Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News

Dear friends!

It's getting colder and sunshine is rare, so we are going to bring some cheer with all the incredible happenings in our community.   

December will light up with Chanukah lights and bring joy for any age and taste. We will  build and paint Chanukiyot, eat latkes with sufganiyot for dessert and have so much fun! Holiday musical, original theater productions, festivals and lectures will have your month filled to the brim. 

We want to wish you a Festive and Happy Thanksgiving and Illuminating Chanukah ! We're thankful to our families and for the opportunity to be part of unique and diverse  Russian-speaking Jewish community. May this season bring only light to you and your family!    

With gratitude,
your COJECO family. 
RJKrug is a Russian Jewish Heritage Program 
for families with school-age children

A unique Jewish learning program co-created by Russian-speaking Jewish families and leading Jewish educators.
Saturday, December 14, 6PM

To register and get an address please email COJECO Director of Jewish Education Yigal Kotler:
More information  on our website
Shop and make a difference! 

Make shopping meaningful this Black Friday or Cyber Monday:  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
COJECO NJ Presents: 
Odessa: The Island of Jewish Dreams

In this presentation we are going to explore the peculiarity of Odessa's Jewish 
civilization that was born together with the city. Odessa is one of the greatest 
Jewish wonders. This city plays a remarkable role in Jewish history and culture.
50 Eisenhower Dr, Paramus, NJ 7652
Tuesday, December 10, 7-9PM
COJECO NJ Presents: 
Sounds of  Hanukkah

* Chanukah celebration for the whole family
* Musical performance and interactive workshop by Lopatnik Zhenya
* Build your own lego Chanukiyah by talented Perlman Camp staff
* Sufganiot and goody bags for children
50 Eisenhower Dr, Paramus, NJ 7652
Sunday, December 15, 3-5PM
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
International Children's Art Exhibition on a world tour, supported by the Lazar Khidekel Society. The concept of the International Children's Art Exhibition is based on International cooperation in Art Education. The goal of this initiative is to search for young talent with creative minds and novel world views who can grasp the connection between unusual concepts and phenomena found in modern society.  
222 E. 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
November 30 - December 14
Bukharian Jewish Congress of USA and Canada Presents:
Jewish Silk Road Tours™: Bukharian Community Tour in Rego Park

 Join a walking tour of several fascinating neighborhoods in Queens,  also known as Registan Park (Rego Park) and Bukharian Broadway (Forest Hills). Learn about the Jewish community that has lived along the Silk Road for over 2000 years.Visit one and only Bukharian Jewish Museum to understand the essence of the Bukharian Jewish culture. The tour will conclude with a traditional lunch and a mini-concert at the local Bukharian restaurant.
Bukharian Jewish Community Center
106-16 70th Ave,  Queens, NY 11375
Sunday, December 15, 11AM-2PM
Community Scientific Center  "Roshnoi Light" news

On October 13th General Assembly of  "Roshnoi Light" gathered at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center. The main  theme was the conference in Hanover, Germany "Bukharian Jews:  Dynamics of Historical and Cultural Succession,  Experience of Integration
at the edge of centuries". The event included new book presentations 
about heritage of Bukharian Jews: "The view through the Years" by I. Kalontarov 
and "Bukharian Jews. History and People" by R.Pinhasov.        
Community Events and Opportunities
  Ljova Zhurbin Presents:
Out of Leftovers - Songs of our Grandparents

The December program of family-friendly neighborhood music series focuses on the songs we've learned from our grandparents. Ljova's paternal grandmother, Ada Zhurbin, would have turned 99 this December 1st. Working as an engineer during the day in the Soviet Union, she kept singing throughout her life until the very end.

2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025
Sunday, December 1, 5:30-7PM
Chekhov, Williams and Devil Knows What ...

TRACT Theater of New York (Theater of Russian Actors) invites you to journey along with the protagonists of Williams's play to the world of Chekhov's characters. Performed in the original language - English for Williams, Russian for Chekhov.  Subtitles will be provided. 
*COJECO BluePrint Fellow, Alex Notkin, is part of the cast.

256 West 52nd St,  New York, NY 10019
December 5 and December 8, multiple showtimes
Yolka Celebration: Зимняя Сказка

What do Chanukah and New Year have in common? Find out when you join PJ Library and the ArtXutor theater troupe for a family-friendly Yolka celebration with a Jewish twist. Children and families will be treated to an original, interactive production with beloved characters Snegurochka, Ded Moroz, Lisa Alisa, and Kot Baziliо! 
Performance is in Russian. Children under 18 months are free.

JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Rd, Scarsdale, New York 10583
Sunday , December 8, 4-5:30PM
DROM Presents:
Pre-Hanukkah Smackdown with Golem, Zion80 and Sharabi

Pre-Hanukkah Smackdown with Golem, Zion80 and Sharabi! Live at Drom in East Village!

85 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009
Thursday, December 12, 7:30PM
JCC Manahattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
A Very Gen R Chanukah Celebration

Part of Shabbat Shabbang, Jr.   Come together with fellow Russian-speaking 
families for candle-lighting and other Shabbat rituals, just in time for Chanukah, 
the festival of lights. Parents and children alike will enjoy a gourmet three-course meal, and early childhood educators will work with children to learn about the holiday 
and do hands-on projects in anticipation of it. Pre-registration required.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Friday , December 13, 6-8:30PM
    Zplay Presents:
Новый год в домике Петсона

Specially-designed performance based on Sven Nordqvist's books about Pettson and Findus played by professional actors, Sergey Nagornyi and Alex Notkin (COJECO BluePrint Fellows),  Age: 2-99

150 West 72nd st, New York, NY, 10023
Sunday , December 15, multiple showtimes
   KINGS BAY Y Presents:
Pre-Chanukah Celebration

Special Electric Tesla Show for children. The event is open to all, please feel free to bring the kids, grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins, friends, and yourself to partake in this awesome community gathering. Rides, prizes, raffles, games, free latkes, and a few special surprises that will be sure to bring the light to this festival.

3495 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Sunday , December 15, 11AM-2PM
   On Stage At Kingsborough Presents:
Hanukkah On The Roof!

Join MusicTalks Host Elad Kabilio, 12th Night Klezmer & Yiddish Theatre Star Daniella Rabbani for a joyous evening of the beautiful music, great passion, and unique humor. Special guest vocalist Michael Einav (Original Cast, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) will bring our celebration into the world of Fiddler on the Roof for the ultimate Shtetl experience in Yiddish, English, and Russian.

2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, New York 11235
Sunday , December 15, 3-4:30PM
The Chanukah Time Machine!

The guests are propelled into a historic reality through an interdimensional portal and transported to the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Explore all your senses with diverse rooms, discover key historical miracles, and learn the story of the Festival of Lights from a new perspective! All ages welcome.

53 Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sunday, December 15, 4-6PM
  Yiddish New York Presents:
The Nation's Largest Yiddish Culture Festival

COJECO is pleased to be a partner in Yiddish New York (YNY), the nation's largest workshop/festival for Yiddish music, language and culture. More than 80 leading 
figures in Yiddish culture are on the faculty, and lectures/workshops are held 
daily in everything from klezmer music to Yiddish theater, history, literature, films, 
walking tours, Yiddish lessons and a wonderful kids/teens program. Evening events 
feature concerts, folk dancing, jam sessions and more.  

344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
December 21-26, Daytime and Evening Events
  Marks JCH Presents:
Out of this World Chanukah!

Annual FREE community holiday celebration.  Join in outer space for cosmic crafts, galactic games, and craters of delicious holiday treats.  Annual Chanukah Concert by the Marks JCH School of Music and Dance will take place before take off at 11am. 
Tots Room will open at 10am.

7802 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, New York 11214
Sunday , December 22, 12-2PM
  Chanukah on Ice NYC at Lasker!

Join in the biggest Chanukah party in the city. Skate in the heart of New York City's 
Central Park, at Lasker Rink, located on the northeast side of the park. 
Complimentary kosher food will be served throughout the night, including Chanukah 
classics like doughnuts and latkes. A giant Ice Menorah, hand-carved by Bill Bywater, 
will be lit by a Jewish celebrity at the height of the festivities.

Lasker Rink
111 Central Park North, New York, New York 10029
Sunday, December 22, 5-8PM
     Bedouin Soundclash  and  Matisyahu Present:
Festival of Light with Matisyahu

Ages: 16 & Over
On Sale: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 at 10:00AM EST

Brooklyn Steel
319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Sunday , December 29, 7:30PM
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 July 7, 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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