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KlezCalifornia promotes and celebrates Yiddish culture

in the San Francisco Bay Area

A freylekhn khanikeh tsu aykh!
 Happy Hanukkah to all!Khanikeh begins Tuesday evening, December 16, and ends the afternoon of Wednesday, December 24. Enjoy klezmer and Yiddish during khanikeh from Santa Cruz and Sunnyvale in the South to Sebastopol in the North.

What a wonderful time was had by three hundred participants at our Yiddish Culture Festival in Palo Alto November 1-2, as you can see in 350 Festival photos HERE. Below are a selection of Festival photos by Lea Delson,


-- Submissions for the January newsletter HERE by December 26.
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In This Issue
Hanukah Community Celebration, Saturday, December 20
Community Events
On the Web
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Coming in January
Honor Wall
Support KlezCalifornia
Hanukah Community Celebration, Saturday, December 20



Saturday, December 20, 7:00pm, 6th annual Hanukah Community Celebration presented by Nigunim Community Chorus. Candle lighting, food for sale, performances by Nigunim Community Chorus directed by Achi Ben Shalom (including Romania Romania plus a Yiddish medley); Yiddish singer Diane Wirtschafter, Ladino singer Rivka Amado, and soprano Eliana Kissner. Dancing led by Allen King with music by Adama (Michael Gill, Jan Padover, Jeremy Cohen). Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.   


Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as this event has sold out in previous years.Tickets: general $15 / children free. More info and tickets: HERE.


Community Events 




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

Dec. 01 - Hernandez Hideaway   

        (Dec. 08 & 15 music, but not klezmer or Yiddish) 

Dec. 22 - Achi Ben Shalom & Adama play Hanukkah songs 

Dec. 25 - 11:00am-3:00pm, Street Party - see below 

Dec. 29 - Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band 

At Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY  


Second and Fourth Sundays, 3:30-5:30pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:

At Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY  


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




Friday, December 5, 7:30pm, Klezmer Shabbat and Hanuka, a night of singing, dancing, davening, and eating. Music by Cantor Sharon Bernstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Ilana Sherer. Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. No charge. More info:
At Congregation Shaar Zahav, SAN FRANCISCO  


Saturday, December 6, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass. Part of Old First Concerts. Tickets: $17 general / $15 65 and older / $5 full time students / free 12 and under. More info: 415.474.1608HERE.  

At Old First Church, SAN FRANCISCO.


Sunday, December 7, 2:30pm, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Short concert as part of Congregation B'nai Emunah's annual Hanukah Bazaar. Latkehs, handmade crafts, singing of Hanukah songs. No charge. More info:

At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, December 8, 11:00am, Mama Loshn sing-along in Yiddish and five other languages. Part of JCC Sonoma County Friendship Circle's Hanukkah Party with catered lunch. Rsvp by December 3. Tickets: $12 Friendship Circle members / $15 non-members. More info and reservations:707.528.1182sandya[at]
At Congregation Shomrei Torah, SANTA ROSA.

Sunday, December 14, 1:00-3:00pm, Veretski Pass. Part of Latkepalooza community-wide Hanukkah celebration, 1:00-4:00pm. No charge. More info: 650.212.7522HERE
At Peninsula Jewish Community Center, FOSTER CITY

Sunday, December 14, 2:00-5:00pm Klezmer music and dancing with Dave Rosenfeld and Bruce Bierman. Part of Open Tent Shul of the Art's Hanooka Fiesta: Kandelikas, Stories, Art, Music and Free Dreydls. Includes klezmer dance lesson and dance jam. Tickets: $10/person, $25/household. More info: 805.259.5030.
At Chochmat Ha-Lev, BERKELEY.


Thursday, December 18, 1:00-2:00pm, Hanukkah Party Concert with Heather Klein. More
At Ruth's Table (Art Center), SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, December 18, 8:00pm, Hardly Strictly Klezmer, with Red Hot Chachkas, Incognito Express, Jeremiah Lockwood, Stephen Saxon & Gordon Lustig. Tickets: $21 advance / $23 door. More info: 510.644.2020HERE
At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, BERKELEY

Friday, December 19, 7:00pm, Hanukkah Service with Heather Klein.No charge. More  

At Temple Beth Torah, FREMONT


Saturday, December 20, 4:00pm, Saul Goodman's Klezmer BandPart of Saturdays Unplugged Hanukkah Party. No charge. More info:



Saturday, December 20, 7:30pm, The KlezmaticsTickets: $25 advance / $30 door. More info: 831.425.5299,   

At Kuumbwa Jazz Center, SANTA CRUZ


Saturday, December 20, 7:30pm, A Klezmer Winter Celebration Concert and Dance with Jubilee Klezmer. Old World Klezmer plus Israeli dance music. Tickets: $10 students, youth and advance / $15 door. More info: 707.762.5600 X101,,
At Petaluma Arts Center, PETALUMA

Saturday, December 20, 8:00pm, Red Hot Chachkas. Tickets: general $29 / students, seniors $23. More info: 408.733.6611, HERE
At Sunnyvale Theatre, SUNNYVALE

Sunday, December 21, 2:30-5:00pm, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring Chanukah Gathering.Latkehs, potluck, singing, plus talk and discussion with Los Angeles Yiddishist Hershl Hartman on "The Hidden History of Hanuka: What the Talmud Missed - But Ben Franklin Knew!" More info and to rsvp: 415.566.7235, dmscott01[at]   
At Humanities Hall, 1185 Vicente St. @ 23rd Ave., SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, December 21, 4:30-6:30pm, Chelm Feelharmonik Klezmer Trio, with Rick Elmore, Jeanette Lewicki, Mike Perlmutter. No charge. More info: 415.586.3733,
At Bird and Beckett Books and Records, SAN FRANCISCO 

Sunday, December 21, 7:00pm, The Klezmatics
. Tickets: $25, $40, $60, less for SFJAZZ members. More info: 866.920.5299,


Sunday, December 21, 7:00-10:00pm, Mama Loshn. More info: 707.824.2030,
At French Garden Restaurant & Bistro, SEBASTOPOL    

Thursday, December 25, 11:00am-3:00pm, 6th Annual Saul's Deli Klezmer Street Party.  More info: Video of previous such event HERE.  

Outside Saul's Restaurant and Deli, BERKELEY  

Sunday, December 28, 2:00-4:30pm, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. No cover charge. More info: 707.778.6060,
At Aqus Café, PETALUMA 

On the Web


One of the last Manhattan Jewish delis is in danger of closing. "Save Cafe Edison" HERE is a funny video asking for support. Stars Christine Pedi as Liza Minnelli and Michael West as Larry King.


"I Could Have Danced All Night" from the musical "My Fair Lady," in Yiddish, with Temma Schaechter, HERE.


How to cook a tsimes (one fleyshik, one pareveh) HERE. From Eat In Good Health! A Cooking Show in Yiddish with English subtitles, with Rukhl Schaechter and Eve Jochnowitz. (Thanks to Rich Krieg)  

Farshidns (This 'n That)


Guarding Poland's Jewish Past, Building its Future, J Weekly cover story November 14 HERE.


Yiddish lands with a bang at Sonoma County festival, J Weekly November 20 HERE


Proverb of the month:  Nine rabbis can't convene a minyan but ten shoemakers can (Nayn rabonim kenen keyn minyen nit makhn ober tsen shusters yo). 


Coming in January

Saturday, January 3, 8:00-10:00pm, Veretski Pass and Yiddish Arts Trio (Patrick Farrell, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Michael Winograd) House Concert. Yiddish Arts Trio is on a CD release tour. Please bring a drink or snack to share. Seating very limited and always sells out. Suggested donation: $20. More info: 415.254.8005, horowitz[at]
At a private home in Lower Bernal Heights, SAN FRANCISCO   


Thursday, January 8, 7:00pm, Chasing Portraits: A Great-granddaughter's Search for Her Lost Art Legacy, a presentation by Elizabeth Rynecki. Artist Moshe Rynecki hid roughly 800 paintings with non-Jewish friends in and around Warsaw at the outbreak of World War II. He perished in the Majdanek death camp. After the War, his family recovered approximately 120 paintings. For more than twenty years, Elizabeth Rynecki has attempted to find more paintings and details about her great-grandfather's lost work. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,  

At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO   


Sunday, January 25, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. Bring instructions for your favorite (simple) recipe. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]   

At a private home in SAN FRANCISCO  

Honor Wall 

New Honor Wall postings this month:

Dina Shandling: In honor of Joseph and Eliezer Shandling's birthdays. 

Howard Freedman: In memory of Adam Avram Geldman z''l, who entered this world in Lublin in 1922 and left it in San Francisco in 2014. In spite of knowing great pain and loss, he lovingly spread wisdom, music, and yiddishkayt. He is missed.

Robin Braverman: In memory of Pauline and Bundy Lang.

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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 four "thank you" gifts: NEW: "Live & Be Well, a celebration of Yiddish culture in America," by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi. This fascinating 192-page book describes hundreds of significant people, places, events, and ideas, from A to Z, through which Yiddish culture affected American Jewish life. Also available: * "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 (seeHERE).

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Plus, you'll be invited to two private 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!