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Generation Я is an initiative of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan created by Russian Jews for Russian Jews. Sharing similar childhood and immigration experiences, Russian-speaking Jews (RSJs) in their 20s, 30s, and 40s create and experience programs that explore the dual nature of their identities as American Jews from Russian-speaking families.

Gen Я reflects the JCC's commitment to building an inclusive and diverse community and to exploring and sustaining the richness of Jewish multiculturalism. Our programs offer Russian-speaking Jewish families opportunities to explore and strengthen their connections to Jewish life and values; sustain and enhance their relationships to Russian culture and language; develop relationships with others in the Russian-speaking Jewish community; and enjoy Russian-nuanced Jewish experiences.

To find Russian-language programs for children, please click one of the following links:

Our signature events include Shashlik in the Sukkah, summer rooftop concerts, literary nights, original theatrical productions, art exhibits, film screenings, and Friday night Shabbat dinners. Additionally, throughout the year Generation Я features artists, performers, and innovators who are recipients of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship to showcase works that explore both personal and collective Russian-Jewish identity.

Coming Up @ Generation Я:

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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For more information about Generation Я programs, please contact Audrey David, director of Generation Я, by email or by phone at 646.505.4443.

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Generation Я 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 Generation Я programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.