a wonderful time everyone had at the Second Annual (East Bay)
Community-Wide Yiddish Culture Festival! Building on the previous
year's dance party, the four sponsoring synagogues, JCC of the East
Bay, and Tehiyah Day School asked us for two sessions of workshops,
including special family programming. From room to room, one could hear
singing, laughing, dancing, raucous discussion of Yiddish phrases, and
an impromptu klezmer jam led by KlezCalifornia Board member (and Red
Hot Chachkas member) Tony Phillips. Great dancing, food, family fun,
and shmoozing! Put this event on your calendar for December 25, 2009!
A great review of the the event by Dan Pine appeared in the J. HERE
Also, congratulations to the Bay Area's own Gabriella Safran and
Steve Zipperstein. The Modern Language Association of America on
December 2 awarded the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in
Yiddish Studies to Gabriella Safran and Steven J. Zipperstein, who
wrote "The Worlds of S. An-sky: A Russian Jewish Intellectual at the
Turn of the Century" (Stanford University Press, 2006).
|THE FREYLEKH, a Mad Hot Klezmer Dance Party!|
, January 25th
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Dance lesson: 7:00-8:00pm
Live music/group dance: 8:00-9:30pm
$10-20 sliding scale, $5 children
Featuring: David Rosenfeld and
members of KUGELPLEX---the 'coolest shtetl rock band' in the Bay! Bruce
Bierman---klezmer dance maven who '"fits the moves of the ancestors to
the grooves of your imagination."
Lesson of the month: Yiddish Square Dancing!
Presented by JCC of the East Bay and KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by the Jewish Music Festival
|Feast of Jewish Learning|
Saturday, January 31, 7:00-10:00pm. The Feast of Jewish Learning at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills will include a Yiddish Dance workshop with Bruce Bierman
presented by KlezCalifornia. The theme of the evening is "Lost &
Found" and what could be more lost and found than Yiddish dance! The
entire event is presented by the Oshman Family JCC and the Bureau of
Jewish Education, and co-sponsored by numerous groups, including
hello to KlezCalifornia at our information table!. More than 40
educators will teach over 30 sessions. For adults bar/bas mitsveh age
and up. No charge. Community havdoleh and Oneg at 7:00pm. First
session, 7:30-8:30, includes a performance by the Yiddish Choristers.
The Yiddish Dance Workshop will be 8:45 - 9:45pm. For complete
details, including class descripions, click HERE.
|Festival of Jewish Humor|
Wednesday, February 18th
Moshe Waldoks lecture, 7:00pm
month-long Festival of Jewish Humor, presented by the Peninsula JCC,
begins with a presentation by Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, the man who wrote
the book - literally! Rabbi Waldoks, co-editor of "The Big Book of
Jewish Humor", will discuss the Jewish contribution to humor and the
role humor plays in culturally defining Jews.
event is co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia and will be held at the PJCC
ECE Multi-Purpose Room. $10 PJCC Members, $13 non-members, $15 at the
door. To purchase tickets, call 650/378-2702. Complete festival details
|Yidishe Salons |
usual, these Yidishe Salons will meet in private homes. We'll provide
the address shortly before the event date to those who have RSVP'd.
Sunday, February 1st, 7:00 - 9:00pm, East Bay
far Pamelakh Reders (for Intermediate Speakers, whose command
of the language is "nisht azoy ay-ay-ay")
The discussion topic will be "frages un entfers" (questions and answers). S'iz nishto keyn inyen vus men tur nisht onrirn (There is no subject which is taboo). Greyt tsu a kirtse frage af a kleynem tsetl (Prepare a short question on a small piece of paper). Di tsetlakh veln mir araynvarfn in a hitl, un zey dan oysklaybn tsu entfern, diskutirn, iberkayen, un azoy vayter
(We'll put the papers in a hat, pick one, and then answer the question,
discuss, chew it over, etc.) This salon will once again be facilitated
by a native Yiddish speaker and we'll begin by introducing di naye peynimer (the new faces). RSVP to email@example.com, and include your phone number.
Sunday, March 29th, 2:00 - 4:00pm, East Bay
far Flisik Reders (fluent/native speakers)
(yiddish curses) will be the theme this time, so prepare your favorites
... in Yiddish! If we run out of material (highly unlikely!), we'll
pick up with "frages un entfers" (questions and answers) that we didn't' get to last time. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your phone number.
Saturday January 31, 7:00pm. Alby Kass presents a program of Yiddish music,
assisted by Sonia Tubridy and Jubilee Klezmer members Paul Alexander,
Phil Lawrence, and Mark Peabody. It will be held at the Tubridy
residence in Guerneville (directions by request) These events are fundraisers for the Russian River Jewish Community
and the River Choir. Donation of $10-$30 requested. Space limited to 25
so reserve early. For more information, call Sonia Tubridy, 707/869-3273
Sunday, February 1, 3:00pm. An Afternoon of Yiddish Songs & Klezmer Music,
performed by vocalist Alby Kass, accompanist Sonia Tubridy, and members
of the Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble: Paul Alexander, Phil Lawrence and Mark
Peabody. Admission: $10 Tickets for all ArtsLive! events may be
purchased at the door starting ½ hour before the performance. The Petaluma Arts Center
is located at 230 Lakeville Street, at the corner of Lakeville and East
D Streets. For more information, call PAC Executive Director Michael
Fontaine at 707-762-5600, x101, or visit www.petalumaartscouncil.org.
|KlezCal Heads Up|
Would your congregation or day school like KlezCalifornia to teach your young students (and/or adults!) the fir kashes (Four Questions, in Yiddish of course) prior to pesakh? If so, have a teacher or administrator email us at email@example.com.
The Light Ahead (Di Klyatshe)
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm
Paver's adaptation of writings by Mendele Mokher Sforim (whom Sholem
Aleichem dubbed "the grandfather of Yiddish literature") takes a
decidedly unsentimental view of shtetl life. Brought to the screen by
famed B-movie auteur Edgar Ulmer, the film tells the story of
two lovers-one lame and one blind-whose community reacts to an outbreak
of cholera by embracing superstition. USA, 1939. 94 minutes, in Yiddish with English subtitles.
Sholem Aleichem: Dangerous Novels and Fiddler on the Roof
A Talk by Gabriella Safran
Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm
Aleichem (1859 - 1916), the brilliant Yiddish comic writer, was born
Sholem Rabinovitz in the Russian Pale of Settlement, taking a pseudonym
to hide his identity when he began to write in Yiddish, rather than in
the "more respectable" Hebrew or Russian. He was concerned not only
with the world of the shtetl, which he fictionalized satirically and
poignantly, but also the social and political conditions of the time he
lived in, a time of transition from traditional life in Eastern Europe
to modern times. Gabriella Safran will discuss Sholem Aleichem and his
attitude toward Russian literature and culture, posing the question,
"What happens when Tevye's daughters read Russian literature?"
is an associate professor at Stanford, where she teaches Russian and
Yiddish literature and is writing a literary biography of S. An-sky,
tentatively titled The Hero and the Dybbuk.