General Information

Registration & Tickets

  •  See hereTo buy tickets, call JCC Box Office at 415.292.1233. No tickets needed for free Saturday afternoon workshops, or free Sunday 5:00-6:30pm Sing-Along.

Festival Logistics

  • Location: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF), 3200 California St. (corner of Presidio Ave.), San Francisco CA 94118, 415.292.1233.  [MAP]  See Driving Instructions
  • Parking: On the street, or
    • UCSF Laurel Heights -- $8 per day Saturday and Sunday, $6 Monday. Park in either of two outdoor lots indicated on MAP -- one east of the entrance to 3333 California St. (across the street from JCCSF), called "Public Parking", and one west of the entrance, called "Staff Parking." If you have heavy instruments and gear, you could stop first in front of the JCC (heading west) and leave them with the volunteer at the door.
    • JCCSF garage -- $20 per day on Sunday and Monday (special reduced Festival rate available from JCCSF Front Desk) for indoor parking. Parking lot entrance on California Street. Enter from westbound lanes only. No overnight parking. See Details
    • JCCSF garage -- Saturday night concert & dance party: special discount parking rate for Concert available from POS Car in Atrium: $7 for non-members, $3 for members. If you park before 7:00pm (concert starts at 8:00pm), additional time will be charged at the regular rates. See Details. Garage closing time will be extended until after Concert and Dance Party end.
  • Free bicycle parking is available on level P2 of in JCCSF garage.
  • Carpools: We will try to connect people who want to carpool. Contact Heidi at hospitality[at], and indicate whether you are offering or seeking a ride, to or from where (city/neighborhood/airport), and on which days.  We'll have a Ride Board at the Festival.
  • Public transit: The JCCSF is accessible via the following SF Muni Lines: The 1 California, 3 Jackson, and 43 Masonic all have stops at the corner of California & Presidio. The 2 Clement, 24 Divisadero, 33 Stanyan, 31 AX/BX Balboa and 38 AX/BX Geary all have stops within a few blocks of the JCCSF To plan your trip, see or
  • Driving from East Bay: Bay Bridge westbound deck is expected to be closed on Presidents' Day Weekend (from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21), so plan to use another route (such as the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge) or public transit (e.g., BART to Embarcadero station, walk to Sacramento & Davis, board MUNI #1; or BART to Montgomery station, walk to Sutter & Kearney, board MUNI #2). Allow extra time, and carpool if you can. See  UPDATE: Bay Bridge is open on Monday.
  • Questions about transportation? Monte Cristo Bed & Breakfast, one block from the JCC, has an excellent information page about transportation to and parking in the JCCSF neighborhood.
  • Instrument storage: There will be a locked room for instrument storage during the day or overnight, at your own risk.



  • Box lunches are by 12 Tribes Kosher Foods, certified kosher by the Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California, and the Saturday night buffet dinner is by the JCCSF Cafe. You may also bring your own food, or get take-out in the neighborhood. You may also order additional meals for the weekend through 12 Tribes.
  • Food choices: See Meal Menus for descriptions of the meals. All meals have vegetarian options.
  • How to order meals: Order meals when registering through the JCCSF Box Office by phone, mail, email, fax or in person, see Registration. Sorry, order deadlines have passed.  In addition, a limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on site on a first-come first-serve basis; please ask at the Information Table.
  • The JCC Cafe will be open every day of the Festival. They sell food and beverages, some of which is certified kosher. To avoid long lines, we recommend that you pre-order Saturday dinner and Sunday and Monday lunch through KlezCalifornia.
  • We encourage you to eat with fellow Festival participants, teachers, and staff to strengthen our community and increase your fun. During Sunday and Monday lunchtime, join a special interest table to meet people who share one of your interests: speak Yiddish, create a new klezmer band, talk about activities in your city, etc.; join a table without a special subject and meet new people; or listen to the Open Mic Cabaret. Dining tables will be available in Fisher Hall (special interest tables and open tables) and in the Atrium (Cabaret).
  • We will organize groups to go out to dinner Sunday evening after the Community Yiddish Sing-Along.

What to Bring

  • Paper and pen/pencil if you like to take notes.
  • Musical instrument if you play, and any supplies you might need (extra strings, picks, reeds, batteries, etc.). There will be a locked room for instrument storage during the day or overnight, at your own risk.
  • Recording device for workshops. You may record with teacher permission -- and we'd love to have a copy of any recording of a complete workshop.
  • Music stand labeled with your name, if you wish to use charts. 
  • Meals and snacks if you prefer to bring your own. 
  • Mute if you play a loud instrument.

For Sale at the Festival

  • We will sell Yiddish and klezmer-related products at our Klezmer Store (KlezKrom), such as CDs featuring and books written by Festival teachers, performers, and speakers. We are happy to also sell relevant products on behalf of other Festival participants. Please contact us at least a week before the Festival via info[at], 415.789.7679.


  • We may take photographs and/or video of the Festival for use in our newsletter, website, or similar non-commercial purposes (such as the photo at right). Please let us know if you object to use of photographs of you for such purposes.


  • Would you like to help us put on a great Yiddish Culture Festival? We need all kinds of volunteer help, before, during and after the Festival, such as distributing flyers, bringing people to and from airports and hotels, checking registrations, and helping at the Information Table. If you want to help, email Rivka at volunteer[at]