December 2018

May 2019 bring only light, happiness and laughter to you and your family! 
May all your wishes come true. Happy New Year! С Новым Годом! 
Last chance to triple every donation, given to COJECO. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, every $1 donated before the end of December will turn into $3. Donate today! 

COJECO New Jersey
COJECO NJ in partnership with Kaplen JCC Presents: 
"Stateless" - Movie Screening and Discussion
February 2, 7:30-9:30 PM
411 E Clinton Ave, Tenafly NJ

COJECO NJ in partnership with Kaplen JCC Presents: 
Music & Russian for children 4-6 yrs old
Tuesdays, 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm, February - June 
411 E Clinton Ave, Tenafly NJ

COJECO Network Organizations
ABRUD (American Brotherhood for Disabled People)
Jewish Culture Lecture Series:
Jewish Humor from Tanakh to Our Days

"Jewish Humor from Tanakh to our days" was the first lecture in the series of the inter-generational lecture series on Jewish text and culture. 
Art scholar, Rimma Kharlamova explored various literary sources, folk tales and anecdotes to show that humor has been the cornerstone of the Jewish history. "It is like laughter through the tears" and it has helped the survival of the Jewish people through some extremely tough times. For more information about the organization and their events, please visit here.
Community Events and Opportunities
Yiddish Lullabies and Love Songs
Friday, January 18, 7-9:30 pm
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Yiddish Lullabies and Love Songs
Join other Russian-speaking Jews for dinner and a performance, presented as part of our Shabbat Shabbang series. Inna Barmash is back at the JCC with songs from her album, Yiddish Lullabies and Love Songs, which premiered at Joe's Pub as the culmination of a COJECO BluePrint Fellowship. The performance will draw from songs collected in prewar shtetls in 1920s Ukraine as well as from contemporary Yiddish art songs. Join us as we step back to yesteryear with some of the greatest melodies of the 20th century. This program is part of the Shabbat Shabbang series.
Fri, Jan 19, 7-9:30 pm, $18
For more info and to register,  click here.

Russian Shabbat Club 3-4 Years 
Friday, January 18, 7-9:30 pm
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
Now in its tenth year, this highly acclaimed weekly program explores the larger themes of Shabbat and concludes each week with candle-lighting, challah, and grape juice. The class is taught in Russian by experienced early childhood educators and features music and movement, dramatic play, visual arts, storytelling, cooking, and much more! 
For more information, please e-mail Jane Tuv at 
Generation R is supported by The Jewish Education Project, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Fridays,4:30-5:30 pm,
For more info and to register,  click here.

Reuse, Recycle, Remember! Kibbutznik Tu B'Shevat
Monday, January 21, 4 pm-6:00 pm
Sims Municipal Recycling, 472 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 
This 75-minute tour program begins in the Recycling Education Center with an overview of recycling & waste management in New York City, followed by a tour of the city's environmental site features. Join us as we discuss the sorting process and the facility's operation, and conclude on the observation platforms inside the facility. We will delve into the importance of our role as caretakers of the environment and our connection to the earth. The program will end with an on-site volunteering program for your family.

MLK Day Volunteering Event: The Power of Advocacy
Monday, January 21, 10 am-1:00 pm
Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
Teens and young adults from the local Russian Jewish community will come together for a day of  learning about civic engagement. We will address topics such as: breaking mental health stigmas, addressing anti-Semitism on school  campuses, and gaining the tools to combat bullying. We will also explore the effects that social media has on our surroundings through immersive experiences. The event will conclude with a volunteering event, where teens will prepare care packages for a local women's shelter. 

Tevye Served Raw
January 28 - February 13
Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St.
"Brilliantly directed... A near-even mix of hilarious moments and tear-jerkers...
Leaves the audience speechless"
-- Forward
"The honest version of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" -- Metro NY
  The Tevye They Left Out Of The Musical
  plus other stories stories by
The Greatest (and funniest) Jewish Writer Ever
with BluePrint Fellow Yelena Shmulenson
at the Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th St.
(in the heart of the Broadway district)
January 28 - February 13
Ten performances only!
  all seats $38
Jewish Women's Archive:
We Celebrate
We Celebrate is a collection of submitted tributes that honors the women who inspire us, shape our lives, and give us hope for the future. Enjoy the warm, moving tributes here-and be inspired to add your own tribute to a special woman in your life!

Learn more about We Celebrate or create your own tribute now.

Jewish Women's Archive:
Soviet Jewry Movememnt
Spanning the mid-1960s through the early 1990s, the movement for Soviet Jewry was an international campaign to secure two basic human rights for Jews--their right to live openly as Jews within the Soviet Union and to freely emigrate if they wished to do so. During the summer of 2016, inspired by a sense of urgency to capture their stories before they were lost, JWA organized a story collecting project to document the experiences of Soviet Jews and American Jewish activists living in the Boston area.

Learn more about Soviet Jewry Movement

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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