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Klezmer class with adultsWe hope you are as excited as we are about our intensive Yiddish Culture Festival next February in Palo Alto. Perhaps you have wanted to attend KlezKamp (held each December in New York's Catskill Mountains) or KlezKanada (held each August in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec), but it was too expensive or too long of a commitment. KlezCalifornia is going to give you a perfect alternative: four days and three nights, right here in the Bay Area, in Palo Alto, with all the Yiddish culture and klezmer music your heart desires!

For this event to be a success, we need many volunteers to help with publicity (such as giving information to your friends, putting announcements in newsletters of shuls and folk music groups), hospitality (such as shuttling those staying in nearby hotels), on-site assistance (such as putting up signs, setting up audio-visual equipment, taking registrations, making coffee), buying supplies, and many other easy tasks.

Our first meeting for prospective volunteers will be on Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm, at a private home in Palo Alto. Email HERE for more information.

Meanwhile, if you would like some inspiration and some chills from terrific singing, click HERE to listen to Cantor Yanky Lemmer singing Farvos Zingt A Khazn (Why Does the Cantor Sing?).

Yidishe Salon far pamelakh reders

line drawing of people talkingSunday, June 14, 7:00-9:00pm, private home, Berkeley. If you speak some Yiddish, but mix in a lot of English words, this Salon is for you. Facilitated by fluent Yiddish speakers Ben & Helen Stern. Join with other friendly people whose Yiddish is nisht azoy ay-ay-ay to have fun and speak mameloshn. Email HERE for location. No charge.

If you would prefer a similar event but not in the East Bay, let us know and we'll try to put something together.
 Mad Hot Klezmer Dance Party in the fall

0901 Feast - Dancing 1We had hoped to bring you one more Freylekh! Yiddish dance party
this spring, in June, but for a variety of reasons that's not going to be possible. Yiddish dancing at the JCC East Bay will resume in the fall with klezmer dance master Bruce Bierman. If you can't wait, see the July 25 event in Los Gatos, below, or contact us HERE with a proposal to organize a dance party at a location of your choice!

Community Events

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. Translations and transliterations provided. $10; $5 for seniors/students. Fee-based parking. For more information, click HERE.

Sunday, June 14, 3:00pm, Yiddish and Hebrew Party Songs workshop. Jill ("Yidl") Tallmer and Ami Goodman will teach and lead songs about singing, dancing, and celebrating. Song sheets provided. No Yiddish or Hebrew knowledge necessary. Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Avenue at Geary Blvd., in San Francisco's Richmond district. Part of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which offers free folk music and dancing workshops and performances June 13-14, noon-10:00pm. For more information click HERE for a web site or email HERE.

Sunday, June 14, 3:00-5:00pm for families and Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:30pm for adults, Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Follow the bouncing ball to sing along with Tevye during these two screenings of the classic Sholem Aleichem-inspired musical. Free with Museum admission. For more information, click HERE.
Coming Soon
Put these exciting July events on your calendar now:

Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm, Festival volunteer get-together, for those interested in helping next February's Yiddish Culture Festival (see story above). Palo Alto.

Sunday, July 19, 2:00-4:00pm, Yidishe Salon far flisik reders. If you can understand and participate in conversations conducted exclusively in Yiddish, email [email protected] for information on this Salon, which will be held in Berkeley.

Saturday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm, Klezmakers dinner concert and dancing at Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos.