Kids & youth projects of the Jewish Russian Learning Center


Staten Island, NYC, USA
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About the center

The Jewish Russian Learning Center (JRLC) is a non-profit organization and community center based in Staten Island, New York, that provides educational and cultural programming for the Russian-speaking Jewish community.

The JRLC offers a range of classes and workshops for the Russian-speaking Jewish community, including a series on Jewish history and culture, modular Hebrew language classes for different levels, and Torah study. These programs are designed to promote Jewish identity and to connect members of the community with their cultural and religious heritage. The flagship projects for kids are: bar- and bat-mitzva club, teen club, Hebrew school, and Jewish Birthday.

In addition to its educational programs, the JRLC also offers a variety of social and cultural activities, such as holiday celebrations, cultural events, and social gatherings. These events provide opportunities for members of the community to come together, socialize, and build connections.Overall, the JRLC aims to create a welcoming and supportive community for Russian-speaking Jews, providing them with opportunities to learn, socialize, and connect with their cultural and religious heritage. The plans of JRLC on Staten Island include the establishment of a kindergarten, a day school, and many other community programs in the near future.

About the project:

Yael Foundation is supporting the educational staff of RJLC, who care to run the Torah and Hebrew classes throughout the week.The number of classes taken at JRLC and the number of participants has been growing permanently in recent years, particularly due to Foundation support.

About the community

The JRLC was founded by Rabbi Eli Cohen and Rabbanit Tanya Cohen, who come from the Former Soviet Union and set the goal to reach out to Russian-speaking Jews in NYC.

Treasuring the infinite value of every individual, JRLC is committed to enriching the lives of every single Jew in Staten Island and the Tri-State Area through its multiple programs and educational, social and religious services and media projects. Staten Island ranks among the fastest-growing communities on the East Coast. As more and more Russian Jewish people and their families move in, there is an ever-increasing need for a warm, friendly Jewish center promoting Jewish identity, continuity, and awareness. Jewish Russian Learning Center strives to fill this need by providing programs and activities that benefit the entire Jewish community.