Project Dacha

Project Dacha brings informal Jewish experiences directly to Russian-speaking Jewish families who spend their summers at upstate NY cabin communities – Dacha – by providing fun hands-on workshops for children during the week and immersive family activities during the weekends.

Project Dacha is a new model of Jewish day camp designed specifically for Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) children, parents, and grandparents, providing informal Jewish educational experiences through a culturally sensitive approach.

Evening & weekend programs are designed for the whole family, including Shabbat celebrations, interactive workshops, and family games.

These experiences strengthen and shape Jewish identity of participants, encourage their future involvement in Jewish life and learning, and make them more comfortable in the Jewish settings.

Project Dacha 2017 Locations and Dates

Albert’s Bungalow Colony in Liberty, NY
July 9 – July 29, 2017


Maplewood Gardens Bungalow Colony in Monticello, NY
July 9 – July 29, 2017

London Cottages in White Lake, NY
July 9 – July 29, 2017

Why project Dacha?

Many Russian-speaking families from the New York tri-state area spend their summers at “Dacha” – summerhouse communities. Project Dacha engages participants on their own terms, meeting them where they are geographically (at Dacha!), emotionally, and intellectually.

Project Dacha aims to:

  • Provide RSJ children and their families with unique opportunities to experience a sense of community, beauty and relevance of Jewish learning and rituals in a familiar environment
  • Engage participants in a meaningful conversation about the relevance, richness, and joy that Judaism can add to their everyday lives
  • Equip families with the basic tools for Jewish living and to encourage their future involvement in Jewish community life

Moments create memories and memories will be treasured for a lifetime. Experiences that our campers have at Dacha – forging new friendships, engaging in daily activities, discovering and learning new things – ensure that your child has a memorable, fun-filled summer.


Project Dacha


Nina Faynberg
Project Dacha Director

Nina Faynberg is the director of the program overseeing multiple locations.

Marina Webb
Albert’s Bungalow Colony Site Coordinator

Marina Webb is our Albert's Bungalow Colony Site Coordinator. Currently, she teaches science at the Bronx Latin High School and directs the school glee club.

Gregory Luvish
Sports and Fitness Specialist at Albert's Bungalow Colony

Gregory Luvish has worked as a physical education teacher in various schools throughout New York City for the past 15 years.

Alexander Gurinovich
Teacher of Russian Language at Albert's Bungalow Colony and Maplewood Gardens

Alexander Gurinovich has over six years of experience teaching Russian language and literature to children of different ages in school settings

Nataliya Zigelboym
Fine Arts Specialist at Albert's Bungalow Colony and Maplewood Gardens

Nataliya is a fashion educator/designer/stylist/textile artist/photo editor with over 20 years of experience

Asya Gribov
Fine Arts Specialist at Maplewood Gardens

Diana Zeltser
Performing Arts Specialist at Albert's Bungalow Colony and Maplewood Gardens

Diana’s teaching style is creating a friendly, fun atmosphere, encouraging cooperative learning with hands-on and minds-on approach.

Sarah Rizov
Counselor at Albert's Bungalow Colony

Sarah is a recent high school graduate who will be pursuing her Political Science Degree at University of Buffalo in the Fall. Sarah is an Alumni of Camp Havurah at Tel Yehuda as well as an avid participant in previous Project Dacha years. Sarah is an avid skier, baker and book lover.

Steven Tsibelman
Sports Specialist at Maplewood Gardens

Steven has been working as a physical and health education teacher in N.Y. schools for the last 17 years. He has worked in a variety of schools and taught all grade levels, from pre-k to grade 12. Additionally he served as an assistant wrestling coach at Midwood h.s. and as a soccer coach at Sheapshead bay h.s. Steven holds a First aid, CPR and AED certificates.

Roxanne Bondarchuk
Dance Specialist at Maplewood Gardens and Albert's Bungalow County

Roxanne Bondarchuk is originally from Siberia and started dancing at the age of six. She has been trained in ballet, folk dance, and jazz for 10 years at a ensemble in Omsk where she had the opportunity to perform all over Russia and Kazakhstan. Roxanne has also taken various master classes from the Israeli choreographers. In 2006, Roxanne received her Bachelor degree and started working as a dancer and dance teacher in Moscow. Since then she has enjoyed teaching children and adults in Russia, and now here in the USA. Today she is a dancer, choreographer and dance studio owner.

Project dacha is generously sponsored

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