Marks JCH Park Slope has opened its doors in the Brownstone Brooklyn community three years ago with TotTussovka program for young families. It is with great pleasure, that we expanded to a new family initiative in Fall 2015 aimed at providing innovative learning opportunities for family members starting from 18 months and into adulthood. Kibbutznik is generously funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and extends the vision of Marks JCH to Park Slope for co-creating a compelling Jewish experience for parents and children alike. Highlights for 2015-2016 include year-round activities in Russian, an innovative and exciting family retreat, monthly holiday gatherings and a hands-on Tot Shabbat Mommy and Me class. Join us for thought-provoking events, skill-based activities, and family centered programs all in a Russian-immersive environment! We look forward to hearing from you.
Russian Immersion Camps

Russian Immersion Camps

Marks JCH is proud to have welcomed two classrooms full of children to our premier Russian-language immersion Jewish Summer Day Camp program this past summer.

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Family Events & Adult Lecture Series

Family Events & Adult Lecture Series

Join us for Sukkot apple picking, Tu B’ Shvat wine-tasting, and Purim costumed carnival – there is something fun for the entire family to enjoy year round!

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Russian Jewish Family Retreat

Russian Jewish Family Retreat

Celebrate Shabbat among family and friends in the great Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut while spending a relaxing weekend exploring, having fun, and reJEWvinating as a family.

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Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat

Mommy & Me Classes serving children ages 18 months to 3 years old includes 30 minutes of physical education and 30 minutes of experiential education with art and storytelling.

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Kibbutznik Camp

Save the date for Kibbutznik Summer Camp 2018 – July 2 to August 8. For information and registration, click below:

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Marks JCH team running programs in our satellite location in Park Slope.


Alex Budnitsky

Alex Budnitsky /

Since arriving in the United States from Kiev, Ukraine 20 years ago, Alex Budnitsky has been working in the Jewish communal field and currently serves as the CEO and Executive Director of the Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst. Alex holds master's degrees in journalism and social work from Columbia University. He is a graduate of the Institute for Non-profit Management – a joint program of Columbia University School of Business and UJA-Federation of New York as well as the Executive Development Training Program administered by JCC Association of North America. During his Marks JCH tenure, Alex has been behind many ground-breaking initiatives serving the emigre community and has brought a unique perspective to the agency's strategic vision. His efforts and dedication inspire many others from similar backgrounds to undertake Jewish communal work, both as professionals and as lay leaders. His international involvement continues through his extensive consulting in the former Soviet Union on strategic planning, professional and program development, leadership development and trainings for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and AVI CHAI Foundation.

Gelena Blishteyn

Gelena Blishteyn /

Gelena Blishteyn, Chief Operating Officer at Marks JCH is one of the founders of the Tot Tussovka and Kibbutznik initiatives. Gelena holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Muehlstein Institute program of UJA-Federation of New York and Lekhu Lachem project of JCC Association of North America. She has served as the director of family programs, the afterschool center, the summer day camp and the entire program services division; and has recently undertaken expansion efforts of Marks JCH.

Max Slutsky

Max Slutsky /

Max Slutsky is a JCH prodigy and poster child. Beginning his career in the camp when he was six years old, Max was critical in robotics classes and ga-ga championships. As a teenager Max was an active volunteer, and as faith would have it, became a club leader and an overnight camp B’Yachad Madrich at JCH, while getting his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Long Island University. Upon graduation, Max has joined our Marketing and Communications team and has developed the JCH social media strategy; but missing teens and field work too much, has joined the Artel Teen Fellowship and led an immersive hi-tech and Arts seminar for teens, in Israel. Max is currently in the process of finishing a master’s program in Social Services and Advanced Media Marketing at Fordham University. Taking on a new role in the Kibbutznik Program, Max is excited to grow its offerings to new areas, while maintaining its uniqueness and community.

Maria Rytkovskaya

Maria Rytkovskaya /

Maria has been working with the Jewish community for over a decade. During her career she transitioned from being a camper to a counselor and finally Program Director and Education Consultant. To work with children has always been Maria's passion. Maria is an advocate of experiential learning, and author of educational techniques "Learning through games", a mentor for several leadership and personal development programs. From 2006-2014, Maria served as the Program and Marketing Director at the JCC of Beit Dan in Kharkov, Ukraine. In addition from 2009 - 2014 Maria served as the Jewish Renewal Coordinator for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for the East Ukraine office. Maria holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Management from the National University of Radio Electronics in Kharkov Ukraine.

Tatyana Sirman

Tatyana Sirman /

Tatyana Sirman was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in May 1996. In 2001, she graduated Brooklyn College with a Master’s degree in Education and started her professional journey at the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst. For fifteen happy years, Tatyana Sirman has been working as a Farber-Bruch Early Childhood Center Director. Tatyana’s interests include working with immigrant communities, photography, and bringing joy to the world.

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  • Anna and Brad – New York

    - Anna and Brad – New York

    My son loves his “Russian school.” We’ve been to different preschools and camps before and I’ve never seen him so excited to go somewhere in the morning. I hope this becomes a tradition for him and (eventually) his sister.

  • Maria Rytkovskaya, New York

    - Maria Rytkovskaya, New York

    “I view working with children as the greatest privilege and most important work in the world. I am happy to dive with them into the unknown world starting with every lesson, exploring and learning every day. I had amazing summer at Camp Kibbutznik – we spent the summer traveling to space, teleporting to Israel, traveling to Italy by train, and building Noah’s ark. I am incredibly inspired and appreciative to have the opportunity to work as one of the lead educators at The Marks JCH Kibbutznik enrichment program.”



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Kibbutznik Camp, At A Glance

Kibbutznik Camp, At A Glance

Hello, dear Kibbutznik families! It is a pleasure to share with you some of the highlights of Kibbutznik’s summer...



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