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 At times, a KlezCalifornia member (we include everyone receiving this newsletter) asks why we have no events in a particular locality. In fact, we would love for you to propose an event and suggest a venue! Whether your interest is Yiddish singing, klezmer dancing, literature study, conversation, klezmer jam or master class, or perhaps a new idea, we want to hear from you. Some events can be produced at no charge while for others, someone (your shul? JCC? event tickets?) must cover expenses. We're happy to work with you! Contact us atinfo[at] or 415.789.7679.  


Southern Californians: On Thursday, August 18, we're meeting early evening in Los Angeles with individuals and organizations interested in encouraging more klezmer music. Location: Workmen's Circle offices. If you'd like to participate or just to learn more, emailinfo[at]




KlezCalifornia's membership keeps growing each month! Why not include your friends? Go ahead and ask everyone you know who might develop some interest in Yiddish or klezmer to check out Getting this newsletter makes you a member of KlezCalifornia. Mazl tov!  


Don't miss it! Lomir aleh freylekh zayn: We'll all rejoice at the TENTH KlezCalifornia Festival, this time in San Francisco on President's Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2012. Oy, will we shep nakhes! Mark your calendar now! Invite friends and family to visit you for the latest, great weekend celebrating Yiddish in the Bay Area.


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

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In This Issue
Yiddish Inspirations at Jewish Film Festival this week
Yiddish Conversation Salons, Sunday, August 7
Yiddish Sing-Along, Sunday, August 28
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in August
Support KlezCalifornia

Yiddish inspirations at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 


KlezCalifornia co-presents two films at this year's Jewish Film Festival: 


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

 FREE Matinees:

· 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)

· 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 inspired Fiddler on the Roof. Tevye struggles to uphold tradition in the face of social tumult, including the scandalous elopement of his daughter Chava with the gentile Fyedka. Interestingly, 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. Don't miss this one, the first non-English language film selected for the Library of Congress' prestigious National Film Registry. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Tickets and more info: 415.621.0523,


Yiddish Conversation Salons 


line drawing of people talkingSunday, August 7, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia Peninsula Yiddish Salon, at a private home in San Mateo. Shmoozing and noshing in Yiddish for speakers of all levels. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,peninsula[at]

Sunday, August 7, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia East Bay Pamelakh Salon, at a private home in Berkeley. Relaxed conversation in Yiddish (plus noshing) for speakers at an intermediate level. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, pamelakh[at]


Yiddish Sing-Along

Songbook cover, 3rd editionSunday, August 28, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Sing-Along, at a private home in Palo Alto  


Celebrate publication of the third edition of the KlezCalifornia Yiddish Songbook with a sing-along led by Karen K. Bergen. Donation requested. Reservations and more info: info[at], 415.789.7679.   


More Sunday sing-alongs coming soon:      

· San Francisco: September 18, 2:00-4:00pm, led by Achi Ben Shalom  

· Guerneville: Date TBD


For your very own, nicely-printed copy of the Songbook, send a donation of $5 ($3 + S/H) to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703 or use a credit cardHERE, or take one home from a sing-along for a $3 donation. Lomir aleh zingn!  


Community Events 

Look over the one-time events following. A current list of activities is available to you any time


Thursday, August 4, 6:00-7:30pm, Kugelplex, part of Let's Go Dance @ Jessie Square, in front of the Contemporary Jewish Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. No charge. More info: 


Sunday, August 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Russian River Jewish Community's Klezmer Dance Party & Jam, with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, at the Russian River Senior Center, Guerneville. Roberta Berg will lead klezmer and Israeli dances. Food will be provided by RRJC members and Friendship Circle.
 Bring an instrument to join in the music-making. For rides, contact JCC Sonoma County at 707.528.1476, jalenab[at] Donation requested: $10, children $5. Reservations and more info: 707.869.3273. 


Friday, August 12, 9:00pm, New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars at the 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in San Francisco. Presented by the Jewish Music Festival. Suggested donation: $10-$!5 at the door. More info:peterb[at]


Beginning mid-August, Yiddish Literature in Translation, taught by Loretta DennerAt JCC Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. Read classic works of Sholem Aleichem, I.L. Peretz, I.B. Singer, and poet Kadya Molodowsky. The two-hour class will be held in the morning or afternoon and last for 4 or 6 weeks, depending on interest. Fee: $18. More info: jalenab[at]  


Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, Nigunim Chorus Weekend Retreat, with Achi Ben Shalom,  other music teachers, and dance leader Bruce Bierman. At River Bend Retreat Center, near Philo in Mendocino County. Activities will include Yiddish singing and klezmer dancing. More info:mail[at]

On the Web 


Yiddish words in Dutch slang, from The Forward at   


Ger Mandolin Orchestra: This re-creation of a Jewish mandolin orchestra in Gora Kalwaria (Ger, in Yiddish), debuted in Berkeley as part of the 2011 Jewish Music Festival. Their program will be presented in Warsaw and Gora Kalwaria in September. See a mini-documentary at  (Thanks to Avner Yonai and Howard Freedman).  


Dave Tarras' Zefki Bulgar, with MIchael Winograd (clarinet), Pete Sokolow (piano), Lauren Brody (accordion) and Dave Licht (bass) at See if you can keep from tapping your feet! 

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month:  If one person says you have the ears of an ass, pay no attention; if two say so, better buy a saddle (Az eyner zogt dir: host oyern fun an ayzl, makh zikh nit visndik. Az tsvey zogn shoyn darf men koyfn a zotl.).

Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, to news[at]
Coming in September

Put these exciting events on your calendar now and check back in the September newsletter for more details. And check out KlezCalifornia's long-term calendar at

Thursday, September 8, 8:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas and Vocolot in "Hardly Strictly Klezmer,"Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $20.50 advance/ $22.50 at door. More, 510.644.2020.

Sunday, September 11, KlezCalifornia booth at the Solano Stroll, 10:00am-6:00pm, along Solano Avenue from the Alameda in Berkeley to San Pablo Avenue in Albany. Our booth will be in the shtetl of Jewish organizations between Ventura and Tulare Avenues. Also at the Stroll, Achi Ben Shalom's Nigunim Chorus and Adama will perform including some Yiddish songs. No charge. More, 510.527.5358, info[at] (We'll need help at our booth, talking about Yiddish culture and KlezCalifornia with strollers. Interested? Contact info[at] or415.789.7679. Bonus: A place to sit down while walking the mile-long Stroll!) 
Sunday, September 18, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Sing-Along, led by Achi Ben Shalomat a private home in San Francisco. Donation requested. Reservations and more info: 415.789.7679,info[at]

Sunday, September 25, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yiddish Salon at a private home in San Francisco. Conversation in Yiddish for native and fluent speakers. No charge. More info: Contact Rosie at rosiekap[at] or 415.789.7679 with your name and phone number. Indicate whether you are new to the Flisik Salon. 
Support KlezCalifornia

Any gift makes you a Contributing Member of KlezCalifornia and you may post on our web Honor Wall(up to 100 words) for one year. This is an appropriate way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage. 

Chai imageWe hope Contributing Members can give $54 (3 chai) or more. In appreciation for contributions at this level, we offer you a choice of gifts: A DVD of the wonderful 80-minute film, "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" ( or eight beautiful, brightly-colored, 5"x7" music-themed greeting cards designed by Sonoma County Jewish artist Nina Bonos (see the cards HERE).

Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving.