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Saturday evening, January 6th, 2007 • 7:00 – 10:00pm


Sunday, January 7th, 2007 • 9:30am – 5:30pm

Budowitz & dancing with Michael Alpert

3200 California St (at Presidio Ave), San Francisco CA 94118  Map

Concert: JCCSF Member $22 • Public $25 • Student $15   More Info 
Workshops: JCCSF Member $22 • Public $24 • Ages 5-18 $10   More Info

Tickets at JCCSF Box Office  415.292.1233

Parking at JCCSF:
Saturday Evening event rate • JCCSF Member $3 • Public $5 (purchase parking ticket in Atrium)
Sunday Workshops special rate • JCCSF Member $10 • Public $15 (purchase ticket in Atrium)

SATURDAY CONCERT & DANCE: Budowitz, the award-winning traditional European klezmer music ensemble, performs kaleidoscopic renditions of Jewish folk music from the regions of Bessarabia, Galitsia, and Bukovina. The concert set will be followed by spirited Yiddish dancing, led by internationally-renowned musician and dance-leader, Michael Alpert.   More Info SOLD OUT!

: Learn klezmer style (all instruments and levels) from members of the groundbreaking European ensemble, Budowitz; Yiddish dance taught by Michael Alpert; theater, language, literature, songs, history, and crafts workshops by  other talented staff. Special programs for teens and youth.  More Info

Event Co-Sponsors

East Bay Kindershul

22nd Jewish Music Festival
a program of the
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center
Palo Alto


Budowitz & dancing with Michael Alpert

 Saturday, January 6th, 2007 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
3200 California St (at Presidio Ave), San Francisco CA 94118  Map

Parking at JCCSF:
Saturday Evening event rate • JCCSF Member $3 • Public $5 (purchase parking ticket in Atrium)

Tickets at JCCSF Box Office  415.292.1233 SOLD OUT!
JCCSF Member $22 • Public $25 • Student $15 

Budowitz, Michael Alpert, and others
will  also conduct  Sunday Workshops

Budowitz celebrates its 10th anniversary with a stunning array of pieces which showcases rare cross-cultural traditional folk music molded and reformed through the unique and personal group style. Beside leading the pack with 19th Century musical traditions of the Ashkenazi Jews from the regions of Bessarabia, Galitsia and Bukovina and the music of its neighbors, Budowitz brings in never-before heard gems from each member of the group, performed on tsimbl (Jewish dulcimer), two violins, 3-string viola, 19th century C and Eb-clarinets, early bayan (button accordion from 1889), bassetl (shoulder-strapped cello) and baraban (drum). Repertoire includes pieces gathered though intensive fieldwork by bandleader Joshua Horowitz in more than fifteen countries, as well as original works. Budowitz has won numerous awards, been featured for over ten years on full-length radio and television shows, and performed in concerts worldwide at the most prestigious venues. For more information and sound clips, go to  Faculty or

Michael Alpert has been a pioneering figure in the current renaissance of East European Jewish klezmer music for over 25 years, and is internationally known for his performances and recordings with Brave Old World, Khevrisa, Kapelye, David Krakauer, Itzhak Perlman and others, and as the leading contemporary researcher and teacher of East European Jewish traditional dance. For more information, go to  Faculty or

• no child-care provided during the Saturday concert •
The Workmen's Circle of Northern California


A full day-long program of klezmer music, Yiddish song, culture, language and arts.
Bring your instruments, your best voice, and dancing feet!

 Sunday, January 7th, 2007 • 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
JCCSF, 3200 California St (at Presidio Ave), San Francisco CA 94118  Map

Parking at JCCSF:
Sunday Workshops special rate • JCCSF Member $10 • Public $15 (purchase ticket in Atrium)

Tickets at JCCSF Box Office  415.292.1233
JCCSF Member $22 • Public $24 • Ages 5-18 $10

Budowitz will also perform with
dance-leader Michael Alpert at

  Saturday Evening Concert & Dance Party
  • 9:30 to 9:50 AM ~ Welcome
    • Yiddish Sing-Along (For All) Henry Carrey, accompaniment by Rob Reich. Kanbar Hall. Join us in singing beautiful Yiddish songs as we warm up for a full day of workshops. Singing in Yiddish will put you in the right frame of mind for all that is to follow. Kanbar Hall
  • 10:00 to 11:30 AM ~ Session A
    • Music Ensemble: Melody Cookie Segelstein and Tamas Gombai of Budowitz explore the elements of melody, stressing rhythmic flexibility, energy flow, ornamental styles, and fills. Music Studio 315 
    • Music Ensemble: Rhythm and Accompaniment  Joshua Horowitz, Sandor Toth, and Zsolt Kurtosi of Budowitz lead this interactive workshop for creating klezmer grooves, nuances of accompaniment patterns, beat manipulation, and integration of the melody into the rhythmic foundation. Classroom 312
    • Klezmer Youth Orchestra   Christian Dawid of Budowitz. Whether you read music or play by ear, this is the workshop for you! We will play klezmer music and rock out as much as we possibly can. Don't miss it! All instruments welcome. Beit Midrash 209
    • All the World is in These Songs  Michael Alpert. A participatory song workshop exploring East European Jewish life and culture through the lens of Yiddish folk and popular song. Klezmer pioneer Michael Alpert draws on close family ties to the Yiddish song tradition as well as years of research with immigrant-generation singers. Fusing the convivial atmosphere of a sing-along with expert instruction in vocal styling, song interpretation, and Yiddish pronunciation, this workshop is geared to those with experience in Yiddish singing. The wide variety of songs presented is an opportunity to explore East European Jewish history and culture in Old World and New. Adult Lounge 223
    • Yiddish Dance I   Bruce Bierman, with musical accompaniment by Rob Reich. Much of klezmer music was created to be dance music. We will cover steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the klezmer repertory, such as freylakhs, bulgar, sher and zhok or hora. Special attention will also be on shayning (or shining), a form of improvisational dance. Dance Studio 336
    • Yiddish in/and Translation  Naomi Seidman. This workshop will explore the issues of Yiddish and translation, recognizing the central role played by translation in the continuing transmission of Yiddish, Yiddish literature, and Yiddishkayt. We will examine different translations of a single Yiddish poem, sensitizing ourselves to the role cultural context plays in the production of a translation. All texts will be available in Yiddish and English. Gallanter Hall 206
  • 11:40 AM to 1:10 PM ~ Session B
    • Interactive Klezmer: "Ask Dr. Klez"  Joshua Horowitz and Cookie Segelstein of Budowitz . An exciting class in which the audience and participants generate questions and themes that Joshua and Cookie will address. The session will include live playing, provocative discussion, rare recordings, and a Q & A dealing with virtually anything in the klezmer world. Classroom 312
    • Carpathian Collage  Sandor Toth, Zsolt Kurtos, Tamas Gombai. Join the Hungarian members of Budowitz in an unusual presentation of musical styles from the Carpathian mountain region of Eastern Europe that has nourished Klezmer music for centuries. Beit Midrash 209
    • Woodwind Technique  Christian Dawid of Budowitz. Join Europe's top klezmer clarinetist in an intensive class designed to show insider tricks of klezmer improvisation for woodwinds, including how to play and structure ornaments, elliptical phrasing, fills and turnarounds, and fast ear learning. All woodwinds welcome. Kanbar Hall
    • Chayale Ash's Life in the Yiddish Theater  Chayale Ash, acclaimed Yiddish actress and diva, will do a dramatic reading in Yiddish and reminisce about her life and times as an artist, from early years on stage in Romania, Poland, and in Displaced Person camps, to later years as a play director and actress in Israel and the United States. Gallanter Hall 206
    • Yiddish 101  Harvey Varga Find out how to say a variety of interesting expressions in Yiddish. This will be a fun class and you will learn expressions that you can use every day in the English-speaking world. Adult Lounge 223
    • Metal Foil Hamsas for Kids  Claire Sherman. We will explore metal foil: drawing on it to create an embossed line, coloring it, and cutting it for more three-dimensional effects. This class is appropriate for all ages: old enough to cut with scissors, through teens, and beyond. We will learn about hamsas, the hand-shaped amulet prevalent in Jewish and Islamic folk art, and design our own from metal foil. Classroom 308
  • 1:10 to 2:30 PM ~ Lunch Break
    • Nu, so what's for lunch? (For All) Lunch is available at the three eateries on-site at the JCCSF, or nearby restaurants, or bring your own lunch to Kanbar Hall.  More Info

  • 2:30 to 4:00 PM ~ Session C
    • Everyone's Intergenerational Klezmer Band  Rob Reich. Welcome, people of all ages, instruments, and experience levels! Rob will lead you through all aspects of playing in a klezmer ensemble. After learning a basic melody, we'll bring that tune to life with rhythm, harmony, texture, and arrangement ideas that draw upon everybody's strengths. Beit Midrash 209
    • Master Class for Instrumentalists  Cookie Segelstein and Tamas Gombai. Join members of Budowitz in a session that is highly interactive, intensive, unabashedly honest, and humorous. We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of increasing musical energy, correcting arrangement problems, band coordination, stage presentation, and will reveal trade secrets.  All are invited to bring prepared material, whether a full band or an individual. Please sign up ahead of time, because time is limited to a small number of performances (please email [email protected] or use signup sheet at the registration desk). Classroom 312
    • Soles on Fire: Traditional Eastern European Jewish Dance  (For All) Michael Alpert, with live accompaniment by musicians of Budowitz. In this participatory workshop for all ages, leading Yiddish dance authority and researcher Michael Alpert teaches the Jewish wedding dances traditionally done to klezmer music: the freylekhs, sher, bulgar, and others. The line, circle, and partner dances create the framework for the cultural and social experience that is Yiddish celebration at its best. Kanbar Hall
    • Introduction to Yiddish Song  Henry Carrey. An historical  overview of Yiddish song from the early 19th century to the present. We touch on niggunim and the effect of niggunim and khazones on songs; folksongs and folkshtimlikhe lider; art songs and theater songs. Illustrated with recorded selections. Handouts and opportunities to sing one or two songs. Music Studio 315
    • The Art of Jewish Papercutting  Claire Sherman.  Participants will learn a little about the history of papercutting, see examples of papercuts, both ancient and modern, including the artist's own work, and then have the opportunity to create a simple papercut or two of their own. Must be able to handle a sharp X-acto knife. All materials will be provided. No artistic experience necessary. Classroom 308
    • Yiddish Singing for Families  (For All) Gerry Tenney. Learn a new old song. Bring along a song to sing, if you'd like. Song sheets will be provided. Adult Lounge 223
    • Let's Make a Musical Yiddish Play  (For All) Bruce Bierman. This ensemble experience for klezmer musicians and theatre enthusiasts of all ages will bring a classic Yiddish folk tale to life, with live music, drama, movement and Yiddish dance. Gallantar Hall 206
  • 4:10 to 5:30 PM ~ Finale
    • Dobranotsh (For All) A "good night" ceremony (which traditionally concludes most East European Jewish celebrations) bringing together all participants to dance and celebrate the spirit of Yiddish culture. Accompanied by Budowitz and participant-musicians with newly-learned melodies, Michael Alpert will lead us in a krentsl tans, proceeding to a grande marche and closing circle. Kanbar Hall
  • Key to symbols:

    • Music participatory classes are intended for musicians, but auditors are also welcome

    • Yiddish Culture  for all

    • Youth Program  designated classes are intended for ages 7-17. However, youths are welcome in all workshops, such as the dance classes and music classes for which they have suitable background. Conversely, adults are welcome in youth classes



(Dance Leader, All the World Is In These Songs: Soles on Fire; Traditional Eastern European Jewish Dance) ( Michael has been a pioneering figure in the current renaissance of East European Jewish klezmer music for over 25 years, and is internationally known for his performances and recordings with Brave Old World, Khevrisa, Kapelye, David Krakauer, Itzhak Perlman, and other artists. Raised in a Yiddish-speaking family and adept at some 20 languages, he is considered the finest traditional Yiddish singer of his generation, and is noted for his original Yiddish songs on contemporary themes. Alpert was musical director of the PBS Great Performances special "Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House," its subsequent concert tours, and the resulting CDs. An important link between Old World Jewish musicians and the klezmer revival, Alpert was a research associate at New York's YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and has conducted extensive documentation of traditional Jewish music and dance in throughout North America and Europe. Michael lives in New York.


(Life in the Yiddish Theater) Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, to parents who were well known actors in the Yiddish theater, she started her own acting career at the age of 6. During WW II, Chayale survived five years in Russian labor camps, and afterwards made her way to a Displaced Person camp in Austria, before finally reaching Israel in 1948. There, she co-founded, and starred, in Israel's first Yiddish Theater, in Haifa, where she struggled along with other survivors against the inhospitable climate for Yiddish that existed in Israel. Years of globe-trotting all over Europe, Israel, South Africa, South American, Canada, and the U.S. followed. In 1961 she settled in Philadelphia, and co-founded the Yiddish Musical Comedy Theater. Chayale lives in San Jose, and shtitsed yidish kultur through lectures and talks about the Yiddish theater, the Holocaust, and her remarkable personal story.


(Yiddish Dance I; Let's Make a Musical Yiddish Play) Bruce toured the country as a performer and teacher with the critically-acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble. He teaches Jewish and world dance as an artist-in-residence in schools, synagogues, community centers, libraries and festivals throughout California and the United States, and has been a guest presenter for KlezCalifornia, the Jewish Music Festival, and the Bureau of Jewish Education Library. He has written, directed, and choreographed three original award-winning plays, and most recently choreographed and co-directed the Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center. Bruce lives in San Francisco.


(Yiddish Sing-Along; Introduction to Yiddish Song) A Boston native and graduate of the Workmen’s Circle mitlshul, Henry is the son of Yiddish radio star, Leyke Post, and the brother of Yiddish actor/singer, David Carrey. He was a member of the famed San Francisco Lamplighters G&S troupe or 13 years, performing in a variety of roles. In New York, he sang with the CBST Community Chorus, the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, and the New Yiddish Chorale. He has acted in several Folksbiene purimshpils, and  performed as “Der Groyser General“ in the Yiddish “Pirates of Penzance,” and as the villain Papus in Goldfaden’s “Bar Kochba.” At last year’s Klezkamp, he was Ahasuerus in the “Megillah of Itzik Manger,“ and John Cleese in a Yiddish version of Monty Python's “Dead Parrot" sketch. Henry recently moved back to San Francisco from New York.


(Budowitz, C-Clarinet; Klezmer Youth Orchestra; Woodwind Technique) Considered one of today's leading klezmer clarinetists. Classical music studies in Germany, performances in various chamber music ensembles, theaters and opera houses. Arranger and composer, international live performances and radio productions of numerous original classical works. Co-founder of the renowned European duo, Khupe. Performances and collaborations with many leading artists of the klezmer revival, including Brave Old World, Veretski Pass, Warschauer/Strauss Duo, Klezmatics, Shura Lipovsky, Theodore Bikel, Frank London, Lorin Sklamberg. Teacher at international festivals and academies, such as KlezKanada, Klezmerwochen Weimar, KlezFest St Petersburg, KlezFest London, and KlezKamp. Christian lives in Berlin, Germany.


(Budowitz, Violin; Music Ensemble -- Melody; Carpathian Collage; Master Class for Instrumentalists) Born in Dunaujváros, Hungary. Classical studies at the Béla Bartók Academy of Music and the Musical Faculty of the Lóránd Eötvös University. Degree in Music Education. Specialist in the music of the Carpathian Basin and Eastern Europe. Member of the Hegedös Ensemble, Hungary since 1994. Featured Guest Artist with the renowned Lindsays Quartet in Sheffield England with the Hegedös Ensemble. On and off-stage musician with the Hungarian National Theatre. Choir leader. Ongoing participant in Hungarian and International Music Festivals. MC: Ujstilus: Vásárfia; CD: Hegedös: Sok szép napot éjszakával; The Rough Guide To Klezmer; Budowitz: Wedding Without A Bride. Tamas lives in Budapest, Hungary.


(Budowitz, Accordion & Tsimbl; Music Ensemble Rhythm and Accompaniment; "Ask Dr. Klez") Joshua received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Klezmer Music Research Project for eight years. He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, and performs with Veretski Pass, Rubin & Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University and is a regular teacher at KlezKamp, The Albuquerque Academy and KlezKanada. His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. His recordings with Budowitz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rubin & Horowitz, Alicia Svigals, Adrianne Greenbaum, and Fialke have achieved international recognition. He is the recipient of more than 40 awards, including the Prize of Honor for his orchestral composition, Tenebrae, presented by the Austrian government. Joshua recently moved from the Bay Area to Madison, Connecticut.

Josh Horowitz (© 2004 Christoph Giese)


(Budowitz, 'Cello; Music Ensemble Rhythm and Accompaniment; Carpathian Collage) Born in Budapest. Classical piano studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Piano instructor from 1977-1980. Member of the Hungarian Army Folk Dance Group since 1979. Member of the renowned folk music ensemble, Hegedös, since 1984 with worldwide performances in South America, Mexico, Russia, the UK and Europe. International performances on double-bass and 'cello. On and off-stage musician with the Hungarian National Theatre since 1984. Numerous film score performances. Collaborations with Márta Sebestyén and Katalin Szvorák. LP's: Hegedös; Tündérkert: Hungarian and Rumanian Folk Music From Transylvania; Fele-más: Folk Music From The Carpathian Basin; CD's: Hegedös: Last Inventory; Hegedös: All The Good Days And Nights; The Rough Guide To Klezmer; Budowitz: Wedding Without A Bride. Zsolt lives in Budapest, Hungary.


(Yiddish Sing-Along; Everyone's InterGenerational Klezmer Band) Rob composes and performs on many instruments, in many styles. In addition to playing klezmer with the Red Hot Chachkas and Kugelplex, he also plays gypsy jazz with Gaucho, southern soul with Lord Loves A Working Man, and composes for the theater troupe Rococo Risque. Rob lives in San Francisco.


(Budowitz, Violin & Viola; Music Ensemble Melody; "Ask Dr. Klez;" Master Class for Instrumentalists) Cookie performs with Joshua Horowitz in the trio Veretski Pass, and recently joined Budowitz. She received a Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Cookie teaches klezmer fiddling at Living Traditions' KlezKamp, Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and teaches a klezmer class at Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. She has performed with The Klezical Tradition, Henry Sapoznik and The Youngers of Zion, The Klezmatics, Klezmer Fats, and Swing with Pete Sokolow and the late Howie Leess, Kapelye, Margot Leverett, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band. She has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the country, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University, and SUNY-Cortland. Cookie lives in Madison, Connecticut.
Cookie Segelstein (© 2004 Christoph Giese)


(Yiddish in/and Translation) Naomi is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her first book was A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish (1997). Her new book, Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation (2006), is a study of how translating from Hebrew has influenced the practice of Christianity and the character of Christian-Jewish relations. She has also translated from Hebrew and Yiddish. Naomi lives in Berkeley.
Naomi Seidman


(Jewish Arts for Kids; The Art of Jewish Papercutting) Claire creates ceramic sculptures and Jewish ritual objects. Following graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in ceramics, she spent a year in Israel, where she studied Hebrew and absorbed the archaeology and age-old landscape. The walls, archways and roofs of Israel's ancient architecture have had a lasting impact on her work. Claire conducts art workshops in paper cutting and Jewish ritual objects for adults and children throughout California. She is a founding member of Netivot Shalom in Berkeley.


(Yiddish Singing for Families) Gerry has been working with children for over forty years. He has worked in a variety of Jewish camps on both the east and west coasts. Currently he is the director and music teacher of the East Bay Kindershul, the only kids school in the Bay Area that emphasizes the Yiddish component of Yiddishkayt. He is also the leader of California Klezmer, the only Bay Area klezmer band that has children's music as an active component of its repertoire. Gerry lives in Oakland.
Gerry Tenney


(Budowitz, Violin & 3-string Contra-Viola; Music Ensemble Rhythm and Accompaniment; Carpathian Collage) Born in Kiskunfélegyháza, Hungary. Has studied and played Hungarian folk music since 1982. Member of the group, Méta from 1985-1987. Member of the Hegedös Ensemble and the Hungarian Army Folk Ensemble with worldwide performances in South America, Mexico, Russia, the UK and Europe since 1987. On and off-stage musician for the Hungarian National Theatre since 1987. Regular participant in Hungarian Dance House CDs/LPs: Hegedös: Tündérkert - Hungarian and Rumanian Folk Music From Transylvania, 1988; Fele-más: Folk Music From The Carpathian Basin, 1993; Last Inventory; Hegedös: All The Good Days And Nights, 1998; The Rough Guide To Klezmer; Budowitz: Wedding Without A Bride. Sandor lives in Budapest, Hungary.


(Yiddish 101) Harvey is a native Yiddish-speaker, born in New York to Holocaust survivors. He has taught Yiddish in San Francisco since 1977 at the JCCSF Adult Education Center, Lehrhaus Judaica in Berkeley, and Stanford University. He has taught frequently at KlezKamp in New York for the past fifteen years. His unique approach to teaching is informative as well as highly entertaining. Harvey lives in Oakland.