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Two FREE Family Activities in NYC for Russians, Jews - or both!

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For some people, the answer to the existential question, "Who am I?" requires years of self-reflection and (often expensive) therapy.

For others, it can be solved with a Casual Conversation.

Or, at least, Casual Conversations, an art exhibit by Alina and Jeff Bliumis, now on display at the JCC of Manhattan, located at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th St.

Inspired by their photographs of Russian-Jewish Americans in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn who were asked to stand under signs that they felt best defined their identity, families with children ages 1-8 are invited to a FREE Family Art Day this Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 10 am to 12:30 pm to get their own portrait taken beneath white signs that they can decorate with defining words of their choosing. Additional activities will include making family trees, a Book Nook, Cultural Sensory Bins and trying to figure out What's in a Name?

To pre-register, click here.

While Casual Conversations is a project based around Russian-Jewish identity, you don't have to be either to attend. All are welcome.

However, it would probably help to be both for another FREE event scheduled for that weekend.

On Saturday, February 8th, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Congregation Ansche Chesed, located on 251 West 100th St, families with children under the age of 10 will come together to celebrate Havdalah, saying good-bye to Shabbat and welcoming a new week with Jewish music, crafts, singing, and story-time in Russian and English, followed by a light dinner, all while celebrating love in Judaism (just in time for Valentine's Day, which is not a Jewish holiday at all, as evidenced by the Saint at the front of its name).

RSVP by Thursday, February 6th to



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