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

KlezCalifornia's thirteenth Yiddish Culture Festival is THIS WEEKEND! Save time at the Festival -- buy tickets online!
We charge you no service feeOnline registration closes Friday evening. 

At Sunday's Festival Finale, Veretski Pass (the internationally-renowned, Berkeley-based, klezmer "super group") will release their new CD, Poyln, a Gilgul. 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. It is based on Veretski Pass' collaboration with Joel Rubin at the 2014 Yiddish Culture Festival in Palo Alto!

Their 30-minute performance will be followed by a dance party to music by Veretski Pass, Festival music teachers, and participants, with dancing led by Bruce Bierman. Come to dance or watch, and enjoy the refreshments, included with admission!  

Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8 
Presented in partnership with JCC EAST BAY 

NEW this year!  
Saturday, November 7 at 7:30-10:00pm

We are very excited to present KlezCalifornia's first CABARET, with refreshments, and serving wine (for purchase), featuring some of the Bay Area's greatest entertainers singers, story tellers, poetry, klezmer music, and more!   
Jeanette Lewicki  
Anthony Russell  
Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band
Sara Felder 
Heather Klein 
Jim Rebhan  
Naomi Newman
MC Arje Shaw 
David Chernyavsky
Jake Marmer
Sharon Bernstein 
Sunday, November 8 at 10:00am-7:00pm  Dale Pearlman: people laughing.jpg 
Photo by Dale Pearlman 
10:00am - 4:45pm
  • Instrumentalists: including two Master Classes to participate in or watch! Study with Stu Brotman, Dan Cantrell, David Chernyavsky, Mikel "Moish" Estrin, Dmitri Gaskin, Joshua Horowitz, Mike Perlmutter, Stephen Saxon, and Cookie Segelstein. All instruments invited!
  • Singers:  songs, technique, and Master Class with Jeanette Lewicki, Heather Klein, and Sharon Bernstein, respectively.
  • Dancing: Two klezmer dance workshops with Bruce Bierman.
  • For everyone: Music-inspired poetry workshop with Jake Marmer; East European Jewish history with Ken Blady; History of klezmer with Andy Muchin.
  • For families and kids: Fun for all ages with Gerry Tenney.
Plenty for everyone! Check out the workshop details
Veretski Pass
Finale Party 
with dancing led by Bruce Bierman to music by Veretski Pass, Festival music teachers, and participants. Refreshments included.

Photo by Dana Davis

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SupportKlezCaliforniaFestival Funders
Pot of goldThis Festival is made possible through the generosity of the:
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union
Frederick J. Isaac Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay
Libitzky Family Foundation
Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
                                   Chaim Schwartz Foundation
                                    Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture

We welcome your donation
 as well! Gifts to KlezCalifornia are tax-deductible.