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

Don't miss the wonderful opportunity this week to learn klezmer dancing with internationally-renowned Steve Weintraub. He's offering two workshops for dancers (Tuesday and Thursday) at the JCC East Bay. If you are an instrumentalist, participate in Steve's Wednesday workshop tolearn how to play for dancers -- come alone or with your band.

Then dance with Steve to the music of Veretski Pass at Sunday's Jewish Music Festival Finale. The detailed schedule is below.

Finally, read below about an event we've just learned about: Hear Scott Gerber, The Singing Jewish Cowboy, at Temple Beth Am in Los Altos Hills on Sunday, March 29.

-- Submissions for the April newsletter HERE by March 25.
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources: Geleh Pages 
-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture: KlezCal on-line resources
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DanceworkshopsDance Workshops with Steve Weintraub, March 17-19

Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Steve Weintraub, Magician of Jewish Dance,
 presents three workshops:   
Tuesday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Styles (Part 1). Dancing at a simkheh is not only a pleasure, it is also a
mitzveh and a gift to those celebrating. Learn to show off with the Bottle Dance, and be part of a Human Roulette Wheel and the Crushing Walls!  


Wednesday, Make 'Em Dance, for musicians and bands.Musicians will take turns dancing. Learn correct tempos and

feeling for each dance style. Improved playing guaranteed!   
Thursday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Style (Part 2). It's Yiddish barn dancing!Including the Jewish square dance called the sher, and a variety of other fun and social dances with ballroom roots.


Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15/workshop, $25 for two, $39.99 for all three. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info:


Jewish Music Festival Finale and Dance Party, Sunday, March 22

Sunday, March 22, 1:00-6:00pm, Jewish Music Festival Finale and Dance Party. Sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. Dancing led by international Jewish dance expert Steve Weintraub.


1:00 - 1:30 Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra
1:40 - 2:10 Nigunim Community Chorus
2:20 - 3:50 Pop-Up Chorus: Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
4:00 - 6:00 Dance Party with Steve Weintraub and Veretski Pass  


Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15 general / $12 seniors, students, JCCEB members. Box office: 800.838.3006. More

At JCC of the East Bay, BERKELEY

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon Sunday, March 29

Sunday, March 29, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon.
 For fluent Yiddish speakers. Mir veln discutirn etlekheh temes: 

1.      Vitzn fun Khelm
2.      Shpiln mit verter
3.      A filem, program fun TV, oder a guten bukh vos du host

         gezen oh geleynt in dem lesten yor
4.      Vos Pesakh meynt tsu dir.

More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]

At a private home, EL CERRITO

Community Events 


Until Sunday, May 24, Letters to Afar (video installation) Budapest-based filmmaker and video-artist Péter Forgács (b. 1950), along with the NYC-based band The Klezmatics. Revisit amateur 

movies made by Jewish immigrants from the U.S. who visited their hometowns in Poland during the 1920-30s. Several decades later, Forgács rewrites these "visual postcards." Commissioned by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York. Tickets: Included in museum admission ($12 general / $10 seniors, students / $5 Thursdays after 5:00pm / no charge 18 and under). More info: 415.655.7800HERE.  

At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO


Until Sunday, May 24, Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies (exhibition). After the  

death of Ze'ev Aleksandrowicz in 1992, his family discovered over 15,000 negatives made in the

1930s telling stories about the relationship between these two worlds, full of contrasts and  

contradictions. Tickets: Included in museum admission ($12 general / $10 seniors, students / $5  

Thursdays after 5:00pm / no charge 18 and under). More info: 415.655.7800HERE.  

At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm, Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance with Esti Kenan-Ofri (Israel) and Michael Alpert (United States). No charge. More
At The Magnes Collection, BERKELEY    


Wednesday, March 25, 7:00-8:00pm, Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night with performance by Klezmer Creek followed by jam. More info:

At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA   


Friday, March 27, 8:00pm, to Sunday, April 26, Fiddler on the Roof (on stage). Tickets: $25 adults  


$12 children, seniors, students / $19 NTC members. More info: 415.883.4498HERE.  




At Novato Theater Company, NOVATO  



Sunday, March 29, 2:00pm, Scott Gerber, the Singing Jewish Cowboy. Scott Gerber is a working Jewish cowboy who plays guitar and sings Yiddish folksongs and the left-wing ballads his bubeh and mom taught him while growing up on a Petaluma chicken ranch. Hear Gerber sing, and watch a short film about Gerber entitled Song of a Jewish Cowboy. No charge. More info: 650.493.4661,
At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS 


Sunday, March 29, 7:00pm, Stanford Klezmer Band. More info: 408.866.2666,
At Jerusalem Grill & Bar, CAMPBELL    


Monday, March 30, Ben Goldberg & Rob Reich. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY