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KlezCalifornia promotes and celebrates Yiddish culture

in the San Francisco Bay Area

KlezCalifornia's twelfth Yiddish Culture Festival is almost here! Make plans to join us for another full-filled and heymish weekend! The Festival is for everyone, whether you play music or not, speak a word of Yiddish or not, want to actively participate or watch and listen! 

Photo by Lea Delson,   

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2
Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO 

SATURDAY, November 1, 8:00-11:00pm 
photo by Lloyd Wolf

with special guest artist 
Joel Rubin, clarinet

"the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today" 
in his first Bay Area appearance in 20 years 


photo by Dana Davis
and with 
Veretski Pass
Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman

dancing led by Bruce Bierman

SUNDAYNovember 2, 9:00am-7:00pm 
Eleven workshops (for instrumentalists, singers, dancers, lovers of Sholem Aleichem stories and of the legend of the Golem, lectures). For kids 6-12: How Does the Tsar Drink Tea?, create a musical play based on a Yiddish folk song.  
9:00am: Master Classes 

11:00am and 3:15pmWorkshops

12:45pm: Lunch (free with Pass!)
(availability guaranteed only with advance purchase) 

2:00pm:  "Three Singers: Four Opinions"
Yiddish song performance  
with Sharon Bernstein, Jeanette Lewicki, and Anthony Russell
Sharon BernsteinJeanette Lewicki with accordion
5:00pmFreylekh Finale, Music and Dance Party! 
with music by Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, Ghost Note Ensemble, Festival Dance Band and friends.  Dancing led by Bruce Bierman, plus pizza and refreshments.
Come to the entire Festival or Sunday only (save up to $40 with a Festival Pass!), or choose one or two events.  

All details and Festival registration HERE  


-- Submissions for the November newsletter HERE by October 24.
-- 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
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in November
Support KlezCalifornia
Community Events 




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

    Oct. 06 - Glenn Hartman and The Klezmer Playboys       

    Oct. 13 -  Ben Goldberg and Rob Reich
    Oct. 20 -  Hernandez Hideaway
    Oct. 27 -  Glenn Hartman and The Klezmer Playboys   

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 (call to confirm October date), Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at 7:30pm.  At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info:





Now through November 10Mi Polin/ From Poland (exhibit), Judaica by Warsaw-based Jews Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar. At the Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL. No charge. More info:


Now through December 19, Literary Minds: Soviet Jewish Writers (exhibit). Twelve works by Ukrainian artist Matvey Vaisberg, including portraits of Sholem Aleichem, and eight Yiddish writers murdered by the Soviet regime on August 12, 1952: Itzik Feffer, Leib Kvitko, Peretz Markish, and David Hofstein. Also includes biographical profiles of the authors, and poignant literary excerpts. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art, BERKELEY. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526HERE.     

Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY. More info:


Monday, October 6, 7:30-9:15pm, Nigunim Community Chorus Fall Season begins, led by Achi Ben Shalom. Ten Mondays, culminating in December 20 Khanikeh (Hanukkah) concert. Songs in all Jewish languages, including Yiddish. Cost and more info: mail[at]


Tuesday, October 7, 1:00-2:00pm, Concert of Jewish Folk Songs, with the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. This musical tribute - featuring songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian - is dedicated to the Jewish immigrant chicken ranchers in Petaluma who in 1926 were original members of the chorus. At JCC San Francisco. No charge. More info:

Tuesday, October 14, 1:00pm and 7:00pm, The Sturgeon Queens (film screening). The 100th anniversary of New York's Jewish, smoked fish store, Russ & Daughters. Part of Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. At Rialto Cinemas, SEBASTOPOL. Tickets: $10 matinee, $12 evenings. More info:

Mondays, October 20 - December 84:00-5:45pm, Klezmer Youth Band (10 and up), with David Rosenfeld. Presented by Open Tent Shul of the Arts. All instruments welcome. Students should have a great enthusiasm for music and intermediate skills on their instruments. At Chochmat Ha-Lev, BERKELEY. Registration: $250. More info: 805.259.5030HERE.  

On the Web


YidLife Crisis: Sex, Drugs, and Milk & Meat, a new comedy web series (for adults!) that premiered September 17. Montreal buddies do some serious shmoozing in Yiddish (with English subtitles) in five-minute segments. Read about it HERE and watch the series HERE. (thanks to Nava Shaham)    


Lively Yiddish musical entertainment with Dudu Fisher and Coby Urieli HERE. With Hebrew subtitles. (thanks to Monica Cotik)


Busting the Shtetl Myth: What you think you know about Jewish life in Eastern Europe is wrong, argues a fascinating (but problematic) new book ("A New History of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe" by Yohanan Petrovksy-Shtern), says reviewer Andrew N. Koss HERE. (thanks to Ken Blady)  


Farshidns (This 'n That)


Proverb of the month: Love is sweet, but it is good with bread. (Di libeh iz zis, nor zi iz gut mit broyt).

Coming in November

Put these exciting events on your calendar now!


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

Saturday, November 1 - Sunday, November 2, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. Details above. At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO. More info:


Monday, November 3, 12:00noon, Red Star Over the Shtetl: Nostalgia in Post-Soviet Jewish Culture around the Globe (in English) with Anna Shternshis. Part of Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. At Stanford University's CCSRE Conference Room (bldg. 360). More info: 650.724.6874.

Monday, November 3, 4:00pm, Red Hagaddah - Passover on the Service to Soviet Regime (in Yiddish) with Anna Shternshis. Part of Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. At Stanford University's CCSRE Conference Room (bldg. 360). More info: 650.724.6874.

Sunday, November 9, 1:30-3:00pm, A Tribute to my Teacher, with Rabbi Ed Zerin. The first translation into English of the Yiddish poetry of Rabbi Simon Krinsky published in 1936. At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Sunday, November 9, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent speakers. No charge. At a private home in OAKLAND. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]

Saturday, November 15 - Sunday, November 16, Yiddishland: The First Annual Sonoma County Yiddish Cultural Festival. Yiddishland: The Concert, on Sat evening. YiddishLand: The Culture, on Sunday afternoon. At Congregation Ner Shalom, COTATI. More info:


Sunday, November 16, 4:00pm, When Comedy Went to School (film screening), followed by dessert reception and opportunity to meet Larry King. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival closing night special event. Tickets: $65. More info: 408.498.0904, HERE.

Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm, The Man Who Put the Rainbow in the The Wizard of Oz: A Tribute to Lyricist Yip Harburg, a presentation by Bonnie Weiss. At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: More info: 415.567.3327,  


Monday, November 17, 7:00pm, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presentation by Glenn Kurtz and Leslie Swift. One year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz captured three minutes of film of ordinary life in Nasielsk, a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland. These became the sole surviving moving images of this town. At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge, but rsvp appreciated at More info: 415.567.3327,

Thursday, November 20, 7:00pm, An Invitation to Piyut: the world of sacred Hebrew song, past, present and future, a presentation and performance by Yair Harel. At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,

Saturday, November 22, 8:00pm, Zion80. Contemporary Jewish music played through the lens of Afrobeat funk master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO. Tickets: $30 standard / $40 premium. 10% discount for JCC members. More info: 415.292.1200, HERE

Luck or Wisdom?, by Stephen Saxon. Joel ben Izzy, narrator. Folk tale paired with klezmer-style score. Storytelling in Music Family Concerts presented by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

Saturday, November 22, 2:00pm, Calvary Presbyterian Church, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, November 23, 12:00noon, Oakland Asian Culture Center, OAKLAND
Sunday, November 23, 3:30pm, College of San Mateo Theatre, SAN MATEO
No charge. More info:  
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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!