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Sukeh, from FreeDigitalPhotos.netOur best wishes to all KlezCalifornia members (that means you!) for a profound Yumkipr and a joyous Sukes and Simkhes Toyreh!  Please keep your eyes out for a special messageencouraging you to help KlezCalifornia during the coming year.

Next week, join KlezCalifornia on October 15 to hear Moscow's Klezmasters in Razzle Dazzle Yiddish at JCC East Bay in Berkeley! See below for details.


We are happy to announce that internationally renowned klezmer (and classical) clarinetist David Krakauer will offer a workshop on Monday, November 14, 7:00pm, presented by KlezCalifornia and the 27th Jewish Music Festival. Tickets: $50 for participants, $20 for auditors (without instruments). Details on content and format will be in the November newsletter. Even better, let us know now that you are interested: 415.789.7679,info[at]

We are also pleased to tell you that a FREE community Yiddish SIng-Along, Sunday, February 19,will be part of KlezCalifornia's tenth Yiddish Culture Festival, to be held at JCC San Francisco, President's Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2012. Plan to join with many others in singing led by some of the Bay Area's best songleaders. Invite friends and family to visit for the latest, great weekend celebrating Yiddish in the Bay Area. Lomir aleh freylekh zayn! (Let's have a wonderful time!)

Finally, we are looking for Jewish educators (current or retired) to work with us on a new project to bring Yiddish culture to the Bay Area's Jewish religious schools and day schools. Contact us atinfo[at] or 415.789.7679.




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In This Issue
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, October 2
The Klezmasters. Saturday, October 15
Yiddish Sing-Along, Sunday, October 30
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in November
Support KlezCalifornia

Yiddish Conversation Salon  


line drawing of people talkingSunday, October 2, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCaliforniaPamelakh Yidisher Salon, at a private home in the East Bay. Shmoozing and noshing in Yiddish for intermediate  Yiddish speakers. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,info[at]   


KlezCalifornia's all-levels Salon meets on the Peninsula in even-numbered months, next in December. KlezCalifornia'sFlisik Salon, for fluent/native Yiddish speakers, meets every odd-numbered month in San Francisco or the East Bay (next November 13 in Oakland). 

The Klezmasters in Razzle Dazzle Yiddish 


Klezmasters #3Saturday, October 15, 8:00-10:00pm, The Klezmasters in Razzle Dazzle Yiddish, presented by Chabad of Berkeley at JCC East Bay in Berkeley.  


The Klezmasters from Moscow present classics such as A Yidisheh Mameh,gems such as Piany Bulgar and Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn, and their signature piece, Khosn Kaleh - Mazl Tov!  They say they combine "Russian recklessness, Gypsy wandering, Jewish excitement and Balkan ardor." Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $12 JCC members, $15 non-members 24 hours in advance over the phone to Chabad (510.540.5824) or $20 at the door, space permitting. More info:, 510.540.5824.   


The Klezmasters are also performing Thursday, October 6, 7:30pm, at the Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. Tickets: $20 JCC members, $25 non-members 24 hours in advance; $30 at the door, space permitting. More info:, 650.223.8621, ntsvibel[at]


Yiddish Sing-Along 


Songbook cover, 3rd editionSunday, October 30, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Sing-Along led by Achi Ben Shalom, at a private home in San Francisco.  

Celebrate publication of the "KlezCalifornia Yiddish Songbook," third edition. Donation requested. Reservations and more info: 415.789.7679,sfsingalong[at]


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 card HERE to make your donation, or take a Songbook home from a sing-along for a $3 donation. Lomir aleh zingn! 

There's one more song event coming later this fall: Sunday, December 4, 2:00-5:00pm, in Sebastopol: Yiddish Concert and Sing-Along, with performances by Laurie Lippin & Gale Kissin, and a sing-along led by KlezCalifornia's Judy Kunofsky & Mitchell Shandling. More info in the next newsletter. 

Community Events 

Here are more one-time events and series you may find of interest. A list of activities is available to you any time at


September 27 - October 12, 11:00am-4:00pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. Every Protection: Exploring Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Jewish Pale of Settlement. Exhibit at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, University of California at Santa Cruz. Massachusetts-based artist Debra Olin presents artworks that explore the experience of pregnancy and childbirth in the Pale of Settlement, the region of the Russian Empire to which Jews were restricted until 1917. Text by Nathaniel Deutsch, UCSC Professor of Literature and History, and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies. More,   


Thursday, October 6, 7:30pm, Klezmasters in Razzle Dazzle Yiddish at the Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. Tickets: $20 JCC members, $25 non-members 24 hours in advance; $30 at the door, space permitting. More info:, 650.223.8621, ntsvibel[at]
Beginning Monday, October 10, 7:00-9:00pm, Yiddish Reading Group for those who already read Yiddish. Led by Dr. Jon Levitow at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. The start date may change. More info: jnlvtw[at]  

Friday, October 14, 9:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas and Cradle Duende at Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $15-$30 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. More info:   


Saturday, October 22, 8:00pm, Julie Egger's Musical Birthday Bash, at San Geronimo valley Community Center. With Mewanza Furaha, Convergents, Emily Bender, and special guests. Tickets and more info:    


Sunday, October 23, 1:00pm, Sholem Aleichem Laughing in the Darkness (film), at Camera 12, San Jose, part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $9.50 - $10.98. More info: info[at],   


Starting Monday, October 24, 1:00-3:00pm, Conversational Yiddish, a six-week class for beginners taught by Julie Egger at the College of Marin. Learn the alef beys, how to read and write, basic vocabulary and how to construct basic sentences. Songs will help with comprehension. Fee: $64.00. More info: julieegger[at]  


Starting Friday, October 28 10:10am-12:00noon, Seminar on Klezmer Music, a five-week class taught by Julie Egger at the College of Marin for anyone interested in playing, singing or understanding klezmer music. Fee: $69.00. More info: julieegger[at]  

On the Web 


YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, a massive collection on the arts, daily life, places, language & literature, history & poicies, and religion:


Mendy Cahan's Yung Yidish organization in Israel, from the "Christian Science Monitor" (Thanks to Avner Yonai). 


Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month:  An empty belly detests a lengthy sermon (A leydikeh kishkeh hot faynt a langeh drosheh). Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, tonews[at]

Coming in November

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

Wednesday, November 2, 7:15pm, 100 Voices: A Journey Home, 
part of the 2011 Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. At the Rialto Cinemas @ 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. A musical documentary (with much Yiddish singing) of a 2009 trip of 72 cantors to Poland. Preceded by a short performance by Cantor Nate Lam, who organized the trip. Tickets: $15. More info:,707.528.4222.

Sunday, November 6, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Yiddishkeit and its Artists, a presentation by Paul Buhle, a
t the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. In the book, "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land,"  Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from medieval Europe to the tenements of New York's Lower East Side in a 250-page comic art book with more than a dozen contributing artists and writers. Cosponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Sunday, November 13, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon. 
A relaxed get-together for fluent and native Yiddish speakers at a private home in Oakland. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,flisiksalon[at] Indicate whether you are new to the Flisik Salon.

Sunday, November 13, 7:00pm, Abraham, Inc.  
A collaboration between David Krakauer, champion of klezmer music and world-class chamber clarinetist; legendary funk trombonist and arranger Fred Wesley, prized for his work with James Brown and George Clinton; and beat architect Socalled. At U.C. Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, part of Cal Performances. Tickets: $20 -$50. More info: 510.642.9988,

Monday, November 14, 7:00pm. Workshop with klezmer clarinet David Krakauer. 
Presented by KlezCalifornia and the 27th Jewish Music Festival at JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tickets: $50 for participants, $20 for auditors (without instruments). More info: 415.789.7679, info[at]

Sunday, November 20, 3:00pm, 100 Voices: A Journey Home (film) at Camera 12, San Jose, part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Followed by a performance by Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy, Rabbi Philip R. Ohriner, and Cantor Meeka Simerly. Tickets: $11 - $13. More info:

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band at Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley. Our theme will be the evolution of klezmer as the Jews crossed the Atlantic from the Old World to the New World. More info: 510.433. 2900,

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.