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KlezCalifornia's NEXT exciting  
October 26-27  
The Magnes Collection of 
Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley 
Plan to enjoy this immersion in klezmer and Yiddish culture and tell friends/family! Our last Festival, at the JCC San Francisco in February 2012, attracted between four and five hundred people!

Headline performers/teachers will be the Strauss/Warschauer Duo (from New York) and Veretski Pass, both internationally renowned bands. They will perform, and teach instrumental workshops and klezmer dancing. You will also enjoy Achi Ben Shalom (singing), Bruce Bierman (acting), Ken Blady (Jewish history) and Gerry Tenney (Kids' Program). All details will be in the September and October newsletters.

Want to volunteer before or during the Festival and be part of the action? Contact us at info[at] or 415.789.7679 to offer your help.

Photos here and below by Lea Delson,
PARTY! LAST CHANCE! Those who have donated to KlezCalifornia in the past twelve months have already received their invitation to a party August 18 in the Oakland Hills with Board and Advisory Council members, key volunteers and staff. They will enjoy food & drink, music, singing and dancing. If you would like an invitation, make a tax-deductible gift to KlezCalifornia right away! We need and appreciate your financial support. Donating is easy, simply click HERE

* KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, October 26-27, Berkeley. More info: HERE

-- Submissions for the September newsletter HERE
 by August 23
-- Long-term calendar of events in the Bay Area: Events calendar

-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources: Geleh Pages 

-- 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
Commie Camp (film), Sunday, August 11
Nigunim Weekend Retreat, August 23 - 25
A New Yiddish Dictionary -- What's Up with That?, Sunday, August 25
Community Events
On the Web
Coming in September
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Commie Camp (film), Sunday, August 11
Commie Camp filmSunday, August 11, 2:20-3:30pm, Commie Camp (film). Commie Camp opens with Rush Limbaugh blasting an Obama nominee for sending her kids to a "politically left-wing Jewish summer camp with Communist roots". That's Camp Kinderland, and filmmaker and comedian Katie Halper, a third generation Kinderlander, returns to make this delightful film about an inclusive, multi-ethnic, anti-racist, Yiddish-friendly community dedicated to making the world a better place. At the Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland.Presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and co-presented byKlezCalifornia. Tickets: $11-$12. More info: 
Nigunim Weekend Retreat, August 23 - 25
Friday, August 23 - Sunday, August 25 (optionally starting on the 22nd), 3rd Annual Nigunim Weekend Retreat.  In the redwood forest of Hendy Woods State Park, situated along the Navarro River in Mendocino County. Enjoy a weekend of music-making, singing, drumming, dancing and swimming in a lovely river. Classes during the day. Concerts and singing around the campfire in the evenings. Singing in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino with cantor Linda Hirschhorn, Achi Ben Shalom and Ami Goodman; drumming with Jan Padover; dance and choreography with Bruce Bierman' and art-making with Susan Felix. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. This is as close as you will get to a KlezCalifornia-type residential event in California!
Cost: $290 Tent Cabin, $330 Rustic Cabin, $350 Lodge or Vintage Cabin. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at] 
A New Yiddish Dictionary -- What's Up with That?, August 25
Sunday, August 25, 7:00-8:00pm, A New Yiddish Dictionary -- What's Up with That? with Dr. Harry Bochner. Co-editor of "The Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary," published early this year, Dr. Bochner will answer these questions:
* Why did the world need another Yiddish dictionary? 
* How did this dictionary come about? 
* What sorts of obscure word details come up in creating a dictionary? 

Members of the Yiddish Choristers of Congregation Etz Chayim will sing. Signed dictionaries will be available for purchase for $40. At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More
Community Events

Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin, occasional guests. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:

August, dates TBD, Auditions for Di Megileh by Itzik Manger. The new Yiddish Theatre Collective is casting a staged concert version of this musical comedy, sung entirely in Yiddish. Rehearsals begin in October. Performances will be March 6-10 at the JCC East Bay, part of the Jewish Music Festival. Seeking: Fastrigosso (18+, Tenor); Queen Esther (18+, soprano); Queen Vashti (25+, alto); Mordechai (40+, baritone); King Ahasuerus (40+, baritone); Narrator/Itzik Manger (30+ male or female, non-singing, narrates in English); singing Chorus/Ensemble (all ages; must sing and play various parts). Auditions by appointment in August in Berkeley. Send picture and resume to Bruce Bierman, 1588 Henry St. #2, Berkeley 94709 or jewishdance[at] Prepare a brief Yiddish song and one musical theater song in English. Bring sheet music; accompanist will be provided. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Pay offered for lead roles. 


Thursday, August 1, 8:00pm, Daniel Hoffman's Davka performing at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $20.50 advance/ $22.50 door. More info:

Friday, August 2, 8:00pm-1:00am, Orchestra Euphonos with Odd Job Ensemble. At Goforaloop Gallery & Studios, San Francisco. More info:

Saturday, August 3, 8:00pm, Klez-X Concert, with Daniel Hoffman from Israel. Performing at SF Live Arts at Cyprian's. At St. Cyprian's Church, San Francisco. Tickets: $14 advance/ $17 door. More info:

Wednesday, August 7, 1:00-2:00pm, Yiddish & Yoga with Dr. Harvey Gotliffe, who will speak about his book "The Oy Way," which offers a meshugeh (crazy) philosophy that combines meditation, exercise, and humor. No charge. At the JCC San Francisco. More info: 415.292.1278HERE

Wednesday, August 7, 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm), Hernandez Hideaway, with The Dread Crew of Oddwood. At Awaken Cafe, Oakland. Tickets: $7. More info: HERE

Saturday, August 10, time TBD, tentatively 2:30pm, Klezmer Dance Workshop with Saul Goodman's Band. Part of Oneg Shabbat, 2:00-5:00pm, at the JCC San Francisco. Many activities for all ages. No charge. More info:

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Le Bateau Ivre
Coffeehouse Bar Restaurant, Berkeley. More info:

Beginning Thursday, August 29, then Mondays - Fridays, 10:00-11:00am, Yiddish 101 (course CC#37903). Taught by Jenna Ingalls. Learn Yiddish, the language your grandparents didn't want your parents to know!  No prerequisites. At U.C. Berkeley. Non-students can register through U.C. Berkeley Extension. More info: 510.642.6771, 510.642.7445,

Beginning Thursday, August 29, then Tuesdays - Thursdays, 11:00am-12:30pm, Yiddish 103, In "The Golden Land": Twentieth Century Yiddish Literature in the United States (course CC#37906). Taught by Dr. Yael Chaver. Prerequisites: Yiddish 101 and 102 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. At U.C. Berkeley. Non-students can register through U.C. Berkeley Extension. More info: 510.642.6771, 510.642.7445,

On the Web


The An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble, four leading performers/researchers of Yiddish music (Michael Alpert, Ethel Raim, Pete Rushefsky, Jake Shulman-Ment, with Bob Cohen) presented a program of rare Yiddish folk songs and klezmer instrumentals collected through field and archival research. This one-hour performance (at was part of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. (Thanks to Gerry Tenney).  

So Why Yiddish? Prof. Barbara Henry of the University of Washington's Stroum Jewish Studies and Slavic Languages & Literature Department gives a passionate explanation for her work with Yiddish, a language that "chose her," and concludes with a powerful reading and interpretation of a Yiddish poem: HERE  (Thanks to Karen K. Bergen). 


"From Holocaust to Life - New Yiddish Songs" by David Botwinik, published 2010. Listen to excerpts at (Thanks to Phyllis Louise).

Farshidns (This 'n That)


Proverb of the month: One always thinks others are happy (Eynem dakht zikh az bay yenem lakht zikh)(Thanks to Stephanie Brown).   


Recent new listings in the "KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow)," the go-to directory of Bay Area Yiddish culture resources, Section E, Performers and Presenters:

* David Chernyavsky 

* L'Chaim Klezmer Band

* Nine Nine Nine 

* Orchestra Euphonos   

* Porto Franco All-Stars Klezmer Band 

* Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band  

* True Life Trio

To learn about these performers, check out the Gele Pages. Printed copies of the 44-page 'Gele Pages' are available for a donation of $5 ($3 + $2 postage & handling) to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way,  Berkeley CA 94703. Send additions/corrections to gele[at]

Coming in September

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

Sunday, September 8, KlezCalifornia Booth at Solano Stroll, 10:00am - 6:00pm. Between Tulare and Ventura Avenues on Solano Avenue. Also in that vicinity, performances of Klezmer and Old World Music coordinated by Achi Ben Shalom. The Festival usually attracts 300,000 people! More info:
. Musicians and bands who want to perform at the Stroll should contact Achi Ben Shalom at mail[at]

Sunday, September 15, 2:00-4:00pmFlisik Yidisher Salon, for native and fluent Yiddish speakers. No charge. At a private home in San Francisco. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]

Mondays, September 30 - December 16, 7:15 - 9:15pm. Reading Yiddish Texts, specifically selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. Taught by Yael Chaver. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica at JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition: $135; $105 if registered bySeptember 15. More info: 510.845.6420, HERE

Mondays, September 30 - December 27:00-9:00pm, Reading Yiddish Literature. Taught by Jon Levitow. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica at Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto. Tuition: $230. More info: 510.845.6420, HERE

Register in September for:

Wednesdays, October 2 - November 207:00-8:30pm, Early Intermediate Yiddish. Taught by Amanda Siegel. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica at JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition: $120 public, $90 JCC members. More info: 510.845.6420, HERE

Thursdays, October 3 - December 127:00-9:00pm, Intermediate Yiddish. Taught by Jon Levitow. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica at Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. Tuition: $230. More info: 510.845.6420, HERE

HonorWallHonor Wall

New Honor Wall
postings this month:

Mela Angleman: In memory of Icek Mozes.

Heidi M. Bauer: In memory of Icek Mozes.

Joan M. Chow: In memory of Icek Mozes.

Holly Howard: In memory of Icek Mozes.

Judy Kunofsky: In memory of Icek Mozes, who was such a pleasure to know and to work with. And in memory of my parents, Pauline and Israel Kunofsky. They taught me Yiddish by sending me to the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring for four years, but then didn't speak to me in Yiddish. I will never know why. 

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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/khay) or more. 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
. 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! We thank you very much and welcome you at two special KlezCalifornia parties each year.