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

For any questions please email [email protected]

Киноклуб с Борисом Владимирским – Cinema Club with Boris Vladimirsky

October 14, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Киновстреча с киноведом и искусствоведом Борисом Владимирским в Октябре будет посвящена фильму “Призрачная нить” (США, Великобритания, 2017. Режиссер П.-Т. Андерсон)

Admission $15, seniors $10.

МТМ: Мишна, Талмуд и Мидраш – Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash

October 20, 10:30am – 12:00pm
At Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070
Free of charge with RSVP.

Группа обсуждения и дискуссии еврейских текстов на русском языке! Открыто для всех желающих!
Приходите, пообсуждаем!
Ланч после завершения службы.
Обратите внимание, в месяце Октябрь наше занятие переносится со второй на третью субботу месяца! Жду вас 21 октября!

Club Noar October Session: My Shtetl and Marc Chagall

October 21, 10:30 am – 12:30pm
You are invited to join our special October Club Noar session for children 10-13 years old, “My Shtetl.” We will learn about the small towns of Eastern Europe where our great grandparents used to live. In this hands-on class we will try to imagine how shtetls looked and what lifestyles the Jews had there. We will look at Marc Chagall’s art and will find out about his childhood and his hometown. Let’s dive into drawing, crafts and design and build a model of a shtetl of our own! The class will be led by architect and educator Dina Lagun.

Dina Lagun grew up in Moscow, Russia where she obtained her degree in architecture in 2007. Since then she has specialized primarily in reconstruction of historical buildings and design of residential and educational facilities. Upon moving to the US in 2009, she began working as a freelance architect. At the same time she has devoted most of her time to child education. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, Dina taught a design and architecture class at the local school co-op and organized Jewish holiday celebrations for young children in the local Jewish community for Russian speakers. Implementing her passion for art and education, Dina volunteers for various art projects for adults and children. She relocated to San Jose in 2014, when her husband became a research scientist at one of the hi-tech companies in the area. In 2018 Dina received an award for first place in the architectural competition, “Reconstruction of a Moscow apartment in the Jewish style”.

Please sign up your child for the “Club Noar” program for the whole year:
Or contact Rabbi Ilana at [email protected]

Make a Difference: Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs Fundraising Event

October 27 at 6:30pm at a private house in Saratoga

Please join us for a fundraising event for Russian-Speaking Jewish Community (RSJ) programs on Saturday, October 27 at 6:30pm at a private house in Saratoga. Wine and refreshments will be served. We’ve been building this community for the last five years. We have created multiple successful programs, such as HEDER, Club Noar, Holiday celebrations, and Jewish cultural events. Now, we need your support more then ever to sustain and continue our efforts. We will have live musicians, inspiring speakers and leaders from our Jewish community of Bay Area. You will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation about the state of RSJ programs at Los Gatos JCC.

Keynote speakers:
– Gennady Farber – Husband of one, father of two and grandfather of five.  Currently a board member of Dragon Theater, former board member of BACSJ, JCRC, BJE/JLW.
– Mark Shapiro – Successful Entrepreneur, actively involved in the life of IDF. Volunteered and actively promoted participation in Sar-El and the Ultimate Mission to Israel programs. Recently published a book “Из жизни жирафов и бегемотов,” reflecting on the involvement of the Soviet military in the Middle East. All the proceeds from the book sale donated to the Russian-Jewish Program.

Featured Musicians:
Vladimir Khalikulov(Violin) and Michael Khalikoulov (Cello)

We ask for a pledge of $100 or more to support our RSJ programming, payable either at the time of the event or any time before December 31. Corporate employer matching gifts are accepted.

The address will be given to you upon your RSVP.

Your attendance, input, and ideas will be highly appreciated.


The JCC is a nonprofit organization – Section 501(c)3 nonprofit and your contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Большой Секрет: Концерт Никитиных для детей и их родителей!
Nikitin Concert for Children and their Parents!

October 28, 1:00pm – 2:15pm
“Не секрет, что друзья не растут в огороде”, и поэтому приглашайте своих друзей, мам, пап, бабушек и дедушек на концерт – приходите послушать любимые всеми песни обожаемых нами музыкантов Татьяны, Сергея и Александра Никитиных!

This event is SOLD OUT!

Концерт Никитиных: “Импровизации на Вечные Темы” – Nikitin’s Concert: “Improvisation on the Eternal Themes”

October 29, 7:30 -9:30pm
Песни Никитиных вызывают самые теплые воспоминания нашего прошлого – они вечные, никогда не устареют и не потеряют своей актуальности.
Этот концерт – огромный подарок нам самим и нашим близким.
Приобрести билеты можно здесь:
Seniors – $35
Early Bird – $40
At the Door – $45

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.

Click here to register your child for HEDER.

Dates: Dates for this fall will be Sundays, September 30, October 21, November 18, December 2 (at Children’s Discovery Museum), January 27, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 2 (special event: end-of-year celebration).
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.

Click here to register your child for Club Noar.

Dates: Dates for this fall will be Sundays, September 30, October 21, November 18, December 2 (at Children’s Discovery Museum), January 27, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 2 (special event: end-of-year celebration).
Time: Time will be announced soon.  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 . On hiatus for the summer. Torah Study class (Каникулы до 4 сентября) will resume on Tuesday, September 4.
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 group “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 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, 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/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.