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Videos from our Yiddish Culture Festival have been put online by our friends Eric Edelstein and Mark Bonine at Yiddish Lives, an archive of events experienced and described in Yiddish. Festival workshops now at are: History of Yiddish Song (Henry Carrey), Yiddish Humor and the Monologue (Gabriella Safran), Yiddish in the Hasidic World (Zachary Baker and Ken Blady), History of Yiddish Language and Literature (Yael Chaver), Yiddish Song Rarities (Sharon Bernstein) ...

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And also: The Yiddish Epitaph (Naomi Seidman), The World of our Great-Grandparents (Ken Blady), and Yiddish Songs of the Jewish Labor Movement (Mark Levy). Twelve hours of the Festival, right in your own home!

Such a deal: Speaking of videos, we are pleased to offer you a DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, Yiddish Theater: A Love Story. Shown at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2006, this film has received rave reviews including from the Los Angeles TimesNew York Magazine, and ("one of the top ten documentaries of 2007"). A tightly structured portrait of Zypora Spaisman, founder and grand dame of the Folksbiene, the film portrays the love she shared with her husband. Transcending his life is her loving work to sustain Yiddish theater, the medium of their shared lives' work. Included are moving interviews with other living legends of the Yiddish theater. The DVD sells for $30 plus shipping on and it's yours for a donation to KlezCalifornia of $50 or more. Please indicate whether you would like us to send you the DVD. 

Other news: Sonia Moss is putting together our first Peninsula Pamelakh Yidishe Salon, for intermediate Yiddish speakers. If you are interested, email [email protected]and specify the Peninsula location. Also, Yiddish teacher Jon Levitow is teaching a first-ever beginning Yiddish class at U.C. Santa Cruz this quarter and has 28 students! Yasherkoyekh, Jon! 

On the web:
· Check out the song of the week at
· Fiddler on the Roof in Japanese: (thanks to Avram Tassa).
· James Cagney speaks Yiddish: (thanks to Dorrit Geshuri)
· Learn Yiddish with RoseEtta Cohen, a spoof on language learning software RosettaStone, at (thanks to Ken Blady).

Be sure to mark on your calendar the thirteen events in the next five weeks described below! There's something for every taste, age, and budget. 
Yidishe Salon far Flisik Reders (for fluent/native speakers) 

People shmoozing

Sunday, May 16, 2:00 - 4:00pm, private home in El Cerrito.
Join our afternoon of conversation for fluent/native speakers of Yiddish. Lots of fun, great snacks, and no charge. 

Greyt tsi a yidishe vitz tsu dertseyln tsum oylem. Dos letse mol vos mir hobn dos geton iz es geven a fargenign ... ale zenen aheym-gegangen mit boykhveytug! In hayntige tsaytn, ken gut tsinutskimen a bisl gelekhter!

Email [email protected] for more information.
Simcha Dance Jam -- Free the Jewish dancer within!

0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, May 16, 3:00-5:00pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley.
Join Jewish dance specialist and choreographer Bruce Bierman for a unique monthly workshop that aims to free the Jewish dancer within! It will begin with guided poses and stretches inspired by the angular shapes of the Hebrew letters. 

Then, participants will explore the expressive movements and dramatic gestures behind the four main Jewish dance genres: Yemenite, Hasidic, Klezmer and Israeli. 

Finally, fit the move of the ancestors to the grooves of your own imagination, as participants create spontaneous new dances using a treasure box of Jewish dance vocabulary. All levels and dance experiences welcome. $10-$15, sliding scale. Presented by the JCC and KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.848.0237 or

The second Simcha Dance Jam will be on Sunday, June 20.
110 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto RIcan New Yorker Knows...

Tikkun 2010 flyerTuesday, May 18, 9:15-10:00pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley.
If you missed Harvey Varga's workshop at our Festival in February, you have another chance to participate in, "110 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto Rican New Yorker Knows and You Should Be Ashamed If You Don't." It is being presented by KlezCalifornia as part of the twenty-second annual, community-wide, dusk-until-dawn Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at JCC East Bay. There will be numerous interesting workshops of all kinds, most of them serious, including "Meshuginner Minyan hosts a (Groucho) Marxist analysis of Hag Matan Torateinu" (holiday of the giving of the Torah, i.e.Shevuous) with Ed Silberman and Dale Allen Boland. The Tikkun includes a full kids' program with teachers, storytellers and musicians. No charge. More info:, click on Tikkun banner. 
Community Events
Sunday, May 16, 10:30-11:30am, Jewish Stories from Your Street and Around the World. 
Los Angeles-based entertainer Karen Golden delights audiences of all ages with stories and songs of the Jewish people from all over the world. Kosher snacks. No charge. Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. More info:

Thursday, May 20, 8:00pm, KlezExtravaganza.
 A klezmer triple header with performances by Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex, the New Klezmorim. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. $18.50 advance / $19.50 at the door. More info: or 510.644.2020. 

Friday, May 21, 9:00pm, Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment, at BlueSix, San Francisco. More info:
Coming Soon

Put these eleven (!) exciting June events on your calendar now. More details in the June newsletter.

Tuesday, June 1, 7:30pm "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs," a talk by David Lehman with songs performed by Sharon Bernstein. Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info:

Thursday, June 3, 6:00-7:30pm, Let's Go Dance, with Kugelplex and dance leader Bruce Bierman, on Jessie Street in San Francisco.

Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6, Eric Bendix (from North Carolina) teaches klezmer couple dances at Statewide 2010, an annual three-day folk dance event, in Sonoma. More info:

Sunday, June 6, 7:00-9:00pm, Pamelakh Yidishe Salon, at a private home in Oakland. No charge.
More info: [email protected] or 415.789.7679.
Saturday, June 12, 2:30-3:30pm, Red Hot Chachkas perform at the free Fairfax Festival. More info:

Saturday, June 12 - Sunday, June 13, noon - 11:00pm, San Francisco Free Folk Festival 2010. Workshops include Jewish Folk Songs (Lil Rev), Klezmer Scales & Melodies (Aaron Seeman & Mike Penn), Yiddish Songs of Love & Work (Mark Levy), and Klezmer Dancing (Yael Schy & Ellis Island Old World Folk Band). Red Hot Chachkas perform Sunday 5:50-6:30pm. More info:

Sunday, June 13, 2:30pm, Annual concert of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, at Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco. More info: or 510.220.6325.

Sunday, June 20, 3:00-5:00pm, Simcha Dance Jam. See story above.

Sunday, June 20, 3:00-4:00pm, Accidental Klezmer performs at Palo Alto World Music Day. More info:

Wednesday, June 23, Klezmer music and dancing at Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Berkeley. Bruce Bierman dance leader, band TBA. Doors open 7:30pm, dance lesson 8:00pm, show and dancing at 8:30pm. $10. More info: or 510.525.5054.

Sunday, June 27 , 6:30-9:30pm, Dinner and klezmer dance party at Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. Delicious Lebanese food (with vegetarian options), klezmer music by Jeanette Lewicki and Friends, and dancing with Bruce Bierman. Reservations: 650.638.1960. More info: