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 [email protected].

Upcoming Events


Club Noar (for pre-teens): Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Importance of Jewish Self-Defense, with soldiers from the Friends of the IDF

Date: Sunday, February 4
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: APJCC, Activity Room B (2nd floor)
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Soldiers from Friends of the IDF will talk about the importance of the Israeli army, Zionism, the State of Israel, and the role of the IDF in protecting it. Kids will be able to ask soldiers about their experience serving in the Israeli army. A short video about the IDF will be shown.

Movie Club with Boris Vladimirsky
Киноклуб с Борисом Владимирским>

Dates: Sunday, February 11 &  April 29
Time: 2:00-4:30 pm
Location:  JCC Adult Lounge (2nd floor)
More information to follow…

Purim Celebration (for Children)
Праздник Пурим (для детей)

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: APJCC Auditorium
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The story of Purim played out with a puppet show, singing, hamantashen, masks, arts and crafts, gifts and more! Photos for the whole family. A Purim gift for each child.

Tanya Melamed in Concert: Klezmer Music Night!

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: APJCC, Auditorium (1st floor)
Tickets: $30 (general admission), $25 (seniors and children 13 and younger)
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Touring from Chicago:
Tanya Melamed– Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Alex Koffman – Violin, Piano, Vocals
This concert will take you on a “journey around the world” through multiple music genres, languages and etnicities. It is a musical kaleidoscope where French chanson quickly swirls to Argentine tango, Russian and Gypsy romances, Yiddish and Sephardic songs along with virtuoso Klezmer compositions performed by violinist Alex Koffman.

Cultural Club for Adults with Julia Garamova: “The Story of Exodus in Art and Music”

Date: Sunday, March 25
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: APJCC, Adult Lounge (2nd floor)
Cost: $15
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Библейская история о Моисее, начиная с его чудесного спасения при рождении и до Исхода,  наполнена яркими событиями. Многие из них стали источником вдохновения для русских художников. На этой лекции мы узнаем, как выглядела мать Моисея, по мнению Тыранова, увидим сцену у несгораемого куста глазами Марка Шагала и переход евреев через Красное море на картинах Айвазовского и Крамского, а на полотнах Иванова –  чудеса, которые случились во время скитаний народа Израиля. Библейские сюжеты нашли отражение и в музыке. Сочинение Генделя «Израиль в Египте» уникально не только потому, что было написано всего за 20 дней, но и тем, что в нём нет Моисея, а главный герой — израильский народ. Музыка Генделя – это красочные изобразительные номера, музыкальные картины, рисующие и казни египетские, и волны Красного моря.

Golden Adele: A Story of a Masterpiece
Золотая Адель. История шедевра

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: $15 (seniors $10)

Художник – эстет, творец эпохи модерна Густав Климт создал неповторимый декоративный стиль. Работы Густава Климта всегда узнаваемы. Он стал одним из основателей Венского Сецессиона. Исключительная индивидуальность его стиля, ювелирность созданной им визуальной эстетики помогли созданию неповторимых женских образов. Творчеству Густава Климта, удивительной и трагической истории одного из его шедевров будет посвящена эта лекция.
Прочтет лекцию искусствовед Мила Ильина

Save the Date

Shavuot Family Camping for Russian-Speaking Families!

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20

Location: Monte Toyon Camp and Conference Center-Aptos, 220 Cloister Ln., Aptos, CA 95003

Our THIRD (!) CAMPING for HEDER and Club Noar families and the rest of the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community is now ANNOUNCED! And we are going to celebrate the night of Shavuot together!!!

This time we are partnering up with Russian-Speaking Jews of the Federation of San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and PJ Library programming.
Get ready for music, dancing, art, bonfire, delicious s’mores, stories, games, rock climbing and so much more!
Package includes one night and three meals.
Cary Lodge – a beautiful two-story building, offers overnight accommodations in three or four-person rooms. Restroom facilities are on each floor.
Food is kosher-style and delicious!

For any questions please email [email protected]


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 two age groups 4-6 and 7-9) 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.Dates: Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 10, Jan 21, Feb 11, March 18 (at Egyptian Museum in San Jose), April 22, and May 6
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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.
Dates: Sept 10, Oct 8 (time 12:00-2:30pm), Nov 5 (time TBD), Dec 10, Jan 21, Feb 4, March 18, April 22, May 6, and June 3
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm unless otherwise noted.  Drop-ins welcome! For more information email Rabbi Ilana Baird at [email protected].
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.

Weekly Torah Study in Russian

Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:30am
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

Holiday Celebrations 2017-18

Coming Up…
Tu B’Shvat: Sunday, January 28


Thank You To Our Sponsors and For Your Generous Donations

Russian-Speaking Jewish programs at the APJCC are supported by The Jewish Education Project, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group; Jewish Peoplehood Initiative support by Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; Gibor (Hero) support by Eugene Fooksman; Halutz (Pioneer) by an Anonymous Donor, Lilia & Vlad Gorshteyn/All Seasons Roofing & Waterproofing, Valeria Simets & Leonid Rabinovich, and Lisa & Nate Stein; Gomel Chesed (Benefactor) by Irene Karbelashvili/All Access Law Group, and Anna Slutsky/Alain Pinel Realtors; Manheig (Leader) by Marina Salzman/Encore Travel; and Tomech (Sustainer) by Rabbi Ilana and David Baird, Liya & Robert Butin, Felix & Irene Sukhovitsky, and Veksler Academy of Music & Dance.

To become a supporter of Russian-speaking Jewish programs at the JCC, go to our Donations page.

Please join our Facebook group “От Сиона до Силикона” and “Jewish Programs for Russian-Speaking Community