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Klezmer dancing is hot in June! Let's join hands in San Francisco June 3 and 13, in the East Bay June 20 and 23, on the Peninsula June 27, and in the North Bay June 4-6. Details below!

Table in Santa Rosa, Fall 2009KlezCalifornia is meeting this month with volunteers and community leaders in Sonoma County to discuss the possibility of a Sunday afternoon Yiddish Culture Festival in Spring 2011. We have invited to the first planning meeting (Tuesday, June 1!) all subscribers whom we know live in Sonoma County. 

If you live in Sonoma County and are interested in helping us organize and publicize a Festival, contact us immediately at [email protected]

Sonoma County's Simcha Sunday, October 2009

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The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), one of the generous funders of our February Yiddish Culture Festival, has covered the Festival in their May 14 on-line newsletter. You can view the wonderful article by Living Cultures Grants Program Manager Lily Kharrazi (and even post a comment) Thank you, Lily!

Finally, our referrals to enjoyable Yiddish and klezmer websites and YouTube videos have been popular, so this month's newsletter starts the new feature, "Fun Stuff on the Web." 

Yidishe Salon far Pamelakh Reders (for intermediate speakers) 

People shmoozing

Sunday, June 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm, private home in Oakland.
Join our lively group of intermediate Yiddish speakers, assisted by native speakers Ben and Helen Stern. At this get-together, Frank Snitz will talk about his recent trip to Israel and we will then have a discussion. We shmooze, nosh, then shmooze some more. No charge. Email [email protected] for more information or leave a message at 415.789.7679.

The first pamelakh salon on the Peninsula will be held Sunday, August 15, time to be determined, in San Mateo! 
Simcha Dance Jam -- Free the Jewish dancer within!

Photo by Lea Delson,
13 Sharon Bernstein by LDSunday, June 20, 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 moves 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 KlezCalifornia, and Jewish Music Festival. More info: 510.848.0237
Ashkenaz presents The Essentials, starring Stu Brotman and Jim Rebhan 

Wednesday, June 23, Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Berkeley. Celebrate this first klezmer dance night at Ashkenaz, a venue that features live music and dancing every evening. Enjoy a concert with the world-class klezmer music of Stu Brotman (Veretski Pass & Brave Old World) and Jim Rebhan (Ellis Island Old World Folk Band & California Klezmer). Bruce Bierman will give a dance lesson and lead dancing during the performance. Doors open 7:30pm, dance lesson 8:00pm, show and dancing at 8:30pm. Only $10! See you there! We're hoping for a great turn-out so we can persuade Ashkenaz to schedule klezmer dancing more often! More info:, 510.525.5054.

Stu Brotman.png0901 Feast - Dancing 1Stu Brotman

Jim Rebhan 
Dinner and Klezmer Dance Party

0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, June 27, 6:00-9:30pm,Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo.Delicious Lebanese food, klezmer music by "The Mavens of Klezmer"(Jeanette Lewicki on accordion, Mike Perlmutter on clarinet, and Richard Saunders on bass) and dancing with Bruce Bierman. If you missed similar terrific events at Tannourine in 2008 or 2009, this is your chance! $25 for a large meal (with vegetarian options) of appetizers, entree, coffee, tea, or soft drink, and the entertainment. 

Dinner begins at 6:00pm, music at 6:30pm, dancing at 7:30pm. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Reservations: 650.638.1960. More info:
Community Events
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: There's another event in the building the same evening. If you are driving, arrive early.

Thursday, June 3, 6:00-7:30pm, Let's Go Dance. Join Kugelplex and dance leader Bruce Bierman for a klezmer wedding dance party in celebration of marriage equality on the street near the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Includes the vocals of Jewlia Eisenberg and comic antics of David Rosenfeld. No charge. More info: 415.543.1718.

Thursday June 3 - Friday, June 11, "Mendele, the Novelist," advanced Yiddish workshop with Professor Yitshok Niborski, Institute National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, and Medem Biblyotek. Sponsored by GTU's Center for Jewish Studies. 9:00am - 1:00pm weekdays, with a shorter day June 11, at 2465 LeConte Ave., Berkeley. $100 (check or cash only) payable at first class. Please contact a.s.a.p. for class readings. More info: 510.649.2482, [email protected].

Thursday, June 3, 10, 17, and 24. Hot Kugel, the klez/jazz duo, play every Thursday evening, 7:30 - 9:30pm, at Zucca Ristorante in Mountain View. More info: 650.864.9940,

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

Monday, June 7, 8:00pm, "Sutskever: Der Lebediker Poet," a lecture in Yiddish by Yitshok Niborski, with English translation by Zachary Baker. Stanford Hillel. More info: [email protected], 818.625.0673. Call early for directions; Hillel is not on the common map search engines.
Saturday, June 12, 2:30-3:30pm, Red Hot Chachkas perform at the free Fairfax Festival, in Marin County. More info:

Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 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 with music by Ellis Island Old World Folk Band). Red Hot Chachkas perform Sunday 5:50-6:30pm. More info:

Sunday, June 13, 2:30pm, The 84th annual concert of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, at Lick-Wilmerding High School (one block from the Balboa Park BART station), San Francisco. Sung in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Russian. Suggested donation: $12 general; $6 seniors, students, people with disabilities. More info:, 510.220.6325.

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

Yiddish sheet music: (thanks to Josh Horowitz).

Article about the "Dead Sea Scrolls" of Yiddish literature, namely untranslated works and manuscripts by Chaim Grade, jealously guarded by his widow until her recent death, (thanks to Diana Scott).

Yiddish song performances from the recent International  Association of Yiddish Clubs' conference, held in Millbrae in April: (thanks to Henry Carrey, one of the singers).

List to a new Yiddish song every week, sung by a native Yiddish speaker, at
Coming Soon

Put these exciting events on your calendar now. More details in the July newsletter.

Sunday, July 11, noon - 5:00pm, Jewish Music Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, with free performances by many Jewish musicians, including Glenn Hartman and the Klezmer Playboys, Kugelplex, Red Hot Chachkas, Gerry Tenney, and Peter Jacques. More info: 510.848.0237,

Sunday in July, date and time to be determined, Flisik Yidishe Salon, private home in San Francisco. More info: [email protected], 415.789.7679.

Saturday, July 24 - Monday, August 9, Jewish Film Festival, in San Francisco, Berkeley, the Peninsula, and Marin County. More info:, 415.621.0556.

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