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By all accounts, KlezCalifornia put on a terrific Yiddish Culture Festival, October 26-27, with 400 people of all ages listening, playing, singing, dancing, acting, learning, and more. Here are a few of the many wonderful Festival photos:

Sat night dance partyWorkshop w. Cookie Segelstein


Saturday night klezmer dance party.                                                              Cookie Segelstein's workshop, Klezmer 101. 

Kids listening to story
Master Class

Davis Klezmer Orchestra performs at Master Class.                                      Kids (and one young adult) listen to a story.  
Photo by Alex Madonik.                                                                                     

Singing workshop performsDancing at Afterparty

Singing workshop participants perform.                                                                                          Dancers at the Afterparty.    
                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Gerry Tenney. 

Photos above by Lea Delson,, except where indicated.

All of Lea Delson's Festival photos are HERE. See videos of Bruce Bierman playing director Stella Adler HERE; Finale Music & Dance party "thank you" to main Festival organizer Judy Kunofsky HERE, and Mike Perlmutter playing clarinet out a window at The Marsh Berkeley, one of the Festival venues, HERE. Videos by Achi Ben Shalom.

Many people indicated in their Festival evaluation forms that they would like to volunteer with KlezCalifornia. Thank you! We'll be getting back to you next month.

MenorahsThis is a combined November/December KlezCalifornia newsletter. In mid-December, we'll send you an update on events and many more pictures. Meanwhile, a freylekhn Khanikeh (Hanukkah, Chanukah, unzo vayter) tsu alemen -- Happy Khanikeh to all! Remember that aprint of yourself at the Festival makes a great Khanikeh, Hanukkah, Chanukah gift! (NOTE: In this newsletter, we transliterate the holiday's name to match how each event's organizers spell it!)

-- Submissions for the January newsletter HERE by December 23.
-- 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 Flisik Yidisher Salon, Sunday, November 17
Nigunim Chorus Hanukkah Celebration, Saturday, November 30
Hungry for Yiddish, Thursday, December 12
Hardly Strictly Klezmer, Tuesday, December 17
Community Events - November
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Community Events - December
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher SalonNovember 17
Sunday, November 17, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers. 

Dos mol veln mir redn fun a gutn oh interesantisheh bukh vos men hot leyent in Yidish oh English. Dan veln mir shpiln nokh a mol mit di "vertlakh fun Evie" (a matching game). Az ir kent, brengt epes af vos tzu nashn. Es iz shtendik beser mit esn. Zayt azoy gut un lozt mir visn friyer tsi ir kumt.

At a private home in El Cerrito. No charge. More info:  415.789.7679flisik[at]


Nigunim Chorus Hanukkah Community Celebration, November 30

Achi's Hanukkah event iconSaturday, November 30, 7:30pm, Nigunim Chorus' 5th AnnualHanukkah Community Celebration.
 Performances of Yiddish or klezmer by Nigunim Community Chorus, Mama Loshn, and theKlezCalifornia All-Stars Dance Band. Also performing: Rivka Amado, Adama Duo. Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. 

At JCC East Bay, Berkeley. Traditional Hanukkah food will be sold.  Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15 general, $10 children. More info: 510.528.8872,

Hungry for Yiddish, Thursday, December 12
Hungry for Yiddish logoThursday, December 12, 8:00pmHungry for Yiddish: A Mitzvah Project. Proceeds will be donated to the Berkeley Food Pantry, which provides hunger relief in Berkeley and Albany.

8:00pm: Yiddish song with Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio.  
9:00pm on: Klezmer dance party, with music by Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band featuring Mike Perlmutter, Dmitri Gaskin, Ilana Sherer, Jack Hanley, and friends. Bruce Bierman will lead dancing. 
At Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. More info:,
Hardly Strictly Klezmer, Tuesday, December 17
Tuesday, December 17, 8:00pm, Hardly Strictly Klezmer, with Red Hot Chachkas, Glenn Hartman & The Klezmer Playboys (Sheldon Brown, Stu Brotman, Aaron Kierbal), Rob Reich & Ben Goldberg Duo

At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $20.50 advance/ $22.50 at door. More info: 
Community Events - November


Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354,    

Nov 04 - Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band: Mike Perlmutter, Dan Fabricant, Jack Hanley 
Nov 11 - Glenn Hartman & the Klezmer Playboys (Sheldon Brown, Stu Brotman, Aaron Kierbal) 
Nov 18 - Red Hot Chachkas 

Nov 25 - Anthony Russell with Dmitri Gaskin 


Thursday, November 7, 1:00pm and 7:30pm, Dressing America (film screening, 56 mins.). Part of the Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. American Jews had enormous influence on fashion and style in the United States in the 20th century. After the film, fashion designer Barbara Lesser will speak about her life in the industry. With California Shmeer, a humorous look at what's happened to the humble Jewish bagel in California. At Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. Tickets: $12 evening shows, $10 matinees. More info: HERE


November 9 - 16, Love in the Spring -- Or Any Other Season, with the Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Italian, and English by contemporary Jewish composers.

Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm, Temple Israel, Alameda

Sunday, November 10, 3:00pm, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
Saturday, November 16, 7:00pm, Temple Beth Hillel, Richmond  

Suggested donation: $10. More info: cantorpam[at]   


Wednesdays, November 13 - Dec 11, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Hasidism: Its Problems and Contradictions in the Modern World, taught by Ken Blady. Hasidism, the impassioned ethical-mystical movement which swept Eastern Europe in the 18th century seems to be the embodiment of the Jewish past. In fact, Hasidism is very much part of the contemporary Jewish landscape. We will survey the history and evolution of the movement, which vehemently opposes modernity. At Cal State East Bay, Concord campus. Tuition: $50 OLLI members, $70 non-members. More info:


Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm, "No Jokes: Making Jewish Humor," with Ruth R. Wisse. At JCC San Francisco. Tickets: General $15, Members $13.50. More info: HERE
Saturday, November 30, Noon - 2pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Marin Country Mart Farmers' Market, at Larkspur Landing. No charge. More info:

On the Web


Heym-arbet (homework): Each month the Yiddish Book Center presents a Yiddish song, quiz in English for beginners and in Yiddish for the adventurous learner, and interactive language worksheets. At 


Farshidns (This 'n That)


Proverb of the month: A guest sees more in somebody else's house during an hour than the host during a year (A gast af a vayl, zet af a mayl; literally, "a guest for a while, sees for a mile."). Polish and German have the same proverb. 


Grants of $1,000 or $5,000 to individuals for creating Jewish experiences in their communities are now available from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network's MakeItHappen Micro-Grants Initiative, with additional Bay Area grants provided by The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Submissions are accepted through December 6. The initiative is designed to activate ideas from individuals, not solicit requests from organizations. More info:

Help create a crowd-sourced video chorus of "Tradition" from "Fiddler on the Roof," being produced by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and 3200 Stories. Make a video of yourself singing, upload it to Vimeo and email the link to videoproject[at] by November 30, or attend "live capture" events:  

Sunday, December 1, 3:00-5:00pm, at Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Thursday, December 5, 8:00pm, at Great Broadway Sing Along, at JCC San Francisco.  

More info, including the score and the words: videoproject[at]  

Community Events -  December

Put these exciting events on your calendar now. You can always check out KlezCalifornia's long-term calendar at

Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354,   

Dec 02 - Adama Chanukah party
Dec 09 - Yiddish Modern: Jeanette Lewicki, Richard Saunders 
Dec 16 - Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band: Mike Perlmutter, Dmitri Gaskin, Jack Hanley
Dec 23 - Ellis Island Old World Folk Band
Dec 30 - Nine Nine Nine

Sunday, December 1, 5:00-8:00pm, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
 at Russian River Jewish Community's Annual Community Chanukah Celebration. At Monte Rio Community Center. Bring latke toppings, side dishes, desserts and drinks to share, your chanukiah and candles, song, poem, story, musical instrument. Donation: Members $8, non-members $12, family rates available. More info: 707.632.5545,Sonia.tubridy[at] 

Sunday, December 8, 8:00pm, The Klezmatics
. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Tickets: $26.50 advance/ $28.50 at door. More info:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, Berkeley. More info:

Sunday, December 15, time TBD, Klezmer Concert, Porto Franco Arthouse, San Francisco. More

Sunday, December 15, 4:00pm, Kugelplex with Let Us Break Bread Together: A Holiday Celebration. At Paramount Theatre, Oakland. Tickets: $25/$40/$50 adults, $15 youth under 18. More info:
HonorWallHonor Wall

New Honor Wall postings this month:

Reva Fabrikant: In honor of Tony Phillips, a true mentsh. 
Gil Rosoff: In honor of the three young klezmer bands that played at the Yiddish Culture Festival's Afterparty: Yiddishe Serenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, and Nine Nine Nine.

Mike Perlmutter: In honor of Icek Mozes, whose life touched so many, and was too short, but whose memory lives on in the living tradition of klezmer and Yiddish culture he supported and stewarded in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
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!