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It's June and most schools are out, but klezmer and Yiddish culture continue year-round. In this newsletter, we tell you about some wonderful events this month. We look forward to seeing you at some of them!

Lea Delson has added 55 new photos from February's Yiddish Culture Festival to her original selection of 31 HERE

Also, watch some videos of The Klez-X concert at: 

Dance class whooping in circle
Instrumental workshop

Sheldon Brown demonstrating

Steve Weintraub (blue shirt) leads dance workshop

Sheldon Brown (blue jacket) demonstrates technique on a string bass

Photos by Lea Delson, delsonphoto.com510.528.6725, all rights reserved.

 Calendar of upcoming Yiddish-inspired events:     

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In This Issue
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, June 24
Community Events
Coming in July
Support KlezCalifornia
Yiddish Conversation Salon

line drawing of people talkingSunday, June 24, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, 
for fluent/native Yiddish speakers. At a private home in Berkeley. This Salon's discussion topic is, "Can one get wisdom from the Torah even if one does not think it is divinely inspired?" Participants will also discuss their favorite Yiddish proverbs. No charge. More info and to RSVP: 415.789.7679flisik[at] 

Future Flisik Salons will be August 26 in San Francisco and October 21 in the East Bay. 
Community Events
Saturday, June 2 - Thursday, June 7, 2:30pm/5:00pm/7:30pm, also June 2 and June 5 at 11:00am, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish, at The Vogue Theatre, San Francisco. This funny, new feature film sets Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in contemporary New York, spoken in today's Yiddish by mostly young, ex-Orthodox novice actors. Ava, a wisecracking middle-aged nurse undertakes a Yiddish translation of "Romeo and Juliet." She accepts help from some charismatic young ultra-Orthodox dropouts. Shakespeare never dreamed of the Montagues as Satmar and the Capulets as Lubavitch! Tickets: $10.50 general/ $8 seniors, students, matinees. This film is not MPAA rated; there are several seconds of partial nudity; viewer discretion is advised. More info: Tickets:

Sunday, June 3, 7:30-9:00pm Klezmer Music Workshop. 
The Stanford Klezmer Band invites musicians of all backgrounds (and whether students or community members) to a free klezmer workshop. They will teach some of the basics of the genre, followed by a few tunes. At Stanford's Braun Music Center, Room 106. No charge. RSVP and more info: ibleaman[at], with your name, musical background, and whether you have any Stanford affiliation.

Sunday, June 3, 10:00am, The Klezmakers, at Michaels at Shoreline Restaurant, Mountain View. Part of a gourmet brunch sponsored by Sharone Hadassah of Silicon Valley to celebrate Hadassah's 100th birthday and raise funds for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower in Jerusalem. Tickets: $45; table for ten: $400. More info: betteemanuel[at]att.netgreenbarb45[at]

Monday, June 4, 6:00-8:00pm (and every Monday through June), Klezmer Music featuring Dave Rosenfeld (on mandolin, violin, percussion) and Mike Perlmutter (on clarinet). At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354.

Friday, June 8, 7:30pm, Red Hot Chachkas and Kabbalah, with dance leader Bruce Bierman. At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, Berkeley. Bay Area band Red Hot Chachkas opens for French klez-rock band Kabbalah. Klezmer dance lesson at 7:30pm. More info: ashkenaz.com510.525.5054.


Saturday, June 9, 3:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas. An outdoor concert presented by Wisteria Ways at a private home in Oakland. Reservations highly recommended c/o info[at]wisteriaways.org510.655.2771. Tickets: Sliding scale donation of $15-$20, cash only. More info:


Wednesdays, June 13 - July 18 (but not July 4), 10:30am-12:30pm, The Longest Hatred: A History of Anti-Semitism, taught by Ken Blady. At Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus, part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Fee: $50 OLLI members, $70 non-members. To


Sunday, June 17, 3:30pm, San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus Annual Concert of songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco. Suggested donation: $12 general; $6 students, seniors, people with disabilities. More info:,510.220.6325.

Saturday, June 23, 5:00-7:00pm, The Klezmakers perform at Vasona Vibrations 10th Annual Free Summer Concert Series. At Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos. Bring a picnic dinner or buy food at the concession, enjoy the beautiful park, and dance. Bring chairs. No charge, but donation requested for Second Harvest Food Bank. More info:

Sunday, June 24, 1:00-2:30pm, Klezmer Class with Jeanette Lewicki. At a private home in Oakland. Jeanette, leader of the gonifs, who led six highly-praised workshops at February's Yiddish Culture Festival, will help participants learn "by ear, by heart, by voice, and by foot (dancing the zhok, bulgar, khosidl & more)." Enrollment limited to how many klezmorim can fit in one apartment. Classes, with snacks, will be held the last Sunday of each month. Cost: $5/class. More info: 415.672.7858,
On the Web

Laurel & Hardy in Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn, at to "ILHAMA featuring DJ OGB" (Thanks to Bruce Bierman). 


Yiddish Radio Winnipeg, every Sunday, 1:30-2:30pm CDT, on CKJS 810AM. Listen via online live streaming at Archive at  


The Yiddish Voice/ Dos Yidishe Kol, every Wednesday, 7:30-8:30pm EDT, on WUNR 1600AM, from Boston. Listen live at More info: yiddishvoice.com617.730.8484 (Thanks to Mitchell Shandling).

Farshidns (This 'n That)
Proverb of the month: A good job is a kingdom (but forget about resting)! (A melokheh iz a melukheh (nor meh hot nit keyn menukheh) (Thanks to Jon Levitow). Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, to news[at]

Honor Wall

New Honor Wall posting this month: 

Shirley Drexler: Mama was my idol and my heroine. Papa, a pious Orthodox Jew, was unfortunately a barely successful retailer. Mama learned to stretch the dollar and to accomplish other feats. She was nanny, maid, cook, judge, policeman and prophet. She bore six children; I was the youngest. In our squalid tenement apartment, privacy was impossible and financial stability was a fantasy. Mama was generous with advice, warnings and imprecations. Not wear your scarf? Pneumonia! No chest mustard plaster? Consumption! Her lips to our foreheads were better than a thermometer! She was a combination of Tiresias, Hippocrates, Mother Teresa, the Delphic Oracle, and Justice Frankfurter.

Coming in July

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

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm, Woody Allen's Radio Days (with Leyke Post), at BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Discussion follows. Leyke Post was a Yiddish singer and mother of long-time Bay Area Yiddish singer Henry Carrey, who moved recently to Boston. No charge. More info:

Sunday, July 15, Russian Fair at Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. More info: paloaltojcc.orgvfishman[at]

Sunday, July 15, 7:30pm, Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill present: From Shtetl to Broadway: The Russian Jewish influence on the Great American Songbook. At Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. Tickets: Up to 24 hours in advance: $25 members, $30 non-members. $35 at the door. More info:paloaltojcc.com650.223.8664.

July 19- August 6, 32nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Rafael. KlezCalifornia will be co-presenting at least one film. Full program will be announced in June:

Support KlezCalifornia
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our web Honor Wall 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 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.