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Spring Sing-Alongs in Yiddish!
March 2008

Do you sing in the shower?  In Yiddish?  So do we!  Join KlezCalifornia at one (or more) of the three spirited sing-alongs we're having in private homes over the next two months.  All are scheduled for 8:00 - 10:00pm on a Saturday night.
April 5, in the East Bay/Berkeley
April 26, in San Francisco
May 10, South Bay/Mountain View
We'll begin at 8:00pm (with havdoleh) and wrap up at 10:00pm.  KlezCalifornia songbooks, which contain many popular Yiddish songs, will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite songs and song sheets to teach or to lead.  If you have an instrument and can play along, bring it!
Since we're holding these sing-alongs in private homes, please RSVP to [email protected] and we will send you the exact location, as well as info on nosherei (snacks).

Additional Events of Interest
JMFThe 23rd Annual
Jewish Music Festival
March 22 - 30, 2008
SF Bay Area
Opening night is this Saturday in Berkeley, but there will be more than a full week of tremendous concerts and unique programs in multiple venues throughout the Bay Area.
By now, you've certainly seen some of the amazing publicity, so it's just a matter of checking your calendar one last time and making sure you take in as much of this annual Bay Area treasure as you possibly can.  All the details are available at

Klezmer WorkshopsKlezmer Ensemble & Band Workshops
If you want to learn to play klezmer in groups, and already know how to play your instrument, there are upcoming opportunities to do so at several bay area locations.
David Rosenfeld, of Kugelplex (mandolin/violin), is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and composer who has been playing stringed instruments for over 25 years, and teaching for almost as long.  He will be conducting workshops shortly in both Berkeley and Palo Alto.
JCC East Bay (click here for directions)
Tuesdays, April 1 - May 27 (skipping 4/22), 7:30pm - 9:00pm
$100 general, $80 members (for all eight classes)
Albert L. Schultz JCC (click here for directions)
Thursdays, April 3 - May 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
$85 general, $75 members
Cubberley Campus, Modular Classroom A
Contact: Heidi Stein, 650-852-3505
To find out more, and assure that you receive notice of upcoming workshops, contact David Rosenfeld at 415-407-7162, or [email protected].
WexMichael Wex
Scholar-In-Residence Weekend
April 11-13, 2008
Congregation Shomrei Torah - Santa Rosa, CA
Yiddish National Treasure, bestselling author of "Born to Kvetch" and "Just Say Nu," novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on Yiddish language and literature will be joining the Santa Rosa Jewish community for a Shabbat in April.  You can too!
For directions, click here.  For carpooling, post a message on KlezCalifornia's Message forum here:
Friday, April 11, 7:30pm Shabbat evening services followed by Michael Wex's lecture: "I'm Becoming a Penitential Chicken for You, Pussy-Cat: Yiddish and the Liturgy"
Saturday, April 12, 10:30am Shabbat morning services and lecture: "Daytsh Aftselakhis (German in Spite of the Germans): The Jewish Roots of Yiddish"
Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm Lecture, discussion and book signing "Don't Knock Me a Teakettle: Strange Yiddish Expressions and How They Got That Way"
Sunday, April 13, 8:30am Brunch with Michael Wex, and a final lecture: "It Should Happen to my Enemies: The Yiddish View of Life"
Special Shabbat Program
Yiddish Culture, Eastern European History, and Klezmer Music
with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
April 5, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
Yale Strom is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists. Since 1981, he has conducted extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, focusing on all aspects of Roma and Jewish culture. He is a director, composer, musician, photographer and writer. Elizabeth Schwartz has been called the "Piaf of Yiddish song" and has performed across North America and internationally. She is also an independent filmmaker and former Hollywood film executive.
For details of the program, click here.  For directions to Kol Emeth, click here.