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Dear ...,Menorahs
If you've been keeping up, your box of candles should be emptied tonight, and the fire danger at Khanike (Chanukah) parties worldwide will reach its peak (see photo at right).   We hope you've enjoyed your latkes, your dreydles, your parties, and your company.
With Purim still about 3 months away, there's a bit of a dry spell coming up, Jewish holiday-wise, but if you note the events mentioned below, you'll be pleased to find there's no shortage of Yiddish cultural events coming up in the Bay Area!
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Yiddish Tango:  with Jeanette Lewicki                        ... this Thursday!

Jeannette LewickiYiddish Tango: Songs My Grandma Never Taught Me
A Performance w/ Interjections by Jeanette Lewicki
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Thursday, December 13, 7:30 P.M.
Jeanette Lewicki, singer/accordionist, tickles the underbelly of the Yiddish song repertory with a program of Yiddish tangos. Yiddish tango was germinated in the bordellos of Buenos Aires, fertilized by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and cross-pollinated by klezmer musicians traveling from Eastern Europe to South America. This program will be presented in theatrical lecture style, with placards for the Yiddish-impaired. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.
Wondering What to Do on December 25th?
Blue LogoA group of East Bay congregations are sponsoring a fantastic family event for the afternoon of December 25th!
Live music by the KlezCalifornia All-Star Band, led by Gerry Tenney, will provide the centerpiece for this Yiddish Folk Festival. The program will feature Yiddish Food, Yiddish Songs (song sheets provided), Yiddish Kibitsing and Yiddish  Dance - all with personalized instruction!
December 25th, 2:00-5:00pm
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA
Call or email Robin Braverman for advance reservations
925-979-1998 or [email protected]
Advance Tickets:  $20 adults, $10 kids (special rates for large families)
At the Door:          $25 adults, $12 kids
Sponsors:  Congregation Netivot Shalom, Congregation Beth El, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Aquarian Minyan, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Chochmat HaLev.
Red Hot Chachkas - CD Release/Dance Party @ Askhkenaz
Red Hot ChachkasThis week's J. carries the most recent of several glowing reviews of "Spice it Up!," the latest CD from our own Red Hot Chachkas.  This band has been delighting audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area for over ten years with their mix of traditional klezmer tunes and original compositions.  Read the reviews, then come to the CD Release/Dance party.  Dancing will be led by Bruce Bierman.
January 10, 2008
Doors open @ 7:00pm:  $10
Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo @ Gilman
Berkeley, CA 94702
Save the Date!  You're Invited to a Jewish Wedding!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2008, 2:00 PM
You'll want to dance your heart out after witnessing a traditional Eastern European Jewish mock wedding! Come together with family and friends and celebrate life.  L'Chaim!  All ages welcome!  Watch for details.
$33 members, $36 non-members, $30 seniors and youth (17 and under).
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Blvd  
Foster City, CA 94404
KlezCalifornia Needs Your Support
KlezCalifornia keeps enlivening Jewish culture in the Bay Area with much needed infusions of Yiddish and klezmer spirit. Your participation is essential in building our community, strengthening our rich Yiddish cultural inheritance, and introducing others to its pleasures.
Your financial support is particularly critical right now. A number of local Jewish foundations have generously helped us get started over the last five years, expecting us to grow to be more self-sustaining. At the same time, we think our community can now support a broad range of participatory cultural events, possibly returning to our wonderful but more ambitious multi-day camps. Our mailing list is growing, as are requests for more programs, but we need urgently to expand our financial underpinning.

Your gift right now is critical to sustaining Yiddish culture in the Bay Area. KlezCalifornia needs to raise $5,000 in individual donations in the next four weeks, so we can plan for 2008. Yiddish culture has a growing and devoted following - including you! With your help, we can together do so much more.

May we count on you for a tax-deductible gift right now? Click here to donate on-line, before you forget!   A sheynem dank (our sincere thanks),

Julie Egger                                                                                             Judy Kunofsky
President                                                                                                Executive Director