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2011-08b events


We generally mail to you, our members, at the beginning of each month, but sometimes we learn later about events we think you'd really want to know about. That's what has happened this month:


Wednesday, August 10, 8:30pm, California Klezmer, at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley. Dance lesson with Bruce Bierman at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10. More



Sholem Aleichem pictureFriday, August 19, regular showings begin of Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, at the Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco. This movie was shown as part of this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and co-presented by KlezCalifornia. You now have more opportunities to see this riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very people who forged it. Tickets: $10 general, $6 or $8 bargain matinees, $8 seniors/children/students. More info:



Wednesday, August 24, 6:00-8:00pm, Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band, at Fairytale Town, Sacramento. Tickets: $10 (members of Capitol Public Radio get 2 tickets for the price of 1). Free for ages 12 and under. Gate opens 5:30pm. This is an outdoor concert, so bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, and sunblock. More info:



Starting Thursday, August 25, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am-12:30pm, Readings in Yiddish (Yiddish 103), taught by Yael Chaver at U.C. Berkeley. Mendele the Bookseller" is the authorial persona of the first modern Yiddish writer, S. A. Abramovitsh, revered as the "grandfather of Yiddish literature" for his innovations in laying a new literary framework for Yiddish. Writing in the 19th Century Russian Pale of Settlement, Abramovitsh presents Jewish communities and culture with keen insight that often shades into biting satire. Requirement: one year of Yiddish or equivalent knowledge. 3 units. More info: 510.643.2004Germanic[at]

Starting Thursday, August 25, Mondays to Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Beginning Yiddish (Yiddish 101) at U.C. Berkeley. Instructor to be announced. An introduction to Yiddish language, literature, and culture. 5 units. More info: 510.643.2004Germanic[at]

Sunday, August 28, 11:00am-1:00pm, Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio, with Ari Kelman. At Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaicia and co-sponsored by Congregations Beth Am and Kol Emeth. No charge. More info:



Other events still to come in August that were in our "regular" newsletter are repeated below, some with more details.  




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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



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-$15 at the door. More info:peterb[at]


Starting Monday, August 22, 2:00-4:00pm, 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 class will be held August 22 and 29, September 19 and 26. Suggested donation of $18 for the entire series. 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]