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MEAL and HOTEL Reservation Deadlines

The Yiddish Culture Festival is only two weeks away! If you haven't yet registered, do it now! 

Frank LondonORDERS FOR DINNERS ARE DUE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4: We are providing various meals for those who order and pay in advance. The deadline for ordering any of the three dinners (Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday, $20 each) is next Thursday. See for information on ordering meals. Note that the deadline for ordering either of the two lunches (Sunday and Monday, $10 each) is Thursday, February 11. Please have rakhmones on Festival staff and volunteers and order early!

We've arranged for reduced-rate hotel rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1-1/2 miles from the Festival site at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto. Rooms with one king or two queen beds are available for $89/night + tax. Call the Marriott at 800.321.2211 and request a room for the Yiddish Culture Festival. They are holding these rooms until next Monday, February 1. If your plans change, you can cancel the reservation later, but you must reserve by the deadline to get a room at this price. KlezCalifornia will try to match you with a roommate, if you like. Send a roommate request to [email protected].

Questions?: See, email [email protected], or call 415.789.7679.

Register now! See you at the Festival!

Yiddish Dance Workshop: A Tsimmis of Cultures

WanderlustSaturday, January 30, 7:00-10:30pm, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos.

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 "Wander/lust."
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 make up this nearly-lost art form! The Yiddish Dance Workshop is being presented by KlezCalifornia. Bruce Bierman teaches and leads the dancing, with Gilbert Melendez. Live music by The Klezmakers. No experience or partners needed.
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. The full program is at No charge.

Community Events

Sunday, January 31, 10:30am, "Yiddish and Yiddish Literature in Pre-statehood Palestine," Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley. 
An important part of the Zionist dream was to free Jews from the burdens of the minority status of the diaspora. Yiddish symbolized the old existence that Zionism sought to discard, yet creative Yiddish literature developed in pre-state Palestine. Dr. Chaver will speak about the tension between Yiddish and Hebrew during the pre-state period and will introduce some of the Yiddish literature written in Palestine at this time. You don't have to understand Yiddish to appreciate the presentation. Dr. Yael Chaver is an educator, writer and translator who earned her Ph.D. in Yiddish at U.C. Berkeley, where she teaches Yiddish language and literature. She is the author of What Must be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine (2004) and its Hebrew version (2005). She also leads a reading class in Yiddish literature at Lehrhaus Judaica. More info.: No charge.