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

Silouettes of dancersSo many wonderful things coming up, including two terrific events this Thursday evening, January 30, both at 7:30pm, so you'll have to choose:

Hava Nagila (The Movie) film showing at the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info:415.567.3327HERE

Veretski Pass and Yiddish Art Trio (from New York) at Red Poppy Art House, SAN FRANCISCO. Tickets: sliding scale $15-$20. More info:  
In February, be sure not to miss the Live Yiddish Radio Show (no Yiddish required!), Jewish RadicalsLilith The Night Demon, and the Zingeray Sing-Along in memory of Chana Mlotek and Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. 

-- Submissions for the March newsletter HERE by February 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
Live Yiddish Radio Show, Sunday, February 2
Jewish Radicals, Thursday, February 13
Lilith, The Night Demon, Thursday, February 20
Zingeray Sing-Along, Sunday, February 23
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in March
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Live Yiddish Radio Show, Sunday, February 2
Sunday, February 2, 1:00 - 3:00pm, Live Yiddish Radio Show. 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). No Yiddish required! Come early and grab lunch at Wise Sons Deli. Event created in conjunction with KlezCalifornia. At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO. Tickets (including Museum admission): $20 general / $10 CJM members. More info: 415.655.7881, info[at]thecjm.orgHERE
Jewish Radicals, Thursday, February 13

Thursday, February 13, 7:00pm, Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History, a presentation by Tony Michels. The author 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. They illuminate the efforts of large numbers of Jews to refashion themselves as they confronted major problems of the twentieth century: poverty, anti-semitism, the meaning of American national identity, war, and totalitarianism. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,
Lilith, The Night Demon, Thursday, February 20


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 their new work, which will be performed at the Jewish Music Festival in May. This psychedelic dramatic work is based on the Jewish mythological alternate story of creation. Josh will show both the serious and comical aspects of Jewish superstitions that form the core of the work. Veretski Pass will play live and recorded examples of the rare and sometimes bizarre music of Eastern Europe that is included in the piece. KlezCalifornia is a co-sponsor. At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info:   

Zingeray Sing-Along, Sunday, February 23

SundayFebruary 23, 2:00-4:00pm, Zingeray Sing-Along in memory of Chana Mlotek and Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, beloved Yiddish singers who passed away in recent months. Individuals will present songs written, collected or sung by one of these women, and everyone else will sing the choruses. Singers will include Cantor Janet Leuchter (from New York), Jeanette Lewicki, Gerry Tenney, Leslie Tenney, Anthony Russell, Gale Kissin, Heather Klein, and Achi Ben Shalom. Transliterated lyrics provided. At a private home in BERKELEY; call 415.789.7679 mid-February for details. No charge, but donations requested. If you like, bring a nosh or beverage to share. More info: 415.789.7679,info[at]

Community Events 


Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's, with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band,occasional guest bands. At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, BERKELEY. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354HERE.


Mondays, February 3 - February 247:00-8:30pm, The Joy of Jewish Dance, taught by Bruce Bierman. Each session will focus on one type of Jewish dance: Yemenite Session 1, Hasidic Session 2, Klezmer Session 3, Classic Israeli Session 4. At Chochmat HaLev, BERKELEY. Tuition: $100 general / $85 CHL members. More info: HERE.

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 19th 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 changes. Readings include Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, S.Y. Agnon, and Grace Paley. Literature will be provided in the original Yiddish or Hebrew, with English translation. Final paper required, no prerequisites. At Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, BERKELEY. More info: 510.649.2482,  cjs[at]

Friday, February 14, 9:00pm, Klezmer Valentine's Day with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, Orchestra Euphonos, and Yiddishe Serenaders. Part of monthly Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal (2nd Fridays). At The Starry Plough, BERKELEY. Ages 21+ only. Tickets: $8-$12 sliding scale. 
More info:,

Saturday, February 15, 8:00pm at Crowden Music Center, BERKELEY
Sunday, February 16, 4:00pm at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea, SAN FRANCISCO
Klezmer Baroque with Veretski Pass, San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, Sunset Baroque Ensemble, and Tikvah School of Music & Dance. Tickets at the door or online: $25 general, $20 student/senior. More info:

Fridays, February 21, 28, and March 14, 28, 10:00am-12:00noonChinuch: A History of Jewish Education, a class with Ken Blady. Includes kheyder and yeshiva life for boys, men, and girls in Eastern Europe. Presented by Emeritus College, a program of Diablo Valley College, at Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK. Tuition: $50 general / $40 Emeritus College members. For people over 50. More info: 925.969.4316,

Fridays, February 21, 28, and March 14, 28, 1:00-3:00pm, Give Me Your Huddled Masses: Jewish Immigrants in New York City (1870-1924), a class with Ken Blady. Presented by Emeritus College, a program of Diablo Valley College, at John F. Kennedy University, PLEASANT HILL. Tuition: $50 general / $40 Emeritus College members. For people over 50. More info:  925.969.4316,

Saturday, February 22, 7:00-9:30pm, The Klezmakers. At Mission Coffee Roasting, FREMONT. Cover: $15 at the door. More info:  650.365.9477,  info[at],,
On the Web


Excerpts from event honoring Theodore Bikel's 90th birthday at National Yiddish Theatre -Folksbiene. Includes scene from Fiddler on the Roof: Tevye (Bikel) and the butcher (Feivush Finkel) arrange a marriage, Yiddish with English subtitles, as well as Bikel singing Kinderyorn, about growing old,HERE (Thanks to Avram Tassa, Talia Shaham, Lynn Breger). 


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" (A kholem ze ikh) speech in Yiddish HERE, from the magazine of the League for Yiddish (Thanks to Dina Shandling). 

Farshidns (This 'n That)


The JCC San Francisco is marking the tenth anniversary in its remodeled building at 3200 California Street and is seeking stories of memorable moments at the JCCSF. Do you have an interesting or exciting story from the KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festivals there in January 2007 or February 2012?Send your stories before mid-February to editor[at]  


Proverb of the month: He isn't interested in the Hagodeh, only in the dumplings (Er meynt nit di hagodeh, nor di kneydlekh), 

Coming in March

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

Wednesday, March 5, 8;00pm, An Evening with Andy Statman. The mandolin and clarinet genius plays bluegrass, klezmer and more. At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, BERKELEY. Tickets: $29 advance / $31 door. More info: 510.644.2020, HERE


Thursday, March 6, 7:00pm, Vilna, a presentation by Ellen Cassedy. The author of the award-winning book, "We Are Here; Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust," explores the Jewish history of the city once known as "Jerusalem of the North." At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327, 


Thursday, March 6, 8:00pm; March 8, 8:00pm, March 9, 2:00pm, March 10, 1:00pm, Itzik Manger’s Di Megileh, a witty, romantic Purim musical in Yiddish with English supertitles. Lyrics by Itzik Manger, klezmer-inspired score by Dov Seltzer. Presented by The Yiddish Theater Collective. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY. Tickets: $25 general / $22 JCC East Bay members, students, seniors (March 10 only: $15 general / $12 JCC members, students, seniors.) More info: [Updated from original newsletter]


Sunday, March 16, time TBD, KlezCalifornia's Semi-Annual Party for Donors, with food 

and entertainment. Donors will receive the invitation in February. If you have contributed in the past twelve months, do so HERE so you'll be sure to get all the party details! At a private home in OAKLAND.

Sunday, March 23, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, for fluent Yiddish speakers. at a private home in OAKLAND. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall postings this month:

Robin Braverman: In memory of Pauline and Andrew Lang.

Joshua Horowitz and Cookie Segelstein: In memory of Icek Mozes.

Howard Freedman: In memory of Icek Mozes z"l.

Rosie Kaplan: In memory of Fanny, Benny and Harry Kaplan, 
who loved Yidishkayt, its music, humor and food!!! 

Ninette and George Medovoy: In honor of Sarah Traister Moskovitz and Miriam Miller for keeping the Yiddish language alive. 

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!