Dear _____,Zol ikh farglaykhn dikh tsum zumer-tog? Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
that summer has begun, perhaps you are looking for some light reading
in Yiddish. The works of Shakespeare fascinated many Yiddish
translators. Several of his plays were published in Yiddish, including
an alleged Polish edition of a Yiddish King Lear that included the
claim fartaytsht un farbesert ("translated and improved") on the title page.
You can download -- at no cost -- two Yiddish versions of Vilyum Shekspir's Sonnets from the National Yiddish Book Center, one by Berl Lapin HERE and a second by Abraham Asen (who also translated King Lear) HERE.
If you are now inspired to learn Yiddish, check out the "KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow)" at www.klezcalifornia.org for beginning Yiddish classes this fall in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Stanford.
If you want your summer to include klezmer music and Yiddish dancing
(as well as terrific food), check out July 26's Yiddish dance party on
the Peninsula! See below.
|Meeting for Festival Volunteers
Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm, private home, Palo Alto.
Presidents' Day Weekend's Yiddish Culture Festival in February, 2010 to
be a success, we need many volunteers to help with publicity,
hospitality, buying supplies, making signs, on-site assistance, and
many other easy tasks. Join others for a relaxed Sunday-afternoon
discussion of the Festival and volunteer opportunities. Contact
KlezCalifornia at firstname.lastname@example.org for the meeting location.
us know if you are interested in helping, even if you can't join us for
this meeting. We need volunteers in every corner of the Bay Area (and
in Southern California, Oregon, and Washington) to distribute
promotional materials, put up posters, submit items to organizational
newsletters, contact music teachers, etc.
|Yidishe Salon far flisik reders |
Sunday, July 19, 2:00-4:00pm, private home, Berkeley.
you can understand and participate in conversations conducted
exclusively in Yiddish, contact us at email@example.com for
information on this Salon. Most recently, a group of fifteen hobn gekhapt a shmues (chatted it up) on the Peninsula, in Burlingame (previous get-togethers have been in San Francisco or the East Bay) and read Dreyfus in Kasrilevka, a short story by Sholom Aleichem. No charge.
These Salons alternate with get-togethers for nisht azoy ay-ay-ay (i.e., intermediate) speakers. See Coming Soon, below.
| Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance Party |
Sunday, July 26, 6:30-9:00pm
Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo.
dancing comes to the Peninsula! KlezCalifornia and Tannourine
Restaurant, with impresario Gil Rosoff, present an evening of dinner,
klezmer music and a dance party with dance master Bruce Bierman and the
hot band Kugelplex. Fun for all ages! $25 (fixed price) includes a
Lebanese/ Mediterranean dinner (with vegetarian options) and party.
Come to dance or watch and listen. Bring your friends. Location: 120
West 25th Ave., San Mateo. Call 650/638-1960 for reservations. For
directions, see www.tannourinecuisine.com. Plan to join us for a similar event with different musicians at the same location on August 23 (see below).
Saturday, July 18, 7:30-10:00pm, Café International, San Francisco. Go
Van Gogh free concert with dancing in the aisles. This dance band
borrows liberally from klezmer, western swing, tango, and ska. More
information at www.govangogh.net.
Sunday, July 19, 4:30-6:30pm Mission City Coffee Roasting Company. The
Klezmakers present a free performance and CD release party ("Garage
Waltz," their first). Location: 2221 The Alameda, San Jose.
Saturday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos. Klezmakers dinner concert and dancing. Bring di kinderlakh
(children) and parents and your own chair. Food available for sale or
bring a picnic dinner (and wine, if you like). Location: 333 Blossom
Hill Road. More information at www.southbayfolks.org/vasona or call 408/354-2608. No charge.
|Put these exciting events on your calendar now:
Sunday, August, 16, 7:00-9:00pm, Yidishe Salon far pamelakh reders. Conversational salon for intermediate speakers, facilitated by native Yiddish speakers Ben & Helen Stern. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location.
Sunday, August 23, 6:30-9:00pm, dinner, klezmer music and Yiddish dance party at Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. Join us 6:30-9:00pm with dance master Bruce Bierman, music by Jeanette Lewicki and Friends, also known as "The Gonnifs" because they steal music from everywhere. $25 (fixed price) includes dinner and entertainment.
Fall semester at U.C. Berkeley, Reading Yiddish Texts.
Study the poetry, prose and drama of Y.L. Peretz with Dr. Yael Chaver.
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:30. A reading knowledge of Yiddish is
required. The public may use the U.C. Extension concurrent enrollment
process (call 510/642-4111) to register for class control #38106 (3
units). Tuition is $1,425 plus $100 application fee. If that price is
too rich for your blood, you can enjoy Yiddish texts with Dr. Chaver
through a Lehrhaus Judaica class October 19 - December 14, Mondays
7:15-9:15 at JCC of the East Bay in Berkeley. A reading knowledge of
Yiddish is required. Registration information for Lehrhaus will be
available later this summer at www.lehrhaus.org.
Presidents' Day Weekend (February 12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival.
Four days and three nights of klezmer music and Yiddish culture. For
all ages, all interests, musicians and non-musicians, Yiddish speakers
and non-speakers. Put this event on your calendar now and invite
out-of-town friends and family to visit you then so they can
participate! Presented by KlezCalifornia and Congregation Etz Chayim.
|Help KlezCalifornia Flourish
your help, KlezCalifornia is building a thriving Yiddish culture
community in the Bay Area. We need your participation (come to one of
our events this summer), your energy (volunteer - see above), your
friends (forward this newsletter to five people interested in Yiddish
culture or klezmer music, and (drumroll) make a donation. Gifts of any
amount are welcome throughout the year and are tax-deductible. Give
yourself the gift of Yiddish culture by contributing via credit card
through our web site, www.klezcalifornia.org, or by mailing a check to KlezCalifornia, c/o 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you!