Center Without Walls

Since its inception in 2006, The Center Without Walls initiative (CWW) has acted as a catalyst to promote and strengthen the dialogue between Russian speaking Jews and the American Jewish community. CWW introduces Russian-speaking Jews to the richness of New York Jewish life. Our work has helped various Jewish Organizations in the New York City area to attract and work successfully with American Jews from Russian-speaking families.

Working closely with Russian-speaking Jews and American-Jewish organizations, CWW creates a dialogue and serves as a catalyst for successful integration by providing:

EXPERTISE on Russian Jewish cultural practices, perceptions and attitudes

SPECIAL GRANTS that support events and ongoing programs

A RESOURCE CENTER offering speakers, films, literature and promotional opportunities to participating CWW agencies

OUTREACH assisting agencies to develop effective promotional campaigns.

SUPPORT for innovative community projects seeking to create meaningful involvement opportunities for young Russian-speaking Jews. This goal is achieved through the distribution of grants that support creative Russian Jews in projects such as salon clubs, theater groups and special interest projects.

INFORMAL JEWISH EDUCATORS who are qualified and experienced in bilingual and bicultural education. Informal Jewish educators are available to participating CWW agencies to assist in creating and/or leading Jewish educational sessions and community events.

TRAINED STAFF members include bilingual professionals in the fields of Jewish education, PR and marketing and Jewish communal service. These individuals understand their worldview and share a cultural background and historical experience with Russian Jewish community members.

Since its creation, CWW has successfully attracted many Russian-speaking Jews previously uninvolved in Jewish community life. We continue to develop and support programs in areas such as: Events for Children, University Outreach, Concerts and Lectures, Holiday Workshops and Celebrations, Promoting Special Interest Project, Trips, Theater, Exhibits, Classes, Social Clubs, Film Festivals

2013-2014 CWW Agency List


Applications for CWW are currently closed. If you have questions, please contact our Program Director, Lisa Klig (Phone 212.566.2120 ext. 15 or Email

The Center Without Walls is a project of COJECO supported by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.