Soviet Songs with a Jewish Flavor

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Evgeny Kissin, Boris Sandler, Margarita and Nukhim Koyfman
December 6, 2015 – 8 pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Admission: $25 General | $20 YIVO Members
Box office: 

Join Evgeny Kissin, Boris Sandler, and the Koyfmans to celebrate their CD, Songs with a Jewish Flavor, with an evening of music performance, Yiddish poetry readings, and excerpts from Soviet films. Featuring popular Soviet songs by composers such as Isaak Dunayevsky and Nikita Bogoslovsky, Songs with a Jewish Flavor includes new compositions by Rita Koyfman, and lyrics by Boris Sandler. Gennady Estraikh (NYU) emcees the event and discusses the significance of Soviet music, and Evgeny Kissin concludes the evening with a solo performance. CDs available for sale after the program.
This event is co-sponsored by the Russian American Foundation and organized by YIVO

“Extraordinary Concert” by Obraztsov Puppet Theater

Performance in Russian language for ages 12+
November 8th – 6:00 pm
Master Theater
1029 Brighton Beach Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11235

Admission: For ticket information visit or (718)732-3838 

The most popular puppet show of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, “Extraordinary Concert” is a hilarious satire of bad performers, inept singers, clumsy dancers, musicians and magicians. Since its inception, the show and its antics have remained a beloved favorite amongst adults and children alike. “Extraordinary Concert” premiered in Russia in 1946, and has since been performed an astonishing 10,000 times in dozens of different languages and in over 40 countries. The concert earned its place in the Guinness Book of World Records for drawing the largest recorded audience of any puppet show in the world. Don’t miss this timeless masterpiece of puppet theater history! Presented in collaboration with the Master Theater and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

This Event is sponsored by MetroPlus Health Plan.
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Photo Exhibit
June 29-August 30 (Mon-Sat.10am-5pm)
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free admission
Photo by Ross Den

The photographs of Ross Den (born in Ukraine) and Phillip Grossman (born in the U.S.) show their experiences in Chernobyl, Ukraine and Israel war zones. Presented in collaboration with Project Chernobyl.

Philippe Quint & Friends: Hebrew Rhapsody

Philippe Quint- by Benjamin Brollet 3Second Annual Benefit Concert
June 28, 6 pm – 8 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
Admission: $30; $45
For concert tickets information visit
Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800
or Box Office at 57th & Seventh
Photo by Benjamin Brolet

The concert of renowned Russian American violinist marks the closing of the 13th Annual Russian Heritage Month ®. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational programs of the Russian American Foundation. The evening will feature specials guests, including Carol Alt, Lera Auerbach, Alex Fiterstein, Matt Herskowitz, Kate Davis, Lara St. John, Joseph Malovany and M-Generation.

Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Jewish Soviet Soldiers in the Red Army During WW II

A Multimedia Exhibit
June 22 – August 30 (Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm).
The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
Photo: Soviet soldiers in front of Reichstag. Berlin, 1945

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the allied Victory and in commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the outbreak of war on the Eastern front, The Blavatnik Archive proudly presents Lives of the Great Patriotic War exhibit. Lives of the Great Patriotic War was produced and funded by the Blavatnik Archive, and is made possible thanks to the participation of the nearly 1,200 veterans and their families in the Blavatnik Archive Veteran Oral History Project.

Bukharian-Jewish Heritage Festival

bukharianCommunity Heritage Festival
June 21, 12 pm – 4 pm
Bukharian Jewish Community Center
10616 70th Ave.
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Free Admission..

The Bukharian-Jewish community of Queens celebrates its heritage and talents at this afternoon of performances by the community youth groups and a fair. The festival will feature local health care organizations and medical centers will be working on site to educate visitors and offer free services.

Shtetl: Graphic Works And Sketches Of Solomon Yudovin (1920-1940)

An Exhibit of the important Russian-Jewish and Soviet Artist and Ethnographer
June 21 – Sept 30
9 am – 5 pm Sun -Thurs, 9 am -3 pm Fri
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Free Admission
Image: Shoemaker. From the collection “The Past”. 1928

Presented in collaboration  with  the Russian Museum of Ethnography and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the exhibit features works of the renowned Russian-Jewish artist, ethnographer and scholar of Jewish traditional art, Solomon Yudovin. From the collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, NY.

Collectively Independent: An Exhibit of Russian-American Women Artists

Art Exhibition
June 12 – June 20

Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 5 pm
The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
Image: Yuliya Lanina Cowboy, music box, 2014

An exciting look at five emerging female artists, Yuliya Lanina, Valentina Loseva, Anya Roz, Anya Rubin and Irina Sheynfeld. Though working in disparate styles and genres – from painting to photography and mechanical sculpture – these artists remain deeply engaged with their shared experiences of movement, femininity, and 21st Century American life. Presented in partnership with COJECO, Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations.

“Leitmotiv in Russian Novels of the XIX and XX Centuries”

Picture1leitmotivA presentation by Dmitry Bykov
June 11, 4 pm – 5.30 pm
Kennan Institute, Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Free Admission
For details, see
Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.

June 13, 2 pm
The New York Public Library
5th Ave at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Free Admission
Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.

As part of its joint Exploring Russian Literature Series, the Kennan Institute, Wilson Center and the Russian American Foundation proudly present Mr. Dmitry Bykov, one of the most prolific Russian writers working today and biographer of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky.  All are invited to discover a hidden connection in the  plots of three Russian great novels; Doctor Zhivago, Quiet Flows the Don, and Lolita. Mr. Bykov will discuss how all authors unwittingly described the same situation in their iconic masterpieces.
This event is presented in collaboration with the New York Public Library and RTVi (Independent Russian TV Network).

“Isaac Babel: Life and Works”

Dmitry Bykov in conversation with Jonathan Brent
June 7, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Admission: $25 General | $20 YIVO Members
Box Office: | 212-868-4444

Join prominent Russian poet, writer and journalist Dmitry Bykov and Jonathan Brent, Russian scholar and the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for an intimate conversation about Isaac Babel’s Russian Jewish identity, his life, the myth of Babel, and his contribution to literature.  Presented in collaboration with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and RTVi.

13th Annual Together in New York® Festival

The Annual Community Festival and Health and Sports Fair
June 7, 11 am – 4 pm
Asser Levy/Seaside Park
West 5th Street, Brooklyn
Free Admission
Featured artist: Mikhail Belomlinsky

Please join us for the Annual Community Festival and Health and Sport Fair, a full day of entertaining events and performances by local and international artists.  The event will include live music, dancing, chess tournament, performances by the  community youth groups such as M-Generation, Shostakovich School of Music Art and Dance, Latin Fiesta Balroom Dance Studio and many more. Special guests – internationally acclaimed  pop singer Avraam Russo and legendary folk ensemble PesniaryYou will also have a chance to enjoy the samples of delicious traditional cuisine. Representatives of health care centers and community organizations will educate visitors.

Film Premiere “Two Women”

June 5, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The National Arts Club, Sculpture Court.

15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
Seating is limited,
Film director Vera Glagoleva in person.

This dazzling international adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s timeless masterpiece makes its U.S. debut. Set in the heart of Russia’s tumultuous nineteenth century, “Two Women” tells the story of an individualistic woman drawn into a romantic rivalry with her own stepdaughter. Directed by Vera Glagoleva and featuring decorated global cast led by Ralph Fiennes (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Sylvie Testud (“La Vie En Rose”), “Two Women” is an unforgettably charged look at human love, betrayal, and desire.

Helen Yarmak: Treasure Realms. Unique Jewelry

An Exhibit of Jewelry by Helen Yarmak
June 1-June 10 Mon.-Fri. 10am-6 pm
Helen Yarmak International
The Crown Building,
730 Fifth Avenue, 23rd fl. Penthouse
New York, NY 10019

Unique and highly personal collection on jewelry by world-famous artist Helen Yarmak. Her work is fresh, unexpected and inspired by the choice of distinctive and colored gemstones.

Mastering Myth and Connecting to Spirit

HORSEDrawings by Dashi Namdakov and Historical Photographs of Shamanism from the Russian Museum of Ethnography
June 1 – June 20, 2015
Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am -5 pm
Grand Gallery. The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South New York, NY
Free Admission

Image: D. Namdakov Horseman with bow 2012. Charcoal on Canvas

This exhibit pairs the graphic works of contemporary Russian artist Dashi Namdakov, who continues to develop the artistic traditions of past generations, with photographs of Russian shamanism, never seen before in America, from the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography.Presented in collaboration with Gallery Shchukin and the Russian Museum of Ethnography and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The Memory of Time and Space: Russian-American-Women Artists in Dialogue

Art Exhibition
June 1 – June 11
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm. Sat – Sun 11am – 5 pm
The National Arts Club, Gregg Gallery.
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
Free Admission
Image: Anya Rubin “Natalia” 2014, Yelena Lezhen “Doves” 2015

The third annual installment of “The Memory of Time and Space” brings together two of the Russian diaspora’s most inventive and exciting visual artists, Yelena Lezhen and Anya Rubin. Drawing from their personal experiences as well as a wide range of materials and techniques, Lezhen and Rubin have created strikingly individual treatments of gender, memory, and immigrant life. Presented as part of the annual Russian Heritage Festival® in commemoration of the First, Second and Third Waves of Russian cultural migration to the United States.