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, 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.

HEDER families, please join us for our first Meet and Greet  on Sunday, August 28th at 10:00am.  We will provide refreshments and snacks.
Classes for both HEDER and Club Noar will resume in September.

  1st child 2nd child 3rd child
Heder $150 $75 $50
Club Noar $150 $75 $50

Weekly Torah Study in Russian
Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 6th.
Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:30am 
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.

Upcoming Programs

Special concert with Yuliy Kim, From Moscow to Jerusalem
Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm
Location: APJCC
Price: TBA

Sukkot Under the Stars Family Camping
Friday, October 14th-Sunday, October 16th
Location: TBA
Price: TBA

Holiday Celebrations 

  • Sunday, September 25th: Rosh Hashanah
  • Sunday, October 23rd: Sukkot BBQ
  • 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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