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Our eleventh Yiddish Culture Festival (in ten years) is almost here! Make plans to join the fun! 

KlezCalifornia's exciting  
October 26 - 27  
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life 

In the September newsletter, we told you about the Festival's two concerts, ten workshops, and Finale Music & Dance Party. The Festival's got something for everyone: instrumentalists, singers, dancers, actors, kids 6-12, and more. Whether you are a musician or can't play a note, speak Yiddish fluently or don't speak a word, want to be active or prefer to watch and listen, sign up now!

If you're a morning person, sign up for our Master Class, Sunday morning 10:00am, at which bands, individual instrumentalists and singers will perform a piece of their choice and receive expert guidance on how to improve, from Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer. Tickets are $20 to participate, $10 to watch (watching is included in the Festival Pass). Interested in performing? Let us know HERE.

If you're a late night person, come Sunday evening to KlezCalifornia's first Afterparty, featuring 
three hot young klezmer bands: Yiddishe Serenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, and Nine Nine Nine, pictured above, left to right. Dance to the music of the next generation of klezmorim!

More info about the Festival, including ticket prices and how to register, volunteer, and apply for partial scholarships, is HERE
. Save money with a Festival pass!  

Photos by Lea Delson from 2012 and 2010 Festivals,


-- Submissions for the November newsletter HERE
 by October 28.
-- 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
Klezmer at Sunday Streets Berkeley, October 13
Radical Yiddish, Sunday, October 13
The Helix Program, Thursday, October 24
Festival Opening Night, Saturday, October 26
Sunday, October 27, the Festival continues...
Festival Afterparty
More Music with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Monday, October 28
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in November
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Klezmer and Yiddish at Sunday Streets Berkeley, October 13
Sunday, October 13, 12:00noon - 3:00pm, "KlezCalifornia Corner" atSunday 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 11:00am - 4:00pm --  from Haste Street in the South to Rose Street in the North -- for cycling, strolling, dancing, discovering, skating, and playing in the street! No charge. More info:
Radical Yiddish, October 13 

nullSunday, October 13, 1:30pm, Presentation by Joel Schechter on his new book, "Radical Yiddish." At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. "Radical Yiddish" features essays on Yiddish-speaking writers, actors, painters, and activists whose accomplishments are not widely known to English language readers. Included in the book are Schecter's explorations of the forgotten stage plays of Isaac Bashevis Singer, as well as Boris Thomashevsky's "The Yiddish King Lear."  The book also contains Yiddish comic strips illustrated by Spain Rodriguez; a display of Spain's artwork will be on view during the presentation. The talk is co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info:
Making the Past Present, October 24
nullThursday, October 24, 7:00pm, Making the Past Present: A presentation and photography display by students of the Helix Project. Each year, the Los Angeles organization Yiddishkayt selects undergraduate students for the Helix Program, a summer of intensive exploration of Jewish history, culture, and heritage through an adventure to Eastern Europe. Some of these students will discuss their recent trip. At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,
Festival Opening Night, October 26 

Saturday, October 26, 8:00pm, Klezmer Concert and Dance Party with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and Veretski Pass. 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: 415.789.7679,HERE
Sunday, October 27, Festival continues....

Dancers at Finale dance partySunday, 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. Buy a Festival Pass and SAVE! Additional fee for participation in10:00am Master Class. More info: 415.789.7679HERE

Festival Afterparty, Sunday, October 27

Sunday, October 27, 8:00pm, KlezCalifornia Festival Afterparty Concert, with Yiddishe Serenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, and Nine Nine Nine, three hot young klezmer bands. Images of all three bands are in the introductory article, above. At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale donation, no-one turned away. More

More Music with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Monday, October 28
Strauss Warshauer duoMonday, 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. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15 general admission/$12 JCC East Bay members, seniors, students. Additional charge for lunch. Group tickets available. Tickets:HERE
. More info: 510.848.0237
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:



Wednesday, 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). Pay offered for lead roles. Auditions by appointment only. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. More info:jewishdance[at]


Sunday, October 6, 2:00pm, The Klezmakers, part of Klezmer & Comedy, also featuring comedian Samson Koletkar. A benefit for Chai House senior residence. At Los Gatos JCC. Tickets: $20-$36. More info:


Sunday, October 6, 6:00pm, Theodore Bikel performing 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

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, 8:00pm, 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: $9.50-$11. 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: $18. More info:  HERE

Tuesday, October 22, 11:00am, Jewish Storytelling: A Hilarious Visit to Chelm with Enid Davis.At the Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto. Tickets: $15 at the door. More info: 650.223.8616,mrosengaus[at]

Friday, October 25, 8:00pm (not 6:15pm), Strauss/Warschauer Duo
 lead musical Kabbalat Shabbat (Kaboles Shabbes) plus additional program, starting at 8:00pm.  At Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon. No charge. Rsvp to 415.388.1818 X103ndrapin[at] More info:

Friday, October 25, 7:30-8:30pmShabes Zingt, with Heather Klein, Be'eri Moalem, Karen Hutchinson, and Ken Mowery. A new kind of Erev Shabbat service with Yiddish melodies and a klezmer feel. At Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo. No charge. More info:
On the Web


If I Were a Rich Man (from Fiddler on the Roof) in Yiddish HERE

 (Thanks to Rosie Kaplan).  


Large collection of Yiddish song videos HERE

, part of the AHEYM Project, Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories (the acronym "aheym" means "homeward" in Yiddish). The Archives include 800 hours of Yiddish-language interviews with 350 individuals in Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova, most born between 1900 and 1930 (posted by Helen Winkler on Jewish music listserv).


Musicians from many bands formed the KlezCalifornia All-Stars to promote the Yiddish Culture Festival in October. Hear them in a rocking Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn at September's Solano Stroll in Berkeley/Albany, HERE

. Performers (right to left) are Achi Ben Shalom (Adama), Peter Bonos (Orchestra Euphonos), Gerry Tenney (California Klezmer), Jake Shandling (Fanfare Zambaleta), Jim Rebhan (Ellis Island Old World Folk Band), Julie Egger (Red Hot Chachkas), Tony Phillips (Red Hot Chachkas), Mikel Estrin (Haimish Music). 
Farshidns (This 'n That)


Mazl Tov, a never-before translated play by Sholem Aleichem, now in English. When the great Yiddish humorist first published this one-act comedy in 1899, the play could not be staged in his native Russia because Yiddish theater had been banned by the Tsarist government. The play has just been published in English for the first time in a translation by Harvey Fink. Mazl Tov depicts the hijinks of a traveling bookseller, a kitchen cook, and the friends who pass in and out of the downstairs work rooms of a fancy mansion. According to the introduction by KlezCalifornia Advisory Council member Joel Schechter, "the play toys with ideas that were controversial and new in 1899," ideas that "raise the possibility of a new, changed world, where oppressed Jews and others consigned to the serving class will no longer sit and wonder why they, too, shouldn't stand up, sing, dance for joy and feast like their employers." Available for $9.95 from Jewish Currents HERE


Proverb of the month: Two mountains can't come together, but two people can (A barg mit a barg kumt zikh nit tsunoyf, ober a mentsh mit a mentshn yo) (From Nahum Stutchkoff's "Der Oytser fun der Yidisher Sprakh," "Thesaurus of the Yiddish Language," via Wikipedia, thanks to Lea Delson).


Article about Yiddish speakers in Southern California, from "The Los Angeles Times" HERE

 (Thanks to Judy Kandel). 


Anglo Concertina for sale, in perfect condition, with case and instruction books. More info: Rochelle 

Goldman, 650.577.1531.

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

Thursday, November 7, 1:00pm and 7:30pm, Dressing America (film showing). 
Part of the Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. After the film, fashion designer Barbara Lesser will speak about her life in the fashion industry. 56 minutes. At Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. Tickets: $12 evening show, $10 matinee. More info:

Sunday, November 17, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers. 
At a private home in El Cerrito. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679,flisik[at]

Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm, "No Jokes: Making Jewish Humor," with Ruth R. Wisse. 
At JCC San Francisco, San Francisco. Tickets: General $15, Members $13.50. More info: HERE

Saturday, November 30, 7:30pm, Nigunim Chorus' 5th Annual Hanukkah Community Celebration.
Performances by the Nigunim Chorus and klezmer bands. Traditional Hanukkah food will be sold. At JCC East Bay. Tickets: $15 general, $10 children. More info: 510.528.8872,
HonorWallHonor Wall

New Honor Wall
 posting this month:

Harvey Gotliffe: To honor my grandfather Max Gotliffe who was born in Kovno in 1876, and my grandmother Annie Hart, who was born in Memel, Germany, also in 1876. They met and married in England, and came to America in 1910 when my father Henry was two. Max died when I was eight. I never heard my grandparents or my father speak Yiddish, yet I learned that my father was the family's Yiddish correspondent with his grandfather Joseph Hart in England. Max, Annie and Henry spoke Yiddish, and now I am trying to rekindle the family's connection to the mameloshn. 

Frank Snitz: Oy! My previous Honor Wall Posting celebrated my 101-year-old aunt, Hazel Gross of Cleveland, along with long-time cantor of Congregation Beth Hillel (Richmond), Howard Cohen, ex-Clevelander, 63 years old. They passed away on July 6 and 7, 2013, respectively. Barukh dayan ha'emet.

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 imageDonors of $54 (3 chai/khay) or more may choose one of three "thank you" gifts:   * "The Oy Way," a 115-page book by Harvey Gotliffe, which helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. See
.    * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (
). * Eight beautiful, brightly-colored, 5"x7" music-themed greeting cards designed by Sonoma County artist Nina Bonos (see HERE

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving.  Plus, you'll be invited to two special KlezCalifornia parties each year. 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!