We hope you had a wonderful long weekend and are enjoying the winter wonderland outside your windows.  Hey, when was the last time you built a snowman or a fort?
This week's newsletter is full of great indoor events to keep you warm, intrigued, hands-on, and well fed.   Among these is a new family friendly initiative called Shabbat Family Brunch, the first of which will take place this coming Saturday. Our hands-on mezuza workshop inside the studio of artist Tobi Kahn is almost sold out.   February's Shabbat will be in partnership with the Jewish International Connections of NY and will feature Russian fare.
Lastly take a glance at our save the date section and mark your calendar. Our Valentines Day event on Feb 13th will be something new, spicy, and great for singles and couples...

- RJeneration

This Satuday, January 25th 10:30 am


RJeneration has hosted monthly Shabbat @ Home gathering for years and as we've grown and grown up, its become important to involve children in our communal celebrations. And so, we launch - Shabbat Family Brunch, to be hosted in member homes on Saturday mornings. 
 Expect small groups, kids of mixed ages, comfortable meals, Russian language all around, and children's activities. 

Our first Shabbat Family Brunch @ Home will take place on January 25th at 10:30 am in Central Brooklyn NY. Exact address will be emailed only to registrants.  
Space is very limited

Cost: Adult $10, Child 2-12 $7, Baby 0-2 $3

Please include names and ages of all kids in your registration

Mezuzah Musings

Thursday, January 30th,  6pm

5 Spots left


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).


Refreshments will be served. 


Register while space remains. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

*Workshop is limited to 15 attendees.*


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


RJeneration Shabbat Dinner with JICNY

Friday, February 7th, 6:30pm

Once a year, RJeneration partners with JICNY on a beautiful Shabbat dinner with Russian themed food.


 Jewish International Connection of New York (JICNY) brings together young Jewish professionals from countries all over the world and together we celebrate being Jewish in many languages and flavors.  


Shearith Israel is an incredible Spanish Portuguese Neoclassical synagogue on the UWS and it is a true experience to dine in its walls.

Dinner is hosted for Russian Internationals in their 20s & 30s.


When: Friday, February 7, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Where: Shearith Israel 2 W.70th St, NY, NY 10023 (at CPW)

Cost: $35




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:
In This Issue
Shabbat Family Brunch 1.25
Mezuza Musings - 1.30
Anual JICNY Shabbat Dinner 2.7
Save the date - Feb-March
Save the date

Dating/NewlyWed Game - Vday Special - Feb 13th

Bard Night -  March 1st

Chocolate - class - March 7th

RJen Delivers  - International womens day - visits. gifts, stories -
March 9th
PurimShpeil Shaddow Puppet Theater for kids  -March 15th
Community Events 


Young Russian Jewish artists will be auctioning off their art and a portion of all the proceeds will go towards The Blue Card. The Mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors. 


More than 75,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States today, and nearly a third of those live beneath the poverty level. As these men and women age, they are plagued with the consequences of surviving the most devastating conditions imaginable, including poor nutrition and no medical care.

Please RSVP

Suggested Donation: $36


Where: OneArtSpace 

23 Warren St. New York, NY


The Blue Card Art Benefit is made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Check out Facebook for an impressive list of artist names


What does it mean to be Russian... Jewish... American? How does a generation who came here as children express each of these identities? 
What are their values, goals, and dreams?

Come hear the results of a national survey and watch the documentary film addressing these questions. 

Watch the trailer  


Where: JCC UWS

334 Amsterdam AvenueNY NY  


The event is part of the BluePrint Fellowship organized by COJECO and funded by the UJA-Federation of NY and Genesis Philanthropy Group. 


Your passport to a Russian-Jewish world of culture and learning. 


This years theme is INNOVATION!


A truly unique event, organized and run entirely by volunteers, Limmud FSU has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Russian-speaking Jews by involving them in an array of interactive workshops, intellectually-stimulating discussions, a festive Shabbat celebration, controversial debates, film screenings, artistic performances, music, dancing...



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