Virtual Events and Programs for the Russian-speaking 
Jewish  Community
MAY 27 - JUNE 10, 2020

D ear friends!

We hope you are well and healthy. This week we celebrate Shavuot (Feast of Weeks). It commemorates the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai, and occurs on the 50th day after Passover and after 49 days of counting the Omer. Shavuot is one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals known as the Shalosh Regalim. 
In our newsletter you will find unique virtual projects, events and initiatives: Shabbat celebrations, COJECO Virtual Academy of the Russian Jewish Heritage sessions, Jerusalem Tour, Tikkun Leil Shavuot events- traditional Shavuot Jewish study sessions that take place at night, lectures, Film Festival screenings, and kids activities.
COJECO public events are free. We do ask you to consider a donation that will enable us to continue top quality programs and mobilize and support the Russian-speaking Jewish Community of NY/NJ and beyond Please make your donation today .

Hag Shavuot Sameah!
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COJE CO Programs and Events
Shabbat in Bloom 
In Partnership with PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York 
Friday, May, 29th at 5PM

For the month of May, COJECO is proud to partner with the  PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York  to bring to you Shabbat in Bloom. There is a limited number of spots available in this multi-sensory interactive program - so register today!
Virtual Tour: Jerusalem - Going Beyond the Walls
Sunday , May 31st, at 5PM

Shavuot is one of the "Shlosh-ha-Regalim" - the three main Jewish festivals when the pilgrimage to Jerusalem took place. To celebrate Shavuot, COJECO is happy to invite you to join a virtual tour of Jerusalem, but the one that is less known - Jerusalem outside the walls of the Old City. We're calling it: "Jerusalem - Going Beyond the Walls". The tour is conducted in Russian by Boris Krizhopolsky.
Weekly Torah Portion through the eyes of a Contemporary RSJ
Thursday , June 4th, at 7PM

Yigal Kotler, Director of Jewish Education at COJECO, and Yuri Tabak, a well-known religion scholar from Moscow, discuss The Weekly Torah Portion through the Eyes of a Contemporary Russian-speaking Jew.
The strange covering of the sacred tabernacle with skins of non-kosher animals, the mysterious cherubs on the cover of the Ark of the Covenant - all that and more in this week's Torah portion "Naso".

Russian Jews in the Revolution and the Civil War (1917-1920)
by COJECO Virtual Academy of the Russian Jewish Heritage
 in partnership with Federation CJA
Tuesday , June 9th, at 7:30PM

Historian and educator Yigal Kotler will discuss myths and reality, passion and blood, terrible pogroms and Jewish chekists, and, most importantly, how the life of Russian Jews in just a few years completely changed direction.
Presentation will be conducted in Russian. Advance registration is required.
COJECO BluePrint Fellowship Events
Life is a Song: An Oral History of Russian Jews Through Music
Monday , June 8th, at 7PM
Project by BluePrint Fellow Tatyana Kalko

"Life is a Song" is an ongoing oral history project dedicated to remembering and retelling the lives of Russian-speaking  Jews through contemporary music.
Join the next generation of Jewish musicians and educators in a live concert and discussion on ZOOM about the importance of preserving the stories of our ancestors, and how music has been used to bring catharsis and expression during dark times.
Community Programs and Events
Чай со Шпунтиком 
by PJ Library for Russian-speaking Families in New York 
Several dates and times

The Puppet Shpuntik will invite children and families into his home and discuss his favorite teas and foods from different countries. Children will enjoy an interactive PJ Library story in Russian. They will sing songs, and make crafts with Shpuntik, all while guided in Russian.
The Story of the Biblical Cinderella with Rabbi Ilana Baird
by Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
Thursday , May 28th, at 8:10PM (PST)

The book of Ruth is one of the most mysterious books in the Tanakh. Is it a melodrama (PG-13) with a good ending? The story of cute Cinderella? Sweet tale for adults? Political statement?
Rabbi Ilana Baird invites you to explore this mysterious story, especially since every Shavuot night she, along with friends, reads this mysterious story...
Meeting ID: 970 5104 2969
Password: 1948
WhatsApp Group
by the Russian-speaking Jewish Community Jewish Center "Nachalat Zion"

The group was created to share happiness and sorrows, to post prayer requests and congratulations, to stay up to date with all the events, Holidays and classes at the community @JCNZ
Refuge in the Heights: Migration, Memory, and Authoritarianism
by Leo Baeck Institute - New York and Center for Jewish History
Thursday , May 28th, at 2PM

The panelists will discuss how different groups of immigrants and institutions have experienced their own refuge in Washington Heights, especially focusing on shared experiences of trauma in the old country and exclusion in an unequal New York City, but also solidarity and resilience. 
Tikkun: A Virtual Journey Into the Night
by 14th Street Y 
Thursday , May 28th, at 6PM

The 14th Street Y and Downtown Jewish Life partners are proud to end the Season of Jewish Culture with their own digital re-interpretation of a Tikkun. The evening will include artistic engagement, performances, and text study in Hebrew and English.
Let the mysteries begin. Join on the journey into the night.

The Paul Feig z"l Tikkun Leil Shavuot
by Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Thursday , May 28th, at 9PM

Come together with people from across the spectrum of Jewish life for a revelatory night of study, film, music, dance, yoga, and more in celebration of Shavuot. Bring your own cheesecake and come for an hour or stay the night.
Mystical Shavuot for the Whole Family
by Kibbutznik JCH at Park Slope
Saturday , May 30th, at 11AM

Please join Kibbutznik and Zhenya Lopatnik for a Mystical Family Shavuot with musical storytelling of Jewish stories, an explanation of the creation of the World the way Kabbalah sees it, inspirational melodies for all, and an art project you can do at home.   Do you think that this is all impossible? Come to this Mystical Shavuot for the Whole Family and check for yourselves.
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish
by Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture and Yiddish Book Center
Sunday, May 31st, at 2PM

Is it possible to conceive of the American diet without bagels? Or Star Trek without Mr. Spock? Are the creatures in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are based on Holocaust survivors? And how has Yiddish, a language without a country, influenced Hollywood? These and other questions are explored in this stunning and rich anthology of the interplay of Yiddish and American culture, edited by award-winning authors and scholars Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert.
Shavuot Sand Art with Zhenya Lopatnik and Rabbi Ilana Baird
Programs for Russian-speaking Jews of Silicon Valley at the JCC of Los Gatos
Sunday, May 31st, at 4PM

An artist Zhenya Lopatnik is performing a Sand-Art show creating a story with light and shadows. This mesmerizing show will bring you and your family to another dimension where one picture turns into another. During the show, Zhenya sings songs that help to shape a special mood that fits the performance.
Be prepared to learn about the story of the holiday through this visual experience, songs, and family quiz!
This program is in Russian.
The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch - Netflix Watch Party
by Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Monday, June 1st, at 7PM

GPJFF will host a virtual screening of a Netflix film that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch, Switzerland's entry for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. If you love Jewish comedy, this movie couldn't be more perfect for you. This outrageous comedy follows a lonely young Orthodox man who falls for his non-Jewish classmate, a woman his mother will never approve of.
15 Minute Yiddish - For Adults
by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
Tuesday, June 2nd, at 1PM

15 Minute Yiddish -  A weekly lunch and learn with Motl Didner.
The basics of Yiddish conversation, no Yiddish experience necessary.
Our People: Discovering Lithuania's Hidden Holocaust
by Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Tuesday, June 2nd, at 2PM

"Our People" traces the quest for the truth about the Holocaust in Lithuania by two ostensible enemies: Ruta Vanagaitė, a descendant of the perpetrators, and Efraim Zuroff, a descendant of the victims. Focusing on the central role played by ordinary Lithuanians, the authors expose the efforts of past and current Lithuanian governments to hide these crimes.
Dybbuks, Golems, S. An-ski, and Jewish Legends in Times of Fear
by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Wednesday, June 3rd, at 4PM

S. An-ski's play The Dybbuk, a story of possession set in a shtetl (think The Exorcist meets Fiddler on the Roof), is the foundation of modern Jewish drama. This talk by scholar Gabriella Safran explores its roots: in Jewish folklore, the scandalous blood libel trial in Kiev in 1913, and the political passions of Russian-Jewish revolutionaries.
GENerally Speaking with Stephanie Butnick
by Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Thursday, June 4th, at 7PM

To most people, "3G" and "4G" refers to cell phone data - but to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, these terms are shorthand for something far more meaningful. What does it mean to be a third- or fourth-generation survivor? 
Shabbat in the Sand
by Generation R at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Friday, June 5th, at 6PM

Russian-speaking Jewish families are invited to join popular teacher and artist, Zhenya Lopatnik for a musical Shabbat with a special sand activity. After an interactive singalong with requests from kids encouraged, Zhenya will take families on a magical journey to a unique storytelling event - a performance of Sand Art. The event will end with candle lighting and blessings. Light your own candles and join Generation R as we light ones for the community.
Peaches and Cream
by Israel Film Center
Saturday, June 6th, at 8:30PM

Virtual screening of "Peaches and Cream" with filmmaker Q+A.
Zuri Shostack (Gur Bentwich), a neurotic film director, experiences a breakdown on the night his new film is released. 
Live, virtual Q+A with director Gur Bentwich, actor/editor Maya Kenig, actor Dover Kosachvilli, and actor Alon Aboutboul on Sun, June 7th at 4PM EDT.
Virtual Israel Film Center Festival 2020
by Israel Film Center
Sunday, June 7th, at 2PM

The 8th annual Israel Film Center Festival is coming to you virtually. Films available between June 7-14. Check out the Q+A schedule, film lineup, and buy tickets now. Films will stream throughout the week of the festival starting at June 7 at 7PM EDT.
Dayan: The First Family TV Series
by Israel Film Center
Sunday, June 7th, at 7PM

The series follows five generations of the Dayan family-"The Israeli Kennedys"-whose story mirrors that of Israel itself. They have played an essential part in the critical milestones in the life of the state and tell its story in an intimate, scandalous, and fascinating manner.

Calling all Russian Speakers to join JDC Entwine's Babushka Hotline, an Insider Connections Global Virtual Service opportunity to virtually engage in service with a community member in need. JDC Entwine volunteers have unique access to help meet the social needs of JDC aid recipients across the FSU, Israel and beyond, including the elderly and teens in the community.
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Host Margarita Korol speaks with fellow Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals on their efforts to build community. In this second episode of Not Your Babushka's Russian Speaking Jew, she explores the "why" that drives RSJ young professionals, with and without recent immigration out of the FSU. 
The National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel continues to serve as a platform for culture, knowledge and inspiration even during this difficult time.
You are invited to visit The Reading Room, a new virtual space where you can enjoy live lectures, conversations and interviews via Zoom, as well as a range of previously recorded events.
Diarna - The Geo-Museum 

Diarna (דיארנא ديارنا "Our homes" in Judeo-Arabic): The Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life is working to digitally preserve the physical remnants of Jewish history throughout the region. We are in a race against time to capture site data and record place-based oral histories before even the memories of these communities are lost.
Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History and partner collections span five thousand years, with tens of millions of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. 
All of YIVO's Shine Online courses are now free

These courses provide meaningful content to sustain our minds and soul during these uncertain times. You're invited to use this time to broaden your knowledge and learn about Jewish music, theater, literature, folklore and the history of our people and to access our many other free online resources.
  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan VIRTUAL PROGRAMS  

During this unprecedented time, our friends and partners at  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan are busy creating innovative opportunities for the community. This is in order to stay connected and engaged. In some cases, this will help to continue hosting programs previously scheduled by making them accessible to you in your home.  
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