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 www.klezcalifornia.org/resources/passover
. 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):
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).
Beginning klezmer students learn from Cookie Segelstein. Joshua Horowitz teaches klezmer technique.
Stu Brotman teaches advanced klezmer musicians.
Photos above by Owen Scott Shirwo.
Photos below by Ani Weaver, www.lavoz.us.com.
Multi-generational dance party. Learning how to jam.
Exploring Yiddish words and phrases
with Harvey Varga.
Bruce Bierman demonstrates a dance step.
Veretski Pass and advanced students play for dance party.
Singing Yiddish songs with Sharon Bernstein.
Klezmer dance workshop with Bruce Bierman.
Long-term calendar of Yiddish/klezmer events, classes and jams: www.klezcalifornia.org/events
If you're a band looking for a musician or vice versa, check out our listings at www.klezcalifornia.org/resources/want-ads
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|Yidisher Salons far Pamelakh Reders |
Join us at one of KlezCalifornia Pamelakh Yidisher Salons for intermediate Yiddish speakers. No 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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]klezcalifornia.org.
|A History of the Catskills|
Tuesday, 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, bjesf.org/adults_events.htm
See the one-time events below. This list of activities, and more, is available to you any time atwww.klezcalifornia.org/events
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: portofrancoart.com
. Reservations recommended. More info: madamlewicki.com
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: www.thefreight.org
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@example.com.
Zero Mostel sings in Yiddish ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkk4BqbxMdc
) 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 www.klezcalifornia.org/events
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: bjesf.org/adults_events.htm
, 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 info:www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies/events/index.html.
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: bjesf.org/adults_events.htm
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]klezcalifornia.org.
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 www.newlovefilms.com
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.