|With the High Holidays come and gone and Sukes
(Succoth) coming on, it must be the fall. Come celebrate and build your
cultural skills at our fall events. If you speak (at least some)
Yiddish, come to one of our new Yidishe Salons. Most of our
recent events have been held in the East Bay or San Francisco, but this
year we hope to have new events in the South and North Bay. If that's
where you live, let us know what events would excite you, and tell us
how you can help. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Upcoming KlezCalifornia Events |
| |Thursday, October 16, 12:30 -- 2:00pm
Music for Sukes at the GTU, in Berkeley
Join Achi Ben Shalom in the suke (sukkah) of the Graduate Theological
Union's Center for Jewish Studies, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Dessert
and beverages provided. Bring your lunch, and learn, sing along with,
or listen to some Yiddish holiday songs. No charge.
Sunday, October 19, 1:00 -- 4:00pm:
Simkhe in the Suke, JCC of East Bay, Berkeley
Make beautiful paper suke decorations, enjoy telling and hearing jokes,
storytelling, and live klezmer music, and learn what Sukes was like in
Ashkenaz (the Yiddish-speaking part of Europe). Put skhakh (suke roof
covering, e.g. green branches) on the suke roof and decorate the suke
with fruit and paper decorations. For an extra mitzve, prepare food
gifts for community members in need. Come help us celebrate -- and
bring friends! Nosheray (snacks) will be available for sale. This
promises to be a wonderful event for people from two to 102 years old.
JCC East Bay members $10, general $18, children $5
Yidishe Salons - The Joys of Yiddish Conversation
KlezCalifornia has kicked off a program for the community of people who
already speak (at least some) Yiddish, but have found few others in the
Bay Area with whom to share it. Yidishe Salons will provide
relatively small groups with the opportunity to meet socially, in the
convivial atmosphere of private homes around the Bay Area, to exercise
their Yiddish with others at similar levels of fluency. The objective
is simply to have a good time, but to do so in Yiddish!
Sunday, November 2, 2:00-4:00pm, in Oakland
Yidishe Salon - far flisik (for fluent) reders
This will be the third gathering for fluent and/or native Yiddish
speakers. The first two were well-attended (about 12-15) by a diverse
group of interesting people with an assortment of stories about how
they came to be among the "hidden Yiddish speakers" in the Bay Area.
The program on November 2nd will focus on Yiddish jokes and humor.
Everyone is asked to bring their favorite to tell, in Yiddish! (If
the available talent is underwhelming, there will be some audios/videos
used to supplement.) Of course, with the election coming just two days
later, time for arguments will also be set aside. To attend, send an
email to email@example.com. Please include your phone number. Address will be provided to those who RSVP.
Sunday, November 16, 7:30 - 9:30pm, in Berkeley
Yidishe Salon - far pamelakh (for slower) reders
This will be the first gathering for Yiddish speakers whose command of the language is "nisht-azoy-ay-ay-ay."
The gathering will take place in a private Berkeley home and two native
speakers will facilitate this Yiddish conversation. To express your
interest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Address will be provided to those who RSVP.
|KlezCalifornia News |
Update on Residential Event:
Plans for a possible residential event on Presidents' Weekend 2010 are
moving along. We've visited Camp Newman once and are going back for a
second look this coming weekend. Discussions and negotiations are under
way and we hope to have exciting news in the next newsletter. Many
thanks to the almost one hundred of you who responded to our survey and
sent us your opinions and preferences.
Last month we profiled two of KlezCalifornia's Board members. Here are two more:
Harvey Varga (Oakland),
furniture designer, cabinetmaker, and licensed contractor was born in
New York City to Soviet refugees in the wake of WW2. He has taught
Yiddish in the Bay Area since 1976 and been an instructor at the JCCSF,
Lehrhaus Judaica and Stanford University, as well as New York's
KlezKamp, KlezKamp West and KlezCalifornia. In addition, he has
translated stories of Sholom Aleichem for the family trust, as well as
Bessie Thomashevsky's autobiography for her grandson, Michael Tilson
Thomas. Yiddish is his first language, and he has been known to curse
in Yiddish when coming out of anesthesia.
Robin Braverman (Walnut Creek)
holds an undergraduate degree in education and an MBA with a
concentration in non-profit accounting and taxation. She taught at the
Tufts University Graduate School of Urban and Environmental Policy for
three years and founded a program in Waltham, Massachusetts that serves
domestic violence victims. For the last 23 years, Robin has been a
consultant on both coasts. Since moving to California, she has extended
her commitment to Jewish life. As Chair of the Adult Education
Committee at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, Robin put Yiddish
music on the menu of offerings. She coordinates Berkeley's Tikkun Leyl
Shavuot, a major community event, while pursuing a Masters in Jewish
Studies at the Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological
Union in Berkeley.
|Other Local Events of Interest |
| | Sunday, October 19, 2008, 1:00pm -- 6:00pm
First Annual Sonoma Jewish Music and Art Festival
Free afternoon performance by Red Hot Chachkas, plus other Jewish artists, musicians, and noshes in a celebration of the Jewish creative cultural tradition at this free outdoor festival. Concert in the evening for a fee. Congregation Shir Shalom, Sonoma. Call 707-935-3636 or email email@example.com
Sunday, October 26, 6:00 -- 9:00pm
The Klezmakers at Yaya Cuisine
for dinner, stay for music and dancing. When you combine Middle
Eastern cuisine with live klezmer music, you're in for a crazy good
time! Come see (and hear and taste) for yourself. Enjoy your fill of
phyllo dough, then dance it off! No cover charge. For reservations,
650/344-2860. YAYA Cuisine & Bar, 1108 Burlingame Ave., 94010. or
Sunday, October 19, 8:00pm door
The Jewish Dance Theatre presents 'Paper Promises'
Featuring visionary performance artist Melusina Gomez and experimental
klezmer musician David Rosenfeld in an evening of danced thoughts,
quiet reflections and wild wishes. Inspired by the letters, poetry and
stories of women through six centuries, including , 'Ariake-Poems of
Love and Longing', 'The Girl Who Loved the Wind,' and the haunting
Eastern European Jewish tale, 'The Corpse Bride.'
JCC of the East Bay 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA
JCCEB members $15, general $20.00.
Info: 800-836-3006. Tickets: http://www.jcceastbay.org/
|KlezCal Heads Up|
| |Saturday, December 6, 8:00pm
Klezmer Conservatory Band concert
Consistently lauded among the world's most virtuosic klezmorim, Klezmer
Conservatory Band dishes up a saucy, foot-stomping mix of Yiddish
music. Led by the legendary Hankus Netsky, their richly expressive
big-band sound is a favorite of audiences of all tastes. Presented by
JCC San Francisco in association with KlezCalifornia and the Jewish
Music Festival. The concert is preceded at 7:00pm by a klezmer music
talk by Hankus Netsky.
Tickets: 415/292-1233 or www.jccsf.org here
JCCSF members $28, public $32, students $25.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11:00am -- 4:30pm (with breaks)
Master Class with Hankus Netsky
KlezCalifornia and JCC of San Francisco present a Master Class for
klezmer instrumentalists and Yiddish vocalists, individually and in
amateur or professional bands. Others are welcome to observe this
phenomenal teacher polishing up a personal or group sound, given
particular instruments, songs, and styles. Participants will have the
opportunity to perform and get feedback from Hankus Netsky. Feedback
for bands will address arrangements, repertoire, overall presentation,
and the fine points of klezmer performance style. Feedback for singers
will address repertoire, pronunciation, interpretation, and style.
JCC San Francisco, 2nd floor lounge, room 223
Tickets: 415/292-1233 (no web purchases)
JCCSF members $45, public $50, 3-member-and-up bands $33 per member.
See workshop flyer at www.klezcalifornia.org here
This workshop has limited registration, so we encourage you buy tickets now!