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Why not include the exciting July activities below among your summer pleasures? We look forward to meeting you at some of them. And here's some exciting news:

Sunday, February 27
in Santa Rosa
with JCC Sonoma County

JCC Sonoma County

We are pleased to announce that the next KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival will be in Santa Rosa on Sunday, February 27, 2011. 
The Festival will be part of the annual, community-wide 
SimchaSunday organized by the JCC Sonoma County, which typically attracts 700-900 participants and features crafts booths, community organization tables, food, activities for kids, and entertainment. The KlezCalifornia component of the day will be workshops on klezmer music, Yiddish singing and dance lessons, Yiddish language and the history of Yiddish-speaking Jews, and a concluding klezmer dance party with live music. We are working with a great group of organizations and individual volunteers to make this happen. Put this on your calendar, and let us know at [email protected] if you would like to help organize this first KlezCalifornia event in the North Bay! 
Yidishe Salon far Flisik Reders (for fluent/native speakers) 

People shmoozing

Sunday, July 11, Noon - 2:00pm, San Francisco.
Fluent Yiddish speakers will gather for a picnic in the Yerba Buena Gardens vicinity, where the Jewish Music Festival will be holding an all-day free outdoor music festival (see story below).  We'll shmues in yidish, fres a bisl, un shpeyter kenen hern a groyse grupe kapeleyes makhn freylekh. No charge. For details of where to meet: [email protected].

Simcha!, Free Jewish Music Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens

JMF slant logoSunday, July 11, noon - 5:00pm, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco.
The Jewish Music Festival presents a free outdoor festival in celebration of the Festival's 25th anniversary! Many kinds of Jewish music will be presented. The klezmer/Yiddish performers include Glenn Hartman and the Klezmer Playboys, Kugelplex, Red Hot Chachkas, Gerry Tenney, and Peter Jaques. Klezmer dancing will be led by Bruce Bierman. Bring an instrument and join the klezmer jam coordinated by Glenn Hartman. And much more.... More info: 510.848.0237, See you there!
KlezCalifornia Yiddish Sing-Along 

0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm, Oakland.
Come to our Yiddish Sing-Along with old favorites and a few less familiar songs. Singer, choral director, and band leader Achi Ben Shalom will lead, teach, and accompany the songs with guitar, while projecting transliterated lyrics onto a screen. No charge. Rsvp to [email protected] for the location of the Sing-Along, which is in an Oakland hills home. Bring your friends!

Want to join us for for dinner afterwards? We're going to the new Amba kosher restaurant in Oakland's Montclair district. 
"The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground" at S.F. Jewish Film Festival 

Thursday, July 29, 8:45 pmCastro Theatre, S.F., with Castro Closing Night celebration. Doors open 8:20pm.

Saturday, July 31 (original newsletter said July 3), 7:00pm, Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Rep,, with post-film reception. Doors open 6:35pm.

Attending both showings will be Klezmatics violinist Lisa Gutkin, clarinetist Matt Darriau, and film director Erik Greenberg Anjou.

KlezCalifornia is a co-presenter of the Jewish Film Festival this year. We want to bring to your special attention the showings of a new film, "The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground" (English and Yiddish w/ English subtitles). From the SFJFF program guide: "Defying categorization, the geniuses of world music-klezmer fusion known as the Klezmatics have been breaking ground by continually redefining Jewish music for more than 20 years. Now they get their own movie: part concert film, part backstage drama, part affectionate lesson in remixing Yiddish culture, klezmer, gospel and Woody Guthrie. Their infectious concerts and on-camera candor make for a rousing behind-the-scenes documentary covering four up-and-down years in the life of the band."

Tickets $25 ($22 for SFJFF members) at 866.55-TICKETS (866.558.4253) or The full Jewish Film Festival is Saturday, July 24 - Monday, August 9, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.
Instrumental Workshop wIth Klezmatics Musicians
0901 Feast - Dancing 1Sunday, August 1, 1:00 - 3:00pm, at Zambaleta World Music & Dance School, San Francisco.
Musicians of all levels and all instruments have a rare opportunity to study with two Klezmatics at a workshop presented by KlezCalifornia and co-sponsored by the Jewish Music Festival:

Lisa Gutkin (violin, vocals) performs in klezmer, Celtic, Irish, and bluegrass styles. She has appeared on more than 100 recordings and composes for film, radio, television and theater. Matt Darriau (clarinet, saxophone, kaval) plays Irish, Balkan, klezmer and jazz music and has made music for dance, theater, and film. 

0901 Feast - Dancing 1The workshop will begin with an overview of klezmer music and then focus on its rhythms and scales. An instrumental tune will be taught by ear. More advanced players will focus on ornaments, style and improvisation, and all will learn the elements of accompaniment. Then, everyone will learn a nign(song without words). All levels and instruments are welcome, as even clapping and singing will give you a strong sense of the rhythmic and melodic structures. Bring a recording device! You can also arrange for a private lesson the same day with Lisa or Matt.

Zambaleta is at 2929 19th Street. There's good bus and BART access and easy parking (on Sunday).To reach the studios, you must walk up one flight of stairs. To register for the workshop ($30) and/or a private lesson ($70/hr or $55/45 mins), click HERE or go (then click on "Music" then search for "klezmer" on August 1) or call 415.341.1333. 
Community Events
Mondays, July 5 - August 16, 8:30 - 9:45pm, Klezmer Ensemble Class, Zambaleta, San Francisco. Sign up for a new klezmer ensemble with Kugelplex's Dave Rosenfeld. Drop-ins okay. Spread the word!  More info: or contact Dave directly at [email protected] or 415.407.7162.

Saturday, July 31, 5:00 - 7:00pm, Klezmakers at Vasona Lake County Park, part of the Vasona Vibrations Free Summer Concert Series. Food available at the concession or you may bring your own picnic dinner, including wine. Bring your own chair. No charge. 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. More info: 408.354.2608. 
Fun Stuff on the Web

YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe:  (thanks to Zehavit Stern)
Want to spend the entire summer at your computer? This site links to a treasure trove of other websites about Yiddish language and culture: (thanks to Frank Snitz)

Resources on Yiddish teaching and learning: (thanks to Frank Snitz)

Lively Argentinian video, "The Amazing History of Klezmer Music," with the music of Chicago's Maxwell Street Klezmer Band: (thanks to Monica Cotik)

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

Put these exciting events on your calendar now!

Saturday August 28, 7:00 - 9:30pm, Klezmakers, Mission Coffee Roasting Concert Series,
151 Washington Blvd, Fremont. Enjoy a fine cup of coffee, dinner or dessert, along with the show. $15 cover at the door. More info: 510.623.6920.

Sunday, August 29, Pamelakh Yidishe Salon, for intermediate Yiddish speakers, at a private home in Richmond. More info: [email protected], 415.789.7679.

Fall, Learn Yiddish Songs with Mark Levy: A four-session Yiddish singing class is forming with possible locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, and Santa Cruz. Plans are for classes in the Fall on Sunday and Monday nights, introducing Yiddish lullabies, love songs, work songs, and holiday songs and teaching the precious melodies and words to carry on the legacy of our parents and grandparents. More info: 888.505.8953, [email protected].

Fall, Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway: The class, taught by William T. Johnson at Sonoma State University, meets for seven sessions on Thursday mornings beginning September 30. More info. about the class: Class registration info.: Or contact the instructor at[email protected].
Honor Wall 

Rosie Kaplan has honored us with a gift in memory of her father, Benny Kaplan, who would have been 100 years old this year.

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We appreciate your tax-deductible gifts to support KlezCalifornia's work and help us build a warm, open, vibrant community celebrating Yiddish culture. Please send your check to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703 or donate with a credit card through our website. We welcome gifts of every amount, whether $18, $180, or $1,800! We are happy to recognize gifts of $50 or more with a DVD of "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story." To learn more about this film, click HERE.