Programs for Russian Speakers

От Сиона до Силикона: Russian Jews of Silicon Valley

Our Russian Language programming is run by Rabbi Ilana Baird. Rabbi Ilana has served communities in Russia, Germany, Israel, and the United States.  She founded a liberal synagogue in Haifa and is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Israeli Rabbinical Seminary program. You can reach her at RabbiIlana@apjcc.org.

Ongoing Classes

HEDER, for children 4-9 years old
HEDER - (Hebrew Educational Extracurricular program for Russian-speaking kids) is a program designed to acquaint your children with the Jewish Culture and the Hebrew Language in an engaging learn-through-play format. The program is intended for children aged 4 -9 (split into three age groups 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9) and will be conducted in Russian. Each meeting will be broken down into sections. We welcome, and encourage, parents to volunteer.  Additionally, as part of our program, we will celebrate Shabbat and Holidays together, inviting the community to join us in the festivities.

Club Noar --our youth club for children ages 10 to 12.
Children from Russian-speaking Jewish families will get together and will have interesting discussions, debates, various projects and lots of fun. The program is held in English. The program is led by Rabbi Ilana Baird and Diana Alper.
Please email Yulianna, Russian Program Administrator, at yulianna@apjcc.org to reserve your child(ren) a spot.  You may also fill out the application here.
By becoming HEDER and Club Noar members, you will have discounted rates to our family events: Holiday Celebrations, Family Camps and Activities, and Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival.
  1st child 2nd child 3rd child
Heder $150 $75 $50
Club Noar $150 $75 $50

Sundays from 10:00-12:00pm
Club Noar
Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm
October 9th October 23rd at 10:00am (Sukkot & BBQ)
November 13th November 13th
December 11th December 18th
January 8th January 8th
February 12th February 12th
March 19th March 19th
April 2nd (meeting at Egyptian Museum in San Jose) April 23rd
May 7th May 7th
June 4th June 4th

Weekly Torah Study in Russian
Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:30am
Due to Jewish Holidays, all October classes are canceled.
Classes will resume on November 1st.
Come drink tea and enjoy learning Torah with Rabbi Ilana Baird. All ages and knowledge backgrounds are welcome. 
In Activity Room C at the JCC. Free!
Еженедельная группа изучения Торы с р. Иланой. Присоединяйтесь в любой момент. Тора, чай и беседа с приятными людьми.

Upcoming Events

Culture Club: "Попавшее в переплёт и в перевод"
Sunday, November 6th at 5:00pm
Location: Adult Lounge (2nd floor) at the APJCC
Please RSVP to Yulianna at yulianna@apjcc.org
Price: Any donation for RSJ Program will be very appreciated

Автор нескольких поэтических сборников Игорь Евелев, песни и романсы в исполнении Лары Лайхтман

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival: Wedding Doll
Sunday, October 30th at 7:30pm
Location: AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose, CA
Price:  $10
The movie is in Hebrew and English with English subtitles
Spaces are limited. Please RSVP to Yulianna at yulianna@apjcc.org 


The Stranniki Concert with Psoy Korolenko, aka Pavel Lion, and Polina Shepherd
Monday, December 12th at 7:00pm
Location: Auditorium at the APJCC
Price:  Seniors $20/person, General Admission $30/person, $40 at the door
You may purchase your tickets on-line here or RSVP to yulianna@apjcc.org

Psoy Korolenko & Polina Shepherd have both been at the forefront of the international Ashkenazi music scene for many years. After a mini tour in NY in 2015 & a show at the conference Mediating a New Cold War in the Digital Age at Dartmouth College in 2016, the duo is now coming to the West coast w/ a new program The Wondrerers.

The new collaboration defines original & fresh repertoire based on their original Yiddish and Russian songs as well as multilingual interpretations & translations. They create a balance between serious listening and popular music, avant-garde & classics, folklore, chamber music, theater song & cabaret, reflecting the multi-cultural and international nature of diverse world & Jewish cultures. Rooted in Russian and Yiddish folk, their multilingual journey starts in the Steppes and the Shtetl, then takes us to the new world and other planets. V

You may find more information here.

Lecture by Michail Beizer
Thursday, December 15th at 7:00pm
Location: Auditorium at the APJCC
Price: $10/person
Presentation will be in Russian
Please RSVP to Yulianna at yulianna@apjcc.org

Art Workshop For Kids (ages 8-13) with Marina Bichinsky
Dates: Sundays 11/13, 12/11, 1/8   
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Price: $45/session
Art supplies will be provided for the students per lesson
For more information please contact: shir@apjcc.org

Art Workshop For Adults (ages 14+) with Marina Bichinsky
Dates: Sundays 11/13, 12/11, 1/8  
Time: 3:30-6:30pm
Price: $65/session
Art supplies will be provided for the students per lesson
For more information please contact: shir@apjcc.org

Holiday Celebrations 

  • Sunday, October 23rd from 12:30-2:30pm: Sukkot BBQ
    Admission is Free.  To RSVP please click here 

  • Sunday, December 4th: Menorahs & Miracles: A Hanukkah Celebration at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • Sunday, December 18th: Hanukkah Celebration at APJCC
  • Sunday, February 5th: Tu BiShvat
  • Sunday, March 12th: Purim Carnival
  • Sunday, April 16th: RSJ Community Passover Seder
  • Yom HaShoah Community event (TBA)
  • Saturday, May 20-21st: Annual RSJ Family Camping (Lag BaOmer and Shavuot)
  • Sunday, June 4th: Shavuot End of Year Family Picnic 

Thank you to our sponsors and for your generous donations 
Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs at the APJCC are underwritten through a generous grant from the Genesis Philanthropy Group. Genesis Philanthropy Group is committed to supporting and launching projects, programming, and institutions that are focused on ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage, and values are preserved in Russian-Speaking Jewish communities across the globe.  

These programs are also made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; Gibor (Hero) level support by Eugene Fooksman; Boneh (Builder) level support by Lilia & Vlad Gorshteyn and Valeria Simets & Leonid Rabinovich; and Corporate Alliance sponsorships from Anna Slutsky/Alain Pinel Realtors, Marina Salzman/Encore Travel and Aaron's Moving.
The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

Photos of Past Events:

May 21, 2016 - RSJ Camping

September 27 - Sukkot Hike and Quest
October 4 - HEDER
October 18 - Club Noar

May 4, 2014: Israel Independence Day BBQ
June 15, 2014: Hike and Learn Father's Day
August 5, 2014: Tisha B'Av

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