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Our best wishes to all KlezCalifornia members for a zisn Peysakh (a sweet Passover)! Want some Yiddish in your seder? Find words for Di Fir Kashes (The Four Questions) and the song Mu Asapru(Who Knows One?) at
. SPECIAL: Leave your name and phone number for KlezCalifornia at 415.789.7679 and we'll sing either or both for you!

Here are some pictures from our Festival in Santa Rosa in February (more on our website soon):

259 Auditorium medium by OSS161, Ken Blady w hands, OSS

            Ken Blady teaches the history of Jewish

 immigration from Eastern Europe to the U.S.

Simcha Sunday in the Auditorium; our booth in back on left (see red banner on wall). 

244, Beginning students, OSS238, Josh teaching, OSS

Beginning klezmer students learn from Cookie Segelstein.                 Joshua Horowitz teaches klezmer technique.

224, Clarinets and flute, OSS215, Stu w bass player, OSS

  Stu Brotman teaches advanced klezmer musicians.

Photos above by Owen Scott Shirwo.

Photos below by Ani Weaver,



Multi-generational dance party.                                                                                                 Learning how to jam.

Dancers w girl, by AW4661, Adv musicians, by AW

 Exploring Yiddish words and phrases  

 with Harvey Varga.

4750, Yiddish words, by AW
4812, Performers, by AW

4773, dancing w Bruce, by AW

                             Bruce Bierman demonstrates a dance step.

Veretski Pass and advanced students play for dance party.         

4531, Singers, by AW4774, Dancers, by AW

Singing Yiddish songs with Sharon Bernstein.


Klezmer dance workshop with Bruce Bierman.


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 at

Check out our Facebook page here: Find us on Facebook
In This Issue
Yidisher Salons, Sunday, April 3 and April 24
History of the Catskills, Tuesday, April 12
Community Events
On the Web
Coming in May
Support KlezCalifornia
Yidisher Salons far Pamelakh Reders 

line drawing of people talking

Join us at one of KlezCalifornia Pamelakh Yidisher Salons for intermediate Yiddish speakersNo charge.

Sunday, April 3, 7:00pm, in Palo Alto. 
Speakers of all levels are encouraged. Practice your Yiddish and share a nosh!  For the location, contact [email protected].

Sunday, April 24, 7:00pm 
in Berkeley. In February, we discussed Hirsh Glik's poetry and current events in Egypt. This time,  we might discuss pesakh customs or the upcoming royal wedding. More info: pamelakhsalon[at]

A History of the Catskills

Catskills greetings postcard, 2nd tryTuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm, Archie Barkan: A History of the Catskills. Were you ever at Grossinger's, Brown's, the Concord, Kutsher's? Do you remember the food? The dancing? And, of course, the entertainment by masters of comedy including Milton Berle, George Burns, Shecky Greene, Danny Kaye, Jackie Mason, Don Rickles, and Joan Rivers! New York's Catskill Mountains became the "Borsht Belt", an example of Jewish success amidst a multitude of difficulties.  


Archie Barkan was an emcee, pianist, and performer in the Catskills from 1957 to 1977. His presentation, peppered with personal anecdotes and humorous stories about the celebrities who created the legendary destination, will bring the Catskill experience back to life. He currently lectures on Yiddish literature and culture for the Emeritus Department of Santa Monica College. At BJE Jewish Community Library. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Community Events

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



Sunday, April 24, 1:00-3:00pm. Klezmer Brunch. Reservations are recommended to hear The Gonifs play rocking klezmer music and Yiddish songs about love, justice & potatoes in this intimate all-ages space. At Porto Franco Art Parlor, San Francisco. Second floor; no elevator. Admission and vegan/vegetarian food for sliding scale donation, $0-$100. Tickets:

. Reservations recommended. More info:


Tuesday, April 26, 8:00pm, Saints & Tzadiks: Lorin Sklamberg & Susan McKeown. A vivid array of Gaelic and Yiddish songs. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $24.50 advance/ $26.50 door.  More info:

, 510.644.2020.   

On the Web 

Monthly column about Yiddish: The free e-newsletter of YIddishkayt, a Southern California non-profit, includes an always-interesting column entitled Der Vortsman (The Wordsmith) and written by Hershel Hartman. From his March column: "A widely-reported paper at the American Association for the Advancement of Science concluded that "people who speak more than one language are better at prioritizing tasks and working on multiple projects at one time.... So much for parents in previous Jewish American generations who avoided speaking Yiddish at home so as not to "confuse" the children." To subscribe, write to [email protected]


Zero Mostel sings in Yiddish (

) in this rare 1962 television appearance. Don't miss his satirical Ikh ney mit a nodl (I Sew With a Needle) and a world-class comb-over! (Thanks to Len Rosenberg)  
Coming in May

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

Tuesday May 3, 7:00pm, Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859 - 1914. A presentation by Natan Meir. The history of Kiev Jewry from the official readmission of Jews to the city in 1859 to the outbreak of World War I. Also presented in Russian in the afternoon. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info:

, 415.567.3327.

Wednesday, May 4, 12:00noon, Gender and Nation in 1945 - Poems by Kadya Molodowsky and Malka Heifetz Tussman. A presentation (in Yiddish) by Kathryn Hellerstein of the University of Pennsylvania. At Stanford University, Building 360, Conference Room. No charge. More

Thursday, May 12, 7:00pm, Ko-opting Klezmer. Through sounds, images, videos and sometimes shocking facts, klezmer musician Joshua Horowitz will illustrate how both outsiders and insiders have used klezmer music to present their own ideas and ideologies. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info:
, 415.567.3327.


Sunday, May 15, 2:00pm, KlezCalifornia's Flisik Yidisher Salon for fluent and native Yiddish speakers. At a private home in San Francisco. No charge. More info: flisiksalon[at]   


Support KlezCalifornia
With a gift to KlezCalifornia of any amount, you become a Contributing Member of KlezCalifornia and may post up to 100 words on the KlezCalifornia Honor Wall
 for one year. The Honor Wall includes messages in honor or in memory of anyone you choose, including about your personal Yiddish heritage. For a donation of at least $54, we also offer a DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, Yiddish Theater: A Love Story. The DVD ordinarily sells for $24.99 + tax and shipping at

Make your tax-deductible donation by sending a check payable to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703, or via credit card HERE
. Your donations help us produce Yiddish-inspired cultural, musical and social events throughout the Bay Area. We depend on a wide spectrum of donations to keep our programs afloat. We thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.