Happy New Year & С Новым Годом!

  

We hope you've celebrated wildly and wish upon you only the most positive, energizing, and adventurous experiences this year ( the year of the horse, of-course)

 

Ofcourse we are a very small segment of the Jewish people keeping New Years close to heart. This uniqueness was quite heavily covered in the media. Turns out it's cool to be a RuJew, or at least, exotic.  Articles popped up everywhere, from the NY Times, to Haaretz, to Tablet, and we created a small digest for your enjoyment.  

 

Straight off we invite you to two wonderful events, a Shabbat @ Home and a Mezuza workshop at an artist's studio. These are just two of the many interesting events we are working on for 2014.  Expect the intellectual, the cook, the dancer, the debater, the do-gooder, the lover, the artist, and the parent in you, to be challenged.

 

As always, we welcome your input by word, effort, and financial support

 

A toast, to the wonderful year ahead!

 

 

Your friends at RJeneration

 

p.s:  A few spots left for MLK skiing.  Grab em while they last


Shabbat@Home 1.10.14
UES, 7pm
 

Join us for our time-honored tradition of celebrating Shabbat the RJeneration way, at the homes of our members around the city!


As the week draws to a close, relax and break bread with old friends and new connections. Get to know your host and others in the community, and really connect as we give one of the oldest Jewish traditions our own unique flavor.

This month's dinner will take place on the Upper East Side

Spaces are limited and Advance registration is required.

When: Friday, January 10th, 2014 @ 7PM
Where: Private home.  Details to registrants by email
Cost: $30/person 

 

Mezuza Muzings 1.30.14
 Artist's Studio, 6-8pm
 
Join Tobi Kahn, an internationally acclaimed artist, in his very own studio where we will discuss the art, traditions, and superstitions surrounding the mezuzah. Believed to have been used as far back as the Second Temple period, before the year 70 CE, mezuzot vary greatly but all contain a prayer scroll inside of a shell. At this workshop you will learn about both aspects and have a chance to write your own "prayer" and customize a mezuzah shell, an original creation of Tobi's studio. 

Why is it customary to kiss the mezuzah? What are some original materials from which people have made mezuzot? What does the scroll actually say? When you move into a home and want to replace an existing mezuzah with your own, how do you dispose of the old? Have your questions answered, then customize your own mezuzah to reflect your life and values, both in content and imagery.


Program Schedule:
6:00-6:15 Tobi Kahn's guided tour of his studio and art projects
6:15-8:00 The mezuzah: history, practices, superstitions, and artistic customization

You will receive an original mezuzah, made by Tobi Kahn's Studio, as well as a catalog of his 9/11 exhibit (containing photos and essays from an incredible community project). 

Tobi Kahn's Studio is 2 subway stops from Manhattan at 12-23 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY.

 

*Refreshments will be served. 
*Workshop is limited to 15 attendees. 
*Register while space remains. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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This program is a partnership between the Jewish Art Salon and RJeneration, made possible through COJECO Center Without Walls, sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group.
RJeneration's 8th Annual Ski Trip
MLK Weekend 1.17-20th 2014

Almost Sold Out! 

  

  RJeneration Ski Trip

 

Join us for an unforgettable weekend at Okemo Mountain in southern Vermont.

  

Ski and board by day, relax and unwind by night. The house is reserved...and it rocks. Sauna, room around the dinner table for everyone, and we're 5 minutes from the slopes.  

  

When: Friday - Monday, January 17-20, 2014

Where: Okemo, VT  

Cost: $245 to $325/person, depending on accommodation type  

  

Note: Very few tickets are left.  Don't delay  
 

Details, FAQ's, Registration

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RuJews and Winter Holidays
a digest




 
Community Events
Stateless: 
a documentary film about the emigration of Soviet Jews during the late 1980's 
 
Premiere screening

In the late 1980s, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988 American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy. Stateless. 

 

This documentary captures that unique slice of history from the point of view of the émigrés as well as expert accounts of the situation from influential Jewish leaders including David Harris of the AJC, Mark Handelman of NYANA, and Mark Hetfield of HIAS, among others.

Stay after the screening for a panel discussion with the filmmaker as well as Mark Hetfield, Mark Handelman and others 

Reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres.
 
 
About RJeneration
Born in the Soviet Union -- made in America

We came to America as kids and teens, brought by our parents. Some were born enroute, and some were born here. We are a generation of Americans with a second culture and language, a Russian heritage, Jewish roots, and a defining immigrant experience. We've juggled our "hybrid" Russian-Jewish-American identity throughout our lives.

Many of us went to the top high schools and colleges in the country. English is our primary language, but we still speak Russian. Runglish is also our style. We're Jewish, despite yeshiva traumas. We're in our 20's and 30's, busy building successful careers in every imaginable field. Some of us are already household names - Sergey Brin, Gary Shteyngart, David Bezmozgis, Lenny Krayzelberg, Mila Kunis, Regina Spektor. Many others are sure to follow and make their mark.

The RJeneration community brings us together to network, make connections, explore the richness of our unique Russian-Jewish-American identity, showcase and celebrate RJeneration's rising stars, and engage in Russian and Jewish life all around us.

For more information visit our website at: http://www.RJeneration.org