For more information on the Bilingual Services Program for Russian-speaking seniors, call 617-363-8425.

Bilingual Services Program Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Bilingual Services Program manager Alexandra Dashevskaya, HSL president and CEO Lou Woolf, operations leader Bozhena Kogan, Alexander Kleynerman, RN, and director of Nursing Tammy Retalic.

Alexandra Dashevskaya with family member and donor Sasha Raiz and senior major gifts officer Marcia Katz Slotnick.

Donors Sam Geizberg (left) and Leonid Raiz with Alexandra Dashevskaya.

Alexandra Dashevskaya with family member and donor Luba Gankin.

Friends of the Russian Bilingual Services Program Newsletter:

Translated into Russian: 

Boston's population includes many Russian-speaking seniors, and Hebrew SeniorLife has taken an active role in addressing their special needs. Our Bilingual Services Program creates a unique environment conducive to the intellectual, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our Russian-speaking residents.

Special features include:

  • Primary care teams, with physicians, nurses and social workers who speak fluent Russian and English
  • Other staff members, including certified nursing assistants, therapists and unit secretaries, who are fluent in Russian and English.
  • Culturally appropriate activities and programs that are an integral part of day-to-day life.
  • A comfortable atmosphere, including Russian folk art and a library with both Russian and English books and videos, that was designed with Russian-speaking elders in mind.
  • Four free Russian television stations: Channel 1 Russia, Dom Kino, Musika Pervogo, Retro Channel
  • Russian and English signage.
  • Beautiful gardens and an outdoor patio area to meet with friends and relatives.           

Hebrew SeniorLife is working vigorously to establish and cultivate relationships with community-based agencies, including hospitals, home care agencies, Russian associations, learning centers, stores, housing complexes, and Russian media outlets.   

Our services for the Russian-speaking community are coordinated by Alexandra Dashevskaya, manager of the Bilingual Services Program, a gerontologist with many years of experience working with Russian-speaking seniors. Ms. Dashevskaya can be reached at 617-363-8425. 

Support the program

If you would like to support this important, life-affirming program, you may do so online or by mail. 

Make secure online donations.  Please type “Russian/ Bilingual Program” in the Additional Information: Comments field. 

If you prefer to make your donation by mail, please include “Russian/ Bilingual Program” in the memo line on your check.  Make checks payable to Hebrew SeniorLife and mail to:

Hebrew SeniorLife
Development Office
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA  02131

Thank you for your generous support!