We continue the 130 year old tradition
of integrating Russian Jews into American Jewry

Then our language was Yiddish. Today our language is Russian. We want to learn more about our roots to enable the next generation of Russian-speaking American Jews to become proud of their Russian Jewish heritage, culture, language and strong connection to the land of Israel.

Our programs grew and developed reflecting the changing needs of the Russian-speaking Jewish community of the Bay Area.

Today Yom Rishon School offers a comprehensive cultural and educational program that brings families closer
to the world of Jewish tradition and to the modern State of Israel.

Our History

We express our sincere gratitude to Peggy Shapera and Inna Benjaminson who started a program for Russian-speaking Jewish in the Bay area and without whom the creation of Yom Rishon School would not be possible

  • 1989

    Émigré resettlement program for Soviet Jews created at Congregation Beth Am

  • 1998

    Launch of My Jewish Discovery — first Russian-language class within the context
    of Congregation Beth Am’s family education program

  • 2011

    Congregation Beth Am Émigré Program transformed into a comprehensive Jewish education program
    for Russian-speaking families with children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old

  • 2015

    The programs gain an independent status and Yom Rishon school is born,
    becoming the first family Jewish education institution for Russian speakers in the Bay Area

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Thank You to All Our 2017-2018 School Year Sponsors


Fooksman Family Charitable Fund



Anna and Michael Chernyak



Katherine Gipsh and Alexander Rotenshtein

Misha Dynin

Hanna and Ilya Firman

Alla Filmus-Kegulsky and Edward Kegulsky

Anna and Eugene Yakov Goldfarb

Alexandra Shwartz and Igor Tarakanov

Sasha and Boris Shkolnik

Olga Rodshteyn and Ilya Segal


Natalia Vinnik, Anna and Gari Vernik,  Natalia and Michael Weinshteyn

YRS sponsors previous years

Galina and Lev Leytes, Misha Dynin, Saina Hadden, Marina and Ilya Lipkind, Svetlana and George Goldenberg, Simona and Michael Bezman, Nadia and Val Shkolnikov, Nina and Michael Kouchnir, Paul Mogilevsky, Anna and Dmitry Perelman, Marina and Mikhail Alper, Inna and Eugene Spier, Alexandra Levich and Barak Turovsky, Katherine Gipsh and Alexander Rotenshtein, Tatyana and Eugeny Makeev, Marianna and Boris Mednikov, Jane and Vadim Gorokhovsky, Hannah and Ilya Firman, Igal Sokolov, Alla Shapiro, Steve Ruvolo, Zoya Leznik, Marina and Jean Francois Hervy, Adel and Vladimir Belous, Peggy and Ron Shapira,  Alla Botvinskaya and Dmitry Lipets, Andrey Tsvibel, Tatyana and Dmitry Myastkovetsky, Sasha and Boris Shkolnik, Olga Gurevich, Anna Graiber-Naidich and Alex Naidich, Anna and Michael Chernyak