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
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
Dates: 2/7, 14, 21, 28

Come drink tea and enjoy learning Torah with Rabbi Ilana Baird.  All ages and knowledge backgrounds are welcome. 

Еженедельная группа изучения Торы с р. Иланой. Присоединяйтесь в любой момент. Тора, чай и беседа с приятными людьми.

Cost: FREE

Upcoming Events

Jewishnik with Ahuva Perlov
 Sunday, February 26th
Time: 4:00pm
Cost: $10 per person
Please RSVP to yulianna@apjcc.org; you may pay with cash or check at the event.




College Planning Made Easy: What Every Middle/High School Parent Should Know
Dates: Thursdays, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Time: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Cost: Early Bird $240/adult; $100/student 13+ (by February 23rd, 2017)
             At the door $280/adult; $100/student 13+ Student(s) may attend without a parent(s).
Location: APJCC
RSVP: www.apjcc.org/college
For questions contact yulianna@apjcc.org

Understanding high school & college planning is an overwhelming process for students/families, especially for those not too familiar with the US system of education. It doesn’t have to be! No matter whether your child is looking for a selective private university or a public school, this college series will help you get the answers. Come & learn how to help your child succeed in high school and beyond!


Ian Maksin: Music For Your Soul
Sunday, May 14th
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Cost: APJCC Members/Seniors/Students $20; General Admission $30
Location: APJCC Auditorium

You may purchase your tickets on line here.


Holiday Celebrations 

Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 12th
Registered HEDER/Club Noar $25/family; General Admission $40/family; Seniors $5
Location:  Congregation Beth David Conservative
Please RSVP to yulianna@apjcc.org or purchase your tickets on line here
You may also pay at the door with cash, check or card.

  • 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  have been made possible with the generous support of 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 and Lilia & Vlad Gorshteyn; Boneh (Builder) level support by an Anonymous donor and Valeria Simets & Leonid Rabinovich; and Tomech (Sustainer) level support by Liya & Robert Butin and Natali & Yuri Yuzifovich; and Corporate Alliance sponsorships from Marina Salzman/Encore Travel, Anna Slutsky/Alain Pinel Realtors and Veksler Academy of Music & Dance.  
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:

December 18, 2016 - Hanukkah Celebration

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