HOTEL Reservation Deadlines The Yiddish
Festival is only two weeks away! If
you haven't yet registered, do it now!
ORDERS 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 www.klezcalifornia.org 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!
RESERVATIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
See www.klezcalifornia.org, email email@example.com,
or call 415.789.7679.
Register now! See you at the Festival!
Workshop: A Tsimmis of
30, 7:00-10:30pm, Congregation Beth Am,
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
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 www.bjesf.org/peninsulafeast/index.htm. No
|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
(2004) and its Hebrew version (2005). She also leads a
reading class in Yiddish literature at Lehrhaus Judaica. More info.: www.netivotshalom.org
. No charge.