Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News
MARCH 2020

Dear friends!

What a month this has been!
COJECO B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey participants had a touching group ceremony on February 9, and then 70 people traveled to Israel, ascended Masada, and passed the Torah Scroll from the oldest to the youngest person, as our Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens made their aliyah to the Torah.   Stay tuned for registration opening for the next, IV Cohort of the B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey. 

Incredible COJECO  BluePrint Fellowship events, community Purim celebrations, Museum Tours, book launches, summer programs for teens and so much more. Read on, register, become engaged and inspired! 

Hag Purim Sameach and Happy International Women's Day!

Your COJECO family
COJECO New Jersey 
COJECO NJ Presents: 
Purim Puppet Play and Festival

Мы требуем внимания! Ведь не поймёшь заранее,
Где правда, где сказание. Тем балаган хорош!
Входите без сомнения! Смотрите представление!
В нем истины на тысячу, А вымысла на грош!
An original Purim Puppet Play (in Russian with some English and Hebrew),  created by Gera Sandler.  Purim Carnival with Tzofim. Festivities and delicacies for the whole family.
Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Dr, Paramus, NJ 07652
Sunday, March 8, 3:30-6:30PM
COJECO BluePrint Felowship
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
The Collective Effort
Project by Leonid Gurevich
Become an artist for a day alongside fashion designer, editorial stylist, and fashion photographer Leonid Gurevich, painting fabric together, which he will turn into a couture dress.  The Documentary will follow the creation of a dress made from fabric hand-painted by Russian-speaking Jewish families. It will touch on the topics of Jewish identity and immigrant identity; will highlight the importance of uniting and working as a team to achieve extraordinary results, while simultaneously giving viewers a rare insight into the mysterious world of fashion design.  All ages are welcome. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on, or bring protective robe. 
 Salomon Arts Gallery
83 Leonard St, 4th floor,  New York, NY 10013
Sunday, March 8, 12-5PM
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
Workshop dedicated to Moshe Safdie
Project by Maria Dinor

Second StroyKa architecture workshop. We will get acquainted with works of a famous Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. Many of you likely know or visited some of his works, such as Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem or Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. Moshe Safdie approaches every project with a particular emphasis on its location, culture, and geography.  You will get a chance to create your projects and discuss them over a cup of tea.  We invite children ages 6-12 y.o. and their parents.

Verus Real Estate
346 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
Sunday, March 8, 11AM-1PM
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
Personal Ties Macrame Workshop
Project by Anya Marfin
Join the workshop to create original macrame wall art hanging fused with spiritual Jewish symbolism and an ability to weave in your own blessing, gratitude, or affection. Come to learn a skill, build a network, or just have fun.
All materials are included plus wine and cheese!
  zplay school
150 West 72nd Street,  New York, NY 10023
Sunday, March 22, 1-3:30PM
COJECO Network Organizations 
STEPS Theatre Presents: 
Zhopkin's Choir

Zhopkin's Choir is a new play by renowned director, playwright and artistic director 
Slava Stepnov. Zhopkin's Choir is an original dark comedy depicting the lives of immigrant actors in New York. We are imperfect, and sometimes join our voices in the song of this choir with pleasure. This play seeks to depict how good it would be to live with dignity, and without subjecting each other to deceit and betrayal.  The play is in Russian.

Goddard Riverside The Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025
 March 26, 28,29 and April 2-5, multiple showtimes
World of Women Immigrants Present: 
Eshet Chayl Award

Purim Celebration Continues - honoring Bukharian Jewish Women with 
"Eshet Chayl"  Award.  Fundraising event with dinner and a concert. The lineup includes Muchabbat Shamaeva, Tamara Kataeva, Nargis Malaeva, Angelica Pulatova, Alex Malaev. 

Da Mikelle II Restaurant
102-39 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375
 Wednesday, March 18, 7PM
To register please call:
Svetlana Levitina: 516-967-8341
Nina Yuhan 917-608-9636, Tamara Ilyaeva 718-526-0791
Russian American Cultural Center Presents: 
Ian Probshtein

Ian Probstein, Russian-American poet, scholar, and translator of poetry will present an annotated edition of Complete Plays and Poems  of the Nobel Prize Winner T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) published in 2019 by St. Petersburg, Azbooka  and the book of Selected Poems and Essays  of Charles Bernstein, The Bollingen Prize Winner (2019) just published by the Russian Center of Contemporary Literature (Moscow: Russian Gulliver, 2020) as well as his own recent books of poetry in Russian: Two Sides of the Medal  (Moscow, 2019), A Spell  (Minsk, 2018) as well as his new poems (Novy Mir , 2019).

Yorkville Library, Meeting Room
222 E. 79th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd Ave),  New York, NY 10075
 Monday, March 23, 5:30PM
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.  Together we will attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the time, and learn about the everyday life of Bukharian immigrants, their hardships, and hopes, their failures, and achievements.

   Bukharian Jewish Community Center
106-16 70th Ave, Queens, NY 11375
Sunday, March 29, 3-6PM
International Emigre Association of Arts & Sciences Presents: 
The Nuclear Saga: Heroes and Villains by  Genrikh Golin

Genrikh Golin in his new book distinguishes the balance between the scientific side of the creation of atomic weapons and the historical, political aspects and the participation of people in the atomic project. The period of creation of the atomic bomb coincides and, perhaps, is the result of ideological antagonism between Nazi Germany, the USSR and the USA, as well as with the era of wars and the greatest surge of nationalism and especially anti-Semitism.  All these aspects of history are perfectly described in the book, including the colossal motivation of Jewish scholars in creating the atomic bomb. 
To order this book please call: 718-265-1384 or 347-453-2692
Community Events and Opportunities
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Presents:
The Jewish Museum Tour in Russian

Explore the museum gems of Modern Art, learn about Jewish artists and create 
your own artworks in their style at the Jewish Museum Tour in Russian with 
Solnechniy Krug @ the Y. Visit permanent collection and brand new exhibit 
"Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone" together with an experienced 
Jewish Educator Zhenya Lopatnyk and a Museum Guide Asya Gribov.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Sunday, March 8, 10-11:30AM
Russian Storytime & Women's Day Celebration

Russian-speaking families of Westchester and the Rivertowns are invited to celebrate International Women's Day with a Russian language storytime, flower- and spring-themed activities, and card-making! The program will be facilitated by certified Russian speech therapist, Viktoriya Bogomolnaya and RSJ high school volunteers.

255 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
Sunday, March 8, 10:30-11:30AM
Purim 2 Ways

Join for a two-of-a-kind event, Kibbutznik Purim Two Ways! Experience Purim from two unique lenses created by our audience. Half the group will join Sergey Nagorny, actor and producer, in creating your own production of a Purim Shpiel: families will partake in Theater Improv, design a spontaneous set, and recreate a Purim story performed for their friends. The other half will work with an animation designer to develop their own cartoon from start to finish to showcase their version of the Purim Story.

53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sunday, March 8, 4-6PM
Entwine Presents:
JDC Entwine Global Stories: Speaking Of Connection

As Entwine alumni share dynamic first-hand accounts that explore the meaning of limits, connection and home, discover how to bring meaning to your journey by engaging with JDC Entwine on one of our international travel experiences.  When Nataliya signed up for a trip to Ukraine, she figured it would be a great way to get to know the motherland despite the fact that, in her mind, Ukrainians would be so different from her. From bar banter to conversations about feminism and nail art, little did she know just how much she would connect with her compatriots who lived halfway around the world.  
45 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9:30PM
JCC Manhattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
An Evening with Maxim D. Shrayer

Bilingual author, scholar, translator, Boston College professor, and National 
Jewish Book Award winner Maxim D. Shrayer will enchant with excerpts from his 
new book of fiction, "A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas". This beautiful troika of interwoven stories, by turn tender and tense, will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the deeply compelling truth about what it's like to be a Russian immigrant in America. Wine reception and book signing to follow reading .

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Thursday, March 12, 7-9PM
   Center for Jewish History Presents:
Kids in the 'Hood: Discover the History of Your Community

Join an exciting morning of activities that will inform, inspire, and motivate you to 
learn more about the history of your family and community. Every family that attends 
this program will be entered into a raffle with prizes including a one-year subscription 
to and an Ancestry DNA kit. The program's lead developer/presenter
 Ira Wolfman is the author of Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline 
Genealogy for Kids (and other beginners).

15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Sunday, March 15, 10AM-12:30PM
   Nefesh B'Nefesh  Presents:
Aliyah Mega Event 2020

The 12th annual Nefesh B'Nefesh Aliyah Mega Event is the place to gain access to all 
of the information you need to plan your Aliyah. Attend informative sessions and get guidance from relevant professionals on a wide range of topics including financial planning and budgeting for Aliyah, choosing a community, how to build a strategic job search plan, navigating the health care system , and much more.

100 Frank W Burr Blvd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Sunday, March 15, 9AM and 12PM
JCC Manhattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
Purim Carnival for Russian-Speaking Families

Come together with other Russian-Jewish families for a carnival in celebration of 
the Purim holiday. Enjoy games, music, an original performance in Russian, 
carnival food stations and more as we celebrate Queen Esther's heroic triumph over evil. Come dressed in costume. Refreshments will be served.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Sunday, March 15, 11AM-1PM
Purim Celebration for Russian-Speaking Families

Come dressed in costume and join other Russian-speaking families for a new take on the traditional Purimspiel! Guests will delight in a live performance that will include puppetry, interactive theater, and songs in Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew by professional, internationally known performers, Gera Sandler and Ronit Asheri-Sandler. 
Light snacks and tasty hamantaschen will be provided.

300 Forest Dr, East Hills, NY 11548
Saturday, March 28, 4-5:30PM
A Puppet Purim Play

Come dressed in costume and join other Russian-speaking families for a new take on the traditional Purimspiel! Guests will delight in a live performance that will include puppetry, interactive theater, and songs in Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew by professional, internationally known performers, Gera Sandler and Ronit Asheri-Sandler.

130 Union Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
Sunday, March 29, 11AM-12:30PM
This Grammy-nominated music program shines a spotlight on the everyday lives of 
Soviet Jews during World War II - civilians and soldiers of all ages whose voices 
were silenced by Hitler and Stalin. Premiering for the first time in New York, 
this internationally acclaimed concert program features the preeminent Russian Roma 
trio Loyko, singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko, and narration by Yiddish scholar and project visionary Anna Shternshis.  With captions in English, Yiddish, and Russian.

36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
Monday and Tuesday, March 30 &31, 7PM
NYC Office of the Mayor Presents:
Mayor's Office Internship Program

The Mayor's Office is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Summer Internship Program Application.  Internships are available for High School, Undergraduate, Graduate and Law students. All Office of the Mayor Internship positions are paid.
On the Internship Program Website, students can  view the  job descriptions   
and apply for internships within the Mayor's Office. 

The application deadline is Friday, March 20
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Make shopping meaningful! 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!
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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