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 2019-2020 school year we will learn about origin and traditions of Jewish Holidays with our incredible teachers Diana Alper and Zhanna Shpitz.

Schedule

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

Sept 8, Oct 13 (Mitchell park), Nov 3 , Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 2, Mar 1 , Apr 5, May 10, June 7 (Mitchell Park).

My Jewish Discovery

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

In the 2019-2020 school year, Natalia Tsvibel and Yuliana Pelevina invite you to explore the origin and traditions of Jewish Holidays through texts, games, movies,discussions and some culinary projects.

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. At the same time parents will learn Jewish texts associated with different holidays and work together to tie in Jewish ideals with our everyday lives.

Schedule

Monthly class on Saturdays 3:30pm — 5:30pm, Congregation Beth Am
Sept 7 and 28, Oct 19, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8 and 29, Mar 14, Apr 4, May 2.

Biblical Characters in World's Art

This class is for families with children ages 9-12

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.

Schedule

Monthly class on Saturdays 6:00pm — 8:00pm,
Congregation Beth Am
Sept 7 and 28, Oct 19, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 11, Feb 8 and 29, Mar 14, Apr 4.

Holiday Celebrations

Chanukkah Celebration

Sponsored by Misha Dynin and Katerina Gipsh and Alex Rotenshteyn

Join us for festive, fun and educational Chanukkah celebration! Come to solve the Mystery of the lost Chanukkia that will help us to it the first candle of Chanukkah.

Lots of holiday surprises, fun activities for children, traditional latkessufganiot and wine, Chanukkah candle lighting, songs and games for the whole family, lottery with Chanukkah related items –  it is all for you! Each kid will receive a special Chanukkah gift at the end of the celebration.

 

December 22, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Congregation Beth Am

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    Price per family $60

Venetian style Purim celebration

Sponsored by Ilya Segal and Olga Rodshteyn

Put on your bautas and join our very special Purim celebration on the Grand Canale.
Meet live characters from Megillah, sing with them during our interactive Soyuzmultfilm Purimshpil and enjoy your humentashen!
Fun activities for kids, prizes for best black and white costumes for adults and lots of wine! Each kid will receive a special Purim gift at the end of the celebration.
March 8, 2020, 5:00 – 7:30 pm at Oshman Family JCC , room F400.

 

 

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Passover Seder

Sponsored by Ilya Segal and Olga Rodshteyn

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 11, 2020, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Congregation Beth Am

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Лекция Андрея Боровского “Еврейское искусство: тайные коды или трудности перевода?”

Можно ли говорить о еврейской композиции или еврейском стиле? Как евреи учились у соседей и окружения, не смешиваясь с ними?


Где границы заимствования и оригинальности? Какие феномены традиции на протяжении веков формировали законы восприятия искусства, делая его универсальным языком еврейской цивилизации?


Андрей Боровский – искусствовед, преподаватель еврейских дисциплин, историк традиционного костюма, сотрудник Еврейского музея и Центра толерантности, Москва.
October 1st, 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference room
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Evenings of Art with Yulia Garamova

Throughout many eras, visual arts had not quite been mastered by the Jews because of the religious prohibition on depicting animals and people. However, the 19th and the 20th  century has provided us with many well-known Jewish artists whose works became the national treasures of their countries. While taking on and challenging even the most difficult and tragic topics in their countries’ histories, these artists also developed new directions/movements of art all around the world.

We present to you our series “At the Crossroads of theTwo Centuries”. Together with art historian Yulia Garamova, we discuss the art and the fate of five famous artists of the 19th and 20th centuries: Isaac Levitan, Camille Pissarro, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Mark Rothko. Their love towards their country and their difficult relationships with its citizens, their lifetime of fame and their forgotten legacies, or vice versa, their lifetime of struggle, and their international fame after death, can be seen in their incredible works which can be found in the world’s most famous museums, all of this will be part of our discussions.

Isaak Levitan. October 27, 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference room
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Camille Pissarro. December 8, 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference Room
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Amedeo Modiliani. February 9, 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference Room
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Chaim Soutine.  April 26, 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference Room
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Mark Rothko.  May 17, 5:00 pm
Congregation Beth Am, Conference Room
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Yom Rishon School is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

All donations are tax-deductible 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!