Dear Friends,

The weekend is coming in strong and with it our monthly Shabbat. This Friday's dinner has been moved from the Bronx to upper Manhattan. Please register by 2pm today!

On Sunday the 26th roll up your sleeves and help make hundreds of meals for the hungry at a kosher soup kitchen in central Brooklyn. Bring kids over 10 and share the experience!

Story Slam with author Boris Fishman is picking up more and more steam. We have a number of writers already signed up, a bustling audience forming, and a sponsor - Vanya Cafe itself!  Are you registered?

- The RJeneration Team

Simhat Shabbat @Home

Friday, October 17, 2014, 7 PM




As the week draws to a close, relax, sing, make new connections 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 theme is Simhat Torah!


"Simchat Torah or Simḥath Torah (also Simkhes Toreh,  is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.." "... The completion of the readings is a time of great celebration. There are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls and plenty of high-spirited singing and dancing in the synagogue with the Torahs. Drinking is also common during this time.."



Note: This dinner will be kosher style.

When: Friday, October 17, 2014, 7 PM

Where: Private home. North Manhattan. 

Details to registrants by email

Cost: $30/person (+$2 PayPal processing)

Space is limited and advance registration required.


Volunteer @Masbia

Feed the Hungry

Sunday, October 26, 10:30 AM


Join RJeneration & JICNY (Jewish International Connection of New York) and help feed the hungry - actually roll up your sleeves and make it happen! YOU will be making a difference! 

Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen is located in Midwood Brooklyn, a heavily Jewish neighborhood with hungry folks from all religions and walks of life. "Masbia is where the rubber meets the road in the fight against hunger. We feed hot, nutritious meals to hungry men, women and children. No statistics. No bureaucracy. No middlemen. We deposit food in empty stomachs."

Prep kitchen is small, so we have space for 15 participants only. Participants can be 10 years and older, so bring your kids and share this experience with them, engaging in a conversation about Jewish Values.

10:30 - 11:00 AM Breakfast and presentation by Masbia leadership. Jewish Values, Tikkun Olam and why do we do what we do...

11:00 - 1 PM Food prep. We roll up our sleeves and prepare hundreds of pounds of produce for a week's worth of cooking

Cost: $10 to cover breakfast, $2 for processing = $12

Masbia Address: 1372 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11230


RePlace, A Story Slam with Boris Fishman

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 PM


A Story Slam is a storytelling extravaganza - a showcase, a competition, a discourse through personal stories. Our theme for the evening is - Replacement or "Re | Place" inspired by the debut novel of our own Boris Fishman, A Replacement Life. 

The protagonist of A Replacement Life, Slava Gelman, like many of us, was removed from his birth place in the USSR and resettled in Brooklyn, where he uses his creative and linguistic talents to forge Holocaust restitution documents on behalf of his recently deceased grandmother, then later for dozens of elderly South Brooklyn Jews. In the process of crafting replacement lives for his grandmother and his "clients", Slava confronts the actual and metaphorical replacement of his own life and identity.

As we all continue on our distinct and unique yet communal journeys of building our lives and identities as Jewish New Yorkers, we can't help but ask, what does replacement mean to you?

Join RJeneration on Wednesday, October 29 and share your story, or be part of the audience!

The rules are simple. Each story can be no more than 5 minutes long. You cannot use any props (written notes, costumes, instruments) when telling the story. Whether the story is funny or sad, it must be a genuine personal account, with a point. How you interpret the theme is up to you. Each story will receive a score on a scale of 1 to 10, judged on how well it is told, how well it is constructed, how well the story explores the theme, and how well it honors the time limit. At the beginning of the event, four people will be randomly selected from the audience to be judges, in addition to Boris Fishman, who will be the fifth judge. The story teller with the highest score at the end of the evening will win an all-expense-paid dinner with the author of 'A Replacement Life' at his favorite restaurant - Vanka Cafe in Brooklyn (vodka included, of course -- no replacements here), as well as an autographed copy of Boris's book.

The Story Slam will be followed by Boris Fishman reading from A Replacement Life, which the NYTimes has called "bold, ambitions and wickedly smart." 

The evening will be hosted and moderated by RJeneration's own Lenny Gusel.

To be one of the participating storytellers, submit a brief summary of your story to by Friday, October 24. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maximum 8 storytellers will be admitted. The admission fee for the storyteller plus one guest will be waived. 

To be part of the audience at the Story Slam, purchase your tickets now.  Replace your day-to-day work attire with a Halloween costume and get a free drink.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 PM

Where: Woodrow's Tavern , 43 Murray St, New York, NY 10007

Price: $15 in advance / $20 at the door 



Tziporela - OddBirdz

Comedy Performance from Israel

Oct 23 & Nov 5, 8 PM


After eight years of sold-out performances all over Israel and most recently Australia, Tziporela is proud to present a new show that weaves together movement, music, and slapstick in a night of hilarious comedy that cuts across cultural lines.

From the moment you enter the theater, the flow from one theatrical sketch to the next transcends boundaries between stage and audience as laughter and love soar from the inner depths of each and every one of us.

Members of the award-winning indie theater group met twelve years ago at Israel's top acting studio Nissan Nativ and went on to form the outrageous Tziporela - nine young and sexy guys and gals with a theatrical approach to daily life with no reservations.

Odd Birdz: Inventively weaving together movement, music, physical theater, and outrageous comedy, this unique show creates an evening of hilarious entertainment that transcends barriers of language, culture, and age. Created by the "most inventive performance ensemble around," the 8 versatile members of this award-winning company met 12 years ago at Israel's top acting studio and have been collaborating ever since. Whether you are 13 or 100, Odd Birdz will lift your spirit and leave you laughing so hard your cheeks hurt!    A clip from Tziporela, the show

When: Thursday, October 16 through November
Where: Player's Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC

To purchase tickets with a 25% discount for the first two weeks of the show including the 23rd. Follow the link from "tickets" right above or use code TZFR on



In This Issue
Shabbat @ Home - This Friday
Volunteer and Feed the Hungry 10.26
Story Slam with Boris Fishman 10.29
Israeli Comedy 10.23 & 11.5
Community Offerings
Links to love

Also Happening in the Community:

UJA-Federation of NY Russian Division 2015 KickOff 
featuring Gary Shteyngart 


Tuesday, October 28

After three critically acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid and poignant account of his life so far. Mr. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado.

American Sign Language interpreters and assisted-listening devices are available. Please contact UJA at least five business days prior to the event to make arrangements.


6:30 - 7:00 PM 
Private reception with Gary Shteyngart*
*Intended for donors of $750 or more to the 2015 Annual Campaign.

7:00 - 8:30 PM 
Program and book signing


When & Where

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

7:00  - 8:30 PM

UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022


To register for the private reception, please contact Lena Katsnelson at 212.836.1609 or Registration includes program and book signing.


General info and registration


Quiet in Odessa 


A new documentary by Dima Khavin

 Sunday. Nov 2nd, 7pm.  

JCC Manhattan


In the aftermath of the Ukraine's Euromaidan revolution and violent clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters in Odessa on May 2, Jewish residents of Odessa tell stories of their newly found patriotism and share their thoughts on how recent events have affected the community and the city. Through a series of interviews with members of the Jewish community the film delves 

into the history of Jews in Odessa, assimilation, immigration and the issues of identity. 




The screening will be followed by Q&A with one of the film's subjects, a member of the Odessa Self-Defense Brigade who is visiting from Ukraine. This is  a great opportunity to hear first hand what life is like for a Jew in Odessa today.


Supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group


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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.

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