Artist And Me program JCC in Manhattan


for Zshuk Art Initiative at Russian Shabbat Club at JCC in Manhattan.

Fridays. 4:30-5:30pm, September 23, 2011 -January20, 2012

New and exciting program that emphasizes Jewish learning, art, and pedagogy in a fun environment. Our curriculum has connections to beautiful Jewish texts, stories, multidisciplinary creating, and concepts and teaches children to think deeply, flexibly, and imaginatively. As a result children are able to construct a very personal connection to Judaism, express themselves and to become self-reliant, creative, and independent thinkers. All clases are taught in Russian and take place in an exciting and beautiful space at a fully-stocked classroom at the JCC of Manhattan. At the end of the semester everyone will be able to participate in a spectacular Theatrical Performance Show for the entire family!   This semester, kids will have a unique opportunity to learn with the following artists:


Ben Sargent (Theater Director)

Received his MFA from the Moscow Art Theater School(МХАТ). He teaches at NYU Tisch Drama, and is a founding member of Studio Six theater company. Ben also teaches at a NYC public school.

Dmitri Slepovitch
(Composer, Musician) Ph.D. (Musicology, Ethnomusicology) Educator, clarinetist, saxophonist, pianist, composer, conductor, and Yiddish singer, a founding member and the Artistic Director of the Minsker Kapelye and Litvakus bands. He serves as an Assistant to the Artistic Director at the National Yiddish Theater – Folksbiene, New York. He performs and teaches Ashkenazi Jewish music and other Eastern and Central European musical traditions.  

Zhenya Plechkina
(Artist/Print-maker) Founder of Zshuk Art Initiative
Received MPS from NYU Tisch School of Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) and Masters Degree in Visual Art Education from Pratt Institute with a NY state license to teach pre-k-12 grade. Artist in residence at a variety of NYC public schools for over 6 years. Exhibited art internationally(Moscow and Venice Biennial) and in the US (Queens Museum of Art, American Institute of Architects).   If you have any questions, please contact me at Please visit to see our last year’s projects.