has engaged the communities around the San Francisco Bay Area with Yiddish culture and klezmer music since 2003. We are building a vibrant regional network of individuals and families celebrating Yiddish culture. We create participatory events, both independently and in collaboration with Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, and other groups. See About Us
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Yiddish culture encompasses the language, arts, and customs of a millenium of Jewish community life across Eastern Europe. The name KlezCalifornia is a tip of the kapl to KlezKamp, the annual week-long gathering in the New York Catskills from 1985 to 2014, which spurred a revival of Yiddish culture and inspired our local version. Our events are for musicians and non-musicians, Yiddish speakers and those who know only a few words of mameloshn ("the mother tongue"), and anyone of any age who enjoys or wants to learn about Yiddish culture.
produces a Yiddish Culture Festival
with concerts, dance parties, and participatory workshops about once a year. We also produce Tastes of Yiddish Culture
, which are shorter events such as cabarets, dances, Yiddish conversation salons, sing-alongs, and workshops throughout the year. Tam Project for Kids
provides Tastes of Yiddish Culture for young people in day schools, religious schools, and camps. We host occasional Klezmer Jam Sessions
at locations around the Bay Area.
Check out our upcoming and past Events, and sign up for our free monthly email Newsletter to be informed of local events with Yiddish culture and klezmer music.
If your organization might be interested in collaborating with KlezCalifornia, please see Plan an Event. We also act as Fiscal Sponsor for selected arts, culture, and education projects consistent with our mission.
KlezCalifornia also provides a variety of Resources:
- Geleh (Yellow) Pages, listings of Yiddish culture resources in the San Francisco Bay Area, including community klezmer bands, Yiddish clubs, dance leaders, choruses, lecturers, and youth programs
- Global Resource Guide, comprehensive (albeit dated) reference lists for klezmer and Yiddish culture
- Khevruseh Directory, private roster to connect people to speak Yiddish, form a Jewish book club, play klezmer music, or re-connect with other participants from our events
- Klezmer Style Links for each instrument
- Venues in Bay Area, info about local venues for Yiddish and klezmer events
- Want Ads, specific listings within our community
- Yiddish Learning Resources, a compilation
How can I participate?
We warmly invite you, your family, and your friends to enrich your lives with the unique pleasures of Yiddish culture. Our free monthly email Newsletter will keep you stay informed. We also welcome your tax-deductible Financial Support!