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2009-09

KlezCalifornia 

Dear ____,

Dancers at Tannourine, 8/09What wonderful parties we had at San Mateo's Tannourine Restaurant!  With terrific Lebanese food, spirited dancing led by Bruce Bierman, and music by Kugelplex in July and The Gonifs in August, the evenings -- organized by Gil Rosoff --  were not to be missed. A special treat in August was Steve Saxon, who was there as a guest but whipped out his trumpet and played along with the band and also sang a terrific "Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn." KlezCalifornia helps fund Yiddish dance parties throughout the Bay Area.
 
Steve Weintraub b&wSpeaking of help, we need your assistance in the coming weeks for the initial promotion of next February's Yiddish Culture Festival. We have beautiful 6" x 9" promotional cards and would like your help distributing them to religious, cultural, and artistic organizations. Some shuls have tables with community information at their Rosheshuneh (Rosh Hashana) and Yom Kipr (Yom Kippur) services. If you want to put out cards at your shul or at other organizations, email us at info@klezcalifornia.org. Give us your name, address, phone and email, where and when you will put out cards and how many you would like.

And speaking of coming weeks, we wish you a sweet and happy New Year! L'shoneh toyveh tikoseyvu!


New "KlezCalifornia Gele* (*yellow) Pages" printed

There's a new edition of our directory of Yiddish culture resources in the Bay Area and it's a whopping 36 pages! Listings include more classes (Yiddish theatre at Sonoma State and language and literature at Stanford), more klezmer bands (Go Van Gogh, The Gonifs, The Inextinguishable Trio, Klezmania!, Klezmorama, The Kleztet and Stanford Klezmer Band) and more performers, lecturers and teachers (Will Johnson, Geoffrey Katz, Kitka, Jeanette Lewicki, Barbara Speed, and Sonia Tubridy). The "Gele Pages" can be viewed on-line, but surely you want your own your copy on bright yellow paper. Send a check for $5 ($3 + $2 postage/handling) to KlezCalifornia at the address at the very bottom of this newsletter.
Yidishe Salon far flisik reders

line drawing of people talkingSunday, September 13, 2:00-4:00pm, private home, San Francisco.
If you can carry on a complete conversation in Yiddish, join this Salon. Contact us at salon1@klezcalifornia.org for location. Previous Salons have been in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and Burlingame.  We're averaging about fifteen people at each Salon and it's developed into quite an eclectic group.



 Solano Stroll in Berkeley/Albany
 
Solano Stroll cardSunday, September 11, 10:00am-6:00pm, Solano Avenue 
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f you are going to this year's Solano Stroll, the huge annual street fair in Berkeley/Albany, be sure to stop by the KlezCalifornia booth and say hello! We'll be playing klezmer and Yiddish CDs and showing a video of one of our events. Our table is between Tulare and Ventura Avenues and between American Jewish World Service and Progressive Jewish Alliance.
Community Events

East Bay Kindershul welcomes your child(ren).
The Bay Area's only on-going youth education program with substantial Yiddish content is accepting fall enrollment. East Bay Kindershul offers a secular, Yiddish-oriented curriculum that includes Jewish life in Europe, Jewish holidays from a cultural point of view (art, music, drama), the contributions of Jews to movements for social justice throughout history and the importance of being part of that tradition today. The curriculum also includes Yiddish songs and phrases, stories translated from the Yiddish, and a secular bar/bas mitzve program. Classes for grades K-8 meet every other Sunday, 10:00am - noon, at JCC of the East Bay. For more information, contact Gerry Tenney at 510-465-7911 or gtenney@earthlink.net.
 
Klezmer Music in Mountain View.
Hot Kugel performs Yiddish and other music regularly at Zucca Ristorante in Mountain View each week, Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 9:00 pm. Reservations not required but couldn't hurt. www.zuccaristorante.com.
Coming Soon

Put these events on your calendar now. We'll give all the details in the October newsletter.

Sunday, October 11, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Yidishe Salon far Pamelakh Reders. Yiddish conversation group in Berkeley for intermediate speakers.
 
Sunday, October 18, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Opening party for Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. Klezmer music, Yiddish dancing and a performance by The Yiddish Choristers.
 
Sunday, October 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Simcha Sunday. Klezmer music, Yiddish dancing, Yiddish song performance and KlezCalifornia booth at this Sonoma County outdoor festival in Santa Rosa.
 
Sunday October 25, 7:00pm - 9:30pm, Jewish Dance Theatre's Freylekh. Join us at this Yiddish dance party with live music by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band at JCC of the East Bay.
 
Thursday, October 29, in the evening, Yiddish dancing on the Stanford campus. Students are invited to learn Yiddish dancing with Bruce Bierman to the music of the Stanford Klezmer Band.

Save the dates: KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival
Presidents' Day Weekend (February 12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia and Congregation Etz Chayim