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,
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
|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