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Three klezmorim
It's only four weeks until the first North Bay KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, on Sunday, February 27, 12:00noon-5:30pm! This Taste of Yiddish Culture will be part of Simcha Sunday, JCC Sonoma County's Festival Celebrating All Things Jewish. Come to the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa for an afternoon of great fun in YiddishLand, plus much more! 

Veretski Pass
Check out the schedule, workshops, performances, teachers, and youth program at
. The finale, 4:30-5:30pm, will be a Klezmer Music & Dance Party with the internationally renowned band Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman) in their North Bay debut. Dancing will be led by Bruce Bierman. Other musicians are welcome to join the band! Refreshments, too!

If you play, bring your instrument! If you dance, wear dancing shoes! Come with your voices, warm hearts, friends and family! Registration is $5 to enter Simcha Sunday, plus $15/workshop, with multiple-session discounts and teen discounts. To save time at the door, register in advance with a credit card or check at
. At the door, cash or checks are preferred. Applications for partial scholarships are at
 and must be mailed by February 10. 

Gerry TenneyThe same weekend, on Friday, February 25, 8:00pm, KlezCalifornia and Sonoma County Hillel present a Yiddish Rock-And-Roll Party. Noted Bay Area entertainer Gerry Tenney and the multi-generational KlezCalifornia All-Stars will get you up and dancing at Hillel, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. No charge for students. A donation of $15 is requested from non-students. No-one turned away. More info: 707.795.5464, director[at]

Want to help? We are seeking a volunteer photographer and videographer. We would like to borrow a projector, floor and table easels, and some easel pads. If you can help with supplies, taking photos/videos, or general volunteering, or have experience hooking up a projector, contact us atinfo[at], 415.789.7679. 
Check out our new Facebook page here: Find us on Facebook
 . Please "like" us on Facebook, post our Sonoma Festival info as your status, and send a message to your friends. (Note that we have discontinued our MeetUp group).

Questions about Simcha Sunday? Contact the JCC Sonoma County at 707.528.4222,office[at]
. Questions about workshops or the dance party? Contact KlezCalifornia at 415.789.7679, info[at]

Long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events, classes and jams:

If you're a band looking for a musician or vice versa, check out our listings below and
In This Issue
Tsvey Yidisher Salons, Sunday, February 6 & 13
Esn! A Concert with Cooking, in San Francisco and Palo Alto
Community Events
Fun Stuff on the Web
Honor Wall
Wanted! Musicians & Artists
Coming in March
Tsvey Yidisher Salons far Pamelakh Reders 

line drawing of people talkingYidisher Salon far Pamelakh Redersfor intermediate Yiddish speakers.

Sunday, February 6, 7:00-9:00pm, Palo Alto
Sunday, February 13, 7:00-9:00pm, Berkeley. 

The conversations will be facilitated by Jon Levitow and by Ben & Helen Stern, respectively. Great fun! No charge.

More info: peninsula[at] (Palo Alto) andpamelakh[at] (Berkeley).
Esn! A Concert with Cooking

EsnJoin with KlezCalifornia for two performances of Esn: A Concert with Cooking, with Frank London, Adrienne Cooper, Lorin Sklamberg.

Redolent of the tastes, sounds and smells of Jewish cooking, Esnis a song feast -- with cooking on stage, and tastings for the audience of both food and a full menu of Yiddish (and some English) songs. Adrienne Cooper teams with the Klezmatics' Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg in a special concert filled with comedy, warm memory and tradition -- and all about Jewish food. 

Adrienne Cooper: vocals, percussion and matzo brei
Frank London: trumpet, keyboards and cholent
Lorin Sklamberg: vocals, accordion and khaleh

Friday, February 11, 8:00pm (Shabbes), JCC San Francisco.
 Tickets: $32/$37 for JCC members, $36/$41 public. More info: HERE
, 415.292.1233. ($18 tickets at

Sunday, February 13, 7:30pmat Oshman Family JCCPalo Alto. Tickets: $32 JCC members and students, $36 non-members in advance. More info: HERE
, 800.838.3006.

KlezCalifornia is a community partner for both events. Say hello to us at the KlezCalifornia table!

Community Events


See the many one-time events, classes, and projects below. This list of activities, and more, is available to you any time at



Now until February 13, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm, Out of Sight. A new piece by playwright and performer Sara Felder. A story of a nearly-blind mother and her lesbian daughter who try to "see" each other as they navigate their passionate differences around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Some Yiddish and klezmer included! At The Marsh, San Francisco. Tickets: $15-$50. More info: 800.838.3006,


Sunday, February 6, 10:30-2:30pm, Belonging Without Believing: Engaging Secular Jewish Culture. Keynote conversation with David Biale and Michael Krasny, seven workshops, and a closing performance, You Go Yahweh, I'll Go Mine, by Josh Kornbluth. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica at JCC San Francisco. Pre-registration: $15 without lunch, $25 with lunch. Door admission: (without lunch) $25. More info:


Thursday, February 10, 7:30pm, Fundraiser for Jewish Music Festival. Performances by Ben Goldberg & Myra Melford Duo and by members of JMF's 2008 commission,"The Ark Project" (Frank London, Glenn Hartman, John Schott). Suggested donation: $150. More info: 510.848.0237 X126,


Monday, February 14, noon-1:30pm, Yiddish Music with Gerry Tenney, with vegetarian lunch buffet, at Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa. Tickets: $10 members of JCC Sonoma County Friendship Circle/$12 non-members. Rsvp by noon on February 10 to friendshipcircle[at], 707.528.1476.

Wednesday, February 23, 8:00pm, Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz, at Freight & Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. Tickets: $22.50 advance/$24.50 door. More info: 510.644.2020,

 Monday, February 28, 8:00pm, Bank Machines, Board Games, and Books: The Yiddish Consumer Culture of Contemporary Hasidim, a lecture by Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. At Koret Pavilion - Hillel at Stanford.

Building 360, Room 362H. More info:


Fun Stuff on the Web 

A hilarious, Yiddish-style rendition of "Old Man River"

 (Thanks to Len Rosenberg).


bisl Mickey Katz:

 (Thanks to Bruce BIerman).


Jennifer Grey sings Duvid Crockett:

 (Thanks to Rosie Kaplan). 

Honor Wall 


Here are this month's Honor Wall 


 Robin Braverman: My contribution is again in memory of my grandparents, Pauline and Andrew (Bundy) Lang. They lived next door to me growing up  and were the source of my knowledge of Jewish life. They taught me  whatever I know about Yiddish, and to love the sound of Yiddish -- it reminds me of them. They were fluent native Yiddish speakers. It was their second language after Hungarian. They taught me also about love and kindness, the value of family, spirituality, and to give tzedokeh, no matter how little one has. They live in me and through me to this day.  


Anna (Anny) Halberstam Rubin and Family: In honor and in memory of my beloved son Chaskel Shrage (Ed) Rubin z'l, (1952-2009). A brilliant man -- accomplished in both secular and Judaic fields of study -- he was much admired by family, friends and colleagues alike. He loved the Yiddish language which he spoke well. We miss his radiant presence among us.   


Wanted! Musicians & Artists 

WANTED: FEMALE VOCALIST FOR KLEZMER-JAZZ BAND STARTUP: You have your "chops" (musical ability) and stage presence. Limited experience OK, we'll develop as we go. About us: musicians with years of experience. Contact gkatz2[at]


Coming in March

Put these exciting events on your calendar now and check back in the March newsletter for more details. For events even further into the future, check out the long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events

Tuesday, March 1, 12:00noon, "Singer on the Screen: The Image of Isaac Bashevis Singer in Film and Television (in Yiddish), by Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. At Stanford University, Building 360, Room 362H. More info:



Sunday, March 6, 2:00pm, Ger Mandolin Ensemble, 2011. Part of the Jewish Music Festival. At Freight & Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. Tickets: $20 advance/$25.50 door. More

, 510.866.558.4253, info[at]

Sunday March 6, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass presents the Klezmer Shul. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. Tickets: $18 advance/$22.50 door. More info: See above. 


Tuesday, March 8, 7:30pm, Noah Bendix-Balgley concert. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At The Crowden School, Berkeley. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 door. More info: See above.


Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm, Noah Bendix-Balgley concert. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At San Francisco Public Library. No charge. More info: 415.557.4400. 


Thursday, March 10, 2:00pm, Noah Bendix-Balgley concert. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley. Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door. More info: See above.


Thursday, March 10, 8:00pm, David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana. Presented by the Peninsula JCC at Club Fox in Redwood City. Tickets: $18 advance ($15 PJCC members/$20 door). More info: 650.378.2702,



Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm, David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Tickets: $18 advance/$22 door. More info: See above.


Sunday, March 13, 4:00pm, Klezmer Dance Party. Part of Jewish Music Festival. At JCC of the East Bay. Tickets: $40 advance/$15 door. More info: See above. 


Tuesday, March 15-April 19, 11:00am, Klezmer Music Class with Julie Egger of the Red Hot Chachkas. A six-week class for all ages. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Price: $120 until March 7, then $130. More info:



Sunday, March 20, 2:00pm, Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent/native Yiddish speakers. We'll have a Purim Sudeh and possibly a Purim Shpil. At a private home in El Cerrito. More info:[email protected].

Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm, Beyond the Pale. At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $15 suggested donation. No-one turned away. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More



Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm, Beyond the Pale. At Amnesia Bar, San Francisco. Tickets: $10. More info:

, 415.970.0012.

Sunday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: A Centennial Commemoration in Words and Music. Presentations by Judy Baston and Professor Elaine Leeder. Yiddish labor songs of the era led by Jillian Tallmer. At BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: