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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 child-centric exploration, storytelling, songs, dramatic play, arts projects, games, interactive educational activities, puppetry, and other 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 network and engage with a new community of Russian-speaking families whose experiences mirror their own, while their children enjoy the fundamental Jewish education that they never had as children born in the Soviet Union.


Arlekino Theater Troupe

Now in its fifth-year residency at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, Arlekino Theater Troupe cultivates interest for cultural arts in Russian-speaking Jewish children ages 4-6, while instilling an appreciation for their Jewish heritage. This 2-hour program nurtures children's self-expression, inquiry, and exploration, and promotes Russian language development. The program includes dramatic play, music, dance, storytelling, and art workshops, inspiring young children through interactive interpretations of Jewish folktales. The program culminates in an original, multidisciplinary performance piece by the program’s participants.  Taught in Russian by experienced early childhood educators and performing and fine-arts specialists. For more information, contact Jane Tuv at


Now in its eighth year, this highly acclaimed weekly program explores the larger themes of Shabbat and concludes each week with candle-lighting, challah and grape juice. The class is taught in Russian by experienced early childhood educators and features music and movement, dramatic play, visual arts, storytelling, cooking, and much more!


Now in its eighth year, this highly acclaimed weekly Shabbat program narrows in on an overarching theme in Shabbat chosen by the program's young participants. The program is taught in a warm and friendly environment with native Russian-speaking early childhood educators and features visual arts, storytelling, dramatic play, and much more! The class concludes each week with candle lighting, challah and grape juice in celebration of Shabbat.


Russian-Jewish teens are invited to participate in a professional drama workshop series, which will encourage an exploration of identity and family history through theatrical techniques. Skill-building activities include physical expression, character formation, and personal narrative development surrounding the theme of immigration, culminating in an original on-stage performance. The workshops will be led by Anna Zicer, Director of FolksbeineRU and other Lost & Found Project Theater members.

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