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KlezCalifornia promotes and celebrates Yiddish culture in the San Francisco Bay Area

Pot of goldPlease consider making a gift TODAY to KlezCalifornia, your last chance to support YIDDISH CULTURE in the Bay Area AND qualify for a 2013 tax deduction. We add enjoyment to your life with Yiddish-inspired culture, including wonderful klezmer music, which makes you feel so happy and energized! We rely on YOU to sustain everything we do. Whether you give $18 or $1,800 (or more or less), every donation makes a difference. It's easy: click HERE
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Here are more pictures from KlezCalifornia's October's Yiddish Culture Festival in Berkeley at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Marsh - Berkeley, Berkeley Arts Festival, and Subterranean Arthouse:

The Strauss Warschauer Duo performKlezmer Dance Class with Deborah Strauss

Left: Strauss Warschauer Duo perform Saturday evening.

Right: Klezmer Dance workshop with Deborah Strauss

Nine Nine Nine plays at Master Class
Left: Nine Nine Nine plays at Master Class (image by Alex Madonik).

Right: Children learn to count in Yiddish, with Gerry Tenney

Dance Band Workshop w Jeff WarschauerKen Blady teaches the Jewish immigrant experie
Left: Dance band workshop with Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss.

Right: Ken Blady teaches about the Jewish immigrant experience on New York's Lower East Side.

Klezmer DancingAshkenazic Jewish Musical Modes, with Jeff Warschauer
Left: Klezmer Dance Party with Deborah Strauss calling steps. Local dance leader Bruce Bierman is at the head of the line.

Right: Jeff Warschauer teaches about Ashkenazi Jewish Musical Modes.

Right: Bruce Bierman portrays acting guru Stella Adler, with her assistant (played by Laura Sheppard), teaching an acting workshop

All images by Lea Delson, except the Master Class image above, which was taken by Alex Madonik.

Both Lea and Alex took beautiful individual portraits as well as the group pictures represented here. Check out more Festival images by Lea Delson HERE
 and Master Class images by Alex MadonikHERE


-- Submissions for the February newsletter HERE
 by January 24.
-- 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
Hava Nagila (The Movie), Thursday, January 30
Live Yiddish Radio Show, Sunday, February 2
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in February
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher SalonSunday, January 26

Sunday, January 26, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon
 for fluent Yiddish speakers. 

Dos mol velen mir reden fun a guten oh interesantisheh film vos men hot gezein in der lesten yur 2013. Dan ken mir zingen, leynen a poezia oder shpilen mit Yidish verten. Az ir kent, brengt epes af vos tzu noshn. Es iz shtendik beser mit esn.

At a private home in San Francisco. No charge. More info:415.789.7679flisik[at]
Hava Nagila (The Movie) Film Screening, Thursday, January 30

Hava Nagila Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm,
 Hava Nagila (The Movie) (73 minutes) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard. The film follows the ubiquitous party song on its journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the suburbs of America. High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people. Hava Nagila was the opening night film for the 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. At Jewish LearningWorks' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info:

Live Yiddish Radio Show, Sunday, February 2
Sunday, February 2, 1:00 - 3:00pm, Live Yiddish Radio Show: buy tickets now! Music, comedy, melodrama -- what's not to love at this afternoon extravaganza drawn from the tradition of Yiddish radio? Includes pulled-from-the-vault broadcast scripts not heard in over sixty years, classic klezmer, original skits, and commercial jingles sung by Anthony Russell and Jeanette Lewicki, with musicians Sheldon Brown, Rob Reich, and Richard Saunders. Hosted by Harvey Varga (100 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto Rican New Yorker Knows). Come early and grab lunch at Wise Sons Deli. Created in conjunction with KlezCalifornia and co-presented by The Jewish Daily Forward. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Tickets (including Museum admission): $10 CJM members; $20 general. More info: 415.655.7881, info[at]thecjm.orgHERE
Community Events 


Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, Berkeley. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. Yiddish singer Heather Klein will perform on January 13. More info about bands performing other Mondays: 510.848.3354HERE


Sunday, January 5, 3:45-4:45pm, Yiddish Family Concert with Myrna Rabinowitz. This Canadian singer and songwriter will perform both original and well-known Yiddish songs for all ages, including some lullabies from her new Yiddish album, "Lullabies and Longings". Be prepared to clap, sing along and learn some Yiddish. At Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley. No charge. More info:

Mondays, January 6, 13, 27, Feb. 3, 1:00-3:00pm, The Legacy of Yiddish Women Writers, with Loretta Denner. Until World War II, Yiddish literature was largely the writing of men, but women's voices began to be heard in Yiddish publications after the war. Examine, in translation, short fiction by women who wrote in Yiddish. At JCC, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa (up one flight of stairs). No charge; donation of $18 requested. More info: Loretta Denner, lorluba[at]


Mondays, beginning January 6: 7:30-9:15pm, Nigunim Community Chorus starts a new season, preparing a program for "Yes, We Sang!," a musical tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, scheduled forApril 27. Songs in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, sung in up to four parts. More info: Achi Ben Shalom atmail[at]


Tuesday, January 7, 2:00pm, Fiddler on the Roof film screening. Stars Chaim Topol as Tevye, the milkman who struggles with the meaning of tradition. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. No charge (First Free Tuesday). More info:,


Wednesday, January 8, 6:30pm, Fiddler on the Roof film screening and sing-along hosted by Josh Kornbluth. The 1971 film classic with Chaim Topol as Tevye. Presented by the Center for

Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). At the California Theatre, Berkeley. Tickets: $15 general / $12 students and seniors. More info:


Wednesday, January 8, 9:00-11:00pm, Celebration at The Magnes: Reception and Klezmer Dance Party. Enjoy decadent desserts from Old World Food Truck and a live performance by Veretski Pass, a virtuoso trio that will be fiddling up a storm. Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. At the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley. Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU. Tickets: Free with movie ticket stub (see item above). More info:

Thursday, January 9, 1:00-5:00pm
Taube Conference on Eastern European Jewish History and Culture: Fiddler at 50: A Half-Century of Fiddler on the Roof. Hear multiple perspectives on the legacy of Fiddler on the Roof with keynote speaker Alisa Solomon, author of "Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof;" Ari Kelman, Gabriella Safran, Naomi Seidman. Moderated by Sam Norich, publisher of The Jewish Daily Forward. Presented by Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU. At the GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, Berkeley. Free and open to the public. More


Thursday, January 9, 8:00pm, Theodore Bikel and Merima Kljuco, in Concert, and in Conversation with Sam Norich. Music by actor and folksinger Theodore Bikel, who has performed asTevye more than 2,000 times, together with Bosnian accordionist Merima Ključo. Followed by a conversation with Sam Norich, publisher of The Jewish Daily Forward. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley. Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU. Tickets: $34 advance / $37 door. More info and tickets: 510.644.2020



Saturday, January 11, 3:00-4:00pm, Performance by Veretski Pass. Presented by Kohl in the Community. At the San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room. No charge. More info: 650.762.1130HERE



Sunday, January 12, 7:00pm, A Tribute to Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem: performance by the Ram's Head Theatrical Society and a showing of the documentary film,

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, a riveting portrait of the writer. At Hillel at Stanford (Koret Pavilion). No charge. More info:


Monday, January 13, 2:00-5:00 pm, Fifty Years of Fiddler: A Symposium. Hear reflections on

the legacy of Fiddler on the Roof with Nathaniel Deutsch, Ari Kelman, Naomi Seidman, Mark Slobin, and Steven J. Zipperstein. Then, at 5:15pm, Fiddler's Fortunes, a lecture by Alisa Solomon,

author of "Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof." At Stanford Humanities Center. No charge and open to the public. Parking on campus is free  
weekdays after 4:00 pm. More info:

Tuesday, January 14, 7:00pm
Celebrating a Half-Century of Fiddler on the Roof with Alisa SolomonDrama critic and Jewish historian Alisa Solomon explains why Sholem Aleichem's story ofTevye was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and became a cultural touchstone for people all over the world. Followed by Fiddler on the Roof film screening and sing-along. At JCC San Francisco. Tickets: general $15, JCCSF members $13.50. More info: HERE


Sundays, beginning January 26, 10:00am, Meyer Lifschultz Memorial Yiddish Educational Program, with Philip (Fishl) Kutner. A six-week Yiddish educational, learning and conversational class. At Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Foster City. Fee: $30. More info: 650.678.8454,mlutvak[at]sbcglobal.netHERE



Thursday, January 30, 7:30pm, Veretski Pass and Yiddish Art Trio (Patrick Farrell, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Michael Winograd) (formerly known as the Winograd Trio). At Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco. Tickets: sliding scale $15-$20. More info:

On the Web


James Cagney, as a cab driver, speaks Yiddish to a man needing to pick up his wife from a boat: HERE

(Thanks to Yankl).


Huge catalogue of old Yiddish music HERE

. Posted by Lori Lippin on the Jewish Music Listserv

(subscribe to the latter HERE



Interesting, long (around an hour) video about what "Ashkenazi" means to Israelis HERE

. From Tribelsi Productions, Ltd. (Thanks to Rivka Greenberg).
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Sourdough & Rye (HERE

) is a new website where the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community can come together and connect through history and heritage. On Sourdough & Rye, personal and archival content are creating a grassroots history of Jews in the Bay Area. Whether you're a boxer, a butcher, or Esther, they ask you to share your personal, communal, or family photos, snapshots, and home movies. More info: max.baumgarten[at]


Proverb of the month: You can find a worm even in a perfect apple (In a sheynem epl gefint men oykh a vorem).

Coming in February

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,



Sunday, February 2, 1:00-3:00pm. Live Yiddish Radio Show. See all the details in individual box above. This event will sell out, so get your ticket now. 


Thursdays, beginning February 6, 9:40am-12:30pm, Love & Sex in Modern Jewish Literature, with Naomi Seidman. The emergence of modern Jewish literature in the nineteenth century was accompanied by the secularization and Westernization of traditional Jewish marital structures, erotic practices, and gender roles. Jewish literature both reflected and shaped these transformations. Readings include Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, S.Y. Agnon, and Grace Paley. All literature will be provided in the original and English translation. Seminar/final paper required, no prerequisites. Class offered by the Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. More info:510.649.2482cjs[at]


Thursday, February 13, 7:00pm, Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History, a presentation by

Tony Michels. The book explores the intertwined histories of Jews and the American Left through a rich variety of primary documents. Written in English and Yiddish, these documents reflect the entire spectrum of radical opinion, from anarchism to social democracy, Communism to Socialist - Zionism. At Jewish Learning Works' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info:415.567.3327,



Thursday, February 20, 7:00pm, Lilith, The Night Demon, a presentation with musical examples by Joshua Horowitz and Veretski Pass. A behind-the-scenes presentation of Veretski Pass' new work, Lilith, The Night Demon. This psychedelic dramatic work is based on the Jewish alternate story of creation and will be performed at the Jewish Music Festival in May, 2014. At Jewish Learning Works' Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,



Sunday, February 23, 2:00-4:00pm, Zingeray Sing-Along in memory of Chana Mlotek and Beyle Schaechter Gottesman, Yiddish singers who died in recent months. Individuals will present songs written, collected or loved by one of these women, and others will sing along with the choruses. Singers will include Cantor Janet Leuchter (from New York), Jeanette Lewicki, Gerry Tenney, Leslie Tenney, and more. At a private home in Berkeley. No charge, but donations requested. More details in February newsletter.


Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month:

Rivka Greenberg: In honor of Judith Kunofsky, Executive Director, extraordinaire, of KlezCalifornia.

Rivka, Mitch, Rone and Larry: We honor the memories of our mothers, Bea and Debbie, and our grandparents, Sarah and Saul, Yiddish speakers all.

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. Plaus, 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!