Creating Meaningful Jewish Experiences

Engaging Russian-Speaking Jews

In partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group, we provide grants to organizations that foster and enhance Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) across North America. With the goal of reaching as many RSJs as possible and engaging them in rich and meaningful Jewish life, we inspire and empower educators and community organizers to create transformative Jewish experiences for families, teens, young adults and seniors.

This work includes support for a robust RSJ Educators & Engagers Network. The Network includes professionals and lay leaders, Jewish educators and community engagers, freelancers and individuals who are passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive space in their community for the RSJs with their unique Jewish identity and heritage.

For more information, please contact Olga Markus.

Our Grantees


Shalom Education Center
Washington, D.C.
The only Hebrew School in the United States offering both Russian language instruction and Jewish education.

Framingham, MA
Meeting the needs of non-affiliated Russian-speaking Jews of all ages.

Solnechnyi Krug@the Y
New York, NY
Offering Russian-speaking Jewish families a meaningful way to explore Jewish heritage through art and culture and engage with the larger Jewish community.

Long Island, NY
Serving more than 200 families through life-changing Russian Jewish experiences.

Generation R
New York, NY
Building an inclusive community committed to exploring and sustaining the richness of Jewish multiculturalism, all within the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

Russian American Jews of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Connecting Russian-speaking American Jews to local Jewish life, under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.

Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs
Silicon Valley, CA
With a growing community of nearly 2,000, this rich cultural center is part of the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

Sunday Shkola
New York, NY
Supporting over 50 Russian-speaking Jewish families of the Park East Synagogue who are engaging with their Russian heritage while connecting with their Jewish roots.




Russian-Speaking Jews

Russian-speaking Jews live in the United States

U.S. Jewish Community

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