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0901 Feast - Dancing 1Your wishes are our blueprint! Responses to last summer's survey about a multi-day KlezCalifornia event much favored a winter weekend, and now it's coming! KlezCalifornia and Congregation Etz Chayim are excited to announce a four-day, three-night Yiddish Culture Festival next President's Day weekend (February 12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto. Internationally-known Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub has agreed to come from Chicago to teach. Steve, who has not been in the Bay Area since 2006, will change your life with his bottle dance! Other top-notch klezmer and Yiddish language and culture teachers will join Steve and the rest of us to generate a fabulous community simkha.

Put this Festival on your calendar so you can enjoy as much of the weekend as possible: Concert and dance party Saturday evening, participatory workshops (music, Yiddish language and literature, dancing, singing, crafts, history, culture) all day Sunday and Monday, special event Sunday evening, and rousing farbrengen (celebration) Monday afternoon. Workshops for teens and a kids' program! Stay at a local hotel (we'll make special arrangements) or with friends or commute by KelTreyn (CalTrain) or car. The shul will welcome us for regular Shabbes services. Let your out-of-town friends and family know this will be a terrific time to visit the Bay Area. Volunteer to help this wonderful event happen by sending a note to [email protected].

Speaking of volunteering, in 60 seconds you can help grow the KlezCalifornia community, already 1,200 strong: Forward this newsletter to at least one person interested in Yiddish culture (click "forward this newsletter to a friend" at the bottom of the page to keep formatting intact). Encourage your friends to sign up for a free subscription because they will have a great time at our events.

Creating Klezmer Shul: A Lecture/Demonstration

Stuart BrotmanTuesday, May 12, 7:30pm. "Klezmer Shul" is the work-in-progress of composers and performers Stuart Brotman, Cookie Segelstein, and Joshua Horowitz, also known as the Veretski Pass trio. Working in the Ashkenazic cantorial and klezmer traditions, they are creating a purely instrumental concert suite based on traditional Jewish religious services. Stuart Brotman (also a KlezCalifornia Board member) will talk about the process of conceiving and composing this work, give examples of source music, and play recordings from the group's rehearsal sessions. Presented by (and at) the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. No charge. For more information, click HERE and scroll down. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.
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A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States
Old RadioWednesday, May 13, 7:30pm. Yiddish-language radio in the United States sounded no different in many respects from its English-language counterpart, with serial dramas, quiz shows, newscasts, musical variety programs, and advertisements. Through audio clips and photographs, U.C. Davis professor Ari Kelman will illustrate the rise and fall of Yiddish radio from before the first broadcast through the mid-1950s. No charge. For more information, click HERE and scroll down. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia and the Workmen's Circle of Northern California.

NOTE: The Jewish Community High School, in the same building, is having an event that evening. Parking will be free, as usual, but by valet only. Allow some extra time.
Yidishe Salon far flisik reders (for fluent/native speakers)

Sunday, May 17, 2:00-4:00pm. If you can understand and participate in conversations conducted exclusively in Yiddish, join KlezCalifornia's ongoing Yidishe Salon. For more information, including location, email [email protected] No charge.

If you speak some Yiddish, but mix in a lot of English words as well, our Yidishe Salon far pamelakh reders is for you. The next get-together will be in mid-June on a Sunday, 7:00-9:00pm, in the East Bay. Pamelakh Salons are facilitated by a fluent Yiddish speaker. Email [email protected] for date and location.

Film "Uncle Moses"

Uncle MosesTuesday, May 19, 7:00pm. The 1932 film, "Uncle Moses," was one of the first Yiddish talkies. Maurice Schwartz is masterful as a sweatshop owner whose grip on power slips after he falls in love with the daughter of one of his workers. 88 minutes, in Yiddish with English subtitles, at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. Stay afterwards for a discussion of the film with library staffers Jonathan Schwartz and Howard Freedman (Howard is also a KlezCalifornia Board member). No charge. For more information, click HERE and scroll down. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia and the Workmen's Circle of Northern California.
Twenty-two Jewish Values and a Yiddish Song About Them: Az nisht kayn emineh... (If you don't have faith ..., what's the point of life?)

Shavuot graphicThursday, May 28, 9:10-10:10pm. Join KlezCalifornia and three hundred others at the East Bay's Community-wide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, with activities from 6:30pm evening until dawn. Beginning at 9:10pm, Rabbi Chaim Mahgel-Friedman will discuss twenty-two Jewish values. Judy Kunofsky will then teach a wonderful Yiddish song about them that has the form of a double acrostic! (Emineh begins with an alef, bine with a beys/beyt, etc.). The Tikkun will be held at JCC of the East Bay, in Berkeley. There is no charge.

Rabbi Chaim Mahgel-Friedman is a California native who was raised a Reform Jew, left U.C. Santa Cruz in the early 80s to study in a Hasidic Yeshiva, and now affiliates "RenewOdox". He recently became the owner of Afikomen Judaica. Judy Kunofsky is Executive Director of KlezCalifornia.
 Mad Hot Klezmer Dance Party

0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, May 31, 7:00-9:30pm
at JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley

KlezCalifornia and JCC of the East Bay present the Jewish Dance Theatre's Freylekh! Dance lesson 7:00-8:00 with klezmer dance master Bruce Bierman. Live klezmer music and dance party 8:00-9:30pm with Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio. $10-$20 adults (sliding scale), $5 kids. Come to dance or watch and listen and bring your friends of all ages. Such a mekhayeh! For more information, click HERE or call 510/848-0237. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Music Festival and Lehrhaus Judaica. The dance party after this one will be Sunday, June 28. Put both dates on your calendar now!
Coming Soon
Put these exciting June events on your calendar now:

Sunday, June 14, 2:30pm, 83rd Annual Concert of Jewish Folk Music, presented by the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco.

Sunday, June 14. 3:00pm and Thursday, June 18, 7:00pm, Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Sunday, June 28, 7:00-9:30pm, The Jewish Dance Theatre's Freylekh! Yiddish dance party, presented by KlezCalifornia and JCC of the East Bay.