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February Yiddish Culture Festival Was Fabulous!

Full holiday weekend of Yiddish culture and Klezmer music

Concerts, singing, dancing, music, Yiddish conversation and literature
For all ages, musicians and non-musicians,
All levels of Yiddish, all levels of music
Like KlezKamp and KlezKanada, but closer to home!

We are pleased that the Festival was a fabulous success, with a total attendance of 450! The Etz Chayim facility was bursting with happy people from our community at all the events -- concerts, workshops and special programs. There was much excitement during the three days, as people learned and studied together, sang, danced and played music, made new friends, heard two incredible concerts, and had an overall great and memorable experience.

See videos from our Festival at YiddishLives.

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KlezCalifornia & Congregation Etz Chayim present

KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival

February 12-15, 2010, in Palo Alto

Join us for the Yiddish Culture Festival at Congregation Etz Chayim (4161 Alma St, Palo Alto CA | map) over Presidents' Day Weekend
It's all shaping up to be a terrific mini-vacation for all of us this winter.  
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Questions? Ask info[at] or 1.415.789.7679.

Whatever your interests, the Festival has something terrific for you:
  • Musicians - Take advantage of this opportunity to study with master klezmer musicians and teachers from around the world
  • Families - Here’s a wonderful, fun, opportunity for your children to learn about the language, traditions, culture and music of our European ancestors
  • Choruses/singers - Where else can you spend four joyous days singing and learning new Yiddish songs with Sharon Bernstein and Eleanor Reissa?
  • Dancers - Klezmer music is made for dancing and we're bringing you Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub
  • Yiddish speakers - Live, eat, breathe, and speak Yiddish for four days. What could be better?
  • Synagogue-goers - Experience the exciting premiere of The Klezmer Shul, a new perspective on prayer by three klezmer musicians
  • World culture fans - Explore Jewish interactions with our Greek, Roma, Balkan, Ukrainian and American neighbors, including a workshop with Martin Schwartz, "godfather" of the klezmer revival.
  • And more ...


  • Saturday evening concert and dance party
    with terrific music by Festival teachers Stu Brotman (bass), Christian Dawid (clarinet), Josh Horowitz (accordion), Frank London (trumpet), Cookie Segelstein (violin), with
    singer Eleanor Reissa and other special guests. The world-renowned Steve Weintraub will lead dancing after the concert.
  • Sunday evening South Bay premiere of The Klezmer Shul,
    an original composition by klezmer trio Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stu Brotman). This new instrumental suite, inspired by synagogue services, was composed under the auspices of KlezCalifornia. The concert performance will be followed by discussion, and then Yiddish dancing.
  • Fifty-nine workshops over three days, including: 
    • Klezmer technique, ensembles, master classes, klezmer theory (with Joshua Horowitz), composing and improvising (with Frank London), beginners' read-along from simplified klezmer scores.
    • Opportunities to study with Frank London, trumpeter, bandleader and composer best known as a member of The Klezmatics. Frank is featured on over 200 CDs. His interests include traditional klezmer, jazz and avant garde, hazones, and zmires.
    • Master class for singers and two-day acting workshop with New York-based singer, writer, director and actor Eleanor Reissa, who starred in the title role of Yentl,has toured the country with her one-woman show, "Hip Heymish and Hot."
    • Yiddish expressions for the twenty-first century with popular Bay Area Yiddish Jon Levitow and Harvey Varga.  If you already know all these expressions, join the Yiddish-speaker tables at lunch on Sunday and Monday.
    • Jewish interaction with neighboring cultures: Klezmer/Balkan/Roma Connections with Christian Dawid and Peter Jaques, The Shared Melodic Pepertory of the Yiddish and Greek Worlds with Martin Schwartz, and Yiddish and Klezmer Meet American Music with Howard Freedman.
    • Yiddish in the Hasidic World, with Zachary Baker and Ken Blady.
    • Yiddish Love Songs (for Valentine's Day), with Sharon Bernstein, and Songs of the Jewish Labor Movement from both sides of the ocean, with Mark Levy.
    • The World of our Great-Grandparents: Eastern European Jewry from Earliest Times to 1881, with Ken Blady,
  • and much, much more...