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Sonnets - YiddishZol ikh farglaykhn dikh tsum zumer-tog? Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Now 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 for beginning Yiddish classes this fall in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Mateo, and Stanford. 

P.S. 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

People at Netsky workshopSunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm, private home, Palo Alto.
For 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 [email protected] for the meeting location.

Let 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

line drawing of people talkingSunday, July 19, 2:00-4:00pm, private home, Berkeley.
If you can understand and participate in conversations conducted exclusively in Yiddish, contact us at [email protected] 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
0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, July 26, 6:30-9:00pm
Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo.
Yiddish 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 Plan to join us for a similar event with different musicians at the same location on August 23 (see below).
Community Events

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

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 or call 408/354-2608. No charge.
Coming Soon
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 [email protected] 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

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

Pot of goldWith 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,, or by mailing a check to KlezCalifornia, c/o 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you!