Your passion for Yiddish Culture makes KlezCalifornia possible

  • Donate Online. Click here or button above, enter any amount, then choose "Donate with PayPal" or "Donate with a Card" (for which no PayPal account is needed).
  • Donate from a Donor Advised Fund through DAF Direct
  • Mail a check payable to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703
  • Put a little something in the pushkeh at a KlezCalifornia event.
  • Volunteer. KlezCalifornia relies on volunteers to help with one-time, short-term, and longer term projects. Contact
Because of your donation and your enthusiastic participation, there's a warm, vibrant, Yiddish-inspired community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please include your mailing address and email address, so that we may acknowledge your tax-deductible donation. KlezCalifornia, Inc. is a §501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable non-profit corporation, EIN #55-0824193.

Whatever you're able to give, a sheynem dank (our sincere thanks)! Please contact us with any questions at 415.789.7679 or

If your donation is to support a particular Fiscally-Sponsored Projectplease click "+ Add special instructions to Seller" on the PayPal form, and specify this. Donations for fiscally-sponsored projects are tax-deductible, but are not eligible for the special benefits described below, unless those projects offer their own benefits.

Special Benefits for Donors


  • Honor a loved one or friend with a posting on our Honor Wall. You may find this particularly fitting if the person you are honoring spoke Yiddish or liked Yiddish, or klezmer music, or had a parent who did. Please tell us the name of the person you are honoring and, if you wish, something about his or her life, OR
  • Tell others about your personal Yiddish heritage with a posting on our Honor Wall. We celebrate Yiddish culture in a participatory way, and would treasure knowing about your family experience with Yiddish.

For either option, your message of up to 100 words will be on the Honor Wall for one year. Please submit your message by clicking "+ Add special instructions to Seller" on the donation form, including a note with your mailed check, or emailing separately to A donation of any amount qualifies for the Honor Wall, and your donation remains fully tax-deductible. 


You and a guest will be invited for food, music and singing, and conversation with members of the Board of Directors and other friends of KlezCalifornia at two semi-annual parties, typically one in Oakland, and the other in Palo Alto. 


With a donation to KlezCalifornia of $54 or more, you may also choose one of these gifts. Please let us know which by clicking "+ Add special instructions to Seller" on the donation form, or email separately to info@klezcalifornia.orgor include a note with your mailed check. By law, the tax deductibility of your donation is reduced by the indicated value.

Donations from businesses may be included on the Honor Wall, see above, but are not eligible for the Thank-You gifts below.

  • Live & Be Well, a celebration of Yiddish culture in America, by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi. This fascinating 192-page book describes hundreds of significant people, places, events, and ideas through which Yiddish culture affected American Jewish life. First published in 1982, and reprinted in 2000. ($10.40)
  • The Oy Way, by Santa Cruz author Harvey Gotliffe. This warm and wonderful 115-page book helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. See ($15)
  • Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, 80-minute DVD. The film is a portrait of Zypora Spaisman, founder and grand dame of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, and her loving work to sustain Yiddish theater, and includes moving interviews with other living legends of the Yiddish theater. Shown at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2006, this film received rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine. called it "one of the top ten documentaries of 2007." See ($25)