KlezCalifornia 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, Press Articles, Photos, and Videos.
Yiddish culture encompasses the language, arts, and customs of 1000 years of Jewish community life across Eastern Europe. We were named after KlezKamp, the week-long event in New York’s Catskill Mountains that spurred a revival of Yiddish culture (1985-2014). Our events are for musicians and non-musicians, Yiddish speakers and those who know only a few words of mameloshn ("the mother tongue"), anyone of any age who enjoys Yiddish culture.
produces a Yiddish Culture Festival
with concerts, dance parties, and participatory workshops about once a year. The next will be November 7-8, 2015
at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley. Tastes of Yiddish Culture
are smaller events that include dance parties, 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. See EVENTS
for our upcoming and past events, and sign up for our free monthly email Newsletter
to be informed of local events of Yiddish culture and klezmer music.
Here's a short video filmed at
Yiddish Culture Festival on
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 (but not current) 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
- Venues in Bay Area — local venues for Yiddish and klezmer events
- Want Ads — specific listings within our community
- Yiddish Learning Resources — a compilation
If you work for an organization 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.
We warmly invite you, your family, and friends to enrich your lives with the unique pleasures of Yiddish culture. A first step is to sign up for our free Newsletter. We also welcome your tax-deductible Financial Support