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2015-11

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


Have you signed up yet for this year's fabulous KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival, presented together with the JCC East Bay in Berkeley? It's this coming weekend! If you buy tickets
 now, you'll save time, and NO ONLINE PURCHASE FEES.

NEW this year! 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, November 8, enjoy WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE, & PARTY with your choice of eighteen workshops (in three sessions) for singers, poets, dancers, instrumentalists, and anyone with a general interest in Yiddish culture. Lunch options: Lunch is included in a Festival pass (entire weekend or Sunday only), can be purchased separately (if ordered in advance), or bring your own. Tables reserved for Yiddish speakers! The Festival concludes with a fabulous klezmer performance by Veretski Pass, followed by a dance party, with dancing led by Bruce Bierman, and refreshments! 
 
 
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-- Submissions for the December newsletter HERE
 by November 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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Yiddish Paris, Sunday, November 15

Sunday, November 15, 1:30pm, Yiddish Paris: Theater and Culture during the Interwar Years, a presentation by Nick Underwood. Paris during the interwar years was an exciting hub of immigrant Yiddish culture. During the 1920s and 1930s, approximately 150,000 immigrant Jews from eastern and central Europe came to Paris, transforming themselves from a disparate group of immigrants unsure of their place in France to a community that coalesced around a new, transnational anti-fascist identity. Yiddish cultural institutions, such as the Yiddish theater and the Arbeter-Ring Pariz (Workmen's Circle Paris), aided in the creation of this new type of community, while the Modern Jewish Culture Pavilion, constructed for the World's Fair, put Yiddish Paris on the world stage. The image to the right is the cover of a guidebook to Paris printed in Yiddish for the 1937 World's Fair. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Flisik Yidisheh SalonSunday, November 22

Sunday, November 22, 1:00-3:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. 

Di temes veln zayn:
    * Vu klerstu tsu forn/bazukhn nexteh yor? Farvos?
    *  Dertseyl undz fun a kats oder hunt vos du host amol gehat - di nemen un epes interesant vegn der katz oder dem hunt.
    *    Vos tsit dir tsu yidishkayt? Farvos blaybstu a yid?
    *    Verter shpil.
Lomir visn oyb du kumst tsu unzer salon. Breng a nash oyb du kenst.

No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home in SAN FRANCISCO
Community Events 

Monday, November 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Monday, November 2, 7:00-9:00pm, Che Guevara approved Latkes, with Mindy Meyers. Part of four-session Cooking Round the World. Prepare three variations of everyone's favorite socialist dish: carrot-zucchini latkes, leftie leek latkes, and stop ya Stalin and eat them curried potato latkes... with a dollop of Emma Goldman's homemade apple sauce on top! Cost: $50/class. More info:510.593.5285kehillasynagogue.org
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At Kehilla Community Synagogue, OAKLAND

Monday, November 2, 7:30pm, Felix and Meira (film, 105 mins., English, French, Yiddish w. English subtitles). Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. An unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away. A Hasidic housewife and mother, and a man lost in mourning his father's death meet at a bakery in Montreal. Tickets: $14.45 (including service fees) general online / $12.38 (including service fees) seniors and students online. Tickets and more info: 408.498.0904Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO

Tuesdays, November 3 for six weeks, 10:00am-12:00noon, Ashkenazim: The Early History of German Jewry, taught by Ken Blady. By the fourth century, there were already thriving Jewish communities along the Rhineland. With the spread of Christianity, Jews were increasingly persecuted, but under the reign of Charlemagne and his successors, the Jews were granted equal rights as citizens and German Jewish culture flourished. All this would radically deteriorate with the rise of the Crusades in 1096, the blood libels, and the Black Plague of 1348. Presented by Diablo Valley College's 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 U.C. Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies. More info:510.643.2526The Magnes
 
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. A descendant of the left wing Petaluma chicken ranchers, Scott Gerber learned Yiddish and progressive songs from his mother and grandmother. Today he carries on his family's Yiddish and ranching traditions. Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg's duo act Book of J is where old-time religion meets radical politics. Coffee and light refreshments at6:00pm. No charge, but tickets required. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
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At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK

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

Sunday, November 8, 10:00am-1:00pm, Klezmer Creek. No charge. More info: 707.477.8422,West End Farmers' Market
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At West End Farmers Market, SANTA ROSA 

Sunday, November 8, 5:00pm, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (film, 96 mins., English). Closing night of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, an iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood. Dessert reception follows. Tickets: $42.39 online including service fee. More info and tickets: 408.498.0904,Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
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At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO

Monday, November 96:00-8:00pm, Dan Cantrell, accordion. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

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:Lehrhaus Judaica
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At Lehrhaus Judaica, BERKELEY

Thursday, November 12, 12:00noon, (Oy Ge-) Valt Vitman!, with Rev Irwin Keller. Part of regular Yiddish Tish. Study some Yiddish translations of Walt Whitman poems. Bring lunch. More info:707.664.8622Congregation Ner Shalom
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At Congregation Ner Shalom, COTATI

Thursday November 12th6:30pm (reception at 6:00pm), Songs from a Lost World: Singing As Resistance and Renewal in New York 1948, with sociolinguist and Yiddish scholar Dr. Miriam Isaacs. In 1948, only three years after the war, Ben Stonehill recorded over a thousand songs from Holocaust survivors temporarily housed in a hotel in upper Manhattan. Dr. Miriam Isaacs will discuss what these songs tell us about the inner world of refugees and survivors. Many are rare, some written in the camps or by partisans. More info: 510.643.2526The Magnes
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At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY 

Friday, November 13, 9:00pm-midnight, Orchestra Euphonos, Veretski Pass. Part of Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal. Tickets: $10-$15 sliding scale at the door. More info: Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
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At The Starry Plough Pub, BERKELEY

Saturday, November 145:30-9:30pm, Mama Loshn. Part of benefit concert for Jewish Free Clinic. Bruce Bierman will lead dancing. Includes dinner and multiple performers. Tickets $25 advance / $30 door. More info: 707.585.7780Jewish Free Clinic
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At Center for Spiritual Living, SANTA ROSA

Monday, November 166:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, November 18, Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at7:30pm. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info: 707.544.2491Klezmer Creek
Gaia's Garden
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At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA 

Monday, November 236:00-8:00pm, Gerry Tenney, mandolinist and Yiddish singer. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY 
On the Web

Folklorist Ruth Rubin (1906-2000) sings three fine Yiddish songs
, with translations, interesting comments, wonderful images (thanks to Martin Schwartz, Khazn Richard Kaplan).

First ever Chinese song in Yiddish
 (thanks to Gail Rubman, Achi  Ben Shalom). 

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish New York
, a new Yiddish culture immersion program, will be on New York's Lower East SideDecember 24-29.

New CD
 of historical pre-WWI klezmer recordings from Eastern Europe is now available from England, put together by Joel Rubin, Mike Aylward, and Julian Futter. Includes recordings made in Odessa, Kharkov, Poltava, and Czernovitz. It will eventually be available in the U.S. via Forced Exposure
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Proverb of the month: He's an expert like a goat's an expert on musicians (Er iz a meyvn vi a bok af
a klezmer) (thanks to Yiddish Wit
). 
Coming in December

Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm, Heather Klein, Yiddish Art Song.
 Part of "L'Chaim! To Life!" Jewish Music Series. Coffee and light refreshments at 6:00pm. No charge, but tickets required. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
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At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK

Saturday evening December 5, following havdoleh and dessert, Only in America: Jewish Songwriters on Broadway: The Music, the History, and the Genius, with Jacqui Silver. More info: 831.624.2015Carmel Beth Israel

At Congregation Beth Israel, CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA 

Saturday, December 5, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass. Part of Old First Concerts.Tickets: $18 general / $15 seniors / $5 full-time students / free for 12 and under (these prices include advance online discount). More info: 415.474.1608Old First Concerts
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At Old First Church, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, December 76:00-8:00pm, Kugelplex. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, December 12, 4:00pm, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band. Part of Chanukah Unplugged. No charge. More info: 415.292.1200Saturdays Unplugged at the JCCSF
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At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, December 146:00-8:00pm, Tony Phillips, Barbara Speed & Dave Rosenthal. Part of Klezmer Mondays. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Friday, December 18, 6:15pm, Mike Perlmutter (bass clarinet, clarinet) and Dave Rosenfeld (guitar), with Cantor Risa Wallach, lead musical Shabes. More info: 925.934.9446Congregation B'nai Shalom
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At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK.

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

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
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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-deductible donation via credit card
 or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!