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2008-09


KlezCalifornia

Our big news, and getting bigger, is the Jewish Dance Theatre's FREYLEKH. With our support and that of JCC of the East Bay, Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman's klezmer dance party and cabaret is rockin' out of its baby shoes. If you have yet to experience the extraordinary simkha, this month brings you two dates and venues, so don't miss it again! 

KlezCalifornia Events This Month
Sunday, Sept. 21, 12:15 --1:10pm,Annette
FREYLEKH at Palo Alto's To Life! Festival

The To Life! Festival and KlezCalifornia present the Jewish Dance Theatre's FREYLEKH. Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman's rockin' klezmer dance party and cabaret features members of the shtetl rock band, Kugelplex, and special guest vocalist Heather Klein. Bruce will teach basic steps and formations of the popular Yiddish dance called the freylekh. Get ready to shvitz (sweat) and shayn (show your stuff) out on the dance floor!

Festival: 10am - 5pm
Freylekh: 12:15 - 1:10pm
California Avenue, in Palo Alto
on the Community Stage.

Sunday, Sept. 28, 7:00 -- 10:00pm
The JCC of the East Bay and
KlezCalifornia Present the Jewish Dance Theater's Freylekh

Bruce Bierman and the shtetl rock band, Kugelplex. The Bay Area's only ongoing venue for live klezmer music, Yiddish dance, and cutting edge Jewish cabaret performance. With members of the shtetl rock band, Kugelplex, and guest vocalist Heather Klein.
1414 Walnut @Rose, Berkeley, 94709
KlezCalifornia News
Our last newsletter introduced several of our most makhing makhers. Here are some more.

Icek Mozes, Secretary (San Francisco), spent most of his professional career as a financial services executive with U.S. Leasing, Inc. in San Francisco. Born in post-War France to survivors from Poland who eventually made their way to a chicken farm in New Jersey, Icek's first language was Yiddish. His interest in Jewish music and Yiddish literature was largely dormant after he moved to the Bay Area in 1974, but was reawakened at KlezKamp West in 1998. His family attends San Francisco's Congregation Beth Sholom, where he served on Board of Directors as well as the Finance Committee. Icek led the Yiddish Conversation Club at the JCCSF and currently leads the Yiddish Music Club (a.k.a. Der Yiddisher DeeJay) at Rhoda Goldman Plaza. He coordinates KlezCalifornia's Yiddishe Salons for native/fluent Yiddish speakers.

Talia Shaham, Vice President (Palo Alto) is a scientific programmer at SRI International in Menlo Park. Born in Israel, she moved to the U.S. as a child and grew up in Palo Alto, where she still lives. She is the mother of four grown daughters, all of whom had Hebrew day school educations and bat mitzvahs at Congregation Kol Emeth, where she is still a member. Talia has played the violin since childhood and only a few years ago went to KlezKamp in New York and became intoxicated with klezmer music. She plays in a local orchestra and has more recently performed in a small klezmer band. Talia is an avid Israeli folk dancer and a fluent Hebrew speaker. She heads up the KlezCalifornia committee planning a residential event for 2010.
Other Local Events of Yiddish Interest
Mon - Tues, Sept. 15 - 16
Eli Katz Memorial Conference on Yiddish

UC Berkeley, 4333 Dwinelle Hall

Monday, Sept. 15, 8:00pm
Yiddish singer Michael Alpert,
Held at the JCC East Bay

Friday, September 19, 7:30pm
Klezmer Shabbat Service

Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco
Kvell and daven with familiar shul tunes melded with klezmer rhythms and melodies, followed by a dance freylekh.  With Cantor Sharon Bernstein, Stu Brotman, and Sheldon Brown
KlezCal Heads Up
Sunday, Oct.19, 1:00 -- 4:00pm:
Simkhe in the Sukkeh, JCC of East Bay, Berkeley
Art, history, music, food, and storytelling for the entire family

Sunday, Nov. 2,  2:00 -- 4:00pm: Yidishe Salon for native and fluent speakers. Oakland.

Sunday, Nov.16, 7:30 -- 9:30pm: Yidishe Salon for nisht azoy ay-ay-ay yidish reders. Berkeley.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:00pm, Klezmer Conservatory Band at JCCSF, preceded by Hankus Netsky lecture. Presented in association with KlezCalifornia.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 11:00am -- 4:30pm All-day workshop with Hankus Netsky,
Master Class/Klezmer Clinic for klezmer instrumentalists and Yiddish vocalists, individually and in amateur or professional bands, and for others who would like to watch a master maximize a personal  or group sound, given particular instruments, songs, and klezmer style.

HEAD STILL UP?

From: Jon Levitow (Email me HERE)
Yiddish class at Lehrhaus Judaica this fall... The class will be held Monday evenings, 7-9, at Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, beginning the last week in October. You (or anyone) can register and check out the details on the Lehrhaus website HERE. I believe it's the first time the Lehrhaus has offered beginning Yiddish in a while. The class is called "introductory," but I know that there will be some students who started with me last year at Stanford Continuing Studies, and therefore it will be a sort of "immersion" and "introduction" class at the same time, which I think is an interesting concept.