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 JCC Sonoma County
Don't miss KlezCalifornia's first Yiddish Culture Festival inSonoma County this coming 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! See you there!

Veretski Pass, by Dale PearlmanMusicians of all ages:
 Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study with internationally known klezmer musicians Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, and Stu Brotman, who perform together as Veretski Pass. This will be their first teaching and performing in the North Bay! Take a workshop in klezmer technique (two levels), and then another in klezmer tunes (beginning/intermediate) or the Essentials of Jamming (advanced), then play at the dance party with Veretski Pass! Bring instruments! 

Photo by Dale Pearlman.

Families: Here's a chance for your children to participate in a fun Yiddish Culture Program for kids 6-12 with stories, singing, Yiddish words, and music-making. Noted Bay Area children's entertainer Gerry Tenney will lead two 45-minute sessions at 2:30 and 3:30pm. No charge!

Three klezmorimSingers: Come to a performance of Yiddish songs by performer (and cantor) Sharon Bernstein, and then attend her song workshop covering familiar and lesser-known Yiddish songs. Song sheets with transliterations will be provided. No Yiddish necessary.

Dancers: Did you know that there is a traditional dance that goes with klezmer music? Forgotten and nearly lost after World War II, Yiddish folklorists and scholars pieced the dances back together through extensive research and interviews. They've given us back the dances that were once enjoyed by Jews throughout Eastern Europe. Follow dance master Bruce Bierman and, in no time flat, you'll be dancing the Joq, Bulgar, Sher, Patsh Tanz, Khosidl, and of course the frenzied Freylekh. Participate in a dance workshop and then dance to Veretski Pass's music at the party 4:30-5:30pm. 

Yiddish lovers: Who can resist a workshop entitled, "110 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto Rican New Yorker Knows and You Should be Ashamed if You Don't"?  Harvey Varga will teach you how to say a variety of interesting and meaningful Yiddish expressions. And you'll learn what the expressions you already know really mean. Oy, vey!

Dale Pearlman: people laughing.jpgHistory lovers: From 1881 until 1924, two-and-a-half million Jews migrated out of what are now Belarus and Poland, Galicia and Romania and settled in the wretched and poverty-stricken ghetto of New York's Lower East Side. Educator/author Ken Blady will explain why they left Eastern Europe for the U.S.: life in the Old Country, pogroms, and the Atlantic crossing in steerage, then life in the New York ghetto: tenement dwellers and sweatshop owners, Talmudic scholars and hoodlums, poets and prizefighters, capitalists and anarchists, suffragists and prostitutes. Participants will then describe how and why their families came to Sonoma County.

Photo by Dale Pearlman.

Check out the details of A Taste of Yiddish Culture at
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 (through Thursday afternoon) at At the door, cash or checks are preferred. 

Gerry TenneyThis Friday, February 25, 8:00pm, KlezCalifornia and Sonoma County Hillel present a Klezmer Rock-And-Roll Party. 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. More info: 707.795.5464, director[at]

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]

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