Kibbutznik: A Family Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Gelena Blishteyn
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Thanks to continued support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group, Marks JCH is able to provide innovative Jewish family programming to the growing constituency of J alumni and Russian-speaking Jewish young families making their homes in Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods. In addition to a fully subscribed series of weekly Russian-language Tot Shabbat and Mommy and Me classes meeting at the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture in Park Slope and now, in Kensington at the Flatbush Jewish Center, monthly family holiday programs bring hundreds of people together to celebrate Jewish holidays and participate in experiential Jewish education to fill the void of Russian language and Jewish life and learning for families whose kids attend local public schools and sophisticated conversation starters with thinkers and innovators for adults. 

As the children grow, their needs change. Kibbutznik offers a continuum of services, starting with babies and young parents, moving through summer and vacation programming for school-aged children, continuing to expand into vibrant family program offerings throughout the year. As Kibbutznik families age out of programs, or move into other Brownstone neighborhoods, we work together, to develop new programs to meet their needs. Helping emigre Jewish families connect with Jewish culture and tradition is core to the work of Marks JCH.


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