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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:


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 

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.