Jewish Culture on the Front Lines

Building Jewish Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Amid challenging times for modern Jewry, the struggle for self-expression becomes the voice for communal resilience. Join JDC in exploring the central role of Jewish culture in rebuilding Jewish life and asserting its rightful place in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, program begins at 6:30 PM with cocktail reception to follow.


  • Discussion with Andras Borgula, the noted playwright and founder of Golem Theatre, the first Jewish theater in Hungary, and Asher Ostrin, the founding director of JDC’s FSU division
  • An infectious and rip-roaring musical performance featuring  Zoe Aqua, Joshua Camp, and Zisl Slepovitch of Litvakus with acclaimed Yiddish singer, Zhenya Lopatnik
  • Tour “The Arcades,” a new exhibit on quintessential European-Jewish philosopher, Walter Benjamin
  • Drinks and appetizers by Russ & Daughters, “one of the 10 best new restaurants in New York” – New York Times

Enjoy an evening of music, Jewish revival, and humanitarian impact with JDC.

Co-chaired by JDC Board Members: Etta Gross Zimmerman & Charles Ribakoff

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Andras Borgula

Founder and Artistic Director, GOLEM Theatre

Born and raised in Hungary in a secular family, Andras did not know he was Jewish until he was 13 years old. He founded Golem Theater in 2013, that same year he won the best comedy award in the Hungarian Humor Festival. In addition, Andras is the leader of the program team of the Judafest Jewish Festival and the Budapest Jewish Film Festival; he is the President of KIBIC Alliance of Hungarian Jewish NGO’s. Andras has his own radio show and regular guest in the hungarian ATV tv station.

Asher Ostrin

Senior Executive for International Affairs, Founding Director of JDC – FSU

Asher Ostrin is one of the world’s foremost experts on post-Soviet Jewish life. For more than two decades, he oversaw the creation and development of JDC’s multi-faceted welfare and Jewish community development program across the former Soviet Union. Currently, Ostrin is involved in consulting to senior staff on programming and planning issues throughout the JDC world.