Past Events

"The Romanovs"


A Presentation of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s New Bestseller “The Romanovs”
May 3, 2016 – 7pm
The Brownstone
224 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission. Seating is limited.




Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of the most acclaimed and accomplished historians of Russia and Middle East, a best-selling and prize-winning British novelist whose books are published in over 45 languages, will be presenting his new book — “The Romanovs”.  Professor Barry Goldsmith of New York University who is currently working on the TV series “Secrets & Palaces of the Romanovs” will be joining the discussion with the author.  Simon Sebag Montefiore is also the author of the epic history books Jerusalem: The Biography, Catherine the Great and Potemkin, and Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar.

Chernobyl: Tragedy, Lessons, Hope

Event_ImagePhoto Exhibit by Philip Grossman  
April 18 – April 22, 2016
The United Nations Headquarters,
Conference Building,
New York, NY 10017





The photo exhibition in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy was organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the UN, Project Chernobyl, Russian American Foundation, and unite4:good.  The exhibition was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, and the Administrator of UN Development Programme, Helen Clark.

Uncle's Dream

A Staged Reading of a Fyodor Dostoevsky Comedy“Uncle’s Dream”
February 10, 2016 – 7pm
The Brownstone
224 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Free Admission. Seating is limited.
Click here to register: Uncle’s Dream



An evening of comedy courtesy of Fydor Dostoevsky and his remarkable novella, Uncle’s Dream! Adapted by Eddie Aronoff and directed by the Moscow Art Theatre’s Nicole Kontolefa, this staged reading will feature a cast of a dozen of New York’s finest actors. Food and beverages will be offered for the well-behaved. A Stage Russia production.

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


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

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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5x7_FrontJune 29-August 30
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
Free admission

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.
Photo: Ross Den

Philippe Quint & Friends: Hebrew Rhapsody

Philippe Quint- by Benjamin Brollet 3June 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

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. Photo credit – Benjamin Brolet

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

June 22 – August 30WARII
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

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.
Photo: Soviet soldiers in front of Reichstag. Berlin, 1945.

Bukharian-Jewish Heritage Festival

bukharianJune 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)

June 21 – Sept 30
9 am – 5 pm Sun -Thurs,
9 am -3 pm Fri, Closed Saturday
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Free Admission

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.