Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs (RSJ)

Jewish Programs (RSJ)

Our Russian-Speaking Jewish Programs (RSJ) supports the Russian-speaking Jewish community in the South Bay. 

Everyone is welcome to join RSJ’s virtual and in-person events for adults and families with children. 

This program is run by Rabbi Ilana Baird. Rabbi Ilana has served Jewish communities in Russia, Germany, Israel, and the United States. She founded a Russian-speaking Jewish congregation in Haifa and is a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Israeli Rabbinical Seminary program. 

You can reach her and sign up for the twice-monthly newsletter at [email protected].

Please join our Facebook communities: От Сиона до Силикона and Jewish Programs for Russian-Speaking Community, HEDER

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Ongoing Programs


Monthly, on Sundays | 10:00 AM

Let’s create fun Jewish experiences together! We are inviting the whole family – parents with children – to participate in our exciting workshops! We will be cooking, felting, touring museums, and creating family stories!

This program has two age groups for children 3-6 years old and 7-10 years old.

Cost: $250 per child and $200 per sibling for the entire year! Scholarships are available.

Dates: Session begins September 18, 2022.

Contact Rabbi Ilana for additional details.

Club Mitzvah

Monthly, Sundays | Afternoon

Club Mitzvah (for children ages 10-14) is back in person! We are going to have a series of Jewish hands-on workshops, creating one-of-a-kind Jewish art objects, learning new skills, and acquiring new knowledge!

Dates: Starts on September 18, 2022.

Contact Rabbi Ilana for full calendar and to reserve your spot.


Torah Study Russian

“Почти Шаббат”: Тора с раби Иланой
(Currently postponed)

Каждую неделю (за некоторыми исключениями) по пятницам, мы приглашаем вас в нашу маленькую, но теплую компанию для чтения и изучения самого большого бестселлера всех времен – Торы.
Мы будем собираться в большом зале, чтобы все могли устроиться безопасно и комфортно, с дистанцией и в масках, но тем не менее – это возможность встретиться и пообщаться. Изучение Торы – это не только очень интересное интеллектуальное занятие, но и МИЦВА (заповедь, благое дело).
Встречая Шаббат чуть позднее, в пятницу вечером, мы уже будем знать что будут читать на этой неделе во всех синагогах мира.
Присоединяйтесь! Бесплатно и с радостью примем новых людей в нашу группу.

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.  To become a supporter of Russian-speaking Jewish programs at the APJCC, please make a gift through our donation page.