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Krakauer/Linus Lintner.jpgPlease join our special evening with renowned klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, who will talk about his life in music and offer a Master Class on Monday, November 14. A rare opportunity for local klezmorim (especially reed players) and for all klezmer lovers. Details are below.


The Klez-XWe are excited about our collaboration with JCC San Francisco on the nextKlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, February 18-20, 2012. It will feature a concert and dance party Saturday evening with The Klez-X led by Daniel Hoffman and a freeCommunity Yiddish Sing-AlongSunday evening. The many fun workshops will cover playing klezmer music, singing Yiddish, klezmer dancing, studying Yiddish language and literature, exploring Eastern European Jewish history, and more. Plan to join us for another simkheh inspired by Yiddish culture!

We will need many volunteers, both before and during the Festival. If you can put in some time (a sakh oder a bisl, a lot or just a little), let us know at 
info[at]klezcalifornia.orgLomir aleh freylekh zayn! (Let's have a wonderful time!) 


Calendar of upcoming Yiddish-inspired events:

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In This Issue
The Influence of Yiddish, Sunday, November 6
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, November 13
Special Program with David Krakauer, Monday, November 14
100 Yiddish Words, Sunday, November 20
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in December
Support KlezCalifornia

The Influence of Yiddish, Described in a Comic Art Book 


Yiddishkeit/Buhle book coverSunday, November 6, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Yiddishkeit and its Artists, a presentation by Paul Buhle, at the BJE Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. In "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land" (published September, 2011), Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from medieval Europe to the tenements of New York's Lower East Side. This 250-page comic art book, with more than a dozen contributing artists and writers, explores themes of culture, performance, assimilation, and the revival of the language. The last fully realized work by Harvey Pekar, this highly entertaining, accessible book is a thoughtful compilation revealing the far-reaching influences of Yiddish.   


Paul Buhle, retired from Brown University, has written and edited 42 books, including "Jews and American Popular Culture." 


Cosponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,


Yiddish Conversation Salon  


line drawing of people talkingSunday, 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: flisiksalon[at],415.789.7679. Indicate whether you are new to the Flisik Salon.  


Special Program with David Krakauer


David KrakauerMonday, November 14, 7:00pm-10:00pm. Lecture and Master Class with David Krakauer. At the JCC East Bay, in Berkeley. Please join us for an unusual evening with internationally renowned klezmer (and classical) clarinetist David Krakauer: 


7:00-8:00: Lecture/demonstration in which Mr. Krakauer talks about his career and plays musical samples.


8:00-10:00:  Master class for high intermediate to professional level musicians, who will play (alone or with a pre-formed group) and get Mr. Krakauer's feedback. A rare chance to learn, a treat to watch! 


Presented by KlezCalifornia and the 27th Jewish Music Festival. Tickets: $50/person if you play solo in the Master Class, $35/person if you play with a group, $20 for auditors. Purchase tickets in advance HERE

 or mail a check to KlezCalifornia,1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. In either case, indicate that you are paying the fee for this program. You may also pay at the door with a check or cash. Reservations recommended, particularly if you want to play. More info: 415.789.7679,info[at]  


Harvey Varga in "100 Yiddish Words..."


Harvey VargaSunday, November 20, 7:00-10:00pm, 100 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto Rican New Yorker Knows and You Should Be Ashamed If You Don't, with Harvey Varga. An evening of food, fun and Yiddish presented by KlezCalifornia and Moishe House San Francisco. 

Learn how to say a variety of interesting expressions in Yiddish. Learn Yiddish expressions you can use every day in the English-speaking world.  Discover that you already know more Yiddish than you think you do!


Moishe House San Francisco (located at 1250 Fell Street) will serve Puerto Rican-themed foods such as mofongo (fried plantains), black beans and rice, other delicacies, and non-alcoholic beverages. Vegetarian friendly.   

No charge, but bring a bottle of wine or beverage if you can, and rsvp so they know how much food to make! More info: moishehousesf[at], Dan Rader at dir483[at] To learn about Moishe House, click HERE


Community Events 

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



Wednesday, November 9, 7:30-10:00pm, Fall Tasting of Eastern Europe, at La VIctoria Bakery and Cafe, San Francisco, hosted by Old World Food Truck. A special meal featuring classic dishes from Ashkenazi, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and Lithuanian food traditions. Price: $45. More


Sunday, November 13, 7:00pm, Abraham, Inc. A collaboration among 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,


Wednesday, November 16, The David Grisman Andy Statman Quartet. The klezmorim will entertain during the lunch honoring John D. Goldman (12:00-1:45pm). Then, during one of the afternoon workshop sessions (3:00-4:30pm), they will be interviewed about Jewish musical traditions and play again. These events are part of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund's Day of Philanthropy, 7:30am-8:30pm. Tickets: All day pass $275, lunch $75, workshops no charge. More


Sunday, November 20, 3:00pm, 100 Voices: A Journey Home (film) at Camera 12, San Jose, part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. See description above under November 2. 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. The band will demonstrate the evolution of klezmer as Jews crossed the Atlantic from the Old World to the New World. More info:

On the Web 


The Ger Mandolin Orchestra is a living recollection of the Jewish mandolin orchestra (1920-1930) in Poland's Gora Kalwaria (Ger, in Yiddish), created by Bay Area resident (and KlezCalifornia member) Avner Yonai. The eleven-member band traveled to Poland in September and performed in Gora Kalwaria as well as in Warsaw. A video about the project is HERE

. Additional performances from their trip areHERE
 and HERE
. More info: germandolin[at] (Thanks to Avner Yonai). 


Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month:  A fish on somebody else's table is tasty (Geshmak iz der fish, af yenems tish).A related Polish proverb (which also rhymes) is, "A fish on somebody else's dish is estimated to be cheaper than a mushroom." Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, tonews[at]

The National Yiddish Book Center is looking for zamlers (book-shleppers) in the San Francisco Bay Area to pick up Yiddish books from donors and ship them to the Center. More info: Catherine Madsen,cmadsen[at]bikher.org413.256.4900 X153.

Coming in December 

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

Sunday, December 4, 2:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Concert & Sing-Along, Sonoma County. Concert with Laurie Lippin & Gale Kissin. Sing-along led by KlezCalifornia's own Judy Kunofsky and Mitchell Shandling. At a private home in West Sebastopol. No charge but donations always appreciated. More info: 415.789.7679info[at]

Sunday, December 4, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia Peninsula Yidisher Salon, at a private home in San Mateo. This all-levels Yiddish conversation group meets every other month. No charge. More info:peninsula[at]klezcalifornia.org415.789.7679.

Sunday, December 11, time TBD, KlezCalifornia presents a family workshop with Gerry Tenney, at the Osher Marin JCC's Festival of Lights, 12:00noon-3:00pm. No charge. More info:

Sunday, December 11, 7:30pm, Chava Alberstein in Concert, at Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Tickets: $40 JCC members and students, $45 non-members in advance, $50 at the door, space permitting. More info: 650.223.8609,

Sunday, December 11, 7:30-8:30pm., Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Cardinal Point at Mariner Square (Senior Living), 2431 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda, 94501. Free and open to the public. More info:

Thursday, December 15, The Klezmatics, at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Tickets $26.50 in advance. More info:

Saturday, December 17, Pomegranates & Figs: Teslim, Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble, Veretski Pass, The Oakland Folkharmonic, at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Tickets $22.50 in advance. More info: HERE

Saturday, December 17, 8:00-10:00pm, Ben Brussell's KLEZMANIA!, Album Release Concert with Old First Concerts in San Francisco. The program will include traditional sing-a-long Khanikeh songs, klezmer, Yiddish folk songs, some Israeli, and some original klezmer songs as well. More

Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Pleasanton Public Library, in the Meeting Room. No charge and no reservations needed. Tickets will be given out at 1:00pm and doors open at 1:15pm. Arrive early to find parking and obtain a seat. More info:

Thursday, December 22, 7:30pm, Nigunim Chorus presents the Third Annual Hanukkah Community Celebration. Candle lighting, sing-along, performances and klezmer and Israeli dancing.  At JCC East Bay, in Berkeley. Tickets: $15. More info:
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.