Russian-speaking Jewish Community News
MAY 2019

Dear friends!

We hope you are enjoying the blooming trees and beautiful weather - we all deserve it! April was a beautiful month of Passover celebrations and time spent with family. We would like to thank everyone for participating in our Passover campaign. Your gift will make a tremendous impact on our work with the Russian-speaking Jewish community.  So let's welcome sunny May and all the incredible things coming up.

It's time for the BluePrint Project Series. We have a variety of creative, artistic and unique projects by our talented fellows. Do not miss!

There is an opening of " Auschwitz. Not long ago, not far away" exhibition at the  Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust . Scroll down to see a promo-code.

Want more? Educational museum tour for families with teenagers, literary events, Jewish tour of Uzbekistan, Masquerade auction, Victory Day and Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations.
So much to see!

Keep reading and check out all the great events by COJECO, our BluePrint Fellows and Network and partner organizations.
B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey - 
Registration is Open

We're thrilled to announce registration launch for the B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2019-2020 cohort!
Words can't describe how meaningful and unforgettable the journey has been for participating teens and their families. 
Family retreat, engaging sessions, mitzvah projects, a beautiful ceremony in New York and a culminating Israel experience - all await the new cohort.
More info and registration on our website.                                        
Victory Day celebration 

On May 7th, we're inviting COJECO Network organizations of 
WWII Veterans and Holocaust survivors to attend a ceremony, reception  and a concert of wartime songs composed by Jewish composers and performed by the Russian-speaking Jewish cantors.
If you or your relatives would like to attend this event, please contact us at for more information.  Let's show our gratitude and appreciation to the WWII Veterans.                                 
Celebrate Israel Parade 
with Russian-speaking Jewish Community and COJECO

Mark your calendar -  Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Join COJECO and the Russian-speaking Jewish community of 
NY and NJ in celebrating Israel. Israel is 71 and Awesome!
Join the awesomeness - march with us on Fifth Avenue!
More details on our FB page.                                          
New York/ New Jersey Mobile App

We would like to remind you of the recent launch of New York/New Jersey edition of JEvents 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
COJECO Jewish Museum Tour: Art, objects & immigration story
For families with teens

How do objects in the museum tell stories of immigration throughout history? What artworks or artifacts can be added to the museum's collection to tell the story of the immigration 
wave from the Former Soviet Union to the United States? 
We investigate how Jewish people and their ideas came to America from the 1800's 
until our personal modern day stories.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 100128
Sunday, May 5, 10AM-12PM
BluePrint Project Series
A Night for Babushka: BluePrint Project Series
Project by Anna Lublina

An evening of performances and food centered around the Post-Soviet Jewish Experience supporting Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka. There will be Russian snacks and joyful conversation! 
All proceeds from the evening will support the production of Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka.

232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Wednesday, May 1, 7:30-10:30PM 
Школа Пэна (Art School of Yehuda Pen) - BluePrint Project Series
Project by Ilona Bouzoukachvili

Join this unique immersive studio-art event for children and parents, based on the works of Yehuda Pen and Marc Chagall. This will be the first big event in the BluePrint Project series presented by the Peace Art Project team. Ages 6 and up welcome.

50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Sunday, May 19, 11AM - 1PM
The Cuisine of the Mountain Jews - BluePrint Project Series
Project by Lana Shalumova and Yafo Mardakhayeva

You are invited to learn about and celebrate the culture of Gorsky (Kavkazi or 
Mountain) Jews through unique delicious cuisine from such cities as Kuba and Derbent
with the launch  of:  The Mountain Jews Cuisine: a cookbook!

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Sunday, May 19, 7- 9PM
Inheritance, an Immersive Installation - BluePrint Project Series 
Project by Katya Stepanov

Artist Katya Stepanov, a Jewish immigrant from the former Soviet Union, opens an immersive installation that invites audiences to embark on an investigative journey into identity. 
A museum of memories greets visitors as they move from room to room, exploring 
her inheritance and learning to examine their own.

59 Canal Street, New York, New York 10002
May 24 - June 2, 7-8:20PM 
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
On March 31st a General Assembly of Community Scientific Center "Roshnoi" gathered in Bukharian Jewish Community Center. A lecture "Makom Culture and Diaspora" by editor in-chief of "The Bukharian Times" and president of "Shashmakom Forever" Festival Raphael Nektalov was about Shashmakom as an art that is very popular in the United States (second largest Bukharian community after Israel) nowadays.  Prof. Kandinov gave a lecture about Democracy in Israel, and Israeli Elections. The event also included two book presentations about art and heritage of Bukharian Jews.  
You are cordially invited to attend a Community and Legislative Breakfast 
hosted by the Bukharian Jewish Community Center
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Bukharian Jewish Congress
Bukharian Jewish Community Center 
106-16 70th Avenue,  Forest Hills, NY
Sunday May 5, 
Russian American Cultural Center 
presents -   
From Russia with Love : a Sly Bang book party
presentation by Larissa Shmailo
Featuring Anna Halberstadt, Elizabeth L. Hodges, Regina Khidekel, Irina Mashinski, 
Alexander Veytsman, Anton Yakovlev, and emcee Andrey Gritsman.

Yorkville Library
222 E. 79th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd ave)

Monday, May 13, 5-7PM
Russian American Cultural Center presents: 
A Bilingual Poetry Reading by Anna Halberstadt

A Bilingual Poetry Reading by Anna Halberstadt from her new poetry collection in English (Green in a Landscape with Ashes, New Meridian Books, 2017) and Russian (Пасмурное Солнце, издательство Евгения Степанова, 2018).

Yorkville Library
222 E. 79th Street (btw 2nd and 3rd ave)

Wednesday, May 29, 5-7PM
Uzbekistan Trip for Young Professionals 

Second annual 2019 Jewish Tour of Uzbekistan for Young Professionals in their 20's and 30's, will be from July 7th - 14th, 2019 (7 days)! Stops will include Tashkent, Samarkand, 
Navoi, Bukhara and other major Jewish sites. 

To find out more information email   and get your itinerary today!
July 7th-14th, 2019
BluePrint Fellowship Alumni Projects
Sarah Bernhardt's Masquerade Auction

Dress up and join us for Sarah Bernhardt's Masquerade Ball and Auction Fundraiser to mount the production of LA FIN: The Last Hour of Sarah Bernhardt's Life by Rebecca Karpovsky - COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Alumna. Set in Edwin Booths Mansion, The Players, 
enter this bell-époque immersive theatre experience.

16 Gramercy Park S, New York, New York 10003
Thursday, May 9, 7:30-10:30PM
Community Events and Opportunities
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
Opens May 8, 2019 and is on view through January 3, 2020

Generation R at JCC Manahattan Presents:

Celebrate Israel's Independence Day with DIY projects that are fun for all ages! 
Our experts will offer workshops on pickling, wood-whittling, challah-braiding, 
Israeli folk dancing,  and much more!

334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10023
Sunday, May 5, 11AM-1PM
Camp Zeke -  Celebrate Healthy, Active Living!
Camp Zeke is a Jewish overnight camp where kids celebrate healthy, active living through fitness, sports, culinary arts, and local, organic food that's made from scratch. 
Whether a campers wants to run faster, get stronger, zen out in yoga, play sports or 
cook impressive dishes, they can create their perfect day.

31 Barry Watson Way, Lakewood, PA 18439
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!)

Learn more and volunteer at
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