Yiddish culture encompasses the language, music, arts, and customs of a millenium of Jewish community life across Eastern Europe. The name KlezCalifornia is a nod 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.
- 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, mostly in collaboration with Jewish Community Centers, synagogues, schools, and other organizations, including:
- Yiddish Culture Festival with concerts, dance parties, and participatory workshops about once a year.
- 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 providing Tastes of Yiddish Culture for young people in day schools, religious schools, and camps.
- Klezmer Workshops and 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 collaborate with KlezCalifornia, please see Plan an Event.
- We provide 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 (though 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
- As a charitable non-profit organization, we act as a Fiscal Sponsor for selected arts, culture, and education projects consistent with our mission.
- For more information, see About Us, Press Articles, Photo Galleries, and Videos.
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.