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2015-09

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

   
Apples & honey.jpgL'shoneh toyveh tikoseyvu! We wish you and your loved ones a sweet New Year! Rosheshuneh (Rosh HaShanah) begins Sunday evening, September 13

Don't wait until Yumkipr (Yom Kippur) t'shuva (repentance / returning) to think about returning to Yiddish and studying ourmameloshn (mother tongue). Ten classes in Yiddish language or literature are described below!


Sukeh, from FreeDigitalPhotos.netAnd as you celebrate Sukes (Sukkot), the Festival of Booths, beginning the evening of September 27, think about KlezCalifornia's next FESTIVAL OF YIDDISH CULTURE November 7 - 9 at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley!We promise you a great time! On Saturday night we present our firstCabaret & Cabernet featuring some of the Bay Area's greatest entertainers. Sunday, enjoy your choice of eighteen workshops (in three sessions) for instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and anyone with a general interest in Yiddish culture, followed by a klezmer performance and dance party, with music by Veretski Pass and the other instrumental teachers, klezmer dancing led by Bruce Bierman, and refreshments! Put the Festival on your calendar RIGHT NOW so you don't miss it! 

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-- Submissions for the October newsletter HERE
 by September 25.
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources: Geleh Pages 

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Yiddish Language and Literature Classes This Fall

The Bay Area is fortunate to have so many Yiddish teachers and Yiddish classes. Below, read about courses in Berkeley, San Francisco, Stanford, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz (listed in order of the date the class begins). 

In addition, there's an ongoing monthly Yiddish Tish led by Reb Irwin Keller at Congregation Ner Shalom
 in Cotati, plus Yiddish clubs at the JCC East Bay (Berkeley), Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto), Peninsula JCC (Foster City), and more, all described in the KlezCalifornia GelehPages



Introduction to Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, taught by Jenna Ingalls. 
Mondays through Fridays, August 26 through Fall semester, 11:00am-12:00noon.
Class CC#37903, Yiddish 101. More info: U.C. Berkeley German Languages Department
.
At U.C. Berkeley, 65 Evans Hall, BERKELEY

The Feminine Voice: 20th-Century Women's Yiddish Poetry, taught by Yael Chaver.
Mondays through Fridays, August 26 through Fall semester, 11:00am-12:00noon.
 
Prerequisite: Yiddish 101 and 102 or equivalent. CC#37906, Yiddish 103. More info: U.C. Berkeley German Languages Department
.
At U.C. Berkeley, 102 Barrows Hall, BERKELEY

Class for Newer Yiddish Speakers, Readers and Writers, taught by Rochelle Goldman. 
Every other Friday, starting September 113:00-5:00pm.
Sponsored by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring and KlezCalifornia. Text (Sheva Zucker's "Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture," Vol. 1) can be purchased from the Yiddish Book Center or Amazon. No charge for the class. More info and to rsvp:  roshnman[at]yahoo.com.
At San Francisco Main Library, Sypic Room, SAN FRANCISCO

Beginning Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Mondays and Wednesdays, starting September 212:00-3:30pm.
Primarily for Stanford students, but auditors welcomed. Sometimes class times are changed to match student schedules. More info: jnlvtw[at]ucsc.edubayyiddish.net

At Stanford University, STANFORD  

Introduction to Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Thursdays, starting October 8 for ten sessions (no class 11/26), 7:30-9:30pm.
Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and co-sponsored by Congregation Emeth. Tuition: $200 for synagogue members, $250 for non-members, no-one turned away. Text costs $30. More info:jnlvtw[at]ucsc.edubayyiddish.net

At Congregation Emeth, MORGAN HILL

Reading Yiddish Literature, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Mondays, starting October 12 for ten sessions, 7:00-9:00pm.
Basic ability to read Yiddish required. Some instruction and discussion are in Yiddish. Tuition: $250. More info: jnlvtw[at]ucsc.edubayyiddish.net

At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO

Beginning Yiddish: A Lek (lick) and a Shmek (taste) of Yiddish, taught by Ken (Kalman) Blady.
Mondays, starting October 12 for nine sessions (no class 11/16), 7:00-8:30pm.
Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $150 JCC members, $160 others. More info: 510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Reading Yiddish Texts, taught by Yael Chaver. 
Mondays, starting October 12 for ten sessions, 7:15-9:15pm.
Prerequisite: one year of college-level Yiddish or equivalent. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $160 JCC members, $175 others. More info:510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Tuesdays, starting October 13 for ten sessions, 7:00-9:00pm
Tuition: $250. More info: jnlvtw[at]ucsc.edubayyiddish.net

At Congregation Kol Tefila, SANTA CRUZ 

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Ken (Kalman) Blady. 
Wednesdays, starting October 14  for nine sessions (no class 11/25), 7:00-8:30pm.
Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $150 JCC members, $160 others. More info: 510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica
.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

NOTE:
 Introductory Yiddish will be offered by Yankl Levitow in the Winter Quarter at University of California, Santa Cruz. Auditors are welcome.
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon, September 27

SundaySept. 27th2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon.
 For fluent Yiddish speakers. Di temes veln zayn:
·        Vu klerstu tsu foren/besukhen neksteh yohr?  Farvus?
·        Dertseyl unz fun a katz oh hunt du host gehat - di numen un epes interesant fun di katz oh hunt.
·        Vus tsit dir tsum yidishkayt? Farvus blaybstu a yid?
·        Verter shpil
Brengt a nash oyb du kenst!
At a private home, OAKLAND
Community Events 
 
Thursday, September 3, 1:45pm.
Rossmoor Jewish Community Chorus, led by Achi Ben Shalom.
 Repertoire includes Yiddish songs. Fee: $100 per ten-week session. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]nigunim.org.
At Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK

Saturday, September 5, 9:30am-12:00noon.
Majorly Minor, with Naomi Zamir
 and others, playing Eastern European and klezmer tunes.
At Palo Alto Farmers' Market, PALO ALTO

Sunday, September 63:00-4:30pm.
Convergence, with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Veretski Pass.
 The repertoire of traditional Jewish and African-American music explores exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption. With visual artist Meredith Leichnew's animation. Tickets: $10 CJM Members, $15 general (includes museum admission). More info: 415.655.7800Contemporary Jewish Museum

At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, September 10, 6:00pm.
The House of Twenty Thousand Books, author Sasha Abramsky in conversation with writer David Biale. The story of Chimen Abramsky, who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Eastern European Jewish history. Tickets: No charge for Institute members / $15 general. More info:415.494.0102Mechanics Institute Library

At The Mechanics' Institute Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, September 132:00-4:30pm.
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring's secular Rosh Hashonah celebration, 
which will include Yiddish songs. Contribution: Sliding scale $10-$25, no-one turned away. More info and reservations:415.566.7235dmscott01[at]yahoo.com.
At JCC San Francisco, Beit Midrash Room, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, September 19, 7:30pm.
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Celebration of the New Year and the Jewish musical wedding tradition, with klezmer and Yiddish songs. Tickets:
 $15 adults / $12 ages 15 and under / $12 ages 70 and over. More info: Jubilee Klezmer
.
At Petaluma Historical Museum, PETALUMA

Monday, September 216:00-8:00pm.
Gypsy Moths.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Thursday,September 24, SONOMA sonoma.edu/music/concert_calendar/ay2015-16/biggalute
Friday, September 25, SAN FRANCISCO redpoppyarthouse.org/event/big-galute-daniel-barton
Saturday, September 26, PALO ALTO arts.stanford.edu/event/big-galute
Hailed as “a real treat for open minds” and an “alleged klezmer band,” Big Galut(e)  brings its mix of folk, jazz, klezmer, classics, and more to the Poppy. This East Coast quintet performs music ranging from Argentine Yiddish tangos and Renaissance Jewish sonatas, to Mahler compositions with a klezmer sensibility. 

Monday, September 286:00-8:00pm.
Ghost Note Ensemble.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Mondays, starting September 28, 7:30pm.
Nigunim Community Chorus new season, led by Achi Ben Shalom.
 Songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. New singers encouraged to audition. Fee: $150 per ten-week session. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]nigunim.org.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Wednesday, September 306:30-8:00pm.
Nigunim Marin Jewish Community Chorus (first meeting/ sing-along) led by Achi Ben Shalom.
Traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. Fee: $180 per ten-week session and a concert. More info: 510.528.8872,mail[at]nigunim.org.
At Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON
Community Events 
 
Thursday, September 3, 1:45pm.
Rossmoor Jewish Community Chorus, led by Achi Ben Shalom.
 Repertoire includes Yiddish songs. Fee: $100 per ten-week session. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]nigunim.org.
At Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK

Saturday, September 5, 9:30am-12:00noon.
Majorly Minor, with Naomi Zamir
 and others, playing Eastern European and klezmer tunes.
At Palo Alto Farmers' Market, PALO ALTO

Sunday, September 63:00-4:30pm.
Convergence, with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Veretski Pass.
 The repertoire of traditional Jewish and African-American music explores exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption. With visual artist Meredith Leichnew's animation. Tickets: $10 CJM Members, $15 general (includes museum admission). More info: 415.655.7800Contemporary Jewish Museum

At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, September 10, 6:00pm.
The House of Twenty Thousand Books, Author Sasha Abramsky in conversation with writer David Biale. The story of Chimen Abramsky, who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Eastern European Jewish history. Tickets: No charge for Institute members / $15 general. More info:415.494.0102Mechanics Institute Library

At The Mechanics' Institute Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, September 132:00-4:30pm.
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring's secular Rosh Hashonah celebration, 
which will include Yiddish songs. Contribution: Sliding scale $10-$25, no-one turned away. More info and reservations:415.566.7235dmscott01[at]yahoo.com.
At JCC San Francisco, Beit Midrash Room, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, September 19, 7:30pm.
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Celebration of the New Year and the Jewish musical wedding tradition, with klezmer and Yiddish songs. Tickets:
 $15 adults / $12 ages 15 and under / $12 ages 70 and over. More info: Jubilee Klezmer
.
At Petaluma Historical Museum, PETALUMA

Monday, September 216:00-8:00pm.
Gypsy Moths.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Monday, September 286:00-8:00pm.
Ghost Note Ensemble.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Mondays, starting September 28, 7:30pm.
Nigunim Community Chorus new season, led by Achi Ben Shalom.
 Songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. New singers encouraged to audition. Fee: $150 per ten-week session. More info: 510.528.8872mail[at]nigunim.org.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Wednesday, September 306:30-8:00pm.
Nigunim Marin Jewish Community Chorus (first meeting/ sing-along) led by Achi Ben Shalom.
Traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. Fee: $180 per ten-week session and a concert. More info: 510.528.8872,mail[at]nigunim.org.
At Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON
On the Web

Yiddish theater and film star Molly Picon (1898-1992) interviewed
 (in Yiddish) on Israeli television December, 1980 (thanks to Bruce Bierman).

The premiere performance (April 12, 2015) of An Afternoon of Song and Music
, based on Rabbi Edward Zerin's book, "A Tribute to my Teacher, Rabbi Simon Krinsky." Part One: Lider Fun a Kabtsn,composed by Dr. Michael Isaacson, performed by Cantor Roslyn Barak, and accompanied by Ronnie Michael Greenberg. Part Two: From Kabtsn to Beloved Teacher: Yiddish and English Poetry Readings by Rabbi Edward Zerin.

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (in New York) has made available footage from a landmark November 1978 concert
 by the Dave Tarras Trio which also featured a youthful Andy Statman and Zev Feldman in their public debuts, plus Yiddish singers Feigl Yudin and Ethel Raim. 
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Michael Alpert, klezmer musician, Yiddish singer, composer, ethnomusicologist, and artistic advisor to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, is being named a National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellow
. He and other Heritage Fellows will be honored at awards ceremony and free concert in Washington, D.C. on October 1 - 2. The concert will be webcast live at arts.gov
. Michael serves on KlezCalifornia's Advisory Council. 

Proverb of the month: On the eve of YumKipr, all thieves become pious (Erev-yumkipr vern aleh ganeyvim frum) (thanks to Yiddish Wit
). 
Coming in October

Saturday, October 3, 9:30am-12:00noon.
Majorly Minor, with Naomi Zamir
 and others, playing Eastern European and klezmer tunes.
At Palo Alto Farmers' Market, PALO ALTO

Tuesdays, starting October 67:30-9:30pm.
Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco begins its 90th season.
 Singing primarily in Yiddish, with some Hebrew, Ladino and Russian songs. Translations and transliterations provided. All welcome. Fee: $100/year, no charge for first month. "Talk with us" if money is a problem. More info:510.533.3903, 415.239.1725, yidshlid[at]earthlink.net, Jewish Folk Chorus
.

At Menorah Park, SAN FRANCISCO

Fridays, starting October 9 for six weeks (not 10/16), 10:00am-12:00noon.
The American Immigration Experience: Irish, Italians and Jews, taught by Ken Blady.
 Presented by Diablo Valley College / Emeritus College. Tuition: $65 Emeritus College members, $70 others. More info: 925.969.4316Diablo Valley College / Emeritus College
 (click on Fall 2015 brochure).
At Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK

Sunday, October 114:00-7:00pm, Sharon Bernstein sings Yiddish melodies paired with the Broadway tunes they inspired. Event includes hors d'oeuvres, home-cooked dinner, and desserts. Tickets: $45. More info and reservations: 510.684.5580.
At a private home in BERKELEY 

Monday, October 126:00-8:00pm.
Davis Klezmer Band.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Monday, October 196:00-8:00pm.
Ben Goldberg and Rob Reich.
 Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm.
Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz. Poets Philip Terman and Jake Marmer, accompanied by musicians Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and John Schott (guitar). 
A conversation between Jewish-infused words and music. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Friday, October 23, 7:30pm.
Mostly Kosher 
(based in Southern California). Dancing led by Bruce Bierman.Tickets: TBD, cash only at the door. More info: 650.731.5383Red Poppy Art House
.
At Red Poppy Art House, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, October 24, time TBD, Mostly Kosher. Bruce Bierman will lead dancing. Tickets: $12 advance / $15 day of show / $10 groups of 8+. More info: 510.525.5099Ashkenaz
.
At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, Oct 25, 3:00pm.
Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz. Poets Philip Terman and Jake Marmer, accompanied by musicians Ben Goldberg and John Schott.
 See October 22 event, above. No charge. More info:510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica
.
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK  

Sunday, October 25, 5:30-7:30pm.
Mostly Kosher, 
with dinner and music. Dancing led by Bruce Bierman. Tickets: $15/person in advance with rsvp by October 21; $18 at the door; $36 per family (two adults and three school-aged children) for a catered kosher dinner. More info: 415.388.1818Congregation Kol Shofar
.
At Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON

Monday, October 266:00-8:00pm.
"Mini Kosher"
 (several members of the Mostly Kosher band from Los Angeles). Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's

At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, BERKELEY

Wednesday, October 28 (4th Wednesday).
Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at 7:30pm.
 Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info: 707.544.2491Klezmer Creek
Gaia's Garden
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At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA                                                
SupportKlezCaliforniaHonor Wall
 
New Honor Wall
 postings this month:


Carmen and Harvey Gotliffe: To honor all of our friends through the years at the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association, who taught us about the importance of preserving both the rich Yiddish culture and the beautiful Yiddish language.


Barbara Kuperstein: In honor of my parents Joseph and Sara Kuperstein who were the most wonderful parents anyone could ask for.  They spoke Yiddish to me and helped me cultivate a love for this incredible language.  They taught me how to think and speak in Yiddish.  They taught me how to be a mentsh. I am thankful and grateful to them.

SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport KlezCalifornia
 
With a gift of any amount, you become a Contributing Member of KlezCalifornia 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.

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Donors of $54 (3 chai/khay) or more may choose one of four "thank you" gifts: *  "Live & 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 that helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. * 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. Plus, you'll be invited to two special KlezCalifornia parties each year. Make your tax-deductibledonation via credit card
 or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!