On June 26th, 2014, Chicago’s first Russian Jewish Innovation and
Entrepreneurship event sponsored by RJD, Genesis Philanthropy Group and the
Chicago Jewish Entrepreneurs Forum attracted close to 120 people. The
event took place at the JUF’s building and featured a panel of very
successful young Russian Jewish entrepreneurs: Leon Oks, iCanvasART; Leo
Friedman, iPromo; Stella Fayman, Matchist.com and Alex Friedman of the
Peakstone Group. All four panelists have immigrated from the Former Soviet
Union with their families. It was a very inspirational event that helped many build new connections and learn more about the Russian Jewish Division and the JUF. We hope to have a series of such events and feature many more bright individuals from our community. See photos.
Second annual Russian Family Getaway in Wisconsin gathered
21 families for a weekend of June 27-29, 2014 at the Perlstein Resort &
Conference Center, the territory of Camp Chi in Wisconsin Dells. Weekend featured
Shabbat celebration and discussions for parents with cantor Vicky Glikin, creative
arts and crafts activities for children led by Zhenya Plechkina of NY’s Zshuk
Art Initiative, boat rides and pool, bonfire and a great opportunity to connect
with other families that share similar stories. See photos.
On Sunday, May 18th Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Concert gathered close to 200 people to celebrate Israel’s 66th Birthday. Organized by RJD’s Tikkun Fellow Lina Ostov and a musician Natasha Bodansky and sponsored by the Genesis Philanthropy Group, the concert featured 23 individual and group performances. 25 children from the Russian-speaking Jewish families were preparing for over a month and sang Israeli and Jewish songs, danced, played piano, guitars, violin, cello and recited poems. The concert was held at Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook and the school’s band performed at the concert as well.