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2015-12 appeal

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

  We're not your bobeh's (or zeydeh's) nonprofit. Or maybe we are!    
Please consider giving KlezCalifornia some Khanikeh (Hanukkah, Chanukah) gelt this week! Whether you had a great time at last month's Yiddish Culture Festival, enjoyed our first-ever klezmer jam last Sunday, are a regular at our Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers, go to events we  publicize, or enjoy the Yiddish proverb in each month's newsletter, please support what we do!

With your help, we can do even more. 

We have read that people interested in Yiddish culture - even KlezCalifornia members like you -- are more likely to donate to a hospital, school or synagogue, so we want to get you in the mood: 

Support a hospital? KlezCalifornia revives your soul with music, dance, language and literature, with learning and intergenerational experiences. The best health care!

Support a college? KlezCalifornia presents and publicizes programs with great teachers who help you explore East European Jewish culture. Our "curriculum" includes theater, dance, language, history, literature, music, and ethnomusicology! Four hundred people enjoyed our college-level classes at November's Yiddish Culture Festival!

Support youth education? With, "Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens", we are enriching Jewish education grades K-12 with Yiddish culture, offering programs to Jewish youth in religious schools, day schools, Jewish camps, and more. We are bringing Yiddish culture to where young Jews are!

Support a shul? At our singing events, you can learn traditional religious songs in Yiddish or secular ones. Either way, you'll feel closer to Jewish tradition!

Because of KlezCalifornia's work since 2003, we all now can enjoy a visible, thriving Yiddish-inspired community in the Bay Area and beyond. Together, we have changed the old paradigms (such as: We are "obligated" to keep Yiddish alive. Yiddish "takes away" from Jewish commitment to Israel and to Hebrew. Except forHasidim, only secular Jews are interested in Yiddish.) into a new paradigm: Yiddish-inspired culture enhances Jewish life. It brings people together for multi-generational fun and connects the Jewish past and present.
All photographs by Lea Delson,

YOU, together with other Contributing Members, are essential to KlezCalifornia's support! KlezCalifornia relies on those with a fondness for klezmer music and Yiddish culture to sustain everything we do. May we count on you for a (tax-deductible) gift right now to keep our community thriving and growing with Yiddish inspiration? 
How to donate?  It's easy and your gift is tax-deductible! 
Donate with a credit card
 or mail a check to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. The more you give, the more we can do together.   
Donors are invited to attend semi-annual parties and to post on KlezCalifornia's Honor Wall
. Donors of $54+ may choose a "thank you" gift
: book on Yiddish culture in America, Yiddish theater video, "The Oy Way" exercise book, or beautiful note cards. Tell us which you would like.                                      
Think of your gift as Hanukkah/Khanikeh/Chanukah geltfor KlezCalifornia (although we're happy to accept your gift even after the holiday). 

Nu, maybe your friends and family would like to know about KlezCalifornia, and give us a gift in your honor? Forward them this email (or any newsletter) by clicking the link at the bottom.         

Mit varemeh grusn
 (warm greetings),   
Judy (Yakhet Yehudis) Kunofsky, Executive Director, and Gerry (Gershn Yankl) Tenney, President