Dear _________,It's coming! It's takkeh for real! It's this winter's KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture
Festival, over Presidents' Day Weekend, February 12-15, 2010, at Palo Alto's
Congregation Etz Chayim.
rare and great chance for getting together and making Yiddishland
happen. Big enough to encompass everybody's favorite features. Whatever
your interests, the Festival has lots of goodies for you. The full
program and registration information are at www.klezcalifornia.org. Register now!
Musicians will study with
master klezmer musicians and teachers from around the world, including Frank London and Christian Dawid. Families have a wonderful opportunity for your children to enjoy the traditions, culture, music and language of our East European
ancestors. Choruses/singers spend four joyous days
singing and learning Yiddish songs with Eleanor Reissa, Sharon Bernstein and Mark Levy.
Dancers learn and perform with Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub with klezmorim playing
music made for dancing. Yiddish speakers can live, eat, breathe, and speak Yiddish for
four days. What could be better? Synagogue-goers will experience the exciting premiere of The
Klezmer Shul, a new perspective on prayer by three klezmer musicians. World culture fans explore Jewish interactions with our
Greek, Roma, Balkan, Ukrainian and American neighbors. And more.... Lots more!! And shmooze your heart out.
An adult pass for the full weekend (Friday evening through Monday
evening) is $170 if purchased in advance, $180 at the door (a reduction
"special for you" from the prices announced in last month's
newsletter). Lower prices for teens, youth, and members of Congregation
Etz Chayim. Scholarships and work-study positions. Tickets are also
available for part-time participation and for the evening
concerts/dance parties. If you want to stay over, we've arranged for
special rates at Courtyard by Marriott in nearby Los Altos. Please
register now at www.klezcalifornia.org!
We welcome a new Festival co-sponsor, the Jewish Folk Chorus of San
Francisco, bringing the total to twenty-one co-sponsors. Email us at email@example.com regarding more groups to help publicize the
Festival in their newsletters.
please remember to join with our many friends in contributing to help
KlezCalifornia provide and expand our fantastic events. You will enjoy
the feeling of bringing Yiddish culture here to our own community. The
benefit will return to you, your family and friends. Please go to www.klezcalifornia.org
to donate with your credit card or send a check to KlezCalifornia at
1728 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94703. Donations to KlezCalifornia are
tax-deductible. Thank you!
|Klezmer Music and Dance Party
Saturday, December 5, Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo
KlezCalifornia and Tannourine Restaurant present an evening of dinner,
klezmer music and dancing. $25 (fixed price) includes a
Lebanese/Mediterranean dinner (including vegetarian options), music by
The Klezmakers and a Yiddish dance party with Bruce Bierman. Doors open
5:30pm, music begins 6:30pm, dancing 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Come to dance or
listen. If you missed similar events in July and August at Tannourine
(or came and had a great time), this is your chance! Bring your friends
and family for a wonderful evening for all ages. Reservations:
650.638.1960. Location: 120 West 25th Avenue, San Mateo. Directions,
.This dance party is underwritten by KlezCalifornia.
Friday, December 11, 7:30pm, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco
do you get when
Hanukah starts on a Friday night and you invite a klezmer band? Answer:
Kleznukah Shabbat. Join with Sha'ar Zahav to light candles, sing
songs, delight in familiar synagogue tunes melded with klezmer rhythms
melodies, dance, and of course, eat and drink! Sha'ar Zahav's Cantor
Sharon Bernstein will join with master klezmorim Stuart Brotman on bass
Sheldon Brown on clarinet to inaugurate a new Hanukah tradition. This
is made possible by the generous support of the San Francisco Jewish
Federation LGBT Alliance and the family of Larry Tannenbaum, and the
KlezCalifornia. More information, www.shaarzahav.org
, 415.861.6932. No charge.
|Yidishe Salon far Pamelakh Reders |
Sunday, December 20, 7:00-9:00pm, Berkeley.
part of KlezCalifornia's Yiddish conversation group for intermediate
speakers! Join our evening of conversation for people who speak some
Yiddish but mix in a lot of English as well. Native Yiddish speakers
Ben and Helen Stern help us out. A lot. Send your name, address, phone
number to firstname.lastname@example.org for the location, a private home in Berkeley. Lots of fun, great snacks, no pressure and no charge.
|Klezmer Jams in Your Community?
you interested in starting (or participating in) a regular klezmer jam
in your community? For example, the Fandango Klez-Balkan Jam takes
place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at Fandango
Pizza in Palo Alto, 5:00pm - 7:30ish. We want to encourage more
communities to start a regular night of klezmer
If you are interested in helping organize a new jam or want to suggest a suitable venue, let us know at
| Wednesday, December 9. 12:00 - 1:00pm. Public concert with Ben Brussell's
Oakland City Center,
12th & Broadway. No charge.
Saturday, December 12, 8:00pm, Hanukah songs at Old
First Church, San Francisco.
Celebrate Hanukah with Ben
Brussell's KLEZMANIA! Their program will consist of traditional sing-along
Hanukah songs, klezmer, Yiddish folk songs, some Israeli songs, and some original
klezmer songs. Wild, fun, and very high-energy. 415.474.1608,
Sunday, December 13, 1:00 -
3:00pm, Latkepalooza Hanukah celebration at Peninsula JCC, Foster City.
Community-wide Hanukah celebration with KLEZMANIA!
playing Jewish, Yiddish and jazz tunes. Also crafts and games, adult
learning, children's story-time and of course potato latkes! Cap off the
afternoon with a community sing-along. Admission free with the donation of a can of
food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. More information: 650.212.7522, www.pjcc.org
|News from the World of Yiddish
The Center for Yiddish Studies at
Israel's Ben-Gurion University
has a new director. Internationally known scholar David
G. Roskies, who teaches
Yiddish literature and culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary (and
who spoke recently at the Jewish Community
Library in San Francisco), has taken on this responsibility. As Roskies
wrote recently, "The culture is
hardwired by Yiddish but we don't realize that some of the things we
say or do
are rooted in it.... How Hebrew and Yiddish interact is at the heart of
Jewish sensibility." The article, "Israelis Preserve Their Yiddish
Roots," is downloadable from the website of the American Associates of
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, www.aabgu.org
. Click on "Media Center", then "Publications," then "IMPACT Fall 2009."
An article on "Boston's Yiddish
Diva," Leyke Post Carrey
(and mother of local Yiddish singer - and
KlezCalifornia Advisory Council member - Henry Hirsch Carrey), is on the website
of the National Yiddish Book Center. Click HERE
Put these exciting events on your calendar now.
January 6-13, Yiddish Intensive with Yitshok Niborski
visiting from France. Six-session intensive for advanced Yiddish speakers at the
Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Email email@example.com
for registration details. $100 audit fee for non-students.
U. C. Berkeley, Intermediate
Yiddish (Yiddish 102), Spring Quarter
, with instructor Yael Chaver. Advanced grammar and introduction to the reading of original texts. Gain
appreciation for the riches of Yiddish language and culture. M-W 11-1, F
11-12, 282 Dwinelle. Course Control #38103. For more information, call 510.643.2004.
Register now: 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 a warm,
open, vibrant community to enjoy Yiddish culture! If you don't support
us, who will?