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Just five days after the High Holidays comes Sukes (Sukkot).  Could there be a better time of year than the Middle Days of this harvest festival to spend a delightful Sunday afternoon in the green hills and valleys of West MarinBlue Logo?
Yiddish Folk Festival
Sunday, September 30th - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
6350 Sir Frances Drake Blvd., San Geronimo
9 miles west of San Rafael in Marin
Klezmer Music from:  The Red Hot Chachkas, The Freilachmakers String Band, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, Yiddish Singing and Dancing with Gerry Tenney and
Bruce Bierman.
Participatory Workshops: dancing - singing - storytelling - children's activities - food - art - select vendors - fun for all ages!  Don't forget to Bring Your Instruments!
Tickets: $15 adults, $5 kids, and $30 family of  3 or more
More Info:  (415) 488-8888 or,,
sgvccThe day will follow two tracks.  There will be spirited klezmer performances on the main stage by the three bands listed above, AND a half-dozen participatory workshops (starting at 3:00 pm).
Workshops will include:
Klezmer Melody (members of RHC)
Klezmer Rhythm (members of RHC)
Yiddish Dance (by Bruce Bierman)
Yiddish Singing (by Gerry Tenney)
Yiddish Storytelling - in English (by Andy Rader)
Children's workshop (by Susan Tachera)
Come enjoy the music, the food, the art and Judaica that will be on display and for sale ... and hone your klezmer/yiddish skills while you're there.
From all of us at KlezCalifornia, best wishes for ..
a zis yor, a laykhtn fast (a sweet year, an easy fast)
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Music Fesival, Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Rodef Shalom, and Congregation Kol Shofar.  Support for this project provided by a grant from the Marin Arts Council Fund for Artists as well as community donors. The event is co-produced by KlezCalifornia, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, and Congregation Gan Halev.

@ The BJE Jewish Community Library

BJE LogoThe BJE Jewish Community Library in San Francisco frequently presents programs of interest to friends of KLezCalifornia.  Here are two upcoming events that we a co-sponsoring.

1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Yiddish Sing-Along: Lullabies, Wake-up Calls, and Songs in the Night
Jillian Tallmer and accompanistJillian Tallmer

Shlof Mayn Kind...Vakht Oyf!...Shtil, Di Nakht

Yiddish abounds in dark songs, edgy lullabies, and lyrical calls to action. Jillian will introduce a dozen familiar and less well-known songs, providing transliterated songsheets. To enter the world of Yiddish songs -- ironic, down-to-earth, poignant -- is to feel their irresistible spirit. Whether you're new to this music or already hooked, you will come away inspired. No previous familiarity is required to enjoy this sing-along experience!

Sunday, October 21, 1 - 3 pm


Eyn Fish Tsvey Fish Royter Fish Bloyer Fish:
A Reading and Discussion with Publisher Celeste Sollod

Celeste Sollod, who with her husband has translated and published Yiddish versions of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (Di Kats der Payats) and H.A. Rey's Curious George (George der Naygeriker), continues this fabulous series, this time with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, also by Dr. Seuss.  Celeste will read in Yiddish, translate into English, and discuss today's living Yiddish and how to keep it alive.  A family event for all ages; grandparents and grandchildren are especially welcome.

Sunday, November 18, 2 pm

Der Naygeriker

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Eyn Fish Tsvey

KlezCalifornia on KQED-TV Spark


Spark*Martin Schwartz
If you missed the segment on Klezmer music which aired in June on KQED-TV's Spark show, it is now available online as streaming video.  This 7 minute documentary film explores the klezmer revival in the Bay Area, and features Prof. Martin Schwartz, KlezCalifornia, the Red Hot Chachkas, and Budowitz.  It was largely filmed in January 2007 during the KlezCalifornia events held at the SF JCC January 6th and 7th.  You'll learn a lot, and see many familiar faces!
Additional Events of Interest

Veretski PassVeretski Pass

Jewish Music from the Carpathian Row
Saturday, October 6th Sunday, October 7th, 8:00 pm
Freight and Salvage                          Recital Hall of Capistrano Hall
1111 Addison Street, Berkeley          California State University
Door 7:30 pm, Music 8:00 pm           Sacramento State Campus
Tickkets and more info here.             Tickets and more info here.
With a new program from their soon to be released second CD, "Dov the Cow Swimmer," Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stuart Brotman synthesize raw energy and polished musicianship to produce music of unusual depth and power on a variety of traditional instruments, including violin, viola, button accordion, bass, bassetl (three-stringed bass), basy (three-stringed Polish folk cello), baraban (Jewish style drum), and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer).
On stage, as on its self-titled album, Veretski Pass extends an irresistible invitation to discover a lost musical world full of deep emotions and unbound energy.
Call Me MayerThey Called Me Mayer July
Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood
in Poland Before the Holocaust
September 10, 2007 - January 13, 2008
The Judah L. Magnes Museum
2911 Russell Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
They Called Me Mayer July is the result of a 40-year collaboration between Yiddish anthropologist, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, and her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt.  Mayer grew up in Apt, Poland, and immigrated to Toronto in 1934. Through conversations and interviews with his daughter, Mayer recreated in remarkable detail a Jewish life in a small Polish city before the Holocaust. In 1990, at the age of 74, Mayer taught himself to paint and has since been illustrating the stories of his hometown.
This exhibition includes more than 60 paintings that bring to life the characters, streets and domestic scenes of Apt, offering the children and grandchildren of Mayer's generation a chance to step into a vibrant world they can hardly imagine. The installation is enhanced by an immersive sound environment and audio commentary by Mayer and Barbara Kirshenblatt.
Learning YiddishHarvey Varga's Yiddish Class
Starts Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:15 pm for 8 sessions.
Cost:  $120  (No one turned away for financial reasons.)
Congregation Beth Jacob
3778 Park Boulevard -- Oakland, CA  94610
(510) 482-1147
[email protected]
Harvey Varga has taught Yiddish in the Bay Area for 25 years.  He is a native Yiddish-speaker, born in New York to Holocaust survivors, and has taught at the JCCSF Adult Education Center, Lehrhaus Judaica in Berkeley, and Stanford University. He has also 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.
Come learn your language, learn about your culture, learn about yourself.  Conversational Yiddish.  No previous knowledge or reading capability required.  The class is drop-dead fun.
Shirtwaist TaleA Shirtwaist Tale
The Klezmer Musical
Oct 5-21 (Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm)
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
For Tickets: (510) 444-8521
Nov 3-11 (Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm)
JCC of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
For Tickets: (510) 848-0237 Ext. 3
A Shirtwaist Tale brings to the stage the true story of the historic 1909 strike by thousands of young women in New York City against the unhealthy and unsafe conditions of the City's sweatshops, set against the background of the Jewish immigrant experience.  Details on the story, the cast, author, etc. -- including samples of the music are available on the website here.