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

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Our gift to you is a collection of photographs from November's Yiddish Culture Festival at the JCC East Bay. Many wonderful images (including you?) by Lea Delson,
And check out Yiddish classes beginning in January, in a special section below! 
-- Submissions for the February newsletter HERE by January 22.
-- 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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KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh SalonSunday, January 17

Sunday, January 17, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon.
 For fluent Yiddish speakers. Here's what we will talk about:

*  Mit der nayer teknologia,vi azoy ken mir brengen der yidisher shprakh tsu mer menchn?
*  Dertseyl unz vi mir vet lebn in a yidisher Gan Eden 
*  Vos zenen de steriotipn fun yidn?
*  Verter shpil.

Loz mir visn oyb du kumst tsu unzer salon. Brengt a nash oyb du kenst.

No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home in OAKLAND 
The Vilna Ghetto Library, Sunday, January 31

Sunday, January 31, 1:30pm, The Vilna Ghetto Library, a presentation by Judy Baston.
 Vilna - known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania - had a strong cultural tradition that endured and flourished even after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Perhaps the most important cultural institution was the Vilna Ghetto Library; in the two years in which the Library functioned, it had 6,800 readers. 

When Judy Baston discovered that her three young cousins had been on the list of Ghetto Library patrons, she was stunned to realize that the grimness of their daily lives had been brightened even a bit by the stories in the books they read. Reports from two Ghetto librarians provide a detailed look at which authors and titles were read by Ghetto Library patrons. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.
 No charge. More info:
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO.
On the Web

Leonard Nimoy's Mameloshn: A Yiddish Story (thanks to Len Rosenberg).

Reflections from a Non-Jewish Instructor of Yiddish, by Jenna Ingalls, who taught at U.C. Berkeley (thanks to Paula Teitelbaum).

How Much Polish Is There in Yiddish (and How Much Yiddish Is There in Polish)?, by Mikołaj Gliński (thanks to Jim Mavrikios).

Reyna Schaechter sings Di Goldeneh Paveh (The Golden Peacock).
Farshidns (This 'n That)

New album: City of the Future, Yiddish Songs from the Former Soviet Union, was released in November. Artists are Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi, with special guest singers including the Bay Area's own Anthony Russell. More info: angie[at]

Proverb of the month: If his word were a bridge, I'd be afraid to cross it (Zayn vort zol zayn a brik, 
volt ikh moyreh gehat aribertsugeyn) (thanks to Yiddish Wit). 
Community Events 

Sunday, January 10, 9:00am, with four more sessions through April 17, Explorations in Modern Jewish Literature, with Rabbi Janet Marder and Dr. Joyce Penn Moser. Syllabus includes "The Brothers Ashkenazi," by I.J. Singer (January 10), and "The Dybbuk," by S. An-ski (January 31). Tuition: $36 for the entire class. More info: 650.493.4661rabbi_marder[at]
At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS 

Monday, January 11, 7:30pm, Moishe Oysher - The Master Singer of His People!, a full-length musical review with Cantor Arik Luck, singers Sari Greenberg and Cantors Billy Tiep, Roslyn Barak, and Marsha Attie, and a seven-piece band. Tickets: $22 seniors, students / $25 general. More info:415.751.2541Brown Paper Tickets.
At Temple Emanu-El, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, January 13 - Sunday, February 14, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Pianist Felder captures the rhythms of the Lower East Side, eventually enchanting the world. Tickets: $25-$80. More info: 650.463.1950TheatreWorks.
At Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MOUNTAIN VIEW

Thursday, January 14, and subsequent five Thursdays, 7:00-8:15pm, Klezmer Workshop, with Dave Rosenfeld. Klezmer scales, rhythms, melodies, and ensemble skills for all instruments and levels. Tuition: $130 for the session. $120 for early enrollment. More info: 415.407.7162The Freight.
At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, BERKELEY

Thursday, January 14, and subsequent five Thursdays, 8:30-9:45pm, Improvisation, with Dave Rosenfeld. From klezmer to the avant-garde; anything is possible! All instruments and levels welcome. Tuition: $130 for the session. $120 early enrollment. More info: 415.407.7162The Freight.
At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, BERKELEY

Monday, January 18, Orchestra Euphonos. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: Klezmer Mondays.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesdays, January 20January 27Feb. 3, & Feb. 102:00-4:00pm, The Shtetl in Transition, with Loretta Denner. Focus on three novellas that depict the shtetl's move from a traditional society to one in which the Enlightenment (haskoleh) and subsequently socialism, class conflict, and Zionism upset the earlier balance. The novellas deal with shtetl life that bears little resemblance to the homeyshtetl of "Fiddler on the Roof." No charge but donation requested. More info: lorluba[at]
At JCC Sonoma County, SANTA ROSA

Thursday, January 21, 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm), Yiddish Art Trio (touring from New York). Seating limited. Donation of $20-25 requested at the door. More info and to rsvp:eratner[at]
At a private home, PALO ALTO

Friday, January 22, 8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm), Veretski Pass and Yiddish Art Trio. Bring a snack or drink to share. Limited seating and always sells out. Tickets: $20. Rsvp and more info:delilahlewis151[at]
At a private home in Lower Bernal Heights, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, January 27 (4th Wednesday), Klezmer Night, 7:00pm performance by Klezmer Creek, jam at 7:30pm. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info: 707.544.2491,
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA 

Yiddishclasses2Classes in Yiddish Language and Literature

The Bay Area is fortunate to have so many Yiddish teachers and Yiddish classes. Below, read about courses in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto & Stanford, and Santa Cruz.

In addition to the classes described below, there's a monthly Yidish 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), and Peninsula JCC (Foster City), all described in the KlezCalifornia Geleh Pages

San Francisco:

Class for Newer Yiddish Speakers, Readers and Writers, taught by Rochelle Goldman. 
Every other Friday, ongoing, 3:00-5:00pm.

Sponsored by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring and KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info and to rsvp: 650.577.1531.
At San Francisco Main Library, Sypic Room, SAN FRANCISCO


Beginning Yiddish 1B: A Lek (lick) and a Shmek (taste) of Yiddish, taught by Ken Blady
Mondays, starting January 255:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm
A continuation from the fall semester. Learn this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent,
and heymisheh atmosphere. All you need is a bisl zits-fleysh (a little bit of butt + patience), an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability tsu veren tzeshusn far gelekhter (to crack up). Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $160 Lehrhaus members, $175 others. More info: 510.845.6420, Lehrhaus Judaica.
Earlier class at Lehrhaus Judaica; later class at JCC East Bay, both in BERKELEY

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Ken Blady.  
Wednesdays, starting January 277:00-8:30pm
A continuation class that started meeting in 2012 at the beginning level. New students welcome - must have some background in Yiddish, including knowledge of the alef-beyz, or done previous coursework in the Yiddish language. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $160 Lehrhaus members, $175 others. More info: 510.845.6420,  
Lehrhaus Judaica.  

Intermediate Yiddish (Yiddish 102), taught by Yael Chaver.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00noon, Fridays, 10:00-11:00am, starting January 20
Further intensive study of Yiddish for advanced students, building on the foundation established in Yiddish 101 or equivalent knowledge. More info: 510.643.2004U.C. Schedule of Classes.
At University of California, BERKELEY 

Reading Yiddish Texts (course L350-BJ), taught by Yael Chaver. 
Mondays, starting January 257:15-9:15pm.
Read and discuss selections of Yiddish prose and poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries.The class will focus on comprehension, based not only on the lexicon and syntax of the Yiddish language, but also on the cultural contexts. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $225 Lehrhaus members / $240 public. More info:

Palo Alto & Stanford:

Second Quarter Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting January 53:00-4:50pm.
Primarily for Stanford students, but auditors welcomed. Sometimes class times are changed to match student schedules. More info:
At Stanford University, STANFORD  

Reading Yiddish Literature, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm, starting January 117:00-9:00pm.
Basic ability to read Yiddish required. Some instruction and discussion are in Yiddish. Tuition: $250. More info:
At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO

Santa Cruz:

Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. 
Tuesdays, starting January 197:00-9:00pm.
Tuition: $250. More info:
At Congregation Kol Tefila, SANTA CRUZ 

Honor Wall

New Honor Wall postings this month:

Howard Freedman: In memory of Icek Mozes z''l, a mentsh, a deep lover of Yiddish, and a friend. He became a zeydeh this year -- I can only imagine the joy and nakhes it would have brought him. 

Dina and Yosef Shandling: In honor of our grandson Avroham Chaim's upcoming bar mitzveh. 

Elaine Moise and Bob Grodsky: In memory of Joseph and Lillian Grodsky

Millie Chazin: A gift to help perpetuate Yiddish culture.

Robin Braverman: In memory of Pauline and Bundy Lang.

Judy Kunofsky: In memory of Gerda Koppel, mother of Karen K. Bergen. May her memory be a blessing.

Coming in February

Monday, February 17:00-9:00pm, Dip Me in Chocolate, Why Don-cha!, with Mindy Meyers.Part of four-session Cooking Round the World. Three Jewish desserts: chocolate babka, chocolate banana blintzes, and Jewish crack (chocolate/caramel covered matzoh). Cost: $50/class. More
At Kehilla Community Synagogue, PIEDMONT

Wednesday, February 3, 700-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band, with special guest Yassir Chadley, Moroccan musician. More info: 510.529.8753, 510.849.1100,,
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY

Sunday, February 7, 1:30 pm, ERASED: Babi Yar, the SS and Me, a dramatic reading with songs by Corey Weinstein. Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz. A play about memory, the Holocaust, and the process of negotiating the personal and communal trauma of World War II. No charge. More info:
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, February 106:00-7:45pm reception, 6:30pm lecture, Festival Jewishness: Learning about Jews at Cultural Events, with Ari Y. Kelman. Presented by U.C.Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies. No charge. More info:
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Thursday, February 11, 7:30 pm, The Best and Most Rational Diet: Jewish Vegetarianism Between the Wars, with Eve Jochnowitz (visiting from New York). Based on "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook," published in Yiddish by Fania Lewando in 1937. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California. No charge. More info: 415.566.7235dmscott01[at]
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO 

Thursday, February 11 - Sunday, May 29, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered. Radically diverse new bodies of work by this photographer. Exhibit included in museum admission: $12 general / $10 seniors and students / free for 18 and under, members, everyone Thursdays after 5:00pm. More info:415.655.7800The CJM.
At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, February 15, Orchestra Euphonos. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, February 21, time TBD, Veretski Pass. More info: Veretski Pass website.
At a private home, SANTA CRUZ
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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-deductible donation via credit card or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!