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2011-07b SFJFF


Join California this coming week (and the next) at two Yiddish-related films at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and at a terrific concert on Wednesday at Yoshi's in San Francisco. We'll be there, so come say hello!  


More about each event is below. 



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Yiddish inspirations at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 


KlezCalifornia co-presents two films at this year's Jewish Film Festival, July 21 - August 8:  


Sholem Aleichem pictureSholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (93 mins.)

 FREE Matinees:

· Castro Theatre, S.F. - Tuesday, July 26th at 1:30pm

· Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Rep - Tues, August 2, 2:30pm

· Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto - Wed., August 3, 4:00pm


A portrait of the man who helped transform Yiddish into a literary language. Interweaving texts with interviews and archival material, the film brings to life a lost world of Yiddish culture on the cusp of dramatic change. In English and Yiddish (with English subtitles).  


Tevye picture

Tevye (96 mins.)

· Castro Theatre, S.F. - Wednesday, July 27th, 1:20pm

· Roda Theatre at the Berkeley Rep - Wed, August 3,


Tickets $11; $10.50 for seniors/students. 


Noted Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz adapted, directed and starred in this classic Yiddish melodrama shot in New Jersey, based on the Sholem Aleichem stories that later inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Protagonist Tevye struggles to uphold tradition in the face of social tumult, including the scandalous elopement of his daughter Chava with the gentile Fyedka. The movie's depiction of anti-semitism reflects more Schwartz's concerns as Europe headed towards World War II than Sholem Aleichem's at the turn of the century. In Yiddish with English subtitles. This was the first non-English film selected for the prestigious U.S. National Film Registry, so don't miss it! Tickets and more info: 415.621.0523,



Zoyres & Veretski Pass at Yoshi's Lounge, San Francisco  


Wednesday, July 27, 9:00pm-midnight, Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment and Veretski Pass.

Featuring klezmer dancing with Bruce Bierman and homemade pickles by Mike Perlmutter!  At Yoshi's, San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, in the Lounge.


Zoyres performs original and Eastern European traditional music (klezmer, Balkan, etc.), approaching these from both traditional and experimental frameworks.  


Veretski Pass offers virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and West.   


This performance, co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia, is part of Global Movement Wednesdays presented by Bay Vibes. Doors open 8:30pm. Tickets: $10. More info:

, 415.655.5600. Come for dinner, drinks, snacks, or just the performance, and be sure to say hello to us at the KlezCalifornia table.