At Yom Rishon School we believe that Jewish education
helps our children to identify and develop their talents,
learn to overcome difficulties with dignity, and to be happy.

Our family-oriented Russian language program is a unique opportunity to get to know your children better,
explore the world of Jewish wisdom together, bring the warmth of Jewish tradition into your home,
and connect with like-minded people.

Gan Haggim

This class is designed for families with children ages 2-5 where they will learn about Jewish traditions through songs, music, interactive games, stories from the Torah, traditional Jewish and Israeli food, and creative projects.

In the 2017-2018 school year we will learn about Mitzvot and the way to be a better person with our incredible teachers Diana Alper and Zhanna Shpitz.

Schedule

Monthly class on Sundays 10am — 12pm. Classes are held at Congregation Beth Am unless otherwise specified

Sept 10 (Mitchell park), Oct 8 (Mitchell park), Nov 5, Dec 3 (Congregation Kol Emeth), Jan 14 (Beth Am), Feb 18 (Beth Am), Mar 18 (Congregation Kol Emeth), Apr 1 (Beth Am), May 6 (Mitchell park) , June 3 (Beth Am)

My Jewish Discovery

This class is designed for families with children ages 6-9 who wish to discover the wisdom and beauty of Jewish tradition through texts, games, movies, and discussions.

In the second part of the class, children use what they have learned about Judaism as they participate in hands-on, engaging Judaica craft projects which they get to take home, share with their family members, and use as they continue to practice Jewish traditions throughout their lives. Also two culinary workshops for the traditional Israeli food will be held in the upcoming year.

In the 2017-2018 school year, Natalia Tsvibel and Yuliana Pelevina invite you to explore the meaning of mitzvot, learn the story and the history behind the mitzvot and find the way to be a better person.

Schedule

Monthly class on Saturdays 3:30pm — 5:30pm, Congregation Beth Am
Sept 9, Oct  7 & 28, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 20, Feb 3, Mar 3 & 24, Apr 28.

Biblical Characters in Art

This class is for families with children ages 9-11. Together with our brilliant teacher Elena Zusmanovich, we will explore the tremendous contribution of the stories from the Bible into the world of visual arts. The kids also will learn about different epochs and styles in European and American art heritage through discussion, games and visual materials.

As always, our program isn’t about only watching and listening. Throughout the entire school year, kids are involved in a creative art project with Natalia Tsvibel, which will be presented at the end-of-the-year gala.

Schedule

Monthly class on Saturdays 6:00pm — 8:00pm,
Congregation Beth Am
Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 13, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 21, May 5.

Jewish History Time Travelling Machine

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This class is for families with children ages 12-14.

Elena Zusmanovich invites you to travel back in time and explore the past of Jewish people from the very beginning to the era of Talmud. We will learn about the most important periods, events, people and places  through video, multimedia, simulation games, debates and creative project. Also we will  see how the history serves as a key to understanding our modern world.

Schedule

Monthly class on Saturdays 6:00pm — 7:15pm,
Congregation Beth Am
Sept 16, Oct 7 & 28, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 10 & 24, Apr 14.

Holiday Celebrations

Rosh Hashanah Picnic

Sponsored by Hanna and Ilya Firman

The Rosh Hashanah Israeli-style Picnic is for families with children 2-12 years old.

Come to participate in our Shofar Factory – each child will be able to create his own shofar for upcoming year of 5778! Experience Rosh Hashanah traditions such as apples and honey, tashlikh, and ahilat simanim.

We will also have face painting and other activities for children, Israeli music, give-away books, little gifts for Rosh Hashana and lots of fun!

September 17, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Las Palmas Park (Sunnyvale)

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    Price per family $40

Chanukkah Celebration

Sponsored by Katherine Gipsh and Alexander Rotenshteyn, Olga Rodshtein and Ilya Segal.

Join us for our Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukkah celebration for families with children 2-12 years old!

Fun and educational activities for children, traditional latkes and sufganiot, Chanukkah candle lighting, holiday concert, lottery with fun and usеful prices  – it is all for you! Each family will receive a special Chanukkah gift at the end of the celebration.

 

December 16, 2017. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Congregation Beth Am

The registration for Hanukkah celebration is closed due to full capacity. There will be no tickets sold at the door. We apologize for the inconvenience.  We wish you sweet Hanukkah and look forward to see you at our Purim, Pesach and Yom Yerushalaim celebrations.

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Purim Shushan-style

 Sponsored by Marina Shinkarsky and Michael Sirota

 Put on your costume and join our Oriental Bazaar at Shushan city for families with children 2-12 years old!
Meet live characters from Megillah, sing with them during our interactive Purimshpil and enjoy your humentashen!
Fun activities for kids, henna-tattoos, prizes for best costumes for adults and lots of wine! Each kid will receive a special Purim gift at the end of the celebration.

 

March 4, 2018, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Oshman Family JCC , room F400.

 

 

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Passover Seder

Become part of the Jewish world as you sit at the Seder table and experience the traditions of our ancestors.

This interactive Passover Seder is a seated 4-course dinner for families with children ages 2-12 which includes traditional Pesakh songs, reading Haggadah, special program for children and our traditional Pesakh lottery for everyone! Every child will go home with a special Pesakh gift!

April 7, 2018, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
at Congregation Beth Am

 

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Yom Yerushalaim Picnic

Experience Israel through difference senses: eat Israeli food — we will serve hummus, pitas, Israeli salads and much more;  listen to contemporary Israeli music; participate in an engaging and educational quest through different districts of Jerusalem and win Israeli prizes in our traditional lottery.

This is a great opportunity to learn about history of Jerusalem together with Jewish traditions and culture for the entire family.

May 13,  2018, 12:00 am, Las Palmas Park (Sunnyvale)

 

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Kabbalat Shabbat

Yom Rishon’s Kabalat Shabat allows you to experience the warmth of the Jewish tradition in a welcoming environment of a family home — the way it is supposed to be.

Whether you host a Shabbat celebration at your home or join one at your friend’s house, we will guide you through the ceremony of candle lighting, blessing of the kids, kiddush, hallah breaking, and studying of the weekly Torah portion (parasha hashavua).

We will also with signing traditional and Russian songs, and have special entertainment for kids. This is an experience your family will cherish for years to come!

Yom Rishon School is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

All donations are tax-deductible (add hyphen) over and above the value of goods or services received.

Thank you to all of our donors and funders – we appreciate each and every one of you, as it is your contributions that make Yom Rishon possible!