Yiddish Culture Festival

November 1 & 2, 2014

at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, California [MAP] [DIRECTIONS 

Read the buzz! about Joel Rubin in J Weekly

"96 hours" recommendation from SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle (scroll down)

"worth a look" recommendation in Palo Alto Weekly
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reviewed in the San Jose Mercury News [photos]

Klezmer Concert & Dance Party

Saturday, November 1, 8 - 11pm

with internationally renowned

Clarinetist from East Coast and Europe in his first Bay Area appearance in 20 years 

"the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today" 


Cookie Segelsteinviolin, viola
Joshua Horowitzaccordion, tsimbl
Stu Brotmanbasy

Celebrated as one of the greatest living klezmer clarinetists today, Joel Rubin joins Veretski Pass in a brand new program of rare music from the repertoires of the pre-World War II Polish klezmorim. It will feature hitherto unrecorded gems that slide effortlessly between delicately nuanced nigunim (wordless melodies) to raucous village dances. His momentous reunion with the members of Veretski Pass is the first in the Bay Area in twenty years and promises to be a landmark event.


Bruce Bierman
Dance leader


7:15-7:45pm — Pre-concert entertainment in the Cultural Courtyard with the KlezCalifornia All-Stars

Workshops, Performance, & Finale Party

Sunday, November 2, 9am - 7pm

Reminder:  Daylight Savings Time ends Saturday night

9:00am — Master Classes

Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass will work with individuals and bands who sign up in advance. Audience encouraged!

11:00am-12:30pm — Workshops Session 1

Adults and Teens: Instrumental Music, Dancing, Poetry, Lecture/Demonstration
Kids ages 6-12 and their families: How Does the Tsar Drink Tea?  Class will put together a play for a 5:00pm performance!

12:45-1:45pm — Buffet Lunch

FREE for Pass holders, or available for purchase if ordered by Saturday, Nov. 1, or BYO. Eat and shmooze with new and old friends!

2:00-3:00pm — “Three Singers, Four Opinions” Performance

A performer of rare Yiddish songs, a self-taught folk singer, and an opera-trained bass - all supported by one versatile accordionist - compare their favorite Yiddish songs in a series of solos, duets & trios.  Featuring Sharon BernsteinJeanette Lewicki, and Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell, accompanied by Jim Rebhan.

3:15-4:45pm — Workshops Session 2

Adults and Teens: Instrumental Music, Singing, Literature
Kids ages 6-12 and their families: How Does the Tsar Drink Tea?  Class will put together a play for a 5:00pm performance!

5:00-7:00pm — Freylekh Finale, Music & Dance Party (with pizza!)

Music by Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, Ghost Note Ensemble, Festival Dance Band, and more! Dancing led by Bruce Bierman

Bring instruments, dancing shoes, voices and your friends and family!