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

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KlezCalifornia's next exciting  
will be  
November 1 - 2
at the Oshman Family 
Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto 

Plan to enjoy this immersion in klezmer and Yiddish culture! Tell your friends and family! 

You will enjoy a Saturday night klezmer concert and dance party with stellar clarinetist Joel Rubin (from Virginia and Switzerland) and the Veretski Pass trio.Sunday will be filled with participatory workshops, Yiddish song performances, master classes, and a finale music and dance party. 

We invite you to submit your ideas for workshops to the Festival planning committee at info[at] no later than June 30. There usually are four workshops for instrumentalists, one for singers, one for dancers, two for kids/families, and two others: Yiddish theater? literature? language? Please indicate whether you are proposing something you want to learn or something you would like to teach.

NOTE: In KlezCalifornia's special mid-May newsletter, "Yiddish Song!: Close to our hearts and close to home," we neglected to acknowledge that the Yiddish Choristers' photographer was Alex Kagan. Our apologies.



-- Submissions for the July newsletter HERE
 by June 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
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Tuesday, June 3
The Zingeray, Saturday, June 14
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in July
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shevuis), Tuesday, June 3 


Tuesday, June 3, 6:15pm - Wednesday, June 4, 7:00am, 20th annual East Bay community-wide Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shevuis), an all-night study session on Shavuot (Shevuis). Join six hundred others (really!) for 70+ workshops, several evening and morning services, and refreshments, including:

7:15-8:00pm, Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids, with Gerry Tenney. For grades K-3 and parents. (Family programming 6:45-8:15pm; childcare 8:00pm-7:00am

7:00-7:50pm, 100 Yiddish Words in the Average Newyorican's Vocabulary and If You Don't Know Them Be Ashamed of Yourself, with Harvey Varga

9:30-10:30pm, Sing Your Way Through the Jewish Year,with Claire Sherman and Judy Kunofsky. Songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English.   


At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY. No charge. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.229.8993,tikkun[at] .

The Zingeray, Saturday, June 14


Saturday, June 14, 7:00pm, The Zingeray, hosted by Anthony Russell, with Gerry Tenney and Jeanette Lewicki. A chance to hear, share, and learn some Yiddish songs - and experience the Bay Area's Jewish oral traditions in action. Food and beverages (and drinks!) provided.

At the JCC East Bay. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679HERE
Community Events 




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

June 02 - Yiddish Serenaders

June 09 - Glenn Hartman Klezmer Playboys

June 16 - Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band

June 23 - Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band

June 30 - Hernandez Hideaway 

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

Second and Fourth Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. At Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, .

Fourth Wednesdays (next June 25), Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at 7:30pm. At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More




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

Sunday, June 1, Music and Dancing with Mama Loshn. 3:00-5:30pmShavuot Festival. Meet farmers and their animals, bless the new season's fruit. 5:30pm: Traditional dairy dinner. At Sonoma Wine Shop, SEBASTOPOL. No charge for Festival. Dinner tickets: $29 adults, $12 kids 10-12, $10 kids 5-9. More info and dinner reservations: 707.827.1832info[at]

Sunday, June 1, 4:00-6:00 pm, Great Yiddish Poets in Song: Mordechai Gebirtig, with Sharon Bernstein. Part of series Music in the Mishkan. Also Beethoven, Dvorak, wine & cheese. At 

Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, SAN FRANCISCO. Tickets: $20 general, $15 Sha'ar Zahav members. More info: .

Saturday, June 7, 5:00-7:00pm, Klezmer Five-O'Clock. Porto Franco All-Stars Klezmer Orchestra with David Chernyavsky, Rob Reich, Ben Goldberg, Stu Brotman, and Jeanette Lewicki. Food and beverages provided on the house to help you dance. Doors open at 4:30pm, Music starts at 5:00pmsharp. At Porto Franco Art Parlor, SAN FRANCISCO.  2nd floor, steep staircase, no elevator.Recommended parking at Bartlett Garage on 21st street. Donations to musicians: $20-$25/person. More info: .   


Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:30pm, 88th annual San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus Concert, a tribute to the Jewish chicken ranchers of Petaluma. An afternoon of choral folk songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian. English translations provided. 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. This event might sell out in advance. More info: 510.220.6325, .


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]   


Tuesday, June 10, 1:00-3:00pm, A Bite of Joy: More Appetizing Jewish Folk and Fairy Tales Retold for the Stage, with Enid Davis. A Bite of Joy is like a mock wedding, featuring Jewish folktales about love and marriage, all gone bad or doing very well. The tales, turned into plays, will be introduced by a badkhn (jester) who will play the time-honored role of telling stories and teasing the bride and groom. At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. Tickets: $15 or one punch on CommunityTuesday Punch Card. More info: 650.223.8616HERE 

Saturday, June 21, 3:00pm, Klezmer/Yiddish dance workshop with Yael Schy, with music by Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 - 2212:00noon-10:00pm. At Presidio Middle School, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info:HERE . 

Sunday, June 22, 11:00am - 6:00pm, Jeff Brody's Klezmer Gypsy All Stars, Adama: Music of the Jewish People, and Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along. Part of Jewish Cultural Festival. At Temple Beth El, APTOS. No charge. More info:

Sunday, June 22, 12:00noon-4:00pm, Yiddish Culture at Simcha Sunday/Jewish Cultural Festival.

Noon-12:30, Welcoming Music:  Sonia Tubridy on accordion 

12:30-1:15pmMama Loshn set w/guest musician Mike Margulis 

1:45-2:15pmFiddler on the Roof Sing-Along with Sonia Tubridy 

2:30-3:15pmDance lesson with Bruce Bierman, then dancing to music by Mama Loshn. 

3:15-4:00pm, Music Jam 

At Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, SANTA ROSA. No charge. More info: 707.528.4222HERE 

Tuesday, June 24, 1:30-3:00pm, Jewish Poets of Broadway: Oscar Hammerstein, with Bonnie Weiss. At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. Tickets: $15 or one punch on Community TuesdayPunch Card. More info: 650.223.8616, HERE.

On the Web


New digital archive on Jewish life in Poland at . The website provides access to thousands of digitized documents, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, films, and audio recordings relating to the rich and vibrant Jewish community in Poland before World War II.  

Farshidns (This 'n That)


Santa Rosa klezmer band is looking for an accordionist, a trumpet player, and a djembe or Turkish drum player. We have a regular monthly gig and are planning to set up more public gigs. If you are interested and have good skill and some klezmer experience (no beginners please) contact Patti at klezmercreek[at]


Proverb of the month: If you keep on talking, you will end up saying what you didn't intend to say (Az me redt, derredt men zikh). 

Coming in July


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

Sunday, July 13 - Monday, July 14, time TBD, Where Did Yiddish Come From and How Do I  

Put It to Music? with Gale Kissin. Part of Limmud, a two-day residential Jewish educational 
experience. Other related workshops: 

Lord, Get Me High, Music of Shlomo Carlebach, with Cantor Doron Shapira

Music Igniting Souls , with David Waksberg, Boris Kelman, Cantor Doron Shapira. The role of Jewish music in reawakening Jewish consciousness in East Europe. 

How Jewish Music Got its American Groove, with Andy Muchin

At Sonoma State University. ROHNERT PARK. Event cost, including lodging, meals, parking, and more: $120-$295 adults, $0-$80 kids. More info: .

Sunday, July 27, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidishe Salon. For fluent speakers. No charge. At a private home in the EAST BAY. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]

Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month:

Reyna Greenfield:I am making a contribution in memory of my mom, Anne Raiklen. My mother's parents, who were my grandparents, emigrated from the Ukraine in the early 1900s. They were from a small Yiddish-speaking Jewish shtetl near Odessa. As a child on the Lower East Side of New York, my mother learned Yiddish as her first language. In memory of my mom, this is dedicated to the continuance of the Yiddish language and Yiddish culture. 

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 are invited to two 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!