Programs for Russian Speakers

Russian Cafe

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. Rabbi Ilana is beginning her second year teaching Hebrew at the JCC. You can reach her at RabbiIlana@apjcc.org.

Ongoing Classes

Torah Study in Russian
Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am (On Hiatus until September 1st! We will starting meeting again on September 1st.)
Every Tuesday, come drink tea and enjoy learning Torah with Rabbi Ilana Baird. All ages and knowledge backgrounds are welcome. In Activity Room B at the JCC. Free!
Еженедельная группа изучения Торы с р. Иланой. Присоединяйтесь в любой момент. Тора, чай и беседа с приятными людьми. 

Rosh HaShana Family Shabbat

 Friday, September 18th, 6:30pm

Come celebrate Rosh HaShana and the first Shabbat of the new Jewish year with us. Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. We will have fun activities for children, challah for the whole family, games, and songs. A pizza dinner will be served! Please bring your favorite dessert to share with everyone. 

$18 per family for families (up to five people) enrolled in our new HEDER program. $25 per family (up to five people) for general admission.


New Programs for the Fall

HEDER for children 4-9 years old:

HEDER - (Hebrew Educational Extracurricular program for Russian speaking kids) is a new 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 two age groups 4-6 and 7-9) and will be conducted in Russian. Each meeting will be broken down into two sections. Approximately 40 minutes of Jewish studies will be followed by 45 minutes of arts and crafts in the context of the lesson. We welcome, and encourage, parents to volunteer. Come forth with your creative fun ideas for projects and activities! Additionally, as part of our program, we will celebrate Shabbat and Holidays together, inviting the community to join us in the festivities. 

The cost for the entire year of HEDER is $135/year for the first child and $15 for each additional child.

Please join us and invite your friends!

Upcoming Dates for HEDER Programs:September 18 @ 6-9pm - Family Rosh HaShana Shabbat Dinner
September 27 Family Sukkot Hike and BBQ
October 4 @ 10-12pm - Adult Lounge and Art Studio - Heder
November 8 @ 10-12pm - Art Studio and Activity B - Heder
December 11 @ 5-9pm - Hanukkah Family Shabbat 

Club Noar for pre-teens 10-12 years old:

Дети от 10 до 12 приглашаются в Клуб "Ноар": 
September 20th, 4-6pm
October 18th, 4-6pm
November 15th, 4-6pm
January 10th, 4-6pm
For RSVP:Для записи на программы обращатся: rabbiilana@svjcc.org

 The cost for the entire year of Club Noar is $135/year for the first pre-teen and $15 for each additional pre-teen.

Upcoming Programs:

Join Rabbi Ilana this fall for a whole new host of programs for Russian-speaking Jews, including:

- Hebrew Lessons (ages 4-9)

- Youth Club “Noar” (ages 10-12)

- Family Holiday programs

- Lectures and Guest Speakers

- Shabbat programs

- Book and Film Clubs

- Jewish performances and concerts

- and much more!

For more information, please email Rabbi Ilana at rabbiilana@apjcc.org or call Rabbi Ilana at 408.357.7548

Please join our Facebook group “От Сиона до Силикона: Russian Jews of Silicon Valley.”


Русскоязычная Еврейская Община при APJCC

Этой осенью мы предлагаем Вашему вниманию программы, специально подобранные для наших детей и взрослых. Программы включают в себя:

  • Занятия ивритом для детей с 4 до 9 лет
  • Клуб “Ноар” для детей с 10 до 12 лет
  • Семейные праздничные программы
  • Лекции и встречи с интересными людьми
  • Семейные Шаббаты
  • “Книжный Клуб” и “Клуб Израильского Кино”
  • Концерты и спектакли
  • И многое, много другое!

По электронному адресу:


Или по телефону 408.357.7548 (Раввин Илана на русском языке)

Присоединяйтесь к нашей группе на Facebook “От Сиона до Силикона: Russian Jews of Silicon Valley”.


Thank you to our sponsors and for your generous donations 
Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs at the APJCC are supported, in part, by a generous donation from 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, and a Corporate Alliance sponsorship by Anna Slutsky, Alain Pinel Realtors.

The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and donors like you.

Photos of Past Events:

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

Please join our Facebook group "От Сиона до Силикона".

Voted Best Health Club in Metro Newspaper's Silicon Valley Reader Poll. You don't have to be Jewish to join the Jewish Community Center.
Located at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Tel: 408.357.7429. Fax: 408.358.7311.

Designed and delivered by Accrinet