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2012-12b events

Khanikeh zebraHappy Khanikeh/Hanukkah/Chanukah.... 
Below learn about thirteen terrific events between now and the end of December, some of which we learned about since sending you the regular December newsletter.

Pick one event or ten! And while you're having a great time, please think about giving a year-end donation to KlezCalifornia so we can keep bringing you this information. Go HERE to find out how!

Thursday, December 13, 9:00pm, 3rd annual Subterranean Arthouse Chanukah party in collaboration with Hungry for Yiddish! A Mitzvah Project whose proceeds support the Berkeley Food Pantry. At Subterranean Art House, Berkeley. 9:00pm: Yiddish song with Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio and with Anthony Russell. 10:00pm: Klezmer dance party led by Bruce Bierman with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Orkestar. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Donation $10-$20; no-one turned away. Advance tickets: More info:


Friday, December 14, 7:30-9:30pm, Kleznukah Shabbat Service, with instrumentalists Stu Brotman and Sheldon Brown, Yiddish singer Sharon Bernstein, dance leader Bruce Bierman. Candles, prayer, singing, dancing, and refreshments. At Congregation Sha'ar Zahav. San Francisco. No charge. More

Saturday, December 15, 2:00-4:00pm, The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance, presentation by Harvey Gotliffe, author of this book on learning Yiddish phrases while doing meditative exercise. At Inklings Books, Capitola. No charge. More info:

Saturday, December 15, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass in Pomegranates & Figs, a feast of Jewish music. Also Oakland Folkharmonic, Inspector Gadje. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $22.50 advance / $24.50 at door. More info: 510.644.2020HERE.

Sunday, December 16, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent and native Yiddish speakers. At a private home in Oakland. December's discussion topics: Describe the home in which you grew up: its size, rooms, furnishings, who lived with you. Then, we will read aloud some short stories and jokes. More info: flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org415.789.7679.  

Sunday, December 16, 2:00pm, Hanukkah and secular New Year Party at Yiddish Club of San Francisco, with Yiddish song performance by Sofia, accompanied by Clara. At JCC San Francisco, Room 206, San Francisco. No charge. More info: sulgrinberg[at]  


Monday, December 17, 6:00-8:00pm, Kugelplex performs at Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Release party for their new album, "The Frail Branch." No charge. More info: 510.848.3354

Wednesday, December 19, 12:00noon, Kugelplex in lunchtime concert. At Oakland City Center, Oakland. No charge.

Thursday, December 20, 8:00pm, Kugelplex in Meridian Solstice party, with Charming Hostess. At Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. More info:  


Saturday, December 22, 7:30pm, Kugelplex in Old World Belly Dance Party! with The ShtetlShakers featuring Elizabeth Strong and Rose Hardin. At The Make Out Room, San Francisco. More info:  


Sunday, December 23, 2:00-4:00pm (doors open 1:30pm), Klezmer Brunch with the Porto Franco Klezmer All-Stars: David Chernyavsky, Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston, Rob Reich, Daniel Fabricant, Jeanette Lewicki. At Porto Franco Art Parlor, San Francisco (2nd floor, no elevator). Food and drinks, too. Limited seating. Donations: $20+ all to the musicians. Reservations s.varshavsky[at] More info:  


Monday, December 24, 8:30-10:00pm (later than usual), Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354

Tuesday, December 25, 11:00am-3:00pm, Music, dancing and latkes with Mike Perlmutter and others. Outside Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info: 510.848.3354.


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 write about your own Yiddish heritage.

Chai imageWe hope Contributing Members can give $54 (3 chai/khay) 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).

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!