Russian Jews of Silicon Valley

Our Russian Language programming is run by Rabbi Ilana Baird. Rabbi Ilana has served Jewish 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

Upcoming Events

Club Mitzvah: Hanukkah Among Us!

Sunday, December 6 at 5:00pm

Join our pre-Hanukkah event! Children ages 10-13 will learn some Hanukkah related stories and play a virtual game together “Among Us” in order to socialize and make friends. Participants must have computer plus an additional device.

RSVP required by December 4th: Click here to RSVP.

How to help us to sustain this program: (Russian Programs)

Suggested donation for the whole year is $180 (or pay what you can).

This event is also supported by generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Ongoing Classes

HEDER and TheaterGames, for children 4-9 years old

3 boys talking

Дорогие родители, бабушки и дедушки!
Наш ХЕДЕР продолжает занятия в партнерстве с Театральной Студией М.В. Фарбер – “Играем в Театр” (In-person)!

Мы приглашаем детей в две группы: Алеф (от 4 до 6 лет) c 10 до 11 утра и Бет (от 7 до 9 лет) с 11 утра до 12.
Группа Алеф будет играть в еврейский театр – тема “Театральные ИзТории”.
Группа Бет играет в театр на тему “По прямой линии от Царя Соломона”.

Мы поговорим о наших корнях, нашей истории в игровой форме. Дети будут играть в театр и мастерить поделки и костюмы с Наташей Бондарь. Занятия будут проводиться раз в месяц по воскресеньям в 10 утра (малыши) и 11 утра (старшая группа) в личном общении в маленьких группах!
Зарезервировать место для Вашего ребенка (детей) и получить дополнительную информацию можно по адресу:


Следующие занятия:
Dec 6, Jan 17, Feb 21, Март 21, Apr 18, May 9, June 6

Cost – $180 per child for the whole year!

Club Mitzvah

Child playing

We are starting to meet with our teens and pre-teens (ages 10 -14) on Zoom! 

Dates & Times: One Sunday per month during the school year, 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: This is a donation-based program. There is no charge, but we depend on your support.  To donate please visit and choose Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs. Suggested donation: $25 per class, or $180 for the whole year.

For more information, contact


Weekly Torah Study in Russian

Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:30am
Note: Weekly Torah Study is on hiatus due to the shelter-in-place order.
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

Facebook Group

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


Thank You To Our Sponsors and For Your Generous Donations

Russian-Speaking Jewish programs at the APJCC are funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group and supported by The Jewish Federations of North America. We are also grateful for support at the Gibor (Hero) level by Fooksman Family Foundation; Halutz (Pioneer) by an Anonymous Donor, Vlad & Lilia 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/Compass; 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. 

The Addison-Penzak JCC is proud to be a part of the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. The JCC is also generously supported by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and by Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

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