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.
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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:
Thu, Mar 12, 7 pm
An Evening with Maxim D. Shrayer
Bilingual author, scholar, translator, Boston College professor, and National Jewish Book Award winner Maxim D. Shrayer will enchant with excerpts from his new book of fiction, A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas. In the words of fellow award-winning author Eileen Pollack, "Forget all the slapstick, Moscow-on-the-Hudson, burlesque treatments of Jewish Russian émigré life you've ever read. If you want the honest, beautifully rendered, and deeply compelling truth about what it's like to be a Russian immigrant in America, these three braided novellas by the very talented Maxim D. Shrayer are all you need.” This beautiful troika of stories, by turns tender and tense, will leave you with a newfound appreciation for what it’s like to be a Russian immigrant in America. Wine reception and book signing to follow reading.
Sun, Mar 15, 11 am-1 pm
Purim Carnival for Russian-Speaking Families
Come together with other Russian-Jewish families for a carnival in celebration of the Purim holiday. Enjoy games, music, an original performance in Russian, carnival food stations and more as we celebrate Queen Esther's heroic triumph over evil. Come dressed in costume. A light brunch will be served.
Tickets: $15 (individual)/$40 (family) in advance, $20 (individual)/$50 (family) at the door
Sun, Apr 26, 1-3 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Challah-Making Event
It’s Israel’s 72nd birthday and our Generation Я families are invited to roll up their sleeves in the JCC’s state-of-the-art Patti Gelman Culinary Center to celebrate. Always wanted to learn how to make homemade challah? Come with the family to learn the simple act of challah-baking, which has been passed down from biblical times and become a central facet of the modern-day Shabbat table. Learn the various ways of braiding challah and the significance of round challot versus the customary braided ones. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, the anniversary of the birth of modern-day Israel, with other Russian-speaking families and learn about the traditions associated with the festive holiday. Space is limited. Registration is on a first come first serve basis; walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.
Tickets: $25 per family
Fri, Jun 12, 6-8 pm
5th Annual Shabbat Na Kryshe for Russian-Speaking Families
Join us for this annually sold-out rooftop Shabbat dinner, uniquely themed, and on the JCC's magnificent rooftop. Families bring a kosher meal, while we provide everything else--from entertainment to drinks to gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Come with friends or meet new ones as you kick off the summer at Shabbat Na Kryshe. Tickets are limited. Seats can only be guaranteed with advance purchase.
Tickets: $20 per individual/$180 for table of 10