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We hope you enjoy being a member of KlezCalifornia. Your participation enriches our community. In order to continue to offer rich Yiddish cultural programming, we are turning to our members and asking for financial support.The foundation grants we enjoyed for several years as a start-up have run out. Help us by becoming a contributing member so we can continue to help you enjoy Yiddish culture. 

No-one else does what we do:
·    Festivals, where hundreds get together to enjoy Yiddish and klezmer workshops, classes, and music. Mark your calendar for the next one: Sunday, February 27 in Santa Rosa!
·    Colorful monthly newsletter to more than 1,500 subscribers, with the only regionwide calendar of events covering all aspects of Yiddish culture and klezmer music.  
·    Tastes of Yiddish Culture such as Yiddish sing-alongs, conversation salons, master classes for musicians, and klezmer jams, which engage smaller groups for several hours.
·    KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow), a directory of classes, choruses, klezmer bands, singers, lecturers, dance leaders, book sellers, museums, and more that is invaluable to those searching for Yiddish cultural resources in the Bay Area. Now 40 pages!

Yiddish Culture FestivalWe need your help. The newsletter and many events are free to you but there are costs to us. We accomplish a lot with a modest budget and deeply committed volunteers. We must raise at least $3,500 this Fall. Your gift of $18, $36, $54, $108 or more will enable us to reach this goal!

With any gift, we will post your 100-word message on ourHonor Wall at for a year in memory or in honor of anyone you choose, or about your Yiddish heritage. If your gift is at least $54, we will also send you the DVD, Yiddish Theater: A Love Story, a $25 retail value. 

Please make your tax-deductible donation by sending a check payable to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703, or via credit card HERE, or call us at 415.789.7679. 

You are already a member of our community. We hope you will become a contributing member and help us build a warm, vibrant region-wide community to promote and celebrate Yiddish culture. We thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.


Judy Kunofsky (Yakhet Yehudis)            Gerry Tenney (Gershn Yankl)
Executive Director                                   President

Long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events, classes and jams:
In This Issue
Veretski Pass
Yidishe Salon
Community Events
Fun Stuff on the Web
Honor Wall
Wanted! Musicians & Artists
Coming in December
Veretski Pass Concert and Dance Party

Veretski PassSaturday, November 13, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass at Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. 

Join us for a terrific opportunity to hear the band Veretski Pass, who play music from the Carpathian Bow in Eastern Europe. These wonderful musicians (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stu Brotman), all of whom now live in the Bay Area, will present an evening of great entertainment. The second set will include klezmer dancing led by Bruce Bierman. $10-$20; no-one turned away. More info: Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.

Yidishe Salon far Flisik Reders - Oakland

People shmoozing

Sunday, November 14, 2:00 - 4:00pm, Oakland
Participants will shmooze and nosh at KlezCalifornia's salon for fluent and native speakers of Yiddish. Join the group for a conversation about the khanike geshikhte, some khanike songs and a spirited discussion about the best latke recipe. No charge.

More info: flisiksalon[at], 415.239.4105.
Community Events
See the many one-time events, classes, and projects below. This list of activities, and more, are available to you any time at

Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 7:00 - 9:00pm, "Sing It in Yiddish!" Mark Levy presents four weeks of Eastern European Jewish folk songs in both northern and southern dialects of Yiddish. Sheet music, recordings, and live demonstration of children's, love, work, and holiday songs. in Berkeley (location to be announced).The cost will depend on how many people register (estimated $80 - $100 for all four sessions). More info: 831.338.7283, mitzvahmus[at]

Thursday, November 4, 12:00noon - 1:30pm, "From the Bima to the Bine and Back: How Secular Yiddish Theater Reinvented Judaism." Lecture by Donny Inbar, Ph.D, Associate Director for Arts and Culture, Israel Center for the Jewish Community Federation. At Stanford, Building 360, Conference Room. No charge. More info: 650.725.2789,

Thursdays, November 4, 11, 18, 10:00am, "Klezmer 101" with Mark Levy, part of East Bay Jewish Forum presented by the Jewish Federation. At Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland. Admission: $10 per individual lecture, 21 lectures for $136. More info: 510.318.6453, rgambert[at]

Sunday, November 14, 2:00 - 8:30pm and Monday, November 15, 9:00am - 2:00pm, "Polin:Writing the History of the Jews of Poland and Russia." Keynote lecture by Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University, plus other talks. Presented by the Center For Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. No charge. More info or to rsvp: cjs[at]

Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 - 8:30pm, "Picturing Russian and East European Jews in Fiction, History and Photography." Presented by Steven Zipperstein, Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford. The lecture will explore the many ways in which popular memory -- regarding daily life, family, sexuality, politics, and Jewish/non-Jewish relations -- differs from how historians see the past. At Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. No charge. More info:, 650.223.8605. 

Saturday, November 20, 7:00pm, Yiddish Sing-Along led by singer, choral director, and band leader Achi Ben Shalom. At Congregation Ner Tamid, San Francisco. Translated and transliterated lyrics will be provided. Admission $10. Rsvp's appreciated to mail[at] More info:programs[at], 415.661.3383.

Sunday, November 21, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Red Hot Chachkas perform at Ashkenaz, in Berkeley. A family event with singing, dancing and rabble rousing. Admission $6 adults, $4 kids. More

Sunday, November 28, noon - 2:00pm, Klezmer Brunch. Music by The Gonifs (Jeannette Lewicki, Peter Jaques, Darren Johnston, Daniel Fabricant). At Porto Franco Art Parlor, San Francisco. Tickets: donation of $0 - $20 at Vegetarian and vegan food for sale. On the second floor; no elevator. More info:, 650.575.2044. 

 Fun Stuff on the Web 

Blog about food and Yiddish at (Thanks to Dorrit Geshuri)

Animated video with music of Michael Alpert and The video is labeled "Almonds and Wine" and the song refrain is Di mame is gegangen in mark arayn (Mama goes to the marketplace), but the story is about life in a shtetl and immigration to this country (Thanks to Ethel Zivotofsky, from Israel)

All about the song Hava (Thanks to Dorrit Geshuri)

Honor Wall 

Here are this month's new Honor Wall postings: 

Preeva Tramiel:  In memory of Chaya Adler and Hershl Adler, and radio station WEVD in New York.

Bernard Weiner and Heidi Linsmayer honor Dan and Florence Weiner, who came to the States from Poland in the early-1920s, escaping anti-Semitism for the better life offered by the American Dream. They met in this country and raised three children in Pittsburgh and later Miami, speaking Yiddish when they didn't want the kids to understand what they were saying. They sacrificed so much for their children and grandchildren, who loved them dearly. They live on in our hearts.

Wanted! Musicians & Artists

MUSICIANS & ARTISTS WANTED FOR "HUNGRY FOR YIDDISH": Musicians interested in performing for a good cause are invited to get in touch with Heather Klein, who is putting together three concerts to support the homeless and hungry in San Francisco this winter. Proceeds will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank. Also needed are artists interested in exhibiting their work at the concerts. More info: Hlaurenklein[at], 702.498.1999.

WANTED: ACCORDIONIST WHO SINGS AND PERHAPS PLAYS GUITAR AND/OR PIANO. Should know Yiddish and Hebrew and be interested in working up some traditional and original music.  More info: Moish Estrin at mikelmaestro[at]

Coming in December

Put these exciting events on your calendar now and check back in the December newsletter for more details. For events even further into the future, check out the long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events at NOTE: We spell the December holiday according to each event presenter's preference. Don't kvetch to us!

Thursday, December 2, Hannukah Dance Blowout, Berkeley. Klezmer music with Kugelplex and Adama, Also on the bill Israeli Reggae artist, Lior Ben Hur, appearing with Kugelplex. Allen King will lead Israeli dance and Bruce Bierman will lead klezmer dance. At Ashkenaz, $10. More

Friday, December 3, Klezmer Hanukkah, 8:15pm, San Francisco. At Temple Sha'ar Zahav. Music by Cantor Sharon Bernstein and klezmorim Stuart Brotman and Sheldon Brown, with Bruce Bierman leading dancing. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. More info:

Saturday, December 4, 7:00pm, Hanukkah Community Celebration, with Veretski Pass, Adama, Nigunim Chorus, and Rivka Amado. Candlelighting, performances, dancing and food. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Admission $15. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor.

Saturday, December 4, 8:30pm, Klezmer Chanukah Blowout! with Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment and Kugelplex. Bruce Bierman will lead klezmer dancing. At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley, Suggested donation $10 - $20; noone turned away for lack of funds. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. More info:

Sunday, December 5, 3:00pm, "Pomegranates & Figs:  A Feast of Jewish Music." With North End Klezmer Project from Winnipeg, Sqwonk, and Teslim. Presented by Cal Performances at Zellerbach Hall, U.C. Berkeley. Tickets: $20 - $40.

Sunday, December 5, 11:00am and 3:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas with the San Francisco Symphony in the "Deck The Hall" holiday shows for children at Davies Symphony Hall. More

Saturday, December 11, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Mo'Joe Cafe, Berkeley. No charge. More info: 510.704.8500.

Sunday, December 12, "Celebrating a Century of Secular Jewish Education: the Hidden History of Yiddish Shuln," Marti Krow-Lucal at Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. More info:

Sunday, December 12, 7:00pm, KlezCalifornia Pamelakh Yidishe Salon, in San Mateo. For intermediate Yiddish speakers. No charge. More info: peninsula[at] Date and place of December East Bay Pamelakh Salon TBD.

Sunday, December 19, in the afternoon, "Hungry for Yiddish," Yiddish/Jewish/world music and art to raise money for the San Francisco Food Bank. Congregation Ner Tamid, San Francisco. Price TBD.