Seder PlateSpring and Peysakh (Passover) are coming! L'kovid (in honor of) Peysakh,check out the words to two traditional Yiddish Seder songs on the KlezCalifornia website: Di Fir Kashes (The Four Questions) and Mu Asapru(Who Knows One?), both HERE. Incorporate these into your Seders! 

You can listen to fourth-grade boys chanting Di Fir Kashes 
HERE and download Theodore Bikel singing Mu Asapru HEREA zisn peysakh tsu alemen! A sweet Passover to all! 

-- Submissions for the April newsletter HERE by March 24.
-- Long-term calendar of events in the Bay Area: Events calendar
-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture: KlezCal on-line resources
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others: KlezCal want ads
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In This Issue
Salon for Yiddish Speakers at all levels, Sunday, March 3
Brunch with Russ and Daughters, Sunday, March 10
Dressing America, Tuesday, March 12
Hava Nagila: The Film, Thursday, March 14
Gerry Tenney Klezmer Experience, Tuesday, March 19
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in April
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
KlezCalifornia Peninsula Yidisher Salon

line drawing of people talkingSunday, March 3, 7:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia PeninsulaYidisher Salon, for Yiddish speakers at all levels. This time, bring a picture or object to discuss in Yiddish, and a snack or beverage to share. Facilitated by Yiddish teacher Jon (Yankl) Levitow at a private home in San Mateo. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,peninsula[at] 

Brunch with Russ and Daughters - SOLD OUT

Russ and daughters w caviarSunday, March 10, 12:00noon, Brunch with Russ and Daughters. At the JCC San Francisco. Join Mark Russ Federman, owner of Russ and Daughters, the beloved store on Manhattan's Lower East Side, for a celebration of its history. Includes a New York-style brunch featuring Russ and Daughters' smoked and cured fish. KlezCalifornia is a JCC community partner for this event. More info: 

 If you already have a ticket, visit the KlezCalifornia display table to say hello.

Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center

Dressing America, better imageTuesday, March 12, 1:20pm, Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center. 57-minute film in English and Yiddish. Over the decades, the garment industry in New York has literally dressed America. This fast-paced documentary takes us on a journey from the nineteenth century to the present as we see how the industry has evolved over time, and meet the shmateh meyvns who continue to rule over it. At CineArts, Pleasant Hill. Part of the East Bay Jewish Film Festival and co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $7.00, $8.00 at the door. Tickets and more info: 510.318.6484
Hava Nagila: The FIlm

Hava Nagila Thursday, March 14, 10:30am, Hava Nagila: The Film. We've all danced to it or enjoyed its rhythmic beat. Hava Nagila, the musical staple of bar/bas mitzveh parties and weddings, is almost synonymous with Jewish celebrations. But the song also was also sung by celebrity singers of diverse backgrounds, including Harry Belafonte and Connie Stevens. This spirited documentary traces how this song became a national hit. 

If you missed the film at the San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Sonoma County Jewish film festivals, here's an opportunity at the film's Contra Costa County premiere. At Theatre II, Orinda. Part of the East Bay Jewish Film Festival and co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $7.00, $8,00 at the door. Tickets and more info: 510.318.6484
Gerry Tenney Klezmer Experience at Amba Restaurant

Gerry TenneyTuesday, March 19, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Night with the Gerry Tenney Klezmer Experience, on the theme of Yiddish Peysakh songs. Also featuring singer Heather Klein, Leslie Tenney, Noah Tenney, and more. 

At Amba Restaurant, a vegetarian, kosher restaurant in Oakland's Montclair District. Entertainment free with purchase. More info: 510.339.8000

Community Events
Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin, occasional special guests. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with purchase. More info: 510.848.3354,

Friday, March 1, 8:00pm, Polesye sings Jewish Folksongs from the ShtetlAt Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro. More info: 510.357.8505.

Saturday, March 2, 8:00pm, Jewish Music Festival Opening Night: The Future of Jewish Music in Poland with Polesye and Shofar. Introductory talk and slide show at 7:00pm with Ruth Ellen Gruber. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Berkeley. More info:

Sunday, March 3, 8:00pm, Real Vocal String Quartet with True Life Trio. The show includes Yiddish songs. At Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. More info:

Monday, March 4, 1:00pm, PolesyeAt JCC East Bay, Berkeley. More info:
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm, Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty: Night Songs from a Neighboring Village. At the JCC East Bay, Berkeley. More info:

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm, Dr. Harvey Gotliffe will speak about his book The Oy Way, which combines meditation, exercise, and humor. At Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel. No charge. More About the book:

Wednesday, March 6, 6:00pm, Michael Alpert performs. At the San Francisco Main Library. No charge. More info:
Thursday, March 7, 8:00pm, Theodore Bikel, Merima Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky. At Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley. More info: SOLD OUT. 

Friday, March 8, 7:30pm, Kaboles Shabbis (Kabbalat Shabbat) services with Shir HaShirim Minyan and special guests Veretski Pass. 
Expanded version of the regular Song of Songs gathering. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. No charge. More info:

Saturday, March 9, 8:00pm, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert: Vilna Poems and Akoka. At the Berkeley Repertory Theater. World premiere of Vilna Poems, a song cycle of works by Yiddish poet Avrom Sutskever, composed by David Garner. More info:

Sunday, March 10, 2:00-5:00pm, The An-Ski Expedition at 100. Panel discussion with Gabriella Safran and Nathaniel Deutsch, and performance by Michael Alpert on the one hundredth anniversary of S. An-ski's folklore expedition, which collected thousands of Yiddish songs, stories, photos, and more.At the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. No charge. More info:

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30pm, Immigrants, Cantors, and Klezmers, a talk by Mark Slobin.Presented by and at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. No charge. More

Tuesday, March 12, 7:30pm, A Sweet Diaspora Song: Paths of Jewish Music in America. Performance by Michael Alpert in conversation with Francesco Spagnolo. Presented by and at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. No charge. More info:

Thursday, March 14, 7:00pm,  Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird's "Bad Old Songs" CD release concert. Plus Conspiracy of Beards, 30-man a cappella choir performing songs by Leonard Cohen. At JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley. Tickets: $15. More info:,

Sunday, March 17, 3:00pm, Jazz and Klez Summit, with Jazzschool Big Band, Albany Jazz Band, and Netivot Shalom JazzKleztet. At Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley. Tickets: $10, $5 youth. More info: 510.684.5580. Tickets:

Saturday, March 23, 6:00-8:00pm (doors open 5:30pm), Psoy Korolenko in Concert. Russian/ Jewish poet-singer performs folk, klezmer, rap, sound poetry and intellectual cabaret/comedy in English, Russian, French, and Yiddish. At Porto Franco Art House, San Francisco (second floor, no elevator, steep staircase). Tickets: sliding scale $30-$50. Drinks and finger food provided at no charge. More

Saturday, March 23, 8:00pm, Wisecracks and Wine with Heather Klein, singing (mostly) Yiddish songs, comedienne Lynn Ruth Miller, and pianist Karen Hutchinson. At A Grape in the Fog, Pacifica. More info:

Sunday, March 24, 7:00pm, Psoy Korolenko in Concert. See March 23 description above. At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. More info:

Wednesday, March 27 (and April 3, 10, 17), 10:30am-12:30pm, Yiddish Language: A History, with Ken Blady. At Cal State East Bay, Concord. Fee: $40 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members, $55 non-members. More info: HERE.
On the Web

Yiddish singer Karsten Troyke and Trio Scho in Shpil Mir Nokh Amol Mayn Fidl HERE (Thanks to Monica Cotik). 

 Farshidns (This 'n That)
The 2013 Israel Prize, that country's highest honor, will be awarded in April to eminent Yiddish scholar Chava Turniansky. More about her and the award HERE.

Proverb of the month: Tasty is the fish on someone else's dish (Geshmak iz der fish af yenems tish).

KlezCalifornia Want Ads (see other Want Ads HERE):

Available: Pianist/Singer. Accomplished pianist, keyboardist, singer seeking other musicians or existing klezmer/Jewish bands to collaborate for performances at private house parties or public concerts. Respond to Noam Eisen, 415.643.3327noameisenmusic[at],

Wanted: Accordionist who sings and perhaps plays guitar and/or piano. Should be familiar with Yiddish and Hebrew and be interested in working up some traditional and original music as duo and eventually more players for paying gigs. I'm also looking for currently gigging klezmer groups who need a clarinet / mandolin / flute player as a sub or regular. More info: Moish Estrin, mikelmaestro[at]

Available: Accordionist (plus). I'm a former teacher of accordion with 23 years experience from the Ukraine and would like to play in a band. I used to play with a professional band. My accordion is a V-accordion Roland, which can simulate different wind and string instruments. I also play tenor sax, block-flute, and recorder. Respond to Leyzer Malchik, leymalchik[at]

Wanted: Singers for Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. The Jewish Folk Chorus of
San Francisco meets every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30 pm, in San Francisco, to sing the beautiful folk music of our heritage, mostly in Yiddish but also in Ladino, Russian, and Hebrew. We invite you to sing with us in numerous concerts throughout the year under the direction of conductor Stephen Varney. No experience is necessary and no auditions are required. More info: 510.220.6325,info[at]

Wanted: Singers for Nigunim Chorus. Achi Ben Shalom's Nigunim Chorus is starting a new season, Mondays, 7:30pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley. The Chorus sings in all Jewish languages, including Yiddish. More info: mail[at], 510.528.8872. 
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 Click on Events.

Thursday, April 4, 7:00pm, Reb Zelmele's Courtyard: Mock Ethnography and the Soviet Jewish Imagination, a presentation by Sasha Senderovich. At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Sunday, April 7, 4:00pm, Yes, We Sang! Songs of Communities that Disappeared, a musicalYom Hashoah Commemoration. With the Nigunim Community Chorus, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, and Linda Hirschhorn. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tickets: $10, no charge for seniors and children. More info: mail[at]

Thursday, April 11, 7:00pm, The Ger Mandolin Orchestra film, sneak preview with Avner Yonai.At Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Saturday, April 13, 1:15pm, Russian Roots of The Dybbuk, a presentation by Gabriella Safran. At Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. A Shabbat Shiur, so of course no charge. More info: 650.948.7498,

Sunday, April 14th, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers. At a private home in Berkeley. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]

Sunday, April 14, 3:00pm, Yiddish singer Anthony Russell, part of Musical World Tour, also featuring Eliana Kissner, Pacific Boychoir, At Congregation Shalom, Berkeley. More info:community[at] Tickets: $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

Saturday, April 20, 8:00pm, Jewish Soul Music with Klezmania. Yiddish tunes, klezmer grooves, Israeli dance numbers, and jazz. Preceded by pizza and havdoleh. At Congregation B'nai Emunah, San Francisco. Donations: $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $5 youth 10 and over, free for children under 10. More info: 415.664.7373,

Sunday, April 28, 6:00pm, Klezmer Night, with Jeanette Lewicki and the Mavens. At Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo. More info: 650.638.1960,
Honor Wall

  Honor Wall postings this month:
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Laurie Le'ah Lippin:
 I was born in Boston to Russian-descended parents whose need to assimilate resulted in my not learning Yiddish. I grew up with a smattering of onomatopoetic words; Shabbes, with shiny, braided challah and roasting chicken; with ma covering her head to kindle candles;  Passover Seders, etc.. But my appreciation for my Yiddish heritage really began with the Red Hot Chachkas as their accordionist. Music brought me home to my personal Yiddish heritage. RHC is an amazing, innovative klezmer band with a new accordionist while I now find my neshomeh playing Yiddish tunes with Gale Kissen in our duo, the Harmonia Schvesters.

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Nina Bonos/Bonos Productions: In honor of Peter Bonos.

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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!