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2015-10

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




Sukeh, from FreeDigitalPhotos.netAs you celebrate Sukes (Sukkot), the Festival of Booths, which began the evening of September 27, think about KlezCalifornia's next FESTIVAL OF YIDDISH CULTURE, November 7 - 8 at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley! We promise you a great time! 

All the details are on KlezCalifornia's Festival webpages
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NEW this year! CABARET & CABERNET, Saturday night, November 7. We are excited to present our first Cabaret & Cabernet featuring some of the Bay Area's greatest entertainers, with wine (for purchase) in a cabaret-like atmosphere!

Sunday, enjoy the day with your choice of eighteen workshops (in three sessions) for singers, poets, dancers, instrumentalists, and anyone with a general interest in Yiddish culture. The Festival concludes with a fabulous klezmer performance and dance party, with music by Veretski Pass and the other music teachers, dancing led by Bruce Bierman, and refreshments! 

Put the Festival on your calendar RIGHT NOW so you don't miss it! Registration
 is now open! 
 
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-- Submissions for the November newsletter HERE
 by October 25.
-- 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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Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz, October 22 and 25

Poetry = Klezmer = Jazz. Jake Marmer, poet and performer who has written for the page and performed for the stage, will be joined by musicians Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and John Schott (guitar) in a unique conversation that interweaves Jewish-infused words and music, 

Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. 

NOTE: Philip Terman (pictured at lower left) was to be part of this program, but had to cancel his trip to the Bay Area. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, October 25, 3:00pm. More info: 510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica.

At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK
Community Events 

Yiddish classes this Fall: If you missed the September newsletter article about the ten Yiddish classes being offered this Fall, you can get all the details in KlezCalifornia's directory of Yiddish culture resources in the Bay Area, the Geleh Pages


Saturday, October 3, 9:30am - 12:00noon, Majorly Minor, 
playing Eastern European and klezmer tunes, with Naomi Zamir and others. At Palo Alto Farmers' Market on Gilman St. (behind the downtown Post Office), PALO ALTO

Monday, October 5, 6:00pm Veretski Pass. 
Simkhes Toyreh (Simkhat Torah) services followed by a community block party with live music and dancing. More info: Congregation Beth Sholom
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At Congregation Beth Sholom, SAN FRANCISCO

Tuesdays, starting October 6, 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. Fee: $100/year, no charge for first month. "Talk with us" if money is a problem. More info: 510.533.3903415.239.1725yidshlid[at]earthlink.netJewish Folk Chorus

At Menorah Park, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, October 77:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. More info: 510.849.1100,Le Bateau Ivre
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY

Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm, Sharon Bernstein, Yiddish and Israeli song. Part of L'Chaim! To Life! Jewish Music Series. 
Yiddish songs, khasidik nigunim, Italian Jewish musical traditions and original compositions and arrangements. Coffee and light refreshments at 6:00pm. No charge. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
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At Sonoma State University, Schroeder Hall, ROHNERT PARK

Fridays, starting October 9 for 6 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:925.969.4316Emeritus College
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At Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK

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

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

Monday, October 12, 7:30pm, Nigunim Chorus, led by Achi Ben Shalom, is starting its Fall season. Ten consecutive Mondays ending with a concert in December. The chorus sings folk songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. More info: mail[at]nigunim.org
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Saturday, October 17, 7:30pm, Felix and Meira 
(film, 105 mins., English, French, Yiddish w. English subtitles). Part of  Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
. The story of an unconventional romance between Meira, a khasidik housewife and mother, and Fe´lix, a man lost in mourning his father's death, who meet at a bakery in Montreal. Tickets: $14.45 (including service fees) general online / $12.38 (including service fees) seniors and students online. Buy tickets and more info:800.838.3006Brown Paper Tickets
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At AMC Saratoga 14, SAN JOSE

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

Monday, October 19, 6:00pm, Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem 
(film, 75 mins., English)Part of  Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
. Portraits of Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel are woven together in this documentary. Tickets: $12.38 seniors, students online with service fee / $14.45 general online with service fee. To purchase tickets: 800.838.3006,  Brown Paper Tickets.

At AMC Saratoga 13, SAN JOSE

Thursday, October 22, 6:00pm, Deli Man (film). 
Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
. Jewish culture and food as they reflect the heart of a vital ethnic history. Tickets: $12.38 seniors, students online with service fee / $14.45 general online with service fee. To purchase tickets: 800.838.3006,Brown Paper Tickets
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At AMC Saratoga, 13, SAN JOSE

Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm, The Bridge Players: Music from the Concentration Camps. 
Part of L'Chaim! To Life! Jewish Music Series. Works by Schul, Klein, Copland, Mendelssohn, and Brian S. Wilson. Coffee and light refreshments at 6:00pm. No charge. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
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At Sonoma State University, Schroeder Hall, ROHNERT PARK

Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm, Mostly Kosher. 
Jewish cultural revival band based in Southern California. Ticket Price: No charge Congregation Beth Israel members / $15 guests. More info:Congregation Beth Israel
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At Congregation Beth Israel, CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

Friday, October 23, Mostly Kosher: Klezmer and Yiddish Jazz, 7:30-10:00pm
Jewish cultural revival band based in Southern California.Tickets: $10-$15. More info: 650.731.5383Red Poppy Art House
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At Red Poppy Art House, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, October 24, 7:00pmL'Chaim (Auf Das Leben) 
(film, 86 mins., German with English subtitles). Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festiva
l. Romance involving a new arrival to Berlin and a warm-hearted, aging Jewish cabaret singer and the passionate Yiddish songs of her youth.Tickets: $14.45 general online / $12.38 seniors and students online (prices include service fees). Tickets and more info: 800.828.3006Brown Paper Tickets
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At AMC Saratoga 14, SAN JOSE

Saturday, October 24, 8:00pm, Mostly Kosher, with Gaucho (Gypsy Jazz). 
Tickets: $12 advance / $15 day of show / $10 groups of 8+. More info: 510.525.5099Ashkenaz
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At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, October 25, 5:00pm, Mostly Kosher. 
Dinner, music, and dancing with Bruce Bierman. More info: 415.388.1818Congregation Kol Shofar
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At Congregation Kol Shofar, TIBURON

Monday, October 266:00-8:00pm, Mini Kosher 
(a few members of the band Mostly Kosher. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen, BERKELEY        

Tuesday, October 27, 1:00pm and 7:30pm, Raise the Roof 
(film, 85 minutes, English). Part ofSonoma County Jewish Film Festival
. Rick Brown and Laura Brown recruited three hundred artists and students (many not Jewish) to reconstruct one of the hundreds of now-vanished but once resplendent synagogues whose painted interiors captured the pulse and color of Jewish life in 18th-century Poland. Tickets: $10 matinees / $ 13 evening showings, if ordered in advance, $1 more at the door (evening shows expected to sell out). To buy tickets and more info: 707.528.4222JCC Sonoma County

At Rialto Cinemas, SEBASTOPOL

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   
On the Web

Yiddish is alive deep in the heart of Texas
, reports CBS News (thanks to Netta Avineri). Look for Bay Area residents Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez dancing near the end of the video.

Speaking Yiddish in Gaza
, in The Forward (thanks to Rivka Greenberg).

Yiddish song Oyfn Veg
 sung to and by a Syrian-Palestinian refugee family in Hungary. The singer is an Austrian Jewish shepherd and folk singer, Hans Breuer. See also Huffington Post story
 about Breuer (thanks to Achi Ben Shalom). 

Study Yiddish online with classes for all levels through Workmen's Circle
 (teachers: Kolya Borodulin, Paula Teitelbaum, Sheva Zucker, Avraham Lichtenbaum, Itskhok Niborski) and through independent classes taught by Paula Teitelbaum


The Center for Traditional Music and Dance has released a cache of recordings of Yiddish songs performed/composed by Shmerke Kaczerginski
. These tracks were recorded through the efforts of Ben Stonehill in 1948 to document the songs of Holocaust survivors who were being temporarily housed at the Hotel Marseilles on New York's Upper West Side.

KlezCalifornia mentioned in story, "Boyle Heights and City Terrace: Musical Bridge to East L.A,"
 from Los Angeles' Jewish Journal (thanks to Bruce Bierman, also mentioned and pictured in the story).
Farshidns (This 'n That)

New CD, Poyln, A Gilgul, with Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin. Translated as Poland, a Metamorphosis, this CD contains obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, previously unknown Hasidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections, repertoire from field research of the musicians and their colleagues, and original compositions. This recording is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music - a missing link of the klezmer revival. AvailableOctober 8 on Veretski Pass' website
 and at the KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival November 7-8.

A resort that in its heyday garnered a reputation as the "Catskills of the West" was severely damaged in the Valley wildfire that recently devastated Northern California. Read more.


Yiddish New York
, a new festival of Yiddish music, language and culture combining workshops, lectures and performances will take place December 24 - 29 in Manhattan's vibrant and historic Lower East Side/East Village. Discount registration fee until November 1.

Proverb of the month: You can't empty the ocean with a spoon. (Mit a lefl ken men dem yam nit 
oys'shepn (thanks to Yiddish Wit
). 
Coming in November

Monday, November 26:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays.
Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Monday, November 2, 7:30pm, Felix and Meira (film, 105 mins., English, French, Yiddish w. English subtitles)Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
. Tickets: $14.45 (including service fees) general online / $12.38 (including service fees) seniors and students online. Tickets and more info:800.838.3006Brown Paper Tickets
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At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO

Tuesdays, November 3 for 6 weeks, 10:00am-12:00noon, Ashkenazim: The Early History of German Jewry, taught by Ken Blady. Presented by Diablo Valley College / Emeritus College. Tuition: $65 Emeritus College members, $70 others. More info: 925.969.4316Emeritus College
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At Rossmoor, WALNUT CREEK 

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm, Is There Such a Thing as Jewish Literature?, with Adam 
Kirsch. Reception at 6:00pm. Presented by UC Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies

At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Thursday, November 5, 6:30pm, Scott Gerber, Jeremiah Lockwood, and Jewlia Eisenberg. Part of L'Chaim! To Life! Jewish Music Series. Coffee and light refreshments at 6:00pm. No charge. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
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At Sonoma State University, Schroeder Hall, ROHNERT PARK

Friday, November 7, 9:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos. Part of Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
. Tickets: $10-$15 sliding scale at the door.
At Starry Plough Pub, BERKELEY

Saturday - Sunday, November 7 - 8KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival!


Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (film, 96 mins., English). Closing night event of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
. Dessert reception follows. Tickets: $42.39 online with service fee. To purchase tickets: 800.838.3006Brown Paper Tickets
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At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO

Beginning Monday, November 97:00-8:30pm, for four Mondays, Fiddlers on the Stage: Ten Jewish Violinists, taught by Mark Levy. Tuition: $50 Lehrhaus members / $60 general. More info:510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica
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At Lehrhaus Judaica, BERKELEY

Sunday, November 15, 1:30pm, Yiddish Paris: Theater and Culture during the Interwar Years, A presentation by Nick Underwood. No charge. More info: More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, November 22, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679, email Flisik Salon.
At a private home, SAN FRANCISCO