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Dear Tony,

FestivalCardFrontThe 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 [email protected]. 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:
FestivalCardBack-- 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 protected].

(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 Library.)
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

PeopleShmoozingSunday, 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 [email protected] 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

JCCGrandOpeningSunday, 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
JubileeKlelzmerBandSunday, 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!

DancersSunday 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 or 510/848-0237.

This party is presented by KlezCalifornia and JCC of the East Bay, co-presented by the Jewish Music Festival.
Yiddish Dance Party at Stanford

StanfordKlezmerBandLogoThursday, 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 and learn 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 protected].
Yiddishlands: A Memoir, a Talk and Reading by David G. Roskies

YiddishlandsMonday, 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 [email protected] or visit
Klezmer en Buenos Aires

KlezmerBuenosAIresSaturday, 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!
Community Events
Monday, 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 ( and co-sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center. Tuesday's event is at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley 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 protected]. Both evenings are free of charge.
Mondays, October 19 - December 21, Intermediate Yiddish. This continuation of last year's introductory Yiddish class is offered in Palo Alto through Lehrhaus Judaica. 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 [email protected].
Coming Soon

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 Ashkenazic culture." Seventh annual Eli Katz Memorial Yiddish conference at U.C.Berkeley. No charge.
Save the dates: KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival
Presidents' Day Weekend (February 12-15, 2010) in Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia and Congregation Etz Chayim
Program and registration information at

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