you, unfortunately, have to miss our February KlezCalifornia Yiddish
Culture Festival? We are excited to report that this celebration of
Yiddish heritage was just fabulous. Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo
Alto was bursting with happy people from our community at all hours of
day and evening at concerts, workshops, open mic cabaret, dance
parties, sing-alongs, jams and meals. Four hundred fifty people arrived from Seattle, Portland, Eureka, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and from throughout the Bay Area!
Photo by Dale Pearlman.
excitement buzzed non-stop for three days and evenings as we carried
on: learning singing dancing playing making new friends shmuesing
and feasting on two fabulous, packed concerts. We all had great fun and
an altogether unforgettable experience. We will never stop celebrating
this unique heritage!
If you were lucky enough to take part, tell friends and family about your wonderful experience and encourage them to sign up for our e-newsletter at http://www.klezcalifornia.org/resources/.
Photo by Dale Pearlman.
Then, here are two other things you can do:
-- Write an article about your experience for any newsletter that will publish it (your shul? neighborhood association? chorus?)
-- Volunteer! Wherever you live, there are many fun things to do with like-minded folks. Contact us at email@example.com or 415.789.7679.
What would you like to do next? Read
Yiddish stories? Dance Yiddish dances to live or recorded music? Have a
Yiddish sing-along? Play klezmer music? Let us know what most excites
you. Sign up for the "KlezCalifornia Khevruse Directory" HERE
so your priorities and involvement can contribute to future plans (and
funding!). Your information will also add to the lists of others
seeking "activity partners" (khevruse)
and you can contact them directly. Already in the works are Yiddish
dance parties to live music at Ashkenaz in Berkeley and a klezmer jam
in the East Bay.
-- If you had a wonderful time, please express ysour appreciation with a tax-deductible gift to KlezCalifornia.
With your financial support, we can continue to bring terrific events
to the region and to your community. Yiddish lives, and we welcome
gifts of any amount, whether $18 or $180 or $1,800 or $18,000! Mail
your check to us at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703 or click HERE to donate using a credit card.
than half this Festival's financing was provided by five foundations.
Without the generous support of the Alliance for California Traditional
Arts, the Koret, Walter & Elise Haas, and Chaim Schwartz
Foundations, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, your
cost would have been doubled, and that may have discouraged many
participants from coming. Foundations often favor start-ups, so your
help becomes more and more critical over the years. Tell everyone you
know to become a donor as well!
Photo by Ira Greenberg.
Many, many thanks to our three volunteer photographers. We invite you to take a look at their terrific Festival pictures: Lea Delson's: HERE Dale Pearlman's: HERE Ira Greenberg's: HERE
All photos are © KlezCalifornia 2010.
The Festival was possible only with the help of dozens of other volunteers as well. We give special mention here to the Food Committee:
Tziona Tassa (in red), Talia Shaham (in green), and Shoshana Shelef
(all the way on the right). They organized the delicious meals,
beverages and snacks, which they displayed and served flawlessly. They
worked tirelessly throughout the Festival (including until midnight
night after night) to make sure all ran smoothly.
Photo by Dale Pearlman.
volunteers in the picture, left to right, are Gil Rosoff, Laura
Sheppard, Mitchell Shandling, Judy Kunofsky, Achi Ben Shalom, Reva
Fabrikant, Gerry Tenney, Reyna Greenfield, Karen Bergen, Charlotte
Epstein and Avram Tassa. Our thanks to these and all the other
We are carefully reviewing the more than one hundred fifty evaluations we received. Here are some of your comments:
-- "The dance workshops were superb! More, more!" (evaluations had similar comments about other workshops as well...)
"I particularly enjoyed the instrumental classes - the teachers were
effective, caring, and extremely knowledgeable. Couldn't get enough."
-- "All of the workshops were interesting & chock-full of information. I learned so much!"
-- "Beyond my wildest dreams! Incredible! Five stars!"
We are glad to announce the raffle winners:
Daniel Tkach won two free tickets to any March Jewish Music Festival
concert (see below for more information on the klezmer/Yiddish
offerings). Jerryl Lynn Rubin won the "All-Purpose Yiddish Knowledge
Cards." Thanks to everyone who turned in a Festival Evaluation and
whose name was then entered into the raffle.
Photo by Lea Delson, www.delsonphoto.com.
The February 26 Yiddish Forverts
published a long Festival story on the first page of the Arts section,
with a picture of fiddler Cookie Segelstein along the masthead on page
1! Click HERE to see the article. Many thanks to journalist, Festival participant and Stanford Klezmer Band member Isaac Bleaman.
Videographer Amanda Devons took five hours of videotape,
from which she is going to make short videos for our website, YouTube,
etc. We want to copy the tapes before we mail them to her. If you have
a high-definition camera and a computer with 12 gigs of memory
available, please let us know a.s.a.p. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lost & Found: Found:
One tambourine. A box of rock candy, pen and notes from Harvey Varga
and Sharon Bernstein's workshops. Lost: Congregation Kol Emeth bencher (little book with meal-related blessings and various songs). Email email@example.com if you lost or found!
There's so much to celebrate! Let's keep the spirit going throughout the year!
|Flisik Yidishe Salon (for fluent/native speakers)
Sunday, March 21, 2:00-4:00pm.
Join a lively group of ten to twenty fluent/native speakers for a conversation in Yiddish, this time in San Francisco. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the location.
s'vet zayn nor a vokh far peysakh, veln mir efsher shmuesn vegn
peysakhdike maykholim. Brengt retseptn oyb ir hot zey unter-hant. Oyb
ir kent, brengt epes tsu iberbaysn (snack), ober nisht keyn
oysgetrikenteh homentashn! ;-) Zey krikhn mir shoyn fin halz aroys!
If you'd like a translation of the above, ask us for the Fir Kashes in (see story below) and we'll send you both!
next Pamelakh Yidishe Salon for intermediate speakers will be in April in Berkeley. Try it out! Email email@example.com for the date and location.
|Fir Kashes (Four Questions) in YIddish for your Seders
Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30.Far-vus iz di nakht fun Pesakh ahn-dersh fun ah-leh nekht fun ah gahnts yur?
Al-leh nekht fun a gahnts yur, essn mir kho-mayts uh-der matsah; uh-ber di nakht fun Pesakh essn mir nuhr matsah.
Ask the Fir
, the Four Questions, at your seder this year!. Contact us at
and we'll send you the words. Leave a message at 415.789.7679 and we'll sing the melody into your phone machine!
|Community Events |
Sunday, March 7, 1:30-2:45pm, "Wandering Tongue: Following the Journey of Yiddish."
presentation by BJE Jewish Community Library Director (and
KlezCalifornia Board member) Howard Freedman is part of the Young Adult
(21 - 40ish) Feast of Jewish Learning, 11:00am-5:00pm. Held at JCC San
Francisco. No charge. More info: www.bjesf.org/feast
.Monday, March 8, 6:30-8:00pm, "Avanti! Forverts! - Italian & Yiddish Protest Songs."
In honor of International Women's Day, this program presented by
Michael Alpert, Sharon Bernstein, and Francesco Spagnolo highlights the
repertoires of the Jewish Labor Bund and the beginnings of the Italian
workers' movement, presenting forgotten gems such as anti-WWI songs
from both fronts (Italy and Austro-Hungary) and Italo Calvino's lyrics
about the Italian liberation struggle of WWII. Held at the Italian
Cultural Institute, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.788.7142, www.sfiic.org
(Internationally-known klezmer great Michael Alpert is available this
week and then again until March 22 to give private lessons or workshops
in Yiddish song, language, dance, klezmer music on any instrument. More
or 646.267.7987.) Thursday March 18, 7:30pm, Mira Leytes in Concert
Locally raised and New York-based, vocalist, accordionist, pianist and
songwriter Mira Leytes sings in English, Russian, French, Hebrew and
Yiddish, melding her cabaret style and klezmer roots with a glam rock
sensibility. At the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. $15 members, $20
non-members. More info: 650.223.8622, www.paloaltojcc.org
.Sunday, March 21, 7:30pm, Les Yeux Noirs
This Paris-based sextet mix of klezmer, Romani (Gypsy) and rock is
guaranteed to go straight to your feet! $23 members, $26 public. At the
Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. More info: 415.444.8000.Friday March 26, 7:00-9:00pm, Daphna Rahmil and Bruce Barley play klezmer
Enjoy a full dinner with wine country cuisine or come just for the
music and drinks on the patio of the Essanay Café, in the Niles
District of Fremont. No cover charge. More info: 510.792.0112, www.essanaycafe.com
. Friday, March 26, 8:00pm, Zmiros Service and Concert with Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg
. Enrich your seder
with songs for Pesakh
and get into the spirit of Shabbes
with participatory nigunim
presented by two members of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. At Temple
Beth Sholom in San Leandro. No charge. More info: 510.357.8505. March 25-28, 25th Jewish Music Festival March and July.
More info: 510.848.0237 X119, 800.838.3006, www.jewishmusicfestival.org
-- Saturday, March 27, 8:00pm, Opening Night Diaspora Redux
At Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. A brilliant septet from New York,
Berlin and Buenos Aires, cradles of contemporary jazz, klezmer, tango,
and avant-garde music. Created by Alan Bern of Brave Old World, with
Aaron Alexander, Paul Brody, Alex Kontorovich, Cesar Lerner, Martin
Lillich and Marcelo Moguilevsky. F&S: 510.644.2020.
-- Sunday, March 28, 8:00pm, Saints and Tsadiks
At Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Through archives and old
recordings, Grammy-winning vocalists Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg
and band have gathered Jewish and Irish songs on love, death,
betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink.
-- Sunday, March 28, 12:30-4:40pm, Master Class: Improvisation in New Jewish Music
with Alan Bern and members of Diaspora Redux.
-- Monday, March 29, 1:30pm, Klezmer Buenos Aires
JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley. A brilliant duo whose virtuosity on wind
instruments, accordion, piano and percussion makes them sound more like
an orchestra than a duo.
Put these exciting events on your calendar now. More details in the April newsletter.Thursday, April 8, 7:30pm
, Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio: Hungry for Yiddish
, BJE Jewish Community Library. San Francisco. More info: 415.567.3327 X703, www.bjesf.org/library.htm
. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor.Friday, April 23 - Monday, April 26, International Association of Yiddish Clubs
, Millbrae. More info: www.derbay.org/Millbrae/
, 650.349.6946, firstname.lastname@example.org
. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor.Sunday, May 16, 3:00-5:00pm, Simcha Dance Jam
a monthly Jewish dance workshop with Bruce Bierman, at the JCC East
Bay. In this new format, Bruce will teach Jewish dances of all kinds:
klezmer/Yiddish, Hasidic, Israeli, Yemenite, and more. Presented by the
JCC and KlezCalfornia. More info: 415.789.7679, www.jcceastbay.org
|Yasher-Koyekh, Judy! |
a small, volunteer organization successfully pulls off a major event,
you can be sure there are many, many people deserving of kudos and
attaboys. Usually, though, there's someone, a linchpin, a key person
... the leader ... whose dedication, commitment, capabilities, and
energy make it evident that they're the keystone. Without them, the
entire enterprise would not have been possible.
Judy Kunofsky, our Executive Director, is
this person for KlezCalifornia, and the one who nursed The 2010 Yiddish
Culture Festival from an idea with an uncertain future, to such an
incredible success. She richly deserves all the recognition and
gratitude we could heap upon her.
mit hartzigeh danken (with heartfelt thanks),
The Board, Volunteers and Staff of the 2010 Yiddish Culture Festival