Dear ____,The KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture
Festival at Palo Alto's
Congregation Etz Chayim, Presidents' Day Weekend, February 12-15, is only five weeks away!
Check out the program at www.klezcalifornia.org. How can you resist? Register now! Join folks from Seattle, Arcata, Sacramento and Los Angeles in a terrific West Coast simkhe! Bring friends and family!
With 60 workshops, two concerts, and three dance parties, the Festival has something for everyone. Here are some highlights:
· Saturday evening faculty concert with internationally-known
klezmer greats Frank London, Christian Dawid, Joshua Horowitz, Cookie
Segelstein, Stu Brotman, and many Bay Area klezmer stars and YIddish
singers, followed by a rollicking Yiddish dance party led by Steve
· Sunday evening premiere of The Klezmer Shul, which
liturgy with jazz, avant-garde, classical, klezmer and folk elements to
inspire a feeling of prayer -- without a
single word. The piece was composed by the Veretski Pass trio (Stu
Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein) through a grant from the Bay Area's
Creative Work Fund. The concert will be followed by a discussion with
the musicians and then another great Yiddish dance party with Steve
Weintraub. His bottle dance will change your life!
· 110 Yiddish Words the Average New York Goy Knows and You Should Be Ashamed If You Don't, with inimitable Yiddish teacher Harvey Varga.· Klezmer/Balkan/Roma Connections, with Christian Dawid and Peter Jaques: Learn about the
interaction among the musics and musicians of these cultures.
· Three workshops (with Stephen Saxon, Peter Jaques and Julie Egger) for those who play an instrument but are beginners in klezmer. All instruments welcome!
· Yiddish love songs for Valentine's Day with Sharon Bernstein, and Yiddish Songs of the Jewish Labor Movement, with Mark Levy.
· Master classes for instrumentalists (solo and groups) with Christian Dawid, Frank London, Cookie Segelstein, Stu Brotman; and for singers with Eleanor Reissa. Sign up now! Great to watch, too!
· FREE Saturday afternoon workshops: Yiddish in the Hasidic World (with Zachary Baker and Ken Blady), Zmires, Shabbes songs
(Sharon Bernstein), History of Yiddish Song (Henry Carrey), and two
klezmer jams, for beginners and for more advanced players. OK, we do
ask for a donation, but you can pay after Shabbes.
adult pass for the Festival weekend (Friday evening through Monday
evening) is $170 if purchased in advance, $180 at the door. Lower
prices for teens, youth, and members of Congregation Etz Chayim.
Tickets are also available per workshop ($25) and for the evening
concerts/dance parties ($10-$20). Scholarships and work-study positions
-- don't let price be an obstacle if you want to come. Special hotel
rates at Courtyard by Marriott in nearby Los Altos. Please register now
|Yidishe Salon far Flisik Reders |
Sunday, January 17, 2:00-4:00pm, San Francisco.
Become part of KlezCalifornia's Yiddish conversation group for fluent (flisik) and native speakers! Usually about fifteen people attend to shmooze and nosh, sometimes on a specific subject.
Send your name, address, phone number to email@example.com for the location, this time a private home in San Francisco.
|Yiddish Dance Workshop: A Tsimmis of Cultures
Saturday, January 30, 7:00-10:00pm, Congregation Beth Am,
Come whirl, clap and stomp to the joys of Yiddish dance as
part of the Feast of Jewish Learning/Peninsula Night of Jewish Unity, whose theme this year is "Wanderlust."
Learn the steps, stylings, and gestures of klezmer dance and
discover the many cultural influences - from Eastern Europe to Argentina, from
Turkey to the U.S. - that have made up this nearly-lost art
form! The Yiddish Dance Workshop is presented by KlezCalifornia with live music by the Klezmakers. Bruce Bierman
teaches and leads the dancing, with Gilbert Melendez. No experience or partners
The evening is presented by the Bureau of Jewish Education
in partnership with the Oshman Family JCC, KlezCalifornia, and numerous other
co-sponsors. Join your friends for dozens of classes and workshops on Jewish
thought, text, philosophy, spirituality, culture, life and love, taught
by rabbis, scholars, artists, and educators from all walks of Jewish
life. Open to all adults bar mitzvah age and older For details, contact
Eileen Soffer at firstname.lastname@example.org. No charge.
|Theodore Bikel in "Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears"
February 6, 8:00pm and
Sunday February 7, 1:00pm, JCC San Francisco.
great Theodore Bikel brings Sholom Aleichem and his colorful characters
to life as he magically melds long-gone lives and times with matters
that tug at our heartstrings even today. Singing in English and
Yiddish, Bikel delivers rare insight into the life and literary works
of this fascinating storyteller. JCC members $60,
public $65, https://tickets.jccsf.org/public/show.asp
Say hello to concert community partner
KlezCalifornia at our table in the lobby at both performances. Pick up some Festival promotional cards for your neighbors, too.
|Saturday, January 9, 7:00-10:30pm, Netivot Shalom Music Festival.
groups performing klezmer, jazz, Yiddish, Middle Eastern, acoustic
folk, cantorial, choir and Broadway music, including the Netivot Shalom
Klez - Jazz Band, Yiddish singer (and khazn
Sharon Bernstein, and the debut of the Nagila Klezmer Ensemble. Light
dinner, desserts, and sangria/beer for purchase. Admission: $15 adults,
$5 youth/teens. No advance ticket sales. Congregation Netivot Shalom,
1316 University Avenue, Berkeley. More info: email@example.com
. Sunday, January 31, 10:30am, "Yiddish and Yiddish Literature in Pre-statehood Palestine."
At Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. Dr. Yael Chaver will speak
about the tension between Yiddish and Hebrew during the pre-state
period and some of the Yiddish literature written in Palestine at the
. No charge.
Sunday, February 7, 7:00pm, Zalmen Mlotek in Concert
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto.This internationally recognized concert
pianist and authority on Yiddish music will perform with Sephardic
singer Daniella Rabbani. $25 members, $30 non-members, $20 seniors and
students in advance. $30 members, $35 non-members at the door. www.paloaltojcc.org
Put these exciting events on your calendar now:February 8, 10, 14, Premieres of The Klezmer Shul
. Music touches our soul and moves us to smile, cry, dance and pray. The Klezmer Shul
described in the lead story, above, will have three Bay Area premieres,
all at 8:00pm and followed by discussion with the artists:
· Monday, Feb. 8, at Temple Israel in Alameda, ($15 - $18 suggested donation; reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley ($15 suggested donation;
tickets only at the door; www.netivotshalom.org
· Sunday, Feb. 14, at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto (tickets $10-$20 at www.klezcalifornia.org
mail check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, or pay at the door. Concert ticket is included in
weekend Yiddish Culture Festival pass). This premiere will by followed by a traditional klezmer
12-15. KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. See the lead story, above. If you're going to attend one
Yiddish/klezmer event in 2010, make this Festival the one! Details at
21, 3:00pm, Eleanor Reissa in Love and Longing in Yiddish, Congregation
Sinai, San Jose, http://sinai-sj.org/ or call 408.264.8542. General admission
$36, seniors/juniors $20, reserved seats $100 patrons $250. Come on a journey
from shtetl tunes to cosmopolitan Yiddish theatre hits, with music and
21, 3:00-5:00pm, Simcha Jam, a new monthly Jewish dance workshop with Bruce
Bierman, JCC East Bay, $5-$15, sliding scale. Presented by the JCC and
February 21, 7:00-9:00pm, Pamelakh Yidishe Salon. Email email@example.com for information on this salon for intermediate speakers of Yiddish.
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?