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.
Albert’s Bungalow Colony in Liberty, NY
July 9 – July 29, 2017
Maplewood Gardens Bungalow Colony in Monticello, NY
July 9 – July 29, 2017
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.
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.
Nina Faynberg is the director of the program overseeing multiple locations.
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 has worked as a physical education teacher in various schools throughout New York City for the past 15 years.
Alexander Gurinovich has over six years of experience teaching Russian language and literature to children of different ages in school settings
Nataliya is a fashion educator/designer/stylist/textile artist/photo editor with over 20 years of experience
Diana’s teaching style is creating a friendly, fun atmosphere, encouraging cooperative learning with hands-on and minds-on approach.
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 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 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.
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