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JUNE 2019

Dear friends!

It's finally nice outside and an opportunity to spend extra time with family and friends during Memorial Day weekend was lovely. And there are so many exciting programs and events taking place in our community very soon! 

The Israeli flags and our signature purple t-shirts are ready, our float is beautifully designed and the playlist is on play mode. We just can't wait for you to join us on Sunday, June 2nd, with your families joining the RSJ Community led by COJECO at the Celebrate Israel Parade.  

B'nai Mitzvah Family Journey and COJECO Germany Close Up programs have launched registration. We're getting applications each day and will be sold out soon. Don't wait-register today!

BluePrint Project Series continue to amaze us - we have a variety of unique community projects by our talented Fellows. Not to be missed!  

Cultural events, Jewish tour of Uzbekistan, Sculpture gallery opening, Dark comedy theater, Tikkun Leil Shavuot festival and many more!

Keep reading and check out all the great events by COJECO, our BluePrint Fellows and Network and Partner organizations.
COJECO Germany Close Up - 
Registration is Open

A unique travel experience that offers an opportunity to explore the complex Jewish history and the rebirth of Jewish life in Germany. We invite 25-39 yr old Russian-speaking Jews to travel with us to Germany October 28-November 4, 2019 and grapple with tough issues ranging from Holocaust to contemporary social and economic policies. Apply Today! Spots are Limited!
More  info and registration on our website .                                       
B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey - 
Registration is Open

Registration for the B'Nai Mitzvah Family Journey 2019-2020 cohort is on!
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.                                        
Celebrate Israel Parade 
with Russian-speaking Jewish Community 
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 BluePrint Project Series
Letter to God - A Staged Reading- BluePrint Project Series
Project of Sergey Nagorny 
Join us as we explore a magical story, filled with hardship and triumph, despair and love. An evening featuring refreshments, music, and the magic of theater. All proceeds from the evening will be put forth to produce a full staged production of Letter to God in New York.

170 E 116th Street, #3A,  New York, NY 10029
Thursday, June 6, 8-11PM 
Blueprint Project Series: This Side of the Sea
Project Ilya Tselnik

"A young woman struggles with understanding her inherited fears, and moving through urban America as a Jew, as current events threaten to drown her in the currents of the past".
 This Side of the Sea is an animated short film developed to explore intergenerational trauma in America's Russian-speaking Jewish immigrant community, and start 
to close a generational gap in the understanding of our past.

Stuart Cinema & Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Saturday, June 29, 3:30-5PM 
Songs of Our Journey - presented by BluePrint Project Series
Project of Yafa Borukhova

We are excited to share with you a musical performance of the works of Jewish poets and composers whose music reflects the climate of their time while still holding on to the Jewish values and the Jewish identity. We will hear songs of gratitude from different regions of the land that was once called home, and the common tensions experienced in those lands.

OPERA America
330 7th Ave, Fl 7th, New York, New York 10001
Monday, July 1, 7-9:30PM 
COJECO Network Organizations News and Events
Art in Dialogue

This year's line-up includes celebrated Russian film and stage actor and Oscar nominee, Sergei Garmash , who will recite the masterpieces of Pushkin, Chekov, Brodsky and Yevtushenko. Mr. Garmash will be joined on stage by Peabody Award winning broadcaster, director and producer Elliott Forrest, and multi-Grammy Award nominated violinist Philippe Quint, who will perform an excerpt from his new show Charlie Chaplin's Smile 

Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater
 450 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
Thursday , June 6, 7-8:30PM
By invitation only, email to:  [email protected]
Russian-American Women Writers and the Immigrant Narratives

The roundtable will feature female voices of Russian-American fiction discussing their work, sharing their immigrant experiences and addressing the immigration narrative of today. 

Tenement Museum
 103 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Wednesday , June 12, 6:30-8PM
Free - RSVP required, email to:   [email protected]  
Jewish Tour of Uzbekistan 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  [email protected]   and get your itinerary today!
July 7th-14th, 2019
BluePrint Fellowship Alumni Projects
TouchTouch: Interactive Sculpture by Alex Pergament & Friends

OPENING RECEPTION. Come touch art! Become the viewer and creator with 
Alex Pergament and collaborators' interactive sculptures. Collaborators include 
John Fathom, Katelyn Halpern, Lucy Rovetto, and Nicky Watts.

SMUSH Gallery
16 Gramercy Park S, New York, New York 10003
Thursday, June 13, 6-9PM
La FIN: The Last Hour of Sarah Bernhardt's Life

In this original dark comedy theatre production, the "great" French actress, realizes she has just one hour of her life left. She must now find the ultimate theatrical death. As the performance waivers between the surreal and the historical fact, one can find a little window into the essence of the Divine Sarah. The great actress.

16 Gramercy Park S, New York, New York 10003
Thursday, June 13, 8-10PM
Community Events and Opportunities
Limmud FSU

A truly unique event, Limmud FSU has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Russian-speaking Jews by involving them in an array of interactive workshops, intellectually stimulating discussions, study of Jewish texts, festive Shabbat celebrations, controversial debates, film screenings, artistic performances, music, dancing and much more.
The UJA-Federation of NY 
130 East 59th St, New York, NY 10022 
Sunday, June 16, 10AM-6PM
Shavuot BBQ Bash & Camp Open House

Bring in the summer season and celebrate Shavuot with us at the beautiful Henry Kaufman Campgrounds! Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch, and fun activities for kids of all ages in the great outdoors. Also, get an insider look at where our summer camp takes place! 

Henry Kaufman Campgrounds
1131 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
Sunday, June 2, 12-3PM
Who Knows Ten? Psoy KOROLENKO (vocals), Zisl SLEPOVITCH (clarinet, flute, 
piano, vocals)   & Ilya SHNEYVEYS (accordion, guitar, vocals, drum machine) 
present  an  array  of songs that all express the meaning of numbers and power 
of counting  in  Jewish and secular Soviet traditions.

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Saturday, June 15, 7:30PM-12A:30M
JDC Entwine Presents:
Not Your Babushka's Russian Speaking Jew

Come celebrate the complexity of life as a Russian Speaking Jewish young professional 
the best way we know how, through humor! Join us for a night of schmoozing, 
boozing, and laughter with pop icon comedian Kira Soltanovich.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St, New York, New York 10009
Monday, June 17, 6:30-8:30PM
Manhattan Jewish Parents Academy Presents:
Exclusive Cocktail Reception

You are cordially invited to an exclusive Cocktail Reception for an opportunity to learn about the uniquely designed Jewish Parent Academy program and its expansion to Manhattan

249 West 60th St., New York, New York 10023
Wednesday, June 19, 6:30PM
To RSVP, please email:  [email protected]
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

 Free student loan debt clinics
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) will be hosting debt clinics.  Clinics include free, confidential, one-on-one financial counseling with a counselor from one of the  DCA Financial Empowerment Centers . A legal aid professional will also be onsite to provide free assistance .  
Margaret Community Corporation
325 Beach 37th St., Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Saturday, June 8, 10AM-4PM
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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