About 45,000 Jews from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) reside in the Bay Area. Beth Am's Émigré Program was founded in 1989, and initially focused on resettlement, assisting almost 700 families in the process. Today, the needs of émigrés are different - the focus is now on educating and engaging émigré families to strengthen Jewish identity and start them on their lifelong Jewish journey.Read more
All of our programs are open to Russian speaking families in the community, whether they are members of Beth Am or not. We welcome participants from San Francisco to San Jose, and our program has been recognized as the leading émigré program in the Bay Area. The program has been featured in Reform Judaism Magazine, recognized for its innovative grant-funded programs.
The Émigré Program offers family and adult education classes, as well as holiday celebrations. Our prayerbooks have been translated into Russian and transliterated into Cyrillic. In addition, we have created a trilingual funeral booklet.
Beth Am's Émigré Program was started in partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) and receives continual support from JFCS, the Jewish Community Federation (JCF), The Koret Foundation, Beth Am members and program participants.
Natalia Tsvibel, Program Director