Bukharian Jews of New York

‘Bukharian Jews of New York’ is a photographic exploration of Bukharian Jewish youth in their formative years, when their identities and worldviews take shape. More than two decades after a major wave of immigration from Central Asia, there is now a generation of young Bukharian Jews born in America. Photographer George Itzhak creates evocative portraits […]

George Itzhak George Itzhak

Dueling Identities: An Exploration of the Russian-Jewish Disposition

A documentary exploring the Russian-Jewish identity through a series of interviews with subjects who immigrated to the US in the early 1980’s-mid 1990’s as kids or teenagers and are currently in their 20’s and 30’s. The event took place on June 18,2015 at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street NYC with close to a 100 people in attendance. […]

Irina Dizik Irina Dizik

Happiness the Jewish Way

Happiness the Jewish Way is a published self-help book about happiness through the lens of Jewish wisdom. Happiness is the most important thing in our lives. But how do we actually hold on to this great happiness feeling at all times, despite the fact that the world in not perfect? Happiness skills are not taught in […]

Olga Gilburd Olga Gilburd

Helga and the Life-sized Carl Sagan

Helga and Carl is a 150 sq. ft. wooden sculpture in the form of an upright larger-than-life entirely interactive wooden book.  As the viewer opens, builds, writes, and engages with 30 interactive pieces (handmade books, photography collections, home furnishings, tools and customized clothing), he advances the plot as audience, narrator, and protagonist. Helga and Carl explores the relationship between […]

Alex Pergament Alex Pergament

Her Journey

Her Journey is a 33 minute documentary film that features the stories of Russian speaking Jewish women who went through evacuation during World War II. The story line of the documentary has five segments; moment when war begins, the evacuation journey, life in evacuation, the return home, and lessons for future generations. Karina interviewed four (4) […]

Karina Weinstein Karina Weinstein

IDF Project

From his experience in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) comes Ross’s COJECO BluePrint Fellowship community project designed to raise funds to support the IDF. The Project raised around $40,000 to support the IDF. With the money collected through fundraising events, goods and equipment will be acquired and delivered to Israel to give a tactical advantage to an individual […]

Ross Denisov Ross Denisov

Jewish Meditation for Russian-speaking Jews

The idea was to expose Russian Speaking Jews to Jewish Meditative practices minus the religion as well as create community after the event through sushi and refreshments. This way the group exists to learn meditative / contemplative practices while supporting each other in their personal and social development. Two events took place: June 1, 2015 […]

Steven Perchikov Steven Perchikov

Magic Streetcar

A Children’s Immersive Theater Project Based on the poetry of R. Mykha and other Jewish authors in Russian An immersive theatrical project for kids (ages 2-5 yo) in Russian. On this interactive journey kids are able to use all their senses and get to know their favorite characters from famous children’s poems. The show premiered with four […]

Alya Adelman Alya Adelman

Man is Not a Rock

Man is Not a Rock is a reenactment of the first interview given in the West by Joseph Brodsky, Jewish poet and Soviet dissident, after he was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972 for “social parasitism.” The first English translation of the interview was recently published in The Baffler magazine, which gave me permission […]

Anna Khalamayzer Anna Khalamayzer

Meaning in Melody

Meaning in Melody traced the preservation of Russian Jewish identity via music, whether secret or exposed, from the late 19th century through today. The project produced an album, Crypto Jewish Melodies: Semitic Sounds of Russian Extraction, consisting of 14 tracks. The tracks were split into 5 sets: “Father and Sons”, contrasting the liturgical music of […]

Lara Traum Lara Traum

Musical Journey through the Jewish Diaspora

“Musical Journey through the Jewish Diaspora” is a CD recording of piano works by Jewish composers across 150 years and from around the world.  The event was a CD presentation and Lecture-recital. The event took place on June 11, at 7:30 PM at The National Opera America, Marc A. Scorca Hall, 330 Seventh Avenue, NYC. The album […]

Alla Milchtein Alla Milchtein

New York Jewish Music Festival

The New York Jewish Music Festival (NYJMF) is an amazing opportunity for musicians, ages 4 and above, to share their talent and explore the Jewish identity and heritage in the performing arts. The NYJMF consisted of 2 parts: Audition in order to select the participants for the main event and the main event, which took […]

Eugene Plotkin Eugene Plotkin

South Brooklyn Art and Science Culture Club

The South Brooklyn Art and Science Culture Club is a community initiative for Russian-speaking American Jews of South Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay, Brighton and Manhattan Beach areas). The Culture Club provides a platform for South Brooklyn residents to meet and explore their Jewish identity in the context of both formal presentations and workshops as well as informal […]

Anna Rozenboym Anna Rozenboym

Survivor: Aron’s Story

This unique project is part graphic novel and part historical education in one book. The first part of this book shares Aron’s (my grandfather) experience, living in Odessa, Ukraine (part of the former USSR) and his survival as a teenager under the Romanian/Nazi occupation during WWII. Aron’s story, visually depicted in the graphic novel form, […]

Alex Teplish Alex Teplish

The Art Sprinter

The Art Sprinter Emerging Jewish Artist Awards is a global art competition specifically targeting talented contemporary Jewish artists from all over the world. The project was created with the vision to recognize exceptional early and mid career artists and present their talent to a global audience through online promotion and a gallery exhibition. While submissions are […]

Katya Bychkova Katya Bychkova