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Newsletter May, 2007

KlezCalifornia is "cooking" many programs for the next 16 months. As our activities expand, we welcome your help in ways small and large.
Are you ready for another weekend intensive? We are talking with several JCCs about having another of our fabulous weekend programs. If you would be willing to serve on a Host Committee to talk up the program with your friends and acquaintances in the months before it occurs, let us know!
We're also offering several one-evening or short-series Tastes of Yiddish Culture programs for your shul, JCC, religious school, day school, etc., including Family Evenings of Yiddish Music and Dance; Holiday Songs from the Yiddish Tradition; and teaching the fir kashes (four questions) before Pesakh.  Invite us to present our "Menu of Tastes" to your organization's program committee.
If you didn't attend our April 19 event with Margot Leverett, you missed a big treat!  We are starting to put on these evening Master Classes with visiting klezmer musicians.  Help us promote such events with your musician friends.
Are you a teacher in a Jewish setting interested in incorporating Yiddish culture into your curriculum? Link up with our Yiddish Culture Curriculum Project.
Are you fluent in Yiddish? We'd like to set up some social events for fluent Yiddish speakers.  If you would like to be the host or a guest, let us know!
There are so many easy ways you can help foster a thriving Yiddish culture community in the Bay Area.  Join us!  Tell us your interests.  Send an email to:. [email protected].  We'll be in touch.
... In This Issue
Finding Khevruse (Activity Partners)
Concert & Dance - JCC Sonoma County
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot - JCC East Bay
Borukh Dayan Emes
Other Events of Interest
Khevruse Directory Now Available

If you've been looking for a way to meet up with others in the Bay Area who share your specfic interests in klezmer music and Yiddish culture, help has finally arrived!

Forty-four people recently received the first Khevruse Directory - via email on an Excel spreadsheet. To assure privacy, only those who register themselves receive copies of the directory. You can sign up here. Questions? Contact
[email protected].
"Klezmer, Music with Soul" -- Concert and Dance Party, May 27th
Absolute Music Logo
Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, The Red Hot Chachkas and Bruce Bierman (Yiddish dance teacher) will be presenting their program, "Klezmer, Music with Soul" in Santa Rosa.
Led by Julie Egger and comprised of multi-talented performers on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group plays traditional Eastern European dance tunes, ranging from frenzied to tranquil tantsn (dances), plus original compositions and improvisions building on the klezmer tradition.
Absolute Music at the Friedman Center brings master musicians and presents classical, jazz, folk and klezmer music to the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County.
The Friedman Center
4676 Mayette, Santa Rosa,  CA 95405
May 27th, 2:00 - 4:00pm  ~  Tickets: $15
Tikkun Leyl Shevuot  ... with Sholom Aleichem
Blue LogoSholom AleichemErev Shavues, Tuesday evening, May 22  hundreds of people will come together for a Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (an "all-nighter" of study and Jewish learning) at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay.  This community-wide Tikkun had its origins at U.C. Berkeley Hillel in 1989, and is now believed to be among the largest of such events anywhere.  It brings together dozens of organizations, synagogues, scholars, teachers and presenters ... of every color on the Jewish spectrum.  And includes sessions on a range of topics and interests too numerous to list in this short space.  For details, check the JCCEB website.
KlezCalifornia is co-sponsoring the Tikkun this year and among the offerings will be a session titled "Milkhiks Oyf Sheviyes" (dairy foods on Shavuot).  This short story by Sholom Aleichem is based on the custom of eating dairy foods on the holiday of Shavuot, and provides great insight into how much more expansive Yiddish cuisine was, when compared to the few dishes we are acquainted with today.  Harvey Varga and Mitchell Shandling will read in Yiddish, and provide a vocabulary sheet plus "an alternating semi simul-trans" in English.
JCC of the East Bay (formerly the Berkeley Richmond JCC)
1414 Walnut Street,
Berkeley, CA  94709
Begins at 6:45 PM May 22, until dawn May 23
"Milkhiks Oyf Sheviyes" - 10:20 - 11:20pm
Free and open to the public
Borukh Dayan Emes -- Annette Brodovsky
Annette Brodovsky, a familiar and much-loved presence at many KlezCalifornia events, died tragically when she was hit by a drunk driver on April 6th 2007 in front of her friend's house while on her way to a Passover Seder.  Annette was a consummate musician and violinist, a devoted wife, mother to two young daughters, and excitedly expecting the birth of a son in a few months.
Kind, totally selfless, and generous beyond measure, Annette's angelic persona and enthusiasm radiated when her two daughters participated in the Youth Orchestra.  When she won the "Composer's Award" for an original piece performed at KlezCalifornia in 2004 (and immediately donated the prize money back to KlezCalifornia), her passion for klezmer music - and all music - was palpable.  She was a very special person.  Her loss leaves a hole in all our hearts.
Our sympathies go out to her husband Jason, their two daughters Jasmine and Hannah, and to their extended family.  A fund has been set up for her family at Jewish Family Service in Sacramento.  Contributions can be made to the "Annette Memorial Family Fund" in care of Jewish Family Service, 2862 Arden Way, Suite 103, Sacramento, CA  95825. Or by credit card to
Additional Events of Interest
Berkeley Yiddish Logo
The 5th Annual Yiddish Conference:
"Scholarship On and In Yiddish"
May 14-15, 2007

Room 370, Dwinelle Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus
Click here to view the program schedule.  Call (510) 643-2995 with any questions.
Klez-X LogoDavka LogoTwo of the Bay Area's most prominent Jewish music ensembles come together for a rare collaborative performance with their now Israel-based founder Daniel Hoffman.
Wed, May 30th, at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley$19.50 advance - $20.50 door
Klezmer On the Bay
Klezmer on the Bay Dinner Cruise
Sunday, June 10th

Join fellow Klezmer lovers for an unforgettable evening of music, dinner and dancing onboard the beautiful Royal Prince ferry. Price includes kosher-style dinner, cruise, entertainment and first drink.

The ferry boards from two locations: Sausalito passengers board at Golden Gate Ferry at 5:45 pm (return at approx. 8:15pm). All other passengers board at Pier 43 1/2 in San Francisco at 6:45 (return at approx 9 pm).
Details here, or call (650) 212-PJCC (7522)