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

Have an idea for a workshop at the next KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival? Please send us your suggestions, as we are starting to plan the Festival! 

And put November 7-8 on your calendar now, so you don't miss KlezCalifornia's 14th Festival, which will be held at the JCC East Bay.


-- Submissions
for the July newsletter by June 19
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources: Geleh Pages 

-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture: KlezCal online resources

-- Klezmer musicians looking for others: KlezCal want ads

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Yiddish Culture at Limmud Bay Area, June 26-28


Friday, June 26, to Sunday, June 28, Yiddish-inspired workshops at Limmud Bay Area:

Bruce with scarf
 Dance, with Bruce Bierman.

Messianic Sparrows and Smart-Ass Goats: the Meaning of Animals in Yiddish Song, with Laura Rosenberg.

These are two among more than one hundred workshops offered at Limmud Bay Area, which is co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. 

The registration fee for the weekend includes room and board for two days and nights, plus all programming, and starts at $295, less for teens, kids. More info: Limmud Bay Area

At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK  

Community Events
Until Sunday, June 28, Saturdays at 5:00pm, Sundays at 7:00pm. Melancholy, a Comedy, with Sara Felder. Includes klezmer music throughout. Previews until June 6. Opening night June 7. For ages 16 and up. Previews: $15-$100. Runs: $20-$100. Tickets: $15 - $100. More info: 415.282.3055,The Marsh

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00pm, Mama LoshnShtetl-and-beyond music in Yiddish, French, Ladino, Spanish, Hebrew - English even! More info: 510.849.1100Le Bateau Ivre
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY

Thursdays, June 4-257:00-8:30pmNu, You Think That's Funny? A Century of Jewish Humor in America, with Mark Levy. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Tuition: $50 / $40 members; register for class A350-BJ. More info: 415.276.1506Lehrhaus Judaica


Saturday, June 6, 9:30am-12:00noon, Majorly Minor, featuring Naomi Zamir and others. 
Klezmer and East European music.
At Palo Alto Farmers' Market on Gilman St., PALO ALTO

Sunday, June 7, 3:00pm, Words and Music: An Afternoon of Theatre and Song, with Lois Pearlman, accompanied by Sonia Tubridy. Refreshments. Tickets: $10, nobody turned away.
At Guerneville Community Church, GUERNEVILLE

Sunday, June 14, 2:30pmDi Mayse: 
Celebrating Stories of Beloved Yiddish Authors, 89th Annual Concert of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San FranciscoFolk songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Russian. Advance tickets: $10. At door: $15 general / $12 students, seniors and people with disabilities. Buy tickets: 510.220.6325, Brown Paper Tickets
. More info: Jewish Folk Chorus
At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, June 226:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays
At Saul's Deli, BERKELEY

June 23 - 28, 8:00pm. Orquesta Victoria, 12-piece tango orchestra from Buenos Aires, with new Yiddish tangos written by Bay Area resident Debora Simcovich. New CD release. Pre-concert talks "Jewish Life and Tango in Argentina" at 7:00pm, with Argentine sociologist Anita Epelbaum Weinstein. Concerts include tango performance. More info: 415.734.6478Villa Crespo Productions

Tuesday, June 23, 7:00pm, Reception with the artists. Tickets: $5. 
At Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, June 24. Tickets: $26 advance / $30 door
At Freight & Salvage, BERKELEY

Thursday, June 25. Tickets: $20 advance / $25 door.
At Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SAN FRANCISCO

Friday, June 26. Tickets: $26-$30 advance / $28-$32 door
At Marines' Memorial Theatre, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, June 27. Tickets: $26 advance / $30 door
At San Anselmo Playhouse, SAN ANSELMO

Sunday, June 28. Tickets: $26 advance / $30 door

At Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, PALO ALTO 


Wednesday, June 247:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek performance followed by jam. FourthWednesday Klezmer Nights. Entertainment free with $5 minimum purchase. More info: 707.544.2491,Gaia's Garden

At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA      


Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, August 2, Fiddler on the Roof. Produced by Berkeley Playhouse.
Tickets: $17-$60. Save 15% if you order tickets online or over the phone with code EBFiddler beforeSunday, June 7, 11:50pm. More info: 510.845.8542 X 351Berkeley Playhouse

At Julia Morgan Theater, BERKELEY 
Saturday, June 27 - Saturday, July 4, Learn East European fiddling with many teachers, including Miamon Miller. Miller plays with klezmer bands as well as Balkan, mariachi, Middle Eastern, and jazz. Part of Balkan Camp. Full-time, three-day, and four-day packages. More info:510.547.1118Balkan Camp
At Mendocino Woodlands Camp One, MENDOCINO COUNTY  

Sunday, June 28, 2:00pm, Hot Kugel (Suska Varda and Mordecai) and 4:15pm, Red Hot Chachkas plus 3:00pm, Octopretzel and 5:00pm, Matisyahu.  Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, 2:00-7:00pm. Tickets: $10 general / $5 JCC members / free kids 17 and under. More info: 408.357.7492Addison-Penzak JCC
At Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley, LOS GATOS

Sunday, June 28, times TBD, Yiddish: So Old It's New Again, with Jon Levitow; Jewish Jokes, with Rabbi Richard Litvak; performance by Jeff Brody and his Gypsy Klezmer All Stars; dancing with music by ADAMA; Broadway Singalong - A Jewish Legacy. Part of Temple Beth El Jewish Cultural Festival, 11:00am-5:00pm. No charge. More info: 831.479.3444, Temple Beth El

At Temple Beth El, APTOS
On the Web


New listings in KlezCalifornia Geleh Pages, directory of Yiddish culture resources in the San Francisco Bay Area: performers and lecturers Jeremiah Lockwood, Jake Marmer, Laura Rosenberg.


Yiddish video (with English subtitles) about the diversity of Chinese cuisine, a report from Forvertscorrespondent Ross Perlin, part of Travelogues of a New York Jew (thanks to Paula Teitelbaum).  

The Stonehill Jewish Song Collection, a new website with more than sixty songs from the 1,000-song archive of recordings collected in 1948 by Ben Stonehill from displaced person camp refugees being temporarily housed at the Hotel Marseille in Manhattan. The songs are mostly in Yiddish, but also in Russian, Polish, Czech, Lithuanian, and Hebrew (thanks to Paula Teitelbaum, Moish Estrin).  

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month: Even the most expensive clock has no more than sixty minutes (Afileh der raykhster zeyger hot nit mer vi zekhtsik minut) (thanks to Yiddish Wit). 

Coming in July


Monday, July 67:00-8:30pmBubeh Maysez: A History of the Yiddish Language, with Ken Blady.Tickets: $8 / free for members; register for course H300-BJ. More info: 415.276.1506,



Friday July 108:00-11:00pm, Majorly Minor (new group) featuring Naomi Zamir and others, playing klezmer and East European music for the Stanford International Folk Dancers. Dancing led by Karen Bergen. 
At First Baptist Church, PALO ALTO

Sunday, July 122:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent speakers. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, EAST BAY

Sunday, July 19, 4:00pm, Songs of Love and Summer, with Nigunim Chorus. An afternoon of love songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. More info: Facebook.



Wednesday, July 227:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek performance followed by jam. FourthWednesday Klezmer Nights. Entertainment free with $5 minimum purchase. More info: 707.544.2491,Gaia's Garden.  

At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA     


Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, August 9, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. We'll describe films related to Yiddish culture in the July and August newsletters! More info: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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 four "thank you" gifts: * "Live and Be Well, A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America," by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi (192 pp.) * "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

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 or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!