Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News

Dear friends!

Last days of summer are approaching fast, but we're looking forward to a new program year, new adventures, new events and inspiration.  This coming year is very special for COJECO, as we're about to celebrate our 18th Birthday!

So much happening in September! The spots at our newly launched program for the whole family  designed specifically for the Russian-speaking Jewish community RJKrug are filling up, and program participants of COJECO B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey, COJECO BluePrint Fellowship, COJECO Germany Close Up are ready to start their adventure. 

Our community is bustling with exciting programs and anyone can find something of interest for their family - Rosh Hashana events for families, literary evenings, unique theater performances, Holocaust Remembrance ceremony and much more. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a lovely Labor Day weekend!
RJKrug is a Russian Jewish Heritage Program 
for families with school-age children

Registration for RJKrug 
2019-2020 year is open and
more than half-way full! 

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
  • Create a community of like-minded families with a common goal of celebrating our heritage and values                            
More information and registration on our website
The program is generously supported by the UJA-Federation of New York
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 Events
Inviting our BluePrint graduating cohort and BluePrint alumni, to shmooze and enjoy great company at this staple Lower East Side establishment.

124 Rivington Street, New York, New York 10002
Wednesday, September 4, 6-8PM
Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka @  The 14th Street Y

In this new multidisciplinary performance, Lublina invites her Russian mother and grandmother (Babushka, who was once a Russian-English translator) onstage to recount their experiences of anti-semitism in the Soviet Union, in Russian. 

344 East 14th Street, New York, New York 10003
Thursday , September 26 - Octobet 5, 7:30PM
COJECO New Jersey Events
Celebrate Rosh HaShana with your family by making apple cider and exploring nature 
on this early fall hike while learning about the beautiful traditions 
of this holiday. Participants will use an apple press to help make cider and 
learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making. 

313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Sunday, September 22, 3:30-5:30PM
COJECO Network Organizations Events
Mr. Militarev will present both the original verse and new Russian translations of poems by Emily Dickinson and Rudyard Kipling and sonnets by William Shakespeare.
Alexander Militarev is a poet, translator, linguist and cultural anthropologist in Jewish, Biblical, Semitic, Near Eastern and African studies. 

222 E 79th St, New York, NY 10021
Wednesday, September 4, 5:30PM
Pavel Lembersky, a New York based Russian American author, will read in Russian and in English.  Pavel Lembersky has published four collections of short stories, a novel, and, most recently, a collection of three novellas and two essays. 

222 E 79th St, New York, NY 10021
Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-7PM
This event will honor the hundreds of thousands of Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Lets get together to commemorate those who were tragically murdered in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and other various parts of the former Soviet Union.

West End Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Sunday, September 22, 11:30-1PM
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
Community Events and Opportunities
Marienbad: Theatrical play based on Sholom Aleichem novel

In this play, every family story is a burlesque theater in itself, every scene is an explosion of laughter. Characters exchange letters between a resort in Marienbad and Jewish Warsaw. With every letter the story becomes more complicated and the geography of the letter exchange broadens.  The play is  performed in Russian. 
The play was created with the support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group. 

The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
10 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
Tuesday, September 10, 7:30-9PM
Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Museum

Thinking about the start of the Jewish new year and the objects we use to mark and celebrate important moments in our lives, we will explore the different ritual objects at the Jewish Мuseum with museum educator and arts guru Asya Gribov, noticing the differences and similarities through traditions and generations .

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York 10128
Sunday, September 15, 10-11:30AM
Спектакль: Флюс и Пульпидус

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 . Performed in Russian.

The Jewish Community Center of Harrison
130 Union Ave, Harrison, New York 10528
Sunday, September 22, 4-5:30PM
JCC Manahattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
Hammer & Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Economy

For their book Hammer & Silicon, Daniel Satinsky and Sheila Puffer interviewed 
more than 100 Russian-speaking American tech innovators in Silicon Alley and Cambridge 
to learn about the significant contributions these scientists/engineers and 
technicians have made to American businesses.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30-9PM
JCC Manahattan and Generation R at the JCC Present:
Russian Shabbat Club ages 4-5 

Now in its tenth year, this highly acclaimed weekly program explores the larger themes of Shabbat and concludes each week with candle-lighting, challah, and grape juice. 
The class is taught in Russian by experienced early childhood educators and features music and movement, dramatic play, visual arts, storytelling, and much more!  

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Fridays, September 27 - December 13, 4:30-5:30PM
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 January 3, 2020
  NYC Votes and DSNY Want Voters to Go Paperless

NYC Votes and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) encourage all registered voters in New York City to save trees by receiving the city's official Voter Guide by email and  opt-out  of receiving a print Guide in the mail.

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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