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KlezCalifornia wishes you a zisn un freylekhn Sukes, zman simkhatenu (a sweet and happy Sukes, season of our rejoicing). We hope that you are also rejoicing because KlezCalifornia is here to add fun and enjoyment to your life! Please respond joyously when you receive our request for your financial support!

We are pleased to welcome to the Bay Area three (more) noted artists:
You can listen HERE to the Yiddish singing of bass Anthony Russell, who recently moved to Oakland from New York. We also welcome violinist David Chernyavsky, who joined the San Francisco Symphony and whose klezmer fiddling can be heard HERE. And welcome to Penina Ballen, a klezmer dance leader who has moved here from Albuquerque, where she was involved in the Klezmerquerque weekends (and who came to our first Festival in 2003).

Finally, here are some pictures from a party for KlezCalifornia donors, held in August, and from our booth at September's Solano Stroll. 

August 2012 party #1, Lea DelsonParty APictures from August party for KlezCal donors. At right, entertainers Laura Rosenberg, Gerry Tenney, Tony Phillips, Achi Ben Shalom.

Above pictures by Lea Delson, Professional Event and Portrait Photography, 510.528.6725,

Table at Solano Stroll, 2012Peter  & Dmitri at Stroll, 2012KlezCal booth at the Solano Stroll. At left, Anita Fiessi and Ed Anisman talk with an off-camera visitor. At right, the public is treated to klezmer played by Peter Bonos on euphonium and Dmitri Gaskin on accordion.


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In This Issue
From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop, Monday, October 15
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, October 21
The Oy Way, Sunday, October 28
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in November
Support KlezCalifornia
From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop

Monday, October 15, 7:00pm, Jews and Ukrainians in Russia's Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop, a presentation by Amelia Glaser. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, and Russians lived together in the territory known as the Pale of Settlement, the region of Eastern Europe that now covers much of Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States. Although these communities spoke different languages, followed distinct cultural habits, and practiced different religions, members of these communities did meet at markets and fairs. The stories that Jewish, Russian, and Ukrainian writers, such as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Nikolai Gogol, and Hrihorii Kvitka, tell about these marketplace encounters help us to understand a complex history of coexistence and antagonism in the nineteenth century and after. Amelia Glaser's presentation is based on her recent book, "Jews and Ukrainians in Russia's Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop." She is associate professor of Russian and comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego, where she is director of Russian and Soviet Studies. No charge. More, 415.567.3327.
Yiddish Conversation Salon

line drawing of people talkingSunday, October 21, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent speakers of Yiddish. At a private home in El Cerrito. This month's discussion topics: Gender roles in historic and modern Jewish life; and Yiddish proverbs. More info: flisik[at],415.789.7679.
The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance

Sunday, October 28, 1:30pm, The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, presented by Harvey Gotliffe. Learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in a restorative, meditative, moving exercise experience. At the BJE Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. 

In an increasingly hurried, harried, and hectic electronic world, Yiddish expressions offer profound wisdom and have helped provide stress relief to everyone from college students to their bubes and zeydes. Harvey Gotliffe draws on his extensive background in tai chi to pair easy-to-learn Yiddish expressions with rhythmic, flowing movement. Learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in restorative, meditative, exercise. Be prepared to laugh, learn, and go with the flow. Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. is editor and publisher of The Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He taught at San Jose State University from 1986 to 2008.

More info:, 415.567.3327. More info about the book:,theoyway[at] Info on additional presentations (before and after October 28) below, in Community Events and Coming in November.
Community Events
Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld (mandolin, violin, percussion), Mike Perlmutter (clarinet, saxophone) and Dmitri Gaskin (accordion). At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354.

Monday, October 1, 7:00pm, Sing in the Sukkah in Hebrew, Yiddish and English with Achi Ben Shalom. At a Sukkah in South Berkeley. For location, contact mail[at] 

Three Yiddish courses presented by Lehrhaus Judaica: 

Beginning Yiddish, taught by Mindl Cohen.
Wednesdays, October 10 - December 5 (no class 11/21), 7:00-8:15 pm. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition (class L150-BJ): $105.

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Jon Levitow.
Thursdays, October 4 - December 13 (no class 11/22), 7:00-9:00 pm.
At Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. Tuition (class L350-KE): $200, $180 Kol Emeth members.

Reading Yiddish Texts, taught by Yael Chaver.
Mondays, October 15 - December 17, 7:15-9:15 pm. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Read (in Yiddish) and discuss (in English) selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tuition (class L350-BJ): $150.

More info on all three classes:, 510.845.6420.

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm, Kugelplex performs with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir at Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. Tickets $20.50 advance, $22.50 door. More info:

Sunday, October 7, 5:30pm, Davis Klezmer Orchestra Simchat Torah (Simkhes Toyreh) family celebration, at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis. No charge. More info: 530.758.0842,

Monday, October 8, 7:30pm, Davis Klezmer Orchestra Simchat Torah (Simkhes Toyreh)celebration, at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis. No charge. More info: 530.758.0842,

Saturday, October 13, 9:00am-12:00noon, Davis Klezmer Orchestra at Davis Farmers' Market, Davis. No charge. More info:

Monday, October 15, 7:30pm, Nigunim Chorus' fall season begins. Sing Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino songs in harmony, with Achi Ben Shalom. More info: mail[at], 510.528.8872.

Wednesdays, October 17 - December 12 (but not November 22), 12:00noon, A Bisl Yiddish and a Song, with Heather Klein. Eight-week class at Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. Learn more Yiddish through song. Fee: $54 public, $36 PTBE members. Rsvp by October 10 to cserbin[at] More info:

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band at Le Bateau Ivre Coffee House/Bar/Restaurant, Berkeley. More info: 510.529.8753 (Ellis Island); 510.849.1100 (Bateau Ivre),

Thursday, October 18, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Yiddish Songs and Jewish Humor with Heather Klein and Lynn Ruth Miller. At Angelica's Bistro, Redwood City. Dinner seating begins 7:00pm. Online tickets $10 plus dinner or plus drinks with appetizer. More info: 650.365.3226, HERE.

Sunday, October 21, 2:00pm, The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, presented by author Harvey Gotliffe. At Bird & Beckett Bookstore, San Francisco. See box above. More, 415.586.3733. 

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30pm, God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz. Ayke Agus (Heifetz' student, accompanist and companion), who appears in this 87-minute film, will speak and play after the screening. At Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. Part of 17th Annual Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. More

On the Web
A New York Jew in China: Reporter Ross Perlin (who videotaped our February Yiddish Culture Festival) is a regular videographer for the Forverts newspaper. Watch his interesting video, What do Chinese People Think of Jews?, HERE. Yiddish with English subtitles (Thanks to Ethel Zivotofsky).

Farshidns (This 'n That)
Yiddish Radio: In September, the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center held a conference on The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance. Among the many presenters was Henry Sapoznik, founder of KlezKamp. You can download his 2010 article, "Hear, O Israel: Yiddish-American Radio and the Henry Sapoznik Collection" HERE.

Proverb of the month: The wise conceal their intelligence, fools display their ignorance: Der kluger bahalt dem seykhl, der nar bavayst zayn narishkayt. (Thanks to Rosie Kaplan). 

Limmud Bay Area: The second Limmud Bay Area will be held February 17-18, 2013 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove. Last February, Bay Area Jews of every denomination and age studied text, explored arts, discussed current affairs and watched movies together. The next event's planners are looking for volunteer teachers and performers (no fee paid, pay to attend); contact them immediately if you are interested. More info:

Coming in November

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

Saturday, November 3, 7:30pm, Theodore Bikel Live in Concert. At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. Presented by Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies. Tickets: $18 General / $15 JCC or Magnes Members/Seniors/ $12 Students. More info:

Sunday, November 4, 2:00pm, Captives of the Dawn: Remembering Soviet Yiddish Culture. Center for Jewish Studies' annual Taube Conference in Eastern European Jewish Culture and History. Panel discussion, keynote address, performance of Yiddish songs by the Nigunim Chorus. At The Magnes, Berkeley. No charge. More info: cjs[at], 510.649.2482. 

The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, Presentations by Harvey Gotliffe

Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm, Congregation Beth David, Saratoga .
Sunday, November 11, 12:00noon, Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association, Chai House,
    San Jose.
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00pm, Alef Bet Judaica Bookstore, Los Gatos.
Saturday, November 17, 2:00pm, Inklings Books, Capitola.
More info: See several boxes above re October 28 presentation.

Tuesday, November 13, 1:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band at Contra Costa County Library, Hercules. No charge. More info: 510.529.8753 (Ellis Island), 510.245.2420 (library),

Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm, Celebration of the life of George Gershein, with Ronit Widman-Levy and Nurit Jugend. At JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley. Tickets: $15 General / $12 JCC Members/Seniors/Students. More info: HERE. 

Sunday, November 18, 3:00pm, Yiddish Sing-Along with Achi Ben Shalom. At Piedmont Gardens, Oakland. Admission: $10. More info: mail[at]

Sunday, November 18, 5:30pm, Hava Nagila (the movie), followed by a performance by Veretski Pass, part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. At Camera 12, San Jose. Tickets: $15/ $20 at the door. More info: HERE.

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00pm. Gallery opening event: Hollywood Stars Reading "The Jewish Daily Forward" with photographer Phil Stern. Exhibit continues through January 2013. Opening event free, but reservations required. All photographs are available for purchase. More Rsvp to arts[at] or 415.292.1233.

Thursday Nov. 29, 8:00pm, Hardly Strictly Klezmer Chanukah Kickoff with Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex, Charming Hostess at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. Tickets: $20.50 advance/ $22.50 at door. More info:
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: 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.