play (in Russian).
This play is dark comedy about the lives of immigrant actors in New York.   

A.R.T./New York - South Oxford Space
 138 S.Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Saturday, September 7, 5:30-7:30PM
World of Women Immigrants Presents:
Bukharian Festival - Jewish Music Under the Stars

Queens Jewish Community Council celebrates 50th anniversary and invites you to Bukharian Music Festival with musical band "Mazal Tov" led by Albert Narkolaev. Come with  your whole family, bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the live  music under the stars in a park at the heart of Queens.  

Cunningham Park
 196-10 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
Wednesday, August 28, 7-9PM
Free Admission  
Community Events and Opportunities
Bubbes and Babies at the Beach

PJ Library is excited to bring back a wonderful Bubbes & Babies weekly 
summer intergenerational program to Brighton Beach! Grandparents, parents, 
caregivers and young children are invited for bagels and bubbles and lots of 
sensory play as we explore various Jewish themes, inspired by PJ Library books.

Brighton Beach
On Thursdays , August 1-29, 10:30-11:30AM
Kompot: Still Friends? On Long Island

Friendship is a precious commodity whose benefits are attained by hard work 
and compromise! Sasha and Masha are great friends - until a misunderstanding 
gets in the way. Aiy ya yai! How will they reconcile their differences?

Advanced Academic Programs of Roslyn
20 Roosevelt Ave, Roslyn, NY 11576
Sunday, August 11, 11AM-1PM
Плывём в Гости: An Original PJ Library Musical

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Welcome, this humorous and touching musical 
will be a joy for children and parents alike, inviting everyone to become full 
participants in the protagonists' journey. The musical is performed in Russian. 
I deal for ages 4+ but all are welcome! 

Pushkin Hall
165 W86th Street, New York, New York 10024
August 17 and 18, various times
Film screening: Give Me Liberty

Directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky (US, 2019, 110 min)
In this offbeat comedy, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise 
to get his relatives to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a headstrong young 
black woman in a wheelchair.  Give Me Liberty Trailer

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
August 27-29, various screening times
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
Poets, Rebels, Exiles: 100 Years of Russians and Russian Jews in America,
Professor Anna Katsnelson

Poets, Rebels, Exiles examines the successive generations of the most provocative and influential Russian and Russian Jewish writers and artists who brought the cataclysm of the Soviet and post-Soviet century to North America. This course will interrogate diaspora, memory, and nostalgia in the cultural production of immigrants and exiles. 

1201 International Affairs Building
Fall Semester 2019, Thursdays, 4:10-6PM
For more info email the professor:  [email protected]
  ALL New-Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, have rights!

Know Your Rights (KYR) events are held across the city to help inform New Yorkers about their legal rights, including when interacting with federal immigration enforcement. The City has invested over $48 million in immigration legal services so that immigrant New Yorkers have access to case representation, emergency planning (such as parental designations and standby guardianship planning), and more.

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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