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Photo (c) Alex Madonik.
Klezmer Night at sEveryone at Klezmer Mondays is having a great time! The music is served up hot 6:00-8:00pm every Monday through August at Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen in Berkeley. They'll continue beyond August if enough people keep coming. Enjoy them now and you get to enjoy them later, too!

The "regulars" (see picture) are Mike Perlmutter (sax, clarinet) and Dave Rosenfeld (violin, mandolin, banjo, percussion). The band expanded July 23 to honor Susan Felix's birthday and played to a packed house. See also Peter Bonos (trumpet, euphonium), Tony Phillips (banjo-mandolin, behind Dave), and Jake Shandling (drums). Dmitri Gaskin (accordion) and Achi Ben Shalom (guitar) were just out of camera range for this picture. Several other instrumentalists and singers sat in on a tune or two. 


Yiddish speakers: Check out the Yiddish Record-A-Thon on August 19, described below, HERE!

Musicians: Flutist Shirley Drexler and friends are seeking more musicians to join them in San Francisco Saturday or Sunday mornings to play both klezmer and classical music. More info on the KlezCalifornia free want-ads page HERE



-- NEW: Deadline for submissions for the September newsletter: August 28
-- Long-term calendar of Yiddish-inspired events in the Bay Area:

-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture:
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others:

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In This Issue
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, August 5
Yiddish Record-A-Thon, Sunday, August 19
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in September
Support KlezCalifornia
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Through August 6, the 32nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 
in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Rafael. KlezCalifornia is co-presenting two films (descriptions SFJFF): 

Hava Nagila
Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a foot-tapping celebration of 100 years of Jewish culture and spirituality. It peels back the rich history, mystery and meaning of the song which is "kitschy, but oh so profound." Together with a cast of characters that includes Connie Francis, Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy and Glen Campbell, we travel to the Ukraine, where the melody was a Hasidic wordless prayer and from there to Jerusalem, where the song found its lyrics. We learn to dance the Israeli hora and head to the States where Hava Nagila became all the rage.

Roda Theatre in Berkeley - Wednesday, August 1, 6:25pm
Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael - Saturday, August 4, 4:20pm.
Tickets $11-$12. These showings may sell out, so buy tickets in advance or arrive early!
Jascha HeifetzGod's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz. At some point in the 20th century, becoming a violin prodigy came to symbolize the definitive source of Jewish family pride, surpassing Talmud scholarship, financial acumen or athletic prowess as the certifiable indicator of God-given genius. How did this happen? Two words: Jascha Heifetz. In this entertaining and music-filled documentary, we meet the Russian wunderkind who took America by storm as a teenager in 1917 and who over a long and astonishing career redefined the modern virtuoso, his name entering popular culture as shorthand for artistic perfection. Like any good biography, the film is peppered with anecdotes from colleagues and students, if not friends - he seems not to have had many. Genius has its price.

CineArts at Palo Alto Square - Wednesday, August 1, 12:30pm
Free matinee; no tickets needed.

More info:
Yiddish Conversation Salon - all levels
line drawing of people talkingSunday, August 5, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia
Peninsula Salon, at a private home on the Peninsula. 
This all-levels Yiddish conversation group meets every other month. Facilitated by Jon Levitow, who teaches Yiddish at Stanford and U.C. Santa Cruz. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,


Record-a-thonYiddish Record-a-thon
Record-a-thon microphoneSunday, August 19, 2:00-5:00pm, Rosetta Project Jewish Languages Record-a-thon, at Lehrhaus Judaica, 2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. This month, the KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon will participate in this exciting activity. Join the Rosetta Project in celebrating and documenting the languages of the Jewish diaspora: Yiddish, Ladino, Judaeo-Arabic, and more.


The Record-a-thon, organized by KlezCalifornia member Jordan Brown, will involve do-it-yourself language documentation, with the goal of creating living archives for these unique Jewish languages and cultures. The archives will show the remarkable linguistic and cultural diversity of modern Jewish life and ensure its continued vibrancy.

Participants (generally, native speakers or language learners) should prepare or bring any material they would like to record, whether a story of their own or a favorite piece of literature. Fluent speakers are invited to participate in a discussion entitled, "Why do we still speak Yiddish?" Bring your own video or audio recording device or use Rosetta's equipment; volunteers will be available to help you. Family and friends who would like to help with the recording process are also welcome. All recordings that participants dedicate to the public domain will be stored in the Rosetta Project's digital archive of all human language (see HERE
), where they will be available for download and further use.

No charge. If you like, bring a vegetarian or dairy snack to share. More info:

Community Events
Through Friday, August 31, Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Faye Schulman,an exhibit of rare works by the only known Jewish partisan photographer. Presented by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco. To arrange a tour:jleff[at] More info: 415.563.2244.

Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm (every Monday at least through August), Klezmer Music featuring Dave Rosenfeld
 (on mandolin, violin, percussion) and Mike Perlmutter (on clarinet, saxophone). On Monday, August 20, Dave will perform with New York-based Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, a clarinetist, composer, and Yiddish singer who performs extensively in New York and internationally. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354.

Saturday, August 3, 10:30am-11:45am, Yiddish Theatre in the 1930s: A Participatory Workshop
with Puppets and Yiddish Comedy, with Joel Schechter
Sunday, August 4, 3:00pm-4:15pm, History of Klezmer Music, with Gerry Tenney 
Sunday, August 4, 6:00pm, The Tenney Family Band (Gerry, Leslie, Noah) sings Jewish songs 
 about social justice (including Yiddish songs).   
All part of the fourth J-West: West Coast Conference for Cultural, Humanist, and Secular Jews at La Quinta Inn in Hayward. Tickets: $165 full weekend, not including hotel. $90 Saturday only or Sunday only. Cash only on site. Meals may not be available unless you pre-register. Registration and more info:
Wednesdays, August 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2:00-4:00pm, Literature of Jewish Immigration with Loretta Denner, at the JCC Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. The class will read and discuss several early 20th century works by immigrants from Eastern Europe, including "Bread Givers," written in English by native Yiddish-speaker Anzia Yezierska. Donation to JCC requested. More info: 707.566.1955,lorluba[at]  

Friday-Sunday, August 24-26, Nigunim Community Folk Chorus 2nd annual Weekend Retreat. At the River's Bend Retreat Center, near Philo (Mendocino County). Singing, drumming and dancing (including Yiddish singing and klezmer dancing) with singer Linda Hirschhorn, dancer Bruce Bierman, instrumentalist Achi Ben Shalom, and drummer Jan Padover. Cost: $250 - $330/person (including 6 meals). Work exchange opportunities available. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]
On the Web
Learn the Yiddish names of many countries in Europe and their capitals by
 (Thanks to Gerry Tenney). 

New Yiddish-speaking organic farm in Goshen, New York HERE
 (Thanks to "Jewish Daily Forward").

Interview with klezmer Daniel Kahn in Yiddish (with English subtitles) HERE
 (Thanks to Itzik Gottesman, "Forverts,The Yiddish Forward"). 

Itsik Manger's poem, "Along the Way Stands a Tree" (Afn Veg Shteyt a Boym) read in Yiddish by Sheva Zucker and by Manger (1901-1969) himself, English translation by Leonard Wolf, plus the well-known song as sung by Vele Zabludowsky of Mexico City, all on Sheva Zucker's blog, Candles of Song, HERE
 (Thanks to Sheva Zucker). 
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Proverb of the month: If the rich could hire others to die for them, the poor could make a nice living.(Oyb meh zol zikh kenen oyskoyfn fun toyt, voltn di oremeh layt sheyneh parnoseh gehat) (Thanks to Corey Weinstein). Send your favorite Yiddish proverb, in transliteration with translation, to news[at]
Coming in September

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

Sunday, September 9, 10:00am-6:00pm, KlezCalifornia booth at the Solano Stroll, Berkeley/ Albany. Look for us between Tulare and Ventura Avenues, in the Jewish organizations' "neighborhood." We will be west of Lehrhaus Judaica and Kol Hadash, and east of J Street and the Aquarian Minyan.

Thursday, September 13, 12:30-1:30pm, Kugelplex. At Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco. No charge.

Thursday, September 20, 5:30-8:00pm. Ritlab: Pickle, Preserve, and Molly Picon film. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), San Francisco. Pickle cucumbers with Wilderness Torah.
Watch "East and West," a silent comedy classic from 1923 featuring beloved Yiddish film star Molly Picon, accompanied by a lively, newly-composed film score. And more. Tickets: free with $5 museum admission; CJM members free; advance tickets recommended. More info: info[at]thcjm.org415.655.7800HERE
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 three gifts: The 115-page exercise book, "The Oy Way." This warm book by Harvey Gotliffe helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. Check it out at
. Or 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.