Russian-speaking  Jewish 
Community News

Dear friends!

We hope you're staying warm these winter days. 

In January the  Russian-speaking Jewish community of NY and NJ proudly participated in the march against Antisemitism and hatred together with thousands of our Jewish and non-Jewish friends. 

This 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we were honored to invite a group of Russian Jewish WWII Veterans to the Commemoration Event at Temple Emanu-El

COJECO  BluePrint Fellows are working on their projects, RJKrug families are exploring their heritage and B'nai Mitzvah participants are getting ready for their ceremony and a trip to Israel.

We're gearing up for the upcoming exciting events: COJECO NJ is offering cultural events for teenagers, adults and families, our COJECO BluePrint Fellows are organizing architecture workshops and theater performances.  Keep reading and we hope to see you at one or all of these events!

Your COJECO family
COJECO New Jersey Events
COJECO NJ Teen Club Presents: 
The Rise of American Art - Jewish Museum Tour

We invite all teen art lovers to join us on the trip to The Jewish Museum for the tour of the exhibition devoted to Edith Halpert. Learn about Odessa-born woman who became the first significant female gallerist in the United States, propelling American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world. Her contribution to the promotion of diverse groups of contemporary artists inspired generations of Americans to value the art of their own country, in their own time. 

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue,  New York, NY 10128
Sunday, February 2, 9AM-2PM
COJECO NJ Presents: 
The Three Sopranos

Maria Dubinsky, Natasha Hirschhorn, Marina Shemesh
A unique program that takes a sweeping look at the immensely rich musical culture 
of Russia. Proud of our heritage and passionate about Judaism, we invite you on a fascinated journey that will enthrall and entertain. Featuring the TAS choirs and band.
Please RSVP by Feb 6 to Suggested donation of $18 at the door.

Temple Avodat Shalom
385 Howland Ave, River Edge, NJ 07661
Saturday, February 8, 7PM
COJECO NJ Presents: 
"Lebanon" film screening and a Tu B'Shvat celebration

  Our evening will begin with a short and insightful explanation by journalist and historian 
Gary (Igor) Gazarkh  of why Lebanon War was so unfortunate for the State of Israel and 
what were the crucial consequences, which haunt Israelis until this very day.
  "Lebanon", a winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is an 
immersive movie experience that is both thought provoking and challenging. 
The evening will continue with a Tu B'Shvat wine and fruit celebration.

Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
50 Eisenhower Dr., Paramus, NJ 07652
Sunday, February 9, 6:30-9:30PM
COJECO NJ Presents: 
Purim Puppet Play and Festival

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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 Events
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
Moisei Ginzburg and Constructivism

Join us for the first StroyKa architecture workshop. We will start our series by 
discovering works of the most famous Soviet constructivist architect Moisei Ginzburg. 
His works in many ways were well ahead of his time and recognized among 
major contributions to the world culture of the 20th century. 
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, February 9, 11AM-1PM
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
Le Grand Voyage

"A story with no words, a journey with no end"
In this experimental theatrical clown fable, a family embarks on an adventure into a foreign land. What awaits them is predictably strange and surprisingly familiar. Through the language of clowning the cast tells the story of hustles and struggles that we go through when faced with the new and unknown.  

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
February 26 - March 1, multiple showtimes
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Series Presents: 
Russian Jewish Single Mingle

Please join us for an evening of fun and a chance at love! 
On the Menu:  Mingling with other Russian-speaking Jewish Singles 25-45 yrs old. 
Performance by a COJECO BluePrint Fellow Tatyana Kalko.
Indulging with delicious kosher food.  Contests and prizes. 
Don't forget to invite your Single Russian-speaking Jewish friends.

232 East 9th St,  2nd Floor,  New York, NY 10003
Thursday, February 27, 6:30-10PM
COJECO Network Organizations Events and News
Russian American Cultural Center Presents: 
"Farewell, Mama Odessa" Book Presentation

Award-winning author Emil Draitser will discuss the fascinating topic of the modern-day exodus and the Soviet Jewry Movement lending depth with his own experience 
and expertise.  Set in the summer of 1979 at the height of the movement to free 
Soviet Jewry and dedicated to its activists,  Farewell, Mama Odessa  is an 
autobiographical book that describes his characters' anxiety as they make 
their way to America and the challenges they face in the new land.

Shakespeare and Co Bookstore
939 Lexington Ave (btw 68th and 69th St),  New York, NY 10065
 Thursday, February 13, 6:30PM
Community Events and Opportunities
Плывём в Гости - An Original PJ Library Musical

When their ice breaks off in the Arctic Ocean, three polar bears set on a journey to find new friends to visit in never-before-seen destinations. Inspired by the PJ Library book, Welcome, this humorous and touching musical will be a joy for children and parents alike. The musical is performed in Russian. Ideal for ages 4+ but all are welcome! 

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213
February 1&2, multiple showtimes
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Presents:
Winter ARTery: Game of Colors

ARTery is a program for kids and their parents about Jewish Artists and  Modern Art
 in Russian Tired of winter blues?  Come for a creative family modern art workshops from amazing educators Maria Dinor and Beth Freynk, sing-along from Lopatnik Zhenya, and refreshments  - ARTery at the Y.  Suited for families with children 2 -10 years olds.

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
1 54 Nagle Ave, New York, New York 10040
Saturday, February 8, 11AM-1PM
New Yiddish Rep Presents:
The Labor of Life

A post-modern classic by Hanoch Levin. A couple's recurring life pattern in a never ending cycle of existential crisis. Levin has been called the Israeli Beckett and is Israel's greatest playwright to date, and yet his work is virtually unknown in the United States. This play produced in both the original Hebrew and in a splendid Yiddish translation by Eli Rosen.

Cyrus and Rose Feldman Studio Theater
315 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
Sunday, February 9, 3PM
Trees of Life: Exploring Trees & Habitats 

Russian-speaking families are invited for an exclusive art-and-play experience with play curator and Jewish educator, Linda White. We will learn about the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat/New Year of the Trees and the trees' significance in creating habitats for animals and living things through building, art, sensory exploration, and will have a chance to explore the Children's Museum of the Arts' habitat installation.

Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
Sunday, February 16, 12:30-2PM
Jewish Brick and Mortar i n the Russian Capital

The Architectural Dialogue between the St. Petersburg Jewish Community and the 
Tsarist Metropolis. In this lecture, Dr. Vladimir Levin will consider the uneasy 
relationship between the architectural oeuvre of the Jewish community and the 
capital city of the Russian Empire. Every Jewish community that settled in a large 
or small city had to decide how to represent itself vis-à-vis that city, how 
prominent and visible should their representation should be.

15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, February 18, 3-5PM
  New Yiddish Rep Presents:
The Whore from Ohio

"The Whore from Ohio" by Hanoch Levin, Israel's foremost playwright, performed
 in Yiddish with projected subtitles. This black comedy, which deals memorably with ultimate questions of fantasy, lust and mortality, is one of Levin's most famous plays. 
It is translated into Yiddish from the original Hebrew by Eli Rosen. Directed by Gera Sandler.

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
February 19-23, multiple showtimes
JCC Manhattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
Russian Shabbat Club (for 4-5 yo)

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

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Fridays through April 24, 4:15-5:30PM
JCC Manhattan and G eneration R at the JCC Present:
Russian Shabbat Ceramics Club (for 6-10 yo)

Russian-speaking children are invited to explore clay and make beautiful holiday 
and Shabbat pieces in our ceramics studio with an artist and COJECO BluePrint fellow 
Anna Marfin. Roll up your sleeves and plunge into the basic ceramic techniques for both hand-building and wheel. The class concludes each week with candle-lighting, grape 
juice, and challah in celebration of Shabbat.

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Fridays through April 24, 4:15-5:30PM
Limmud FSU NY 2020

Join the 12th Limmud FSU NY! 
This is the premier event of the year - good for kids, good for adults, good for community. This is a full weekend of learning, fun and community building.

199 Smith Rd, Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
May 15 - May 17, 2020
Isra-Campus Presents:
Summer experience for teens ages 13-17 in ISRAEL

Isra Campus is a unique summer program which takes place in Israel between 
July 12-24 and welcomes RSJ teens from around the globe to participate in a 12 day meaningful journey.  Under the leadership of Dima Zicer, participants get to experience an in depth immersion into different creative fields led by top notch facilitators and teaching artists from Russian, Israel and the US, and get to explore, learn, investigate together through a verity of themes and instruments.

July 12-24, 2020
The Maimonides Scholars Program

The Maimonides Scholars Program is a two-week summer institute at Yale University for high school students interested in Jewish thought and philosophy. We're looking for 11th  and 12th graders who want to  read the great works of the Jewish canon  with  world-class faculty  in a diverse, pluralistic community of students from all around the world.  

Previous faculty includes   teachers like Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Daniel Gordis, and novelist Dara Horn.
Apply now, and enter into the great debates that have shaped the Jewish people for thousands of years.
Session #1: June 28-July 9 2020
Session #2: July 26-August 6 2020
Cost: $895 (if you apply by December 18), $1295 if you apply after Dec 18. Cost includes room and board. Generous financial aid, including travel stipends, available.  
Eligible: High School Students Graduating in 2020 or 2021. 

Tikvah Fund presents
Tikvah College Programs 
Summer 2020

Summer Fellowship
Learn with the best teachers and design your own research in service of the Jewish people.

$4,000 Stipend

8 weeks of combined seminar learning and a research internship

Career talks with leaders from the worlds of policy, security, media, and academia

Summer Seminars:
Study Jewish history, thought, and politics and hear from the men and women shaping the Jewish future.

$1,000 Stipend

Choose between three two-week seminars in NYC: America and Israel: Two Chosen Nations?; Jews and Political Philosophy; or Jews and Religious Freedom

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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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