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A freylekhn khoydesh Oder! (Happy month of Adar!) Once again, it's that merry month that brings us Purim glee and homentashn!   


Were you among the hundreds of people participating in the KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival at the JCCSF? If so, you know it was an extraordinarily wonderful experience of learning and community. We gather face-to-face, joining in our many Yiddish-inspired activities. The spirit is beyond words, although the shmuesing (conversation) is a good deal of the shared pleasure. If you missed this one, be sure to come to the next KlezCalifornia Festival and our smaller year-round events. 


Here are some pictures from the Festival. We'll show you more in the next newsletter.  


Three string playersDancers at Finale dance party





















Photos above by Lea Delson, 510.528.6725,, all rights reserved.




Photos above by Ani Weaver,    


Lose something at the Festival? Contact info[at] if either of these is yours: 

-- Two klezmer music books together with a blank book with musical staffs . 

-- A black suede pouch containing some coins. 




Calendar of upcoming Yiddish-inspired events:     

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In This Issue
Special Jewish Music Festival Offer for This Weekend
Tribute to Leyke Post, Wednesday, March 14
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, March 18
Life and Poetry of Simon Krinsky, Sunday, March 25
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in April
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia

Special Jewish Music Festival Offer for KlezCalifornia Members 


JMF logo, smallThe 27th Jewish Music Festival is starting this week! Tickets: 866.558.4253, More info: 510.848.0237. There are discounts for students, seniors, JCC East Bay members, and groups of ten or more, and a specially priced Festival pass.The JMF is offering two additional special promotions for this weekend's performances, one for members of KlezCalifornia (and if you are reading this, you are a member): 


Special promotion #1: MIchael Winograd tickets for only $15 if purchased online at When you check out, use coupon code KlezCal (case sensitive). 


Special promotion #2: Discounted weekend passes: Only $30 for a double-header ticket to both the Winograd and Goldberg performances. Available at 


Saturday, March 3, 8:00pm, Michael Winograd Ensemble, with Judith Berkson, Deborah Strauss, Joshua Horowitz, and others. At Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Clarinetist Winograd is the leading voice of the younger generation of klezmer musicians. Concert followed by reception.Tickets: $23 advance, $26 door, or see special promotions above. 


Sunday, March 4, 8:00pm, World Premiere of Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine, a song cycle.At Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. Inspired by the poetry of Allen Grossman. Goldberg founded the New Klezmer Trio in 1987, which inaugurated the movement now known as "Radical Jewish Culture" and "New Jewish Music." Tickets: $23 advance, $28 door. See special promotion above. 


Sunday, March 25, 2:00-9:00pm, Holy Harmony, an full day of music in the refurbished sanctuary of Temple Sherith Israel, San Francisco. Double-header tickets to both afternoon performances: $25 advance, $30 door. Day pass (also includes Bustan Quartet at 7:30pm): $45 advance, $50 door.    


2:00pm, Songs of Wonder, with Basya Schechter of Pharaoh's Daughter, new musical settings to the Yiddish poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 


4:00pm, Babel/Ashkenaz, with Frank London (of the Klezmatics) and Yair Dalal, a new collaboration of Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jewish liturgical traditions.  


Tribute to Leyke Post, by her son Henry Carrey 


Leyke Post in the 1950sWednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm, My Mother, Leyke Post: From Yiddish Radio to "Radio Days," A Tribute to Leyke Post by her son Henry Carrey. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Yiddish performer Henry Carrey will discuss the career of his mother, Leyke Post, a celebrated Yiddish singer and concert recitalist. Post starred in Yiddish radio in Boston from the 1920s through the early 1950s and performed into the 1960s. In her retirement, she sang at KlezKamp and Circle Lodge in New York, and appeared in two Woody Allen films: "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Radio Days." Carrey will tell anecdotes from his mother's life with recordings, and sing songs from her repertoire. No charge. More info:, 415.567.3327.  


H. Carrey, SFGMC 2011This program is an opportunity to wish Henry Carrey well as he leaves San Francisco to return to Boston. We will miss Henry, who has served as a member of KlezCalifornia's Advisory Council. His wonderful singing voice has given joy to everyone who has heard him.     


Yiddish Conversation Salon  

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Sunday, March 18, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent/native Yiddish speakers. At a private home in San Francisco. This Salon's theme is, "Actors, Comedians and Hollywood people, why are Jews so prominent?" No charge. More info and to rsvp: Emanuel Jolish, 415.203.4025, flisik[at]

Life & Poetry of Simon Krinsky 


Simon KrinskySunday, March 25, 1:30pm, A Tribute to the Life and Poetry of Simon Krinsky, by Rabbi Edward Zerin. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. When Simon Krinsky (pictured left) published his book Faraneneh un Gevezeneh ("Present and Past)" in 1935, Edward Zerin was fifteen. It was not until Rabbi Zerin discovered a copy at the Yiddish Book Center seventy-five years later that he came to appreciate how much his teacher had influenced his life. Krinsky was born in Poland and ordained in Palestine by Rav Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel. His writing reflects his sharp sense of social justice and his deep love of Torah and the Jewish people. The program will include a reading and discussion of selected poems in English and Yiddish.   


Rabbi Edward Zerin is a translator for the Yiddish Book Center and the author of nine books and numerous professional articles. As a loving tribute to his teacher, he has recently translated Simon Krinsky's poetry. 

KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor of this event. No charge. More info: More info:,415.567.3327.  

Community Events 


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


Beginning March 1, Thursdays, 7:30pm, Searching for a Usable Past - Radical Jewish History, a mini-course taught by Anna Elena Torres. Sessions March 1, 15, 29 and April 12. Sponsored by The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California. At Green Arcade Bookstore, San Francisco. No charge. Rsvp and more info: rad.yiddish[at]


Wednesday, March 7, 1:00-2:00pm, Klezmer 2012 with Umzist. At JCC San Francisco. Enjoy Yiddish and Russian repertoire of the 20th century including dance, party and stage music from the klezmer band Umzist. No charge. More info: 415.292.1260.

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00pm, Occupy Purim, presented by the Aquarian Minyan. At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, Berkeley. Reading of the Megillah, plus contemporary political Purimshpil satire, dancing with the band ADAMA, and refreshments for sale. The musical entertainment will include Yiddish songs. Tickets: $15 general, $12 for members of Jewish Renewal groups or the Occupy Movement, children under 13 free. More info:

Thursday, March 15, 9:00pm, The Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal featuring The Red Hot Chachkas,The Helladelics, and Disciples Of Markos. At the Starry Plough Pub and Nightclub, Berkeley. Every third Thursday of the month. Price TBD. More info:, 510.841.2082.
Friday, March 30, 7:30pm, Heather Klein's Shabbos Zingt, a service with Yiddish melodies and a klezmer feel. Learn newly composed and old tunes and bring in Shabbos with a sense of Yiddishkayt.Led by singer Heather Klein, Be'eri Moalem; viola, Ken Mowrey; percussion, and Karen Hutchinson; piano/accordion. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. More info:

On the Web 


Music, singing and dance from Poland's Yiddish theatre (Aktorzy Teatru Zydowskiego), from the Festiwal Warszawa Singera 2009Hobm mir a nigndl and Biri bimbom (the latter with co-ed dancing, everyone with taleysim!). At (Thanks to Ley Malchik). 


Yiddish dictionary (Yidish Verterbukh afn Veb). Enter an English word to find its Yiddish equivalent, a Yiddish word in transliteration or in alef beys to find its English definition.The site also links you to Yiddish blogs written by Sholem Berges and Noam Stariks, and contains a few tables with Yiddish grammar. At (Thanks to Paula Teitelbaum). 


A rabbi's dating advice, on Old Jews Telling Jokes. At (Thanks to Arthur Young).


Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month:  Evil is easy to learn well (Shlekhts lernt men zikh bald oys) (Thanks to Jon Levitow). Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, to news[at]

Coming in April

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

Sunday, April 15, 7:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. Tickets: Up to 24 hours prior to the event; $15 JCC members and students, $20 non-members, $25 at the door, space permitting. More info: 650.223.8609,

Sunday, April 29, 1:30 pm, A Meydl in di Yorn: Remembering Adrienne Cooper in Song, a Yiddish Sing-Along with Jillian Tallmer.  At BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. No charge. More info:

Honor Wall

New Honor Wall postings this month: 

Dennis Wilder: This donation is made in honor of my parents -- Rose and Benjamin Wilder -- and my grandparents -- Sophie and Aaron Anderman -- who started me on the wonderful klezmer path with the music at their bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains of New York. And to your organization for all the good work you do, although I unfortunately can't participate, not living in the Bay area.
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 a fine 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 send a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving.