KlezCalifornia Board has undergone a few changes this year. We express
our thanks and acknowledge our great debt to Julie Egger for helping
get KlezCalifornia off the ground as Founding President and chief
organizer for many of our wonderful events so far. Julie resigned from
the Board in January and is focusing her exceptional energy on her
exciting klezmer band, Red Hot Chachkas. We wish her and them continued
great success. Gerry Tenney is our new President. He's been leading
California Klezmer, Kindershul, and other Yiddish and folk music
activities for many years. His rendition of A Hard Day's Night in
Yiddish has been viewed on YouTube
more than 215,000 times!
Kunofsky, Executive Director and co-founder of KlezCalifornia with
Julie, has been Treasurer since we got started, and is overwhelmingly
responsible for securing grants from four foundations (Walter &
Elise Haas Fund, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Edgar and Geraldine
Feder Foundation, and Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture). We
thank them all profusely for essentially underwriting most of our
initial programming, anticipating sufficient help from our own
participants in and enthusiasts for Yiddish-based culture.
delighted to welcome three new Board members, all long time
participants in Yiddish culture. Singer Henry Hirsch Carrey recently
returned to the Bay Area after several years in the New York Yiddish
theater scene. Organizer Rachel McClung has generously contributed her
ideas to nearly all Board meetings for many years and assisted with
events and administration. She now chairs our Marketing Committee. Tony
Phillips, KlezCalifornia's webmaster, is a member of the Steering
Committee of the Jewish Music Festival, and plays klezmer with the Red
Hot Chachkas.KlezCalifornia bursting with activity!
new Tastes of Yiddish Culture programs -- in JCCs, schools, shuls, and
private homes -- include dance parties, Yiddish sing-alongs, social
events for Yiddish speakers (details in next newsletter!), dramatic
short story readings in Yiddish/English, master classes with visiting
klezmorim, and more. Discussions are also under way with most of the
region's JCCs about one-time and ongoing programs.
you know from our recent request for your planning advice, we are now
prepared organizationally and financially (with your help?) to
undertake an ambitious residential (non-commuting) program. Our survey
re such events has so far elicited a large number invaluable responses.
Some preliminary results follow below in this newsletter.
A few important requests:
forward this newsletter to a friend, especially to anyone you know
who may be interested in helping plan our great leap forward. Use the
link at right.
If you have not already done so, please give us the benefit of your 2 cents
by taking 5 (to maybe 15) minutes of your time to complete the Residential Event Planning Survey
you would consider helping to underwrite a non-commuting "camp" event
please let us know. Or if you know anyone else who might make such a
gift, please ask them or let us know. Leave a message at 415/789-7679
or Email us at email@example.com
. Donations are tax-deductible.
A groysn dank! Thanks a lot.
|Yiddish Singing in San Francisco at Ner Tamid - Friday, August 22nd|
| |Join KlezCalifornia at Congregation Ner Tamid's Prayer Home Companion
on Friday evening, August 22. Modeled after public radio's successful
variety show with Garrison Keillor, Rabbi Moshe Levin will tell stories
from Lake Won't Be Gone, a fictitious but
fascinating Orthodox neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn.
KlezCalifornia Board members Mitchell Shandling and Judy Kunofsky will
lead Yiddish songs during an evening filled with stories, humor, and
the Shabbes spirit. A lively and contemporary music service with
Cantor Rudy Hassid and musician Achi Ben Shalom begins the evening,
followed by a potluck dinner (dairy/vegetarian) and Prayer Home Companion.
1250 Quintara Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
6:00 pm on Friday, August 22 for candle lighting and Kaboles Shabbes
|The Freylech: Dance Parties at the JCC - Sunday, August 31st|
| |Get ready to stomp, shvitz and boogie down again! Join KlezCalifornia for another evening of Yiddish dancing led by master dance leader Bruce Bierman, director of Jewish Dance Theatre. The FREYLECH! starts at 7:00pm with Bruce teaching Yiddish dances and music by Kugelplex. From 8:00-10:00pm, dancing and songs of freedom performed by Gerry Tenney
(well-known singer and KlezCalifornia president) in honor of Labor Day.
Look forward to a slate of stellar fall productions from this
ensemble. Co-presented by Jewish Dance Theatre, KlezCalifornia, JCC of
the East Bay/Jewish Music Festival, and The Workman s Circle/Arbeter
Ring of Northern California. For complete details, click HERE.
Sunday August 31 JCC of the East Bay
Dance lesson: 7:00-8:00pm 1414 Walnut Street
Live music/group dance: 8:00-10:00pm Berkeley, CA 94709
$10 - $20 sliding scale. Kinder (children) 12 and under: $1
| Preliminary Survey Summary |
| |1. How interested are you in a residential (non-commuting) KlezCalifornia event
near the Bay Area? Number of Response(s) % of Responses
Very interested 35 42.1%
Interested 30 36.1%
Neutral 10 12.0%
Uninterested 5 6.0%
No Responses 3 3.6%
Total 83 100.0%
2. Which of the following event schedules most appeal to you?
Top number is the count of respondents selecting the option.
(Bottom % is percent of the total respondents selecting the option.
) Very Good Good Neutral Not Good
New Year's weekend away 14 18 9 31
19% 25% 13% 43%
M.L.King weekend away 28 22 12 12
38% 30% 16% 16%
Presidents' weekend away 26 22 10 16
35% 30% 14% 22%
Memorial weekend away 18 19 18 19
24% 26% 24% 26%
summer week away 20 19 19 15
27% 26% 26% 21%
summer week daily commute 15 21 18 19
21% 29% 25% 26% 3. Would you prefer 3 day weekend events start Fri PM with shabos program, or Sat PM
after shabos? Number of Response(s) % of Responses
Fri PM 55 66.2%
Sat PM 17 20.4%
No Responses 11 13.2%
Total 83 100.0%4. Including yourself, estimate how many participants you will bring? 1 2 3 4 4+
adults 48 27 0 0 1
teens 7 1 0 0 0
kids 7 5 0 0 05. Will you help assure the event with a paid advance reservation? Number of Response(s) % of Responses
As soon as available 8 9.6%
6 months advance 4 4.8%
3 months advance 25 30.1%
1 month advance 28 33.7%
Will not reserve in advance 5 6.0%
Other 9 10.8%
No Responses 4 4.8%
Total 83 100.0%