Russian Language Programs

Jewish Life Russian

For Russian-speaking families with young children, the JCC offers an extensive series of programs that teach the joys of Jewish holidays and traditions through original plays, child-centric exploration, storytelling, dance, visual arts programs, puppetry, and interactive educational activities conducted in Russian by Russian-speaking early childhood educators.

Programs for young families provide a dynamic opportunity for children in Russian-speaking families to retain and improve their Russian language skills, relate their Russian heritage to their Jewish identity, learn about Jewish traditions and values, and meet new friends. Parents are given the unique opportunity to connect to Jewish life and network and engage with like-minded Russian-speaking families whose experiences mirror their own.  

Our signature family events include Shakshukah in the Sukkah, Shabbat Shabbang Jr. dinners, Purim Carnival, and Shabbat Na Kryshe. 


Fri, Jun 5, 6 pm
Shabbat in the Sand
Russian-speaking families are invited to join popular teacher and artist, Zhenya Lopatnik for a musical Shabbat with a special sand activity! After an interactive singalong with requests from kids encouraged, Zhenya will take families on a magical journey to a unique storytelling event--a performance of Sand Art. An award-winning Sand Art artist, Zhenya will amaze children and parents alike with her unique talent to tell a story using sand and an illuminated light board to create beautiful, momentary images that then disappear as she creates new ones.  Don't miss Generation R's unique "Shabbat in the Sand." The event will end with candle lighting and blessings. Light your own candles and join Generation R as we light ones for the community.  Parents, please email a picture of your childrens' favorite beach scene to and we will have a surprise for your kids for the event!
Tickets: $10 per family
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Click a link below to read more about programs for kids:

Aged 2-4 years
Aged 4-10 years

Generation R is supported by The Jewish Education Project, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Russian language programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.