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We wish you and your loved ones a sweet New Year! Rosheshuneh (Rosh HaShanah) begins Wednesday evening, September 4. For observances with some Yiddish or klezmer, see Community Events, below.

As you do t'shuva (repentance/returning) in preparation for Yumkipr (Yom Kippur) think about returning -- to Yiddish -- and studying our mameloshn (mother tongue). Six classes are described in this newsletter.

Our eleventh Yiddish Culture Festival (in ten years) is almost here! Make plans to join the fun! Here's what you'll experience:

With two performances, ten workshops, and an Afterparty, this Yiddish Culture Festival is not to be missed! The Strauss/Warschauer Duo (left) and Veretski Pass (right), both internationally renowned bands, will perform together at the Concert and Dance Party Saturday at 8:00pm at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, in Berkeley. 

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo
 will also present a Yiddish Song Concert Sunday at 1:00pm. And both bands will perform again at the Finale, along with participants in the Dance Band workshop!

Participate in two workshop sessions Sunday:

WORKSHOPS SESSION 1: 2:00 - 3:30pm 
Klezmer 101: Styles, Modes, Rhythms and More, with Cookie Segelstein 
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Ashkenazic Jewish Musical Modes,
   with Jeff Warschauer 
Songs from Di Megileh by Itzik Manger, with Achi Ben Shalom 
Klezmer Dancing for Everyone, with Deborah Strauss  
A Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids 6-12, with Gerry Tenney

WORKSHOPS SESSION 2: 3:45 - 5:15pm 
* Klezmer Dance Band, with Jeff Warschauer & Deborah Strauss 
Tricks and Tips for Instrumentalists, with Joshua Horowitz and Stu Brotman 
From Nebishes to Allrightniks: The Jewish Immigration Experience to New York City's
  Lower East Side, 1870-1925
, with Ken Blady 
Participatory Acting Workshop with Bruce Bierman portraying legendary acting guru, Stella Adler 
Another Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids 6-12, with Gerry Tenney

The afternoon will conclude with a Finale Music and Dance Party5:30-6:45pm, at which Dance Band workshop participants and others will join the headliner bands to play for dancing! Then, KlezCalifornia will present our first Afterparty, featuring three hot young klezmer bands: 
Yiddishe Serenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, and Nine Nine Nine, all at Subterranean Arthouse in downtown Berkeley!

More info, including prices and how to register, volunteer, and apply for scholarships, is HERE
. Check out the advance purchase discount for adult Festival passes!  

This photo and the one above by Lea Delson,


-- Submissions for the October newsletter HERE
by September 25
-- Long-term calendar of events in the Bay Area: Events calendar

-- KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources: Gele 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
KlezCalifornia Booth at Solano Stroll, Sunday, September 8
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, Sunday, September 15
Four Yiddish Classes, Palo Alto and Berkeley
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in October
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
KlezCalifornia Booth at Solano Stroll, September 8
Sunday, September 8, KlezCalifornia Booth at Solano Stroll10:00am - 6:00pm. Along Solano Avenue in Berkeley/Albany, between Tulare and Ventura Avenues (near 1685 Solano). Twenty-six blocks of free family fun! beginning with a parade with seventy-five groups at 10:00am
Enjoy Klezmer and Old World Music at 1:00pm3:00pm5:00pmat the Stroll at Ventura Avenue, coordinated by Achi Ben Shalom. Musicians and bands who want to perform should contact Achi at mail[at]

No charge.
 The Festival usually attracts 300,000 people, so bus, bike, or take the free shuttle from North Berkeley BART. More info: HERE
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, September 15
line drawing of people talkingSunday, September 15, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent Yiddish speakers. Discussion topics: What you did this summer. We'll also read short stories, poems, and songs. At a private home in San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]

This Salon meets every other month, alternating between San Francisco and the East Bay (We hope the all-levels Peninsula Salon will resume meeting this Fall). 
Four Yiddish Classes, Palo Alto and Berkeley
Lehrhaus Judaica presents four Yiddish classes this Fall, all co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia:

Mondays, September 30 - December 27:00-9:00pm, Reading Yiddish Literature. Taught by Jon Levitow. At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto. Tuition: $230. 

Mondays, September 30 - December 167:15-9:15pm, Reading Yiddish Texts, with Yael Chaver.
 Study selections of Yiddish prose 
and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition: $135, $105 if registered by September 15 
Wednesdays, October 2 - November 207:00-8:30pm, Early Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Amanda Siegel. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Tuition: $120 public, $90 JCC members. Register in September.
Thursdays, October 3 - December 127:00-9:00pm, Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Jon Levitow. At Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto. Tuition: $230. Register in September. 
More info on all four courses:

(Translation of header and footer in poster above: "To foreign-born Americans, buy Liberty Bonds!") 
Community Events

Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, featuring Dave Rosenfeld, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin, occasional guests. Special guests September 2 (see next item). At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354,    

Monday, September 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmando (Phil Lawrence, Tony Phillips and Gerry Tenney). Debut get-together of three of the West Coast's best klezmer mandolin players. Original and traditional tunes as well as Yiddish and Yinglish songs. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. More info above.  


Every other Friday afternoon, 3:00-5:00pm, Two New Yiddish Classes, taught by Rochelle Goldman. Learn to speak, read, and write Yiddish, or refresh what you used to know. Classes will be held at San Francisco and Mid-Peninsula locations TBD. Small fee. More info: 650.577.1531,roshnman[at]


Thursday, September 5, 2:00-4:00pm Rosheshuneh Services, including some Yiddish. Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring presents a secular Rosh Hashonah service, with readings in English and some Yiddish, plus Yiddish music by Gerry Tenney. At Humanities Hall, San Francisco. Tickets: $5-$10 public, free for members. More info: 415.566.7235.

Friday, September 6, 4:30pm, Russian River Jewish Community's Rosheshuneh Celebration, a potluck feast with readings and music by Jubilee Klezmer, singing and dancing. At Armstrong Woods Grove picnic area, Guerneville. No charge. More info: 707.869.3273707.632.5545.   


Saturday, September 21, 3:00-4:00pmYidishkayt 101 - An Introduction to Secular Jewish Culture. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, which was founded in the Bay Area after the 1906 earthquake for mutual aid and to improve working conditions of its Yiddish-speaking founders. At Glen Park Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.566.7235,dmscott01[at]


Monday, September 23, 7:30-0:15pm, Nigunim Community Chorus begins its Fall season, led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes many Yiddish songs. Chorus meets at JCC East Bay. Fee. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]


Wednesday, September 25Simkhes Toyreh (Simkhat Torah) Klezmer-Style, with Gay Iz Mirklezmer band and dance master Bruce Bierman leading everyone through the hakofes (hakafot). At Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco. No charge. More info:

On the Web


Live at Saul's: Klezmer with your Knishes, recent article about Klezmer Mondays at Saul's in Berkeley, by Dan Pine in the "J Newsweekly," HERE

Archival recording of legendary klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras HERE (Thanks to Mike Perlmutter).  

How Yiddish Could Save the Jewish People: Language, Not Marriage or Religious Practice, Key to Continuity. By Jordan Kutzik, in the "Jewish Daily Forward," HERE 

Farshidns (This 'n That)


African-American Yiddish singer Anthony Russell is receiving the 2013 Fromer Award in Jewish Arts, Scholarship and Education, presented by the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. He will offer Bay Area synagogues a new way to engage simultaneously with classic texts and Yiddish. He will compare texts from Tehilim (psalms), Nevi'im (prophets) or the Talmud with Yiddish songs on similar themes from the Sidor Belarsky Songbook. Of course, Anthony will perform the songs! Contact Anthony via his website, HERE


Accordion for sale, 1940s Excelsior Special, Pietro's System, excellent condition. More info: Jackie at jsparkle[at] (in Walnut Creek). 


Proverb of the month: Some things are better not heard (Amol iz beser az meh hert nisht azay gut).(From columns by Henya Chaiet, a.k.a. Mrs. A. Helen Feinn, Walnut Creek, afeinn87[at], in which she writes about her mother's sayings -- in this case, commenting on her own deafness --  as published in the "National Jewish Post & Opinion") (Thanks to Lea Delson). 

Coming in October

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

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00pmWednesday, October 2, 7:00pm, Auditions (Round 2) for Di Megileh by Itzik Manger. 
The new Yiddish Theater Collective is casting a staged concert version of this musical comedy, sung in Yiddish. Performances will be March 6-10, 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; sing and play various parts). Auditions by appointment only, at JCC East Bay. 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. More info:jewishdance[at]   

Sunday, October 6, 2:00pm, The Klezmakers. 
Part of Klezmer & Comedy, also featuring comedian Sansom Koletkar. At Los Gatos JCC. More info:

Sunday, October 6, 6:00pm, Theodore Bikel peforming and in conversation with Cantor Roslyn Barak, a fundraiser for Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay. At the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland. Tickets: $75 and up. More info: HERE

Sunday, October 13, 11:00am - 4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Corner at Sunday Streets Berkeley, coordinated by Gerry Tenney. Listen to klezmer and Yiddish music performed by many bands and individuals at the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way. Shattuck Avenue will be closed from Downtown Berkeley to North Berkeley for cycling, strolling, dancing, discovering, skating, and playing in the street! No charge. More info:

Sunday, October 13, 1:30pm, Presentation by Joel Schechter on his new book, Radical Yiddish.At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More

Three events with Israeli actor Chaim Topol, star of the 1971 film version of Fiddler on the Roof, presented by The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, and Consulate General of Israel:

Saturday, October 19, An Evening with Chaim Topol, featuring clips from all his Israeli and international films. Part of opening of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $70. More info:

Sunday, October 20, 2:30-5:30pm, Fiddler on the Roof (film screening), with introduction by Chaim Topol. At Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. Tickets: TBD. More info:

Sunday, October 20, 6:00pm, Fiddler on the Roof (film screening) plus open conversation with Chaim Topol. At the Castro Theatre, San Francisco. Tickets: TBD. More info: HERE

Thursday, October 24, 7:00pm, The Helix Program with Yiddishkayt. Students who have traveled to Eastern Europe with Los-Angeles based Yiddishkayt will discuss their recent trip. At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Friday, October 25, 6:15pmKabbalat Shabbat (Kaboles Shabbes) service, 8:00pm Program, both with the Strauss Warschauer Duo. At Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon. No charge. More info: 415.388.1818,

Saturday, October 26, 8:00pm, Klezmer Concert and Dance Party with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and Veretski Pass. Part of KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 teens, free for kids under 13. Concert included in Festival pass. Discount for groups of 10 or more. More info: HERE

Sunday, October 27, 1:00-6:45pm, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival continues: Yiddish Song Performance with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, ten workshops in two workshop sessions, Finale Music and Dance Party. At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. Tickets to individual events: $4-$20. These events included in Festival pass. More info: HERE

Sunday, October 27, 8:00pm, KlezCalifornia Festival Afterparty Concert, with YiddisheSerenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, and Nine Nine Nine. At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale donation, no-one turned away. More info:

Monday, October 28, 1:00pm, Concert of Yiddish song with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo.Presented by the 29th Jewish Music Festival at the East Bay JCC, Berkeley. Tickets: $15 general admission/$12 JCC East Bay members, seniors, students. Group tickets available. More info:510.848.0237 x118,
HonorWallHonor Wall

New Honor Wall
 posting this month:

Karen Bergen, Director, Yiddish Choristers, honors founder Lotte Solomon: Lotte Solomon remembers, as a child, listening to records with her music-loving father, everything from classical
to cantorial music. As an adult, Lotte -- Yiddishist and violinist -- had a great idea in the 1980s. She started a choral group in the South Peninsula dedicated to performing Yiddish music. The JCC in Palo Alto housed the group, eventually known as "The Yiddish Choristers." Soon the group was listed in the chorus section of the Foothill Community College catalog. Small klezmer groups eventually performed as part of the Choristers. A new director now continues the excellent tradition that Lotte started.

SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport 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/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.