gpg -in-North-America 2

Grants in North America

Bukharian Lens

Bukharian Lens

The Bukharian Teen Lounge is a comprehensive after-school program located in Forest Hills, Queens. Its mission is to help immigrant teens successfully integrate into the larger American community while maintaining their Jewish cultural heritage.

The program is open to all youth, and Russian-speaking staff members enable the program to be culturally sensitive to the specific needs of youth from the Bukharian Community. It offers a safe and comfortable space for youth to spend meaningful time with friends and explore the treasures of their heritage.

With the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group, Bukharian Teen Lounge created a project called the Bukharian Lens. In 2012 and 2013, the project enabled teens to learn about the history of the Bukharian Jewish community during World War II. After participating in videography, editing, and interviewing workshops, the teens connected with the Organization of Bukharian WWII Veterans in order to interview the veterans. The interviews were compiled into a final video, which was shown at a large Victory Day celebration that was organized by the teens.

In 2014 - 2015, the Bukharian Lens project created a documentary “Bukharian Jewish Roots.” This film was focused on the history and culture of the Bukharian Jews. It was screened at a large community event, Limmud FSU in New York and Toronto, as well as at the local high schools.

Financial support for this program was provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the Jewish Child Care Association.

Goals and Objectives

  • Give Russian-speaking Jewish teenagers the opportunity to network with their peers and Jewish community leaders.
  • Educate Russian-speaking Jewish teens about the involvement of Jewish soldiers in the Soviet Red Army during World War II.
  • Increase young Bukharian Jews' curiosity and interest in their history and heritage.
  • Introduce the larger Jewish community to the unique heritage and culture of Bukharian Jews.

Current Grants

Past Grants