JPA North Shore


Jewish Parent Academy – is a high-level Jewish education program designed to give Russian-speaking Jewish (RSJ) parents background information, tools, and vocabulary to shape their own and their children’s Jewish journeys. The animating question that guides our work is “How do we instill strong and proud Jewish identity in our children?”

A 10-class course led by world-renowned thinkers and academics is a unique opportunity for RSJ parents to learn about their heritage (Russian Jewish history), delve in the world of Jewish ideas (Jewish values, Zionism) and many other topics that inform and strengthen our unique brand of Jewish identity. JPA classes are filled with discovery and vibrant discourse. They are a place to meet like-minded, intellectually curious adults and to deepen connection to the Jewish intellectual tradition and to your immediate Russian-speaking Jewish community.


Originally established in Brooklyn in 2016, JPA expanded its geographic reach to include Manhattan, Livingston(NJ), and National cohorts by working with active local RSJ leaders to launch regional JPA programs. In 2023, we are excited to partner with the North Shore, LI leadership team* to establish the inaugural JPA North Shore cohort.  We hope to inspire hundreds of Long Island RSJ families to engage in learning and discovery of the rich and diverse ex-Soviet Jewish heritage, traditions, and history. In addition, we aim to grow and strengthen the community though fostering leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.


JPA curriculum includes the following topics: 

  • To Be a Jew: Quest for Jewish Identity in a Modern World

  • The Journey of the Jews of Russia: From the Pale to the Capital

  • An Old Faith in the New World: The History of American Judaism

  • Jewish Holiday Cycle - an Affair: relationship between the Jewish people and G-d 

  • Jewish Text: Composition, Transmission, and Interpretation.

  • Mastering the Art of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens 


                                                and more…

JPA North Shore Open House


Program Logistics:


Jewish Parent Academy is a cohort-based program where select 20-25 participants partake in a 10-session course.

Classes meet approximately two times per month over the course of 4.5 months. 


Class will meet at convenient location in the North Shore TBA. Each class will commence at 7:00pm and conclude by 9:30pm.




Russian-Jewish parents of children between 0-18 years old are welcome. Applicants must be able to commit to participation in all classes (with exception of unforeseeable emergencies).

While this program is designed with Russian Jewish parents in mind, we are happy to welcome spouses of Russian Jewish parents as well.


Participation fee: 



JPA a highly subsidized program and the participant fee represents about 20% of the total cost per participant.  As a grassroots community program, JPA Board and JPA NJ organizing committee members finance the program through their personal contributions and fundraising from the local community members and Jewish organizations. 


JPA is a one-of-a-kind, high quality Jewish education program available to the members of the community and we strongly believe in the value of the JPA experience.  However, if after finishing the program you are not satisfied with the overall value you received, we will refund your program fee.