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

At our fun and educational sessions children will learn about Jewish traditions through songs, music, interactive games, stories from the Torah, traditional Jewish and Israeli food, and creative projects.

In the 2018-2019 school year we will learn about heroes and stories from TaNaKh  with our incredible teachers Diana Alper and Zhanna Shpitz.


Monthly class on Sundays 10am — 11:30am, Oshman Family JCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94040).

Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 4 , Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 3 , Apr 7, May 5, June 2.

My Jewish Discovery

This class is designed for families with children ages 7-9

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.

In the 2018-2019 school year, Natalia Tsvibel and Yuliana Pelevina invite you to explore the stories from Torah, learn about it’s heroes and try to understand how we may apply those stories into our lives in modern world.


Monthly class on Saturdays 3:30pm — 5:30pm, Congregation Beth Am
Sept 8 and 29, Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 19, Mar 2 & 23, Apr 13 & 27, May 11.

Jewish Impact into the World's Culture

This class is for families with children ages 9-11

Together with our teacher Elena Zusmanovich, we will explore what impact Jewish tradition and way of thinking had on European and American culture. Our students will learn about the Jewish influence in religion, politics, science, music, movies etc.
As always, our program isn’t about only watching and listening. Throughout the entire school year, they will also learn about Jewish life in different countries during different epochs with our new teacher Irina Krupnik. Also kids will be doing an art project about Jewish diaspora which they will show to the parents on the final session in April.


Monthly class on Saturdays 6:00pm — 8:00pm,
Congregation Beth Am
Sept 8 & 29, Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 2 & 23, Apr 13

Jewish History Time Travelling Machine


This class is for families with children ages 12-14

Our teacher Elena Zusmanovich invites you to travel back in time and explore the past of Jewish people during the their galut (exile) from 1st till 20th century AD. 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.


Monthly class on Saturdays 6:00pm — 7:15pm,
Congregation Beth Am
Sept 15, Oct 6 & 27, Dec 1, Dec 15,  Jan 12, Feb 23, Mar 16, Apr 6 & 27

Holiday Celebrations

Rosh Hashanah Picnic

At our Rosh Hashanah Israeli-style Picnic is for families with children 2-12 years old you can experience Rosh Hashanah traditions such as apples and honey, tashlikh, and ahilat simanim. Since we are holding our picnic just a couple of hours before the holiday, you’ll be able to use the tips from our celebration right away at Rosh-a-Shana Eve.

We will also have face painting and Rosh-a-Shana crafts for children, Israeli music and food, little gifts for Rosh Hashana and lots of fun!

September 9, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Las Palmas Park (800 Spinosa Dr., Sunnyvale CA, 94087)

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    Price per family $40

Chanukkah Celebration

Sponsored by Misha Dynin, Katerina Gipsh and Alex Rotenshtein, Olga Rodshteyn and Vadim 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, special holiday program for families, lottery with unique books and Chanukkah related items –  it is all for you! Each family will receive a special Chanukkah gift at the end of the celebration.


December 9, 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Congregation Beth Am

The registration for Chanukkah Celebration is already closed as we reached the maximum capacity of the venue. No tickets will be sold at the door. We will be happy to see you at our next event and appreciate if you can register in advance.

Hag Chanukkah Sameach!

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Purim Soyuzmultfilm style

Put on your costume and join our very special Purim celebration that will bring you back to your (and maybe your kids) favorite multiki atmosphere.
Meet live characters from Megillah, sing with them during our interactive Soyuzmultfilm Purimshpil and enjoy your humentashen!
Fun activities for kids, 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 24, 2019, 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!



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Yom Atzmaut 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 cities of Israel and win Israeli prizes in our traditional lottery.
This is a great opportunity to learn about history of State of Israel together with Jewish traditions and culture for the entire family.

May 12,  2019, 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!