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

What a flowering of Yiddish-inspired musical creativity in the Bay Area this Spring: Anthony Russell's Convergence and the Yiddish Theater Collective's Di Megileh in March, Heather Klein and Miriam Miller's Yiddish Spring in April, and Veretski Pass' Lilith the Night Demon in May! Which lovers of Yiddish and klezmer would choose to live anywhere else?

The Shoemaker and His Son, painted by Shoshana Eden.
More images at
(c) Ronit Magen. All rights reserved. Used by permission. 

Here are pictures from the two wonderful performances of Yiddish Spring, presented at the Contemporary Jewish Museum by Heather Klein and Miriam Miller, April 24 and 27. Yiddish Spring is a fiscally-sponsored project of KlezCalifornia:

Left: Lori Starr, Director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (2nd from left) welcomes Heather Klein (in red), Cookie Segelstein (2nd from right), and other guests.

Right: Heather Klein sings, accompanied by Cookie Segelstein (violin) and Alla Gladysheva (piano).

 Photos by Gravity Goldberg.    



-- Submissions for the June newsletter HERE
 by May 23.
-- Long-term calendar of events in the Bay Area: Events calendar

-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources:  Geleh 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
Lilith the Night Demon, May 1 - 4
Feast of Jewish Learning, May 18
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, May 25
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in June
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Lilith the Night Demon, May 1 - 4


Lilith the Night Demon in One Lewd Act, premiere of Veretski Pass' new work with the San Francisco Choral Artists. With humorist Michael Wex ("Just Say Nu") as the Narrator, Heather Klein as Lilith, and Anthony Russell as Adam.  


After a short intermission, jump onto the dance floor for a Veretski Pass klezmer dance party to the exotic sounds of true Jewish Carpathian klezmer music led by the Bay Area's own Yiddish dance meyven, Bruce Bierman. At San Rafael and Berkeley performances only.

Lilith is co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 


  • Thursday, May 1, 7:30pm, Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL; tickets: $30 and $39. 
  • Saturday, May 3, 8:00pm, JCC East Bay, BERKELEY; tickets: $30 general, $25 students, seniors. 
  • Sunday, May 4, 4:00pm, Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, ATHERTON; tickets: $39 general, $30 seniors, $25 students under 30.   
Read the "J Weekly" story about Lilith the Night Demon HERE .
More info: 415.494.8149, , .
Purchase tickets in advance HERE for a 20% discount off the door price.
Feast of Jewish Learning, May 18


Sunday, May 18, 1:00pm-7:30pm, 2014 Feast of Jewish Learning, a Lag Ba'Omer Celebration. Four sessions of learning, art, music and performances for all ages. 
  • Klezmer dance workshop led by Karen K. Bergen. 
  • Yiddish song performance by the Yiddish Choristers. 
  • Free picnic dinner and klezmer concert with The Klezmakers on the patio 6:15-7:30pm
Presented by Jewish LearningWorks and the Oshman Family JCC. At the Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia; say "hello" to us at our booth! More info: 650.494.6983 X183, HERE .
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, May 25


SundayMay 25, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCaliforniaFlisik Yidisher Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. 

Mir veln entfern di shayes: Vos is a vikhtiker zakh vos du host gelernt fun dayneh eltern UN vos is a vikhtiker zakh vos du host nisht gelernt fun dayneh eltern (Participants will answer: What is an important thing you learned from your parents AND what is an important thing you didn't learn from your parents!). Oyb 'svet zayn tsayt, veln mir dertseyln fun a mench vos hot hashpoet dayn lebn. (If there's time, we will tell about someone who influenced your life.

Bring snacks and beverages! At a private home in San Francisco. More info: 415.789.7679 ,flisik[at]
Community Events 




Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.   

May 05 -  Paul Bertin  

May 12 -  Orchestra Euphonos 

May 19 -  Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band 

May 26 -  Glenn Hartman Klezmer Playboys 

At Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info :510.848.3354, .

Second and Fourth Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm, Ghost Note Ensemble (formerly known as Nine Nine Nine). At Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: .

Fourth Wednesdays (next May 28), Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at7:30pm. At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info:, .



All month, through June 1, Embroideries of pre-War Poland by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL and at Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON. No charge. More info:415.388.1818 X103ndrapin[at]kolshofar.orgHERE .   

Friday, May 2, 7:30pm, Workers' Shabbat Service, including Yiddish workers' songs. In honor of International Workers Day (May Day), a first service to honor workers, celebrate accomplishments of workers' rights movements, and study the Jewish history, values, texts that relate to them. No charge. At Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, SAN FRANCISCO. More info: 415.861.6932, .

Sunday, May 4, 11:00am-2:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Kensington Farmer's Market, KENSINGTON. No charge. More info: 510.529.8753,, .

Sunday, May 4, 3:00pm, Songwriter Yip Harburg, the Man Who Put the Rainbow in "The Wizard of Oz," presented by  Bonnie Weiss. Part of A Day of Jewish Learning: Ignite Your Mind, 1:00-4:00pm presented by JCC Sonoma County. At Finley Community Center, SANTA ROSA. More info:707.528.4222,

Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm, The Joy of Jewish Song, with Sharon Bernstein accompanied by Carolyn Reiser, Karen Segal, and Judy Graboyes. Songs in Yiddish and other languages. Dessert reception follows. No charge, but donations requested for Friends of the Jewish Community Library's new Beyond Books Fund. At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. More info and reservations: 415.567.3327 X703ajgreen[at]


Monday, May 12, 12:00noon-1:30pm, Unleashing Your Inner Yiddish Mama with Mama Loshn, an Eat-Along (lunch with dessert)/Sing-Along musical return to the shtetl and beyond in honor of Mother's Day. Songs in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and French. At Congregation Shomrei Torah, SANTA ROSA. Tickets: $15 general, $12 Friendship Circle members. Rsvp by May 7 to 707.528.1182sandya[at]jccsoco.orgHERE .  

Sunday, May 18, 8:00-11:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos. At Cafe Revolution, SAN FRANCISCO. No cover charge. More info: HERE .  

Tuesday, May 20, 12:00noon-1:30pm, Jewish Music: Classical & Folk (including klezmer), with David Chernyavsky, Rob Reich, Daniel Fabricant, Ben Goldberg. At Oshman Family
JCC, PALO ALTO. Tickets; $15 or Community Tuesday Punch Card. More info: 650.223.8616, .

Thursday, May 22, 7:00-8:00pm, The Man Who Gave "Fiddler" its Heart: A Tribute to Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, a presentation by Bonnie Weiss. At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327, 

Tuesday, May 27, 1:30-3:00pm, Jewish Poets of Broadway: Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Zorba), a presentation by Bonnie Weiss. At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. Tickets: $15 or CommunityTuesday Punch Card. More info: 650.223.8616, .

On the Web


Making vegetarian gefilte fish, demonstrated in Yiddish by Yiddish chefs at the Jewish Daily Forward, Eve Jochnowitz and Rukhl Schaechter HERE . (thanks to Rivka Greenberg) 


The Barber of Seville in Yiddish, sung by Colin Schachat HERE . (thanks to Monica Cotik)


My Yidishe Mama sung by Meir Goldberg and featuring Brooklyn Mentality HERE . (thanks to Ken Blady) 

Farshidns (This 'n That)


Klezkanada scholarship application deadline is May 1. If you are 16-35 and would like to request a scholarship to Klezkanada, August 18 - 24, complete the application HERE . More info: .  

Looking for musicians (and music fans) interested in a Saturday night once-a-month klezmer/ Jewish/Balkan/Middle Eastern Music jam in San Francisco. This is for love (and maybe refreshments), not money (at most: not very much money). Wanna talk? More info: Keith Halperin at 415.672.7326, kdhalperin[at] .   


Proverb of the month: What you deal with every day sticks to you (Mit vos meh handlt klept zikh on).

Coming in June


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

Beginning mid-June, dates and times TBD, San Francisco Beginners' Yiddish "Summer Start-Up" classes, led by Rochelle Goldman. Six, two-hour/week sessions sponsored by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. Price TBD. More info: 650.577.1531, roshnman[at] .

Sunday, June 1, 4:00-6:00pm, Great Yiddish Poets in Song - Mark Warshawsky, with Sharon Bernstein. Part of Music in the Mishkan, whose program also includes Beethoven and Dvorak, wine and cheese. Tickets: $20 general, $15 Sha'ar Zahav members. At Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, SAN FRANCISCO. More info: 415.861.6932, 

Tuesday, June 3, 6:15pm - Wednesday, June 4, 7:00am, 20th annual East Bay community-wideTikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shevuis), an all-night study session. Join six hundred others for workshops, lectures and services including:

* A Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids, with Gerry Tenney

* 100 Yiddish Words the Average Puerto Rican New Yorker Knows, with Harvey Varga

* Sing Your Way Through the Jewish Year, with songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, with Claire Sherman and Judy Kunofsky. 

Workshop times TBD. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY. No charge. More info: 510.229.8993, tikkun[at], .

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:30 pm. 88th annual S.F. Jewish Folk Chorus Concert. An afternoon of choral folk songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian celebrating the Jewish chicken ranchers of Petaluma. At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, SAN FRANCISCO. Tickets: general: $10 in advance/ $15 at door. Students, seniors, those with disabilities: $10 advance, $12 at door. More info: 510.220.6325, .

Saturday, June 14, 7:00pm, The Zingeray, hosted by Anthony Russell. A social gathering to sing, share, listen and pass on Yiddish songs, ballads, lullabies, narratives and romances, performed in a casual, inclusive style and space. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, HERE .

Saturday, June 21, 3:00pm, Klezmer dance workshop with Yael Schy and music by Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 - 22,12:00noon-10:00pm. At Presidio Middle School, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: HERE .
Sunday, June 22, time TBD, Mama Loshn performs at Simcha Sunday/Jewish Cultural Festival,12:00noon-4:00pm. At Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, SANTA ROSA. More info: 707.528.4222, .
Tuesday, June 24, 1:30pm, Jewish Poets of Broadway: Oscar Hammerstein, presented by Bonnie Weiss. At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. Tickets: $15 or one punch on Community TuesdayPunch Card. More info: 650.223.8616, .
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month:

Laura S. Rosenberg: In honor of all my colleagues and friends in the KlezCalifornia family who, through their diverse experience and common commitment, do so much to keep Yiddish culture and klezmer music as vital forces in the universe. 

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!