Dear Tony,The hot promotional cards for our Yiddish Culture
Festival, February 12-15, 2010, are now available. If you want copies to
distribute at your folk dance group, chorus, synagogue, Balkan jam, Yiddish
conversation club, etc., contact us at 415/789-7679 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are planning a program that has plenty
for all ages, musicians and non-musicians, and all levels of Yiddish. In addition
to teachers announced in previous newsletters, we are delighted to present:
-- Trumpeter, bandleader and composer Frank London, best known
as a member of The
Klezmatics. Frank is featured on over 200 CDs. His interests include khazones (cantorial music), zmires (Jewish mystical tunes),
traditional klezmer, jazz and avant garde.
-- New York-based singer, writer, director and actor Eleanor
Reissa will teach a master class for singers and a theater workshop. Eleanor, who starred in the title role of "Yentl" has also
toured the country with her one-woman show, "Hip Heymish and Hot."
-- Popular Bay Area Yiddish teachers Jon Levitow and Harvey Varga will teach Yiddish expressions you can use every day! If you already know all
those expressions, you can join the Yiddish-speaker tables at lunch on Sunday
and Monday. More teachers will be announced in future newsletters.
The Festival is being produced by
KlezCalifornia together with Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto. Thus far, the
Festival has nineteen co-sponsors.If you know of a group that would like to help us publicize the
Festival (and perhaps be a co-sponsor), contact us at email@example.com.
(Co-sponsors as of October 1: JCCs (Silicon Valley, Palo Alto and
Peninsula), synagogues (Beth Am, Kol Emeth, Peninsula Sinai, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Shir Hadash, Sinai
(San Jose) and Keddem), choruses (East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus and Kol Truah
Jewish Choir of the East Bay), academic programs (Center for Jewish Studies at
the Graduate Theological Union and Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford),
cultural/political organizations (Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern
California and Tri-Valley Cultural Jews), other music groups (Jewish Music Festival
and Stanford Klezmer Band), and -- last but not least -- the BJE Jewish Community
In September we made our first appearance at a not-specifically-Jewish event, the Solano Stroll in
Berkeley/Albany. It was a great experience to shmooze with hundreds of people
who love Yiddish culture, including two klezmorim visiting from Texas. Our thanks to the Progressive Jewish Alliance for loan of a table and chairs, Rivka Greenberg for loan of a patio umbrella
(needed this year not for the sun but for the rain), and Jake Shandling for shlepping everything to Solano Avenue.
|Yidishe Salon far Pamelakh Reders |
Sunday, October 18, 7:00-9:00pm, Berkeley.
Yiddish conversation group for intermediate speakers, in a private home. Join us for an evening of
conversation for people who speak some Yiddish but mix in a lot of English as
well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for location. No charge. The next Flisik Salon
for fluent speakers will be November 15 in the East Bay.
Note that the date of the Pamelakh Salon has changed from the one announced in the September newsletter.
|Klezmer Music, Yiddish Dancing and Singing at JCC Grand Opening
|Sunday, October 18,
10:00am-5:00pm, Palo Alto.
Come to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new campus of the Oshman
Family JCC in Palo Alto, packed with activities for all ages. The day's program includes Yiddish dancing with Bruce
Bierman (presented by KlezCalifornia) to music by The Klezmakers
, 2:45-3:45pm. The Yiddish Choristers
will perform 1:30-2:05pm. The program also includes art projects, yoga,
folk and tango dancing, philosophy, food, and concerts. For more
information, click HERE
. No charge.
|Klezmer Music, Yiddish Dancing and Song at Simcha Sunday |
Sunday, October 25, 11:00am-4:00pm, Santa Rosa.
Join us at Simcha Sunday, JCC Sonoma County's 16th annual
outdoor event at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial
Building. Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble will perform two sets, the first at
noon with the Yiddish vocals of Alby Kass, and the second at 2:00pm with
Yiddish dance led by Bruce Bierman (presented by KlezCalifornia). Enjoy community
resource tables (including a KlezCalifornia booth), an action-packed kids'
area, story-telling, traditional and ethnic food, artists and lots of shmooze
time. If you are in the North Bay, come to Simcha
Sunday and say hello! More information HERE.
|The Freylekh, a Mad Hot Klezmer Dance Party!
Sunday October 25, 7:00-9:30pm, at JCC of the East Bay.
Join us at the next Jewish Dance Theatre's Yiddish dance party. Lesson 7:00-8:00pm with klezmer dance master
Bruce Bierman. Live klezmer music and dance party 8:00-9:30pm with the Freilachmakers String Band
, visiting from Sacramento. Fun for all
ages! $10-$20 adults (sliding scale), $5 kids. Come to dance or watch and
listen and bring your friends. More information at www.klezcalifornia.org
This party is presented by KlezCalifornia and JCC of the East Bay, co-presented by the Jewish Music Festival.
|Yiddish Dance Party at
Thursday, October 29, 8:00-9:30pm, Stanford.
Stanford's Jewish Student Association and KlezCalifornia invite students and
young adults in the community to hear music by the Stanford Klezmer Band
Yiddish dance with Bruce Bierman. The event will be held at the Koret
Pavilion on the Stanford campus. No charge. More information at
the band's Facebook page
, 818/625-0673 or email@example.com
|Yiddishlands: A Memoir, a Talk
and Reading by David G. Roskies
Monday, November 2, 7.30pm, BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco.
In retelling his remarkable family saga, beginning with a
flashback to his grandmother's storybook wedding in 1878, David G. Roskies brings to
life the major debates, struggles, and triumphs of the modern Yiddish
experience. By painting vivid portraits of the great writers and cultural
leaders from the Old World of Vilna to the New World of Montreal and New York, Yiddishlands
illustrates how Yiddish culture is transmitted
through story, song, study, and, most importantly, the family. David Roskies
is professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds
the Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture. This event is co-sponsored
by KlezCalifornia. For more information (including how to access the secure
parking) contact Allison at 415/567-3317 X703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.bjesf.org/library.htm
|Klezmer en Buenos Aires
Saturday, November 14, 8:00pm, JCC San Francisco.
The Lerner Moguilevsky Duo has been wowing audiences around
the world for over a decade, playing with an intensity and originality that
makes believers of everyone who hears them. This is klezmer mixed with
hints of tango and other Latin American rhythms. Fabulous! Public $35, JCC
members $32, students $30. As a subscriber to this newsletter, you may receive the
JCCSF member discount by using discount code KLEZARGENTINA. Tickets available at
, 415/292-1233 or in person at the JCCSF box office.
KlezCalifornia is a community partner of this event. Stop by our information table!
October 5, 7:00pm and Tuesday,
October 6, 7:30pm. Songs
for the Butcher's Daughter, a reading and talk by Peter Manseau. Songs
for the Butcher's Daughter
is about a young translator's relationship with
Itsik Malpesh, a 90-year-old Russian immigrant who considers himself the last
Yiddish poet in America. As the young man translates Malpesh's life, his own
story unfolds, bringing together two paths that coincide in unexpected ways.
The book, written by the son of a Catholic priest and a former nun, won the
2008 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. The author will read from and
discuss his work and books will be available for purchase. Monday's event is at the
Jewish Community Library in San Francisco (www.bjesf.org/library.htm
) and co-sponsored by the
National Yiddish Book Center. Tuesday's event is at Congregation Netivot Shalom
and will be preceded by a potluck dinner in the sukke
at 6:30. If you
are interested in the dinner, contact Barbara Bibel at email@example.com
Both evenings are free of charge.
Mondays, October 19 - December 21, Intermediate Yiddish.
continuation of last year's introductory Yiddish class is offered in Palo Alto through
. It's not for beginners, but all who have some Yiddish
background and want to get back into it are very welcome. Taught by Jon Levitow
on Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm, at Congregation Kol Emeth. For more information, call 510/845-6420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Put these exciting events on your calendar now. More details in the November newsletter.November 12-24, Yiddish film series
"Jesters and Gestures: Performing Yiddish Culture from Silent Cinema to
Avant-Garde Film," Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley.
November 15-17, "Sex in the Shtetl: Gender
roles, erotic practices and marital structures in Yiddish literature and
Seventh annual Eli Katz Memorial Yiddish
conference at U.C.Berkeley. www.gtu.edu/sexandtheshtetl
. No charge. Save the dates: KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture
Presidents' Day Weekend (February
12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia and
Congregation Etz ChayimProgram and registration information at www.klezcalifornia.org
We appreciate your tax-deductible gift
in support of KlezCalifornia's work. Help us keep building our warm, open, vibrant community to enjoy Yiddish culture!