100 Views of New Jerusalem

The mission of “100 Views of New Jerusalem” is to create a wider awareness of modern Jerusalem’s image. Michael’s drawings of Jerusalem’s aesthetic, lifestyle, and culture were all done on site, creating hundreds of initial sketches of the modern cityscape while exploring the terrain on foot. Meditating on the nature and spirit of this Biblical location, Michael refined and developed these initial sketches into a pictorial narrative that constitutes a published book and accompanying exhibition.

Michael Korosty Michael Korosty

About Face

About Face is a surreal drama about a Soviet Jewish immigrant family in America. After years of living in fear, the Berezovsky family fled the Soviet Union to start a new life in America. Nine years later, 16-year-old Lina struggles to stake her claim on an elusive American identity, while her grandmother remains tormented by […]

Essie Martsinkovsky Essie Martsinkovsky

Banany Chronicles

For his COJECO BluePrint Fellowship community project, Pavel Sklyar created a short documentary film “Banany Chronicles” exploring experiences of immigrants who arrived to America between the ages of 5 and 16. The film explored adaptation experiences of these young people who found themselves in new schools, learning new customs, and a new language. The film […]

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Fabula/Syuzhet: A Memoir Through Music

Music album inspired by songwriting legends like Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Zemfira and Bulat Okudzhava, Fabula/Syuzhet explores the storied tradition of Soviet author song re-imagined for the 21st century. Samantha Shokin is a singer/songwriter and first-generation American whose original music reflects the dual nature of growing up straddled between cultures. Her songs blend English and […]

Samantha Shokin Samantha Shokin

In the Eighteenth Minute: A Short Story Collection

‘In The Eighteenth Minute’ is a short fiction collection — stories set in the Russian Jewish community, mostly amongst emigres, but also some set in the former Soviet Union. The collection celebrates not only Jewish culture in Russian translation, but also Jewish religion in Russian translation. Becoming observant is, in many ways, an immigration experience, always being an […]

Avital Chizhik Avital Chizhik

Inseparable Borders

Art exhibit INSEPARABLE BORDERS: The Problem of Crossing the Line is Now You Find Yourself on the Other Side reception took place November 18, 2014. Event Facebook page. Paintings by Valentina Loseva Sculpture by Elisa Lendvay Curated by Nechama Winston THE 125 125 E 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Valentina Loseva Valentina Loseva

Jewish and Connected

  The Jewish and Connected networking group was formed to help local Jewish professionals grow their businesses through referral marketing. Only one person per occupation will be allowed in every group. Everyone in the group must initial interview with Jewish and Connected Team Members. There is no membership fee. J&C Mission: The mission of Jewish […]

Karina Akimenko Karina Akimenko
Dmitry Zhernovsky Dmitry Zhernovsky

Kultur-lige Movement in Ukraine, 1918-1930s

An exploration of artistic output of the Kultur-lige movement in the context of Yiddish and Soviet culture in Ukraine in late 1910s – 1930s. Event took place November 3, 2014 at YIVO – Institute for Jewish Research

Oksana Rosenblum Oksana Rosenblum


Interactive multi-media concert for children, incorporating theatrical elements, based on updated versions of songs from classic Russian films and cartoons, as well as his original compositions.  

Andrew Tuzhilin Andrew Tuzhilin

Re: Turn

Photographic Narratives of Russian-speaking Orthodox Jews

Anna Chana Demidova Anna Chana Demidova

Resilience Garden

Laura Vladimirova set out to create a community garden in Bath Beach, a Russian-Jewish neighborhood in Southern Brooklyn, with several key goals: a) To create a space that can be used by local seniors, kids and others b) To promote sustainability to the local community; c) To create a space of environmental awareness post Hurricane Sandy by […]

Laura Vladimirova Laura Vladimirova

Rus Jews Views

Rus Jews Views aims to destigmatize psychotherapy in the Russian-speaking Jewish community and states the case for psychotherapy as an acceptable and often necessary component of general health and well-being. A manuscript of Victoria’s research is currently being finalized and submitted for publication in a top-tier psychology journal. At least two more publications are pending.

Victoria Drob Victoria Drob

Russian Pavilion – Migration

The Russian Pavilion is a juried exhibition showcasing emerging and established artists from Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Baltic regions during leading international contemporary art fairs in New York, Miami, and other cities.

Artem Mirolevich Artem Mirolevich

Songs of Our Grandmothers

Songs of our Grandmothers is a film exploring of the role that songs play in the immigrant experience and the history of these songs, through the eyes of elderly immigrants to the United States. 10 different interviews were conducted with elderly Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York and New Jersey. Of those interviews, 4 made it […]

Ilya Blokh Ilya Blokh

The New Wave of Russian Jewish Cultural Production

Over the past 15 years, young Russian-speaking Jewish writers such as David Bezmozgis, Sana Krasikov, Gary Shteyngart, and Lara Vapnyar, have captured the attention of the American reading public. However, their work has not yet received the proper acknowledgement in the academic world and does not appear in college anthologies. For her community project, Anna […]

Anna Katsnelson Anna Katsnelson

The Things We Carry

“The Things We Carry”: An evening of poetry and prose at Cornelia Street Cafe exploring the intangible baggage of immigration – superstitions, home remedies, and other peculiar beliefs – among Russian Jews. After the reading by BluePrint Fellow Olga Rukovets, the Yiddish Art Trio performed a special CD release preview for their upcoming album.

Olga Rukovets Olga Rukovets

Unknown Woman in Three-Quarter View: Letters to an Imaginary Lover

UNTITLED; Woman; 3/4 view  is an installation composed of a 16mm film loop, a 12 minute video loop projection and a text piece. The project opened on December 23, 2013 at Hadas Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The installation proposes several views and attempts at narrating the history and life stories of seven Russian-Jewish artists and one […]

Masha (Mariya) Vlasova Masha (Mariya) Vlasova

Zing Along Shabes

The Zing-Along Shabes project, a BluePrint Alumni project (2013-2014), aims to foster family traditions around celebrating Shabbat.  The project consists of a website and printable booklet that include artwork by Irina Sheynfeld, a toolkit of materials for educators and parents, and musical recordings of songs, prayers and nigns for Shabbat (featuring the voices of Cantors […]

Dmitri Slepovitch Dmitri Slepovitch
Irina Sheynfeld Irina Sheynfeld
Inna Barmash Inna Barmash