RSJ Community News
March 2019

Dear friends!

Another month went by, but what a month! From our beautiful and emotional B'nai Mitzvah Ceremony at Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York to our amazing trip to Israel and the Ceremony in Jerusalem. Those memories will stay with everybody forever, and we are excited to create more memories with the next cohort.   

Our families are sorting through thousands of photos and videos and sharing their emotional thank yous: 

"Big thank you from Belyansky family! We are a little sad that this wonderful and meaningful journey for us and our kids has come to an end. It was very important to me personally that my kids fall in love with this beautiful country of Israel, that they learn about its amazing history and feel proud to be Jews. And this trip was able to accomplish all that and so much more! I really hope we all stay in touch! Can't wait for our reunion!!!"  

"Thank you COJECO! We had an unforgettable experience and the program far exceeded our expectations. The ceremony was wonderful and we loved it. It was great to be with all of you in Israel!" (Pliskin family)

Excited and energized we are ready to welcome Spring! And that means more daylight, sun and more energy to participate in all community events by COJECO, our BluePrint Fellows and Network and partnering organizations.  Keep reading for more happenings and events in the RSJ community.


JEvents New York/ New Jersey Mobile App

We would like to remind you of 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 Jewish Tour Series
Save the Date!

Sunday, April 14, at 11AM  
at  Metropolitan Museum of Arts

As part of the  COJECO Jewish Tour Series , on the eve 
of Pesach we invite families to the  Metropolitan Museum of Arts to the unique program for parents and children ages  8-10. Yigal  Kotler, COJECO Director of Jewish Education, will lead parents through the Egyptian wing exploring the  role of the grand civilization of Egypt in ancient Jewish history and taking a fresh look at the  Passover story based on numerous museum exhibits. At the same time, Asya Gribov, an  outstanding museum educator and community convener, will lead an interactive, hands-on  exploration of the fascinating history, beliefs, and culture of Ancient Egypt as they pertains to  the Jewish story of Passover.                                  
COJECO New Jersey
COJECO New Jersey Presents:
Kosher Stand Up from Israel with Ilya Akselrod

After a huge success on his previous US tour, we're thrilled to invite you to an evening of brilliant Russian-Israeli stand-up comedy with Ilya Akselrod. His show is intelligent and hilarious, talks about Israel in a witty and fun way.
50 Eisenhower Dr, Paramus
Thursday, March 7, 8-10PM

COJECO New Jersey Presents:
It's Purim time!

Let's get crazy and enjoy an evening of fun and laughter! You're in for a treat with costume contests, comedy-karaoke, children's contests, family art projects, dance battles, raffles and much more.

50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus
Sunday, March 17, 5-8PM

COJECO Network Organizations
Steps Theater   Presents:
"Mikhail's Passion" premiere (in Russian)

STEPS Theater presents its own sarcastic interpretation of Mikhail Bulgakov's contemporary times and societal problems. E xploring interpersonal connections between Bulgakov, his complex characters and even more complex reality, while capturing the irony and the mysticism of his reality. 

Kings Bay YM-YWHA
3495 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
Friday, March 8, 7-10PM 
Additional performances on March 9, 10

World of Women Immigrants Presents:
Performance of Bukharian Teen Choral Group

On February 24, Synagogue "Ohr Natan" and magazine "Druzhba" celebrated their 28th Anniversary. The celebration included a  concert by teen choral group - Izra Malakov's  Academy of Chazanut and  "Shashmaqam". Kids performed songs in traditional Bukharian language from "Tehilim",  Passover Seder, traditional Sidur prayers. Congratulations!
Bukharian Jewish Union Presents:
Jewish Silk Road Tours™: 
Bukharian Community Tour in Rego Park

Visit one and only Bukharian Jewish Museum to understand the essence of the Bukharian Jewish culture.  The tour will conclude with a traditional lunch and a mini-concert at the local Bukharian restaurant!

Bukharian Jewish Community Center
106-16 70th Ave,  Queens
Sunday, March 3, 11AM-2PM

BluePrint Fellowship Alumni Projects
At the Crossroads of Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Russian-Speaking Worlds

ASF Young Sephardi Scholars Series presents a Three-Part Learning and Cultural Series on the Greater Sephardic Communities of the Former Soviet Union

American Sephardi Federation
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8:30PM

Community Events and Opportunities
Jewish Womens Archive Presents:
We Celebrate

This International Women's Day, honor a special woman in your life by adding 
her story to Jewish Womens Archive! 

 Purim Carnival

Create gorgeous Chagall art-inspired puppets with COJECO BluePrint fellow and artist Anna Lublina, enjoy games and carnival-themed foods, and watch an original puppet performance in Russian as we celebrate 
Queen Esther's heroic triumph over evil.

Sunday, March 17, 11AM-12:30PM

Marks JCH Presents:
 Museum & Me: Andy Warhol Exhibit Tour

Join Marks JCH in embracing your inner child at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Explore the life and work of renowned pop artist, Andy Warhol. The tour will be led by a Russian speaking arts educator, and will be followed by a hands-on studio session at the museum.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY
Sunday, March 10, 12 noon-2PM

Children's Day

Join YIVO for its annual Children's Day, where visitors of all ages will enjoy a wonderful selection of Purim-themed activities and performances. This program will have something for everybody: sing-alongs of Yiddish folk staples, 
a magic show led, and more surprises to be announced soon!

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 W 16th St, New York, New York 10011
Sunday, March 17, 11AM-1PM
iMishpacha Presents:
Annual #Pack4Purim Program

Join a family-friendly program for Russian-speaking Jewish families and celebrate Purim, pack & decorate special holiday gifts for elderly. 
S pecial prizes for kids with costumes!

Sunday, March 17, 4-8PM

FolksbieneRU Presents:
Final performance of RU Stage Lab -
 Onlooker's Trail!
Onlooker's Trail is an evening of narratives colliding along a single trail. This performance event is the culmination of an intensive study of the actor's craft, and an exploration of the elusive and ephemeral nature of memory.

Improv Asylum New York
307 West 26th Street
Sunday, March 17, 7PM

FolksbieneRu Kompot Presents:
 Purim Carnival

Enter the doors of colorful Purim festivities from stilt walkers to face painting to the musical group Timbalooloo who performs songs and stories and games. Then engage in the crafts of puppets and crowns and chomp down on some tasty hamentashen. Hear, taste, and feel the mood of a Purim carnival!

Sunday, March 24, 11AM-1PM

Let My People Go: Lessons From The Soviet Jewry Movement

Join MJH for a panel discussion with leading figures of the grassroots Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), including Rabbi Avi Weiss, author of "Open Up the Iron Door: Memoirs of a Soviet Jewry Activist."

Tuesday, March 19, 7-8:30PM

J2Food & Shabbatness Presents:
Pop Up Purim Shabbat 

Join J2Food and Shabbatness on March 22nd for a delicious and festive Pop Up Purim Shabbat featuring a delicious Persian-themed menu and cocktails with other young Jewish professionals.

 New York, Manhattan, Upper East Side
Friday, March 22, 7-10PM

Ramah Sports Academy welcomes 
Russian- speaking  Jewish children and teens 

Ramah Sports Academy (RSA) is an overnight summer sports camp for children and teens with a passion for  athletics  and a desire to elevate all aspects of their game. RSA is the perfect mix of elite sports instruction, joyful community, 
and inspiring Jewish living.

1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Rates and scholarships please email


From the moment you walk into the  Westside  Theatre, you're immersed in the quirky world of Josh's New York City apartment... as it is getting robbed. Thus begins this hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good guy Josh caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. A cast of mind-blowing actor-musicians leap in and out of the story playing almost as many parts as they do instruments. "It's Seinfeld meets Rodgers & Hart," raves one in an endless string of love letter reviews.

The Westside Theatre
407 West 43rd St NYC (between 9th & 10th ave)
Final performances in March and April

Buy now, tickets only $49
Click here  or  Visit   & enter code: 
Call (212) 947-8844 & mention code:  JCLSP49
Print & bring offer to the Westside Theatre Box Office on performance days

A unique new musical highlighting Oscar Hammerstein's journey to become Broadway's greatest lyricist. The musical explores Oscar's life in his words while showcasing over 30 of his greatest songs from shows like The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, Allegro and more. 

Theatre Row - Acorn Theatre
410 W. 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th ave)
Performances start March 28

TICKETS $49 & $59  (Reg. $89)
Click here  or  Visit  & enter code:  TRSOLSP
Call (212) 947-8844 & mention code:  TRSOLSP
Print & bring offer to the Theatre Row - Acorn Theatre Box Office on performance days

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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