PROGRAMS FOR RUSSIAN SPEAKERS

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 [email protected].

Upcoming Events

First Sessions for our HEDER and STEM HEDER Programs

HEDER: Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:00am
Our first session will kick off with an amazing Mezuzah workshop in which your children will learn about the value and history of the Mezuzah, and meet a real Sofer STAM (a person who inscribes the Book of Torah, tefillin, and Mezuzah). Older children will get to write a letter on parchment and will have the chance to get a real kosher parchment for their beautiful Mezuzah that they will create.

HEDER STEM: Sunday, September 15, 2019 at at 12:30pm
We are excited to invite your child to our WOW engineering and science program! The first class will be on Rainbow Connections—it will be about the story of Rosh HaShanah, the Rainbow Noah story, and the connection between people. This class will be led by our own Anna Borokhovich, a chemistry, math, and science teacher.

There will be a 30 minute break between both sessions which consists of a guided stretch session and healthy snack.

More information and pricing can be found below.

First Session for our Club Mitzvah Program
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 12:00pm
Our first session will kick off with a free Sukkot BBQ for the whole family! It will then be followed by a session with Rabbi Ohriner, who will discuss the Jewish life cycle and coming of age.

More information and pricing can be found below.

Rosh Hashanah 5780: Happy Birthday to the World!

Sunday, September 29 from 10:00am-12:00pm
The Russian-Speaking Jewish Community is invited to celebrate the 5780th birthday of the world – Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year! Come with your friends and family!

Children $20, or just $15 if you sign up by Sunday, September 22. Children 2 years old and under FREE.
Adults $15, or just $10 if you sign up by Sunday, September 22.

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/69904681785

Mikhail Veller: Meet the Author
Михаил Веллер: Небезопасный Продукт Еврейского Интеллекта

Thursday, October 3, from 7:00-9:00pm
Встречайте: у нас в гостях Михаил Иосифович Веллер – популярный писатель, философ и общественный деятель.
Early Bird General Admission – $35, Early Bird Seniors – $30, At the Door – $40
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/68516046339

Yom Kippur Service at Congregation Beth David

Wednesday, October 9 from 3:00-5:00pm
Rabbi Ilana Baird will be leading a Russian service for Yom Kippur at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga. Donation-based. To register, click here.

Георгий Фрумкер

Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 4:00-6:00pm
Писатель и юморист Георгий Фрумкер в двухчасовой программе: “Мне счёт пришёл за свет в конце тоннеля”
Early Bird General Admission – $25 General Admission At the Door – $30 Early Bird Senior – $20 Senior At the Door – $25
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/72627297201

 

New this fall…

  • NEW! “Mitzvah Club” for children and their parents pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah ages!
  • NEW! STEM HEDER for ages 7-9.
  • We will still have regular HEDER too.

For details, see below.

Ongoing Classes:

New! “Club Mitzvah” for children who are pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and their parents!

We are excited to invite you to our new program designed for children 10 to 13 years of age, “Club Mitzvah”

During the year our children will be immersed in the study of Jewish history, will visit various synagogues, and will have the privilege of meeting rabbis and other community leaders, as well as be introduced to different Jewish youth organizations. At the end of the year, those who have reached Bar/Bat Mitzvah age will have the opportunity to celebrate this important milestone according to Jewish tradition.

Our Program:
* What does it mean to be Jewish?
* What unites us?
* Jewish Calendar and Holidays
* Jewish Symbols
* What is a mitzvah?
* and much more…

Lessons will be conducted in English.

Dates:
October 20 – Free Sukkot BBQ for the whole family, followed by a session led by Rabbi Ohriner on Jewish life and coming of age. 10:00am at the APJCC.

November 3 – A session led by Rabbi PJ Schwartz: Why Our People Are “the People of the Book”?  What books do we have? 10:00am at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos.

December 15 – Hanukkah event. Time and location TBD.

January 26 – Mitzvah Day, 10:00am at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga.

Future dates TBD.

Cost: $250 per child for the school year.

How to register: Please click here to download a registration form. Please fill out the form completely, including payment information, and send to Rabbi Ilana Baird, APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

For  more information, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at [email protected].

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 years and 7-9 years) and will be conducted in Russian. 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.

Please note, if your child would like to join the program in the middle of the year, we can prorate the cost to cover the remaining sessions. Contact [email protected] for more information.

We meet once a month on Sundays during the school year. 

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Dates for 2019-20:
September 15
October 20
November 10
December 8
January 12
February 2
March 22
April 26
May 3
June 7

Cost: $200 for one child ($180 per additional child) for the school year.

How to register: Please click here to download a registration form. Please fill out the form completely, including payment information, and send to Rabbi Ilana Baird, APJCC, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

For  more information, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at [email protected].

 

Weekly Torah Study in Russian

Tuesdays from 10:00am-11:30am .  (No class October 1 and October 8, 2019.)
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

For more information, contact Rabbi Ilana Baird at [email protected].

Holiday Celebrations

Sukkot BBQ – October 20, 12:00-2:00pm
Hanukkah – December 15, 4:00pm
Purim Party – March 8

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 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.