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2016-02

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

 
Everyone who receives this newsletter is automatically a member of KlezCalifornia, part of our growing community celebrating Yiddish culture.Borukh ha'bo, welcome, members, to the February newsletter!

When you support KlezCalifornia financially, you become a Contributing Member. We invite donors to attend two special parties each year (the next one will be Sunday, April 3) and to post a message on ourHonor Wall
. We offer donors of $54+ (three 
chai/khay)a choice of four "thank you" gifts, described below

We welcome your participation and we love your support! If you have not donated recently (or ever), why not begin now? Just click!
  


Tarbut Hebrew School, painted by Shoshana Eden.   
More images at shoshana-eden.co.il/Eng/
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(c) Ronit Magen. All rights reserved. Used by permission.  
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 by February 22.
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ERASED: Babi Yar, the SS and MeSunday, February 7

Sunday, February 7, 1:30 pm, ERASED: Babi Yar, the SS and Mea dramatic reading with songs by Corey Weinstein. Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz. Built around thirteen mostly original or adapted songs, ERASED is a play about memory, the Holocaust, and the process of negotiating the personal and communal trauma of World War II. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

The song "Babi Yar" and a scene from ERASED have previously been performed at Or Shalom Jewish Community's Yom HaShoah memorials.

No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

The Language Debates, Saturday, February 20

Saturday, February 20, time TBD, "The Language Debates: What Languages Should Jews Speak?" with Karen Bergen and Anthony Russell. The primacy of the Hebrew language as an element of Jewish identity seems obvious, but it begs the question -- has this always been the case? What is a "Jewish language", and what other tongues were vying to be the established language of world Jewry? Join Karen Bergen and Anthony Russell as they explore -- in English, of course -- this important crossroads in the creation of modern Jewish identity. 

Part of Feast of Jewish Learning, An Evening of Learning, Community, and Connection, 7:00-10:00pm, whose theme this year is Holy Discord: The Art of Jewish Dispute. No charge but donations welcomed. Rsvps appreciated but not necessary. More info: Feast of Jewish Learning
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At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS
 
On the Web

A Yidishe Mama
, with violinist Itzhak Perlman, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, and pianist Hankus Netsky (thanks to Yosef Shandling).

Through creative and alternative methods, Yiddish is being revived and reinserted into Jewish culture in Israel. Excerpt
 from article by Noa Amouyal in "The Jerusalem Post" (thanks to Rosie Kaplan).

Seven-minute history of klezmer
, with wonderful images, in Spanish with English subtitles (thanks to Karen K. Bergen).

Why 2015 Was the Year of Yiddish
, a New York-centered, but still interesting story by Seth Rogovoy from "The Forward."
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Join the Osher Marin JCC on a Jewish heritage trip to PolandJune 26-July 3. More info:415.444.8066Marin JCC
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Klezmer ukulele player seeking band on the Peninsula or the South Bay. Contact Lori.

"The Yid," a new novel by Paul Goldberg, will be published this month. From goodreads.com
: "Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, 'one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin,' is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the middle of the night to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct State Jewish Theater. But Levinson, though an old man, is a veteran of past wars, and his shocking response to the intruders sets in motion a series of events both zany and deadly as he proceeds to assemble a ragtag group to help him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant" (thanks to Stuart Rojstaczer).

Proverb of the month: Salt in his eyes and pepper in his nose! (Zalts im in di oygn un fefer im in noz!) (thanks to Yiddish Wit
).
   
Community Events 

Monday, February 1, 6:00-8:00pm, Dan Cantrell. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Monday, February 1, 7:00-9:00pm, 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 info:510.593.5285kehillasynagogue.org
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At Kehilla Community Synagogue, PIEDMONT

Wednesday, February 3, 700-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band, with special guest Yassir Chadley, Moroccan musician. No charge. More info: 510.529.8753510.849.1100,musikers.com
lebateauivre.net
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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. Details above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Tuesday, February 9, 8:00pm, Music from the Carpathian Bow, with Veretski Pass. Part of Mountain View House Concert series. More info, reservations, and address:Concerts[at]InstantHarmony.com. Donation requested: $15-20; all proceeds to the musicians.
At a private home, MOUNTAIN VIEW

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30pm, Festival Jewishness: Learning about Jews at Cultural Events, with Ari Y. Kelman. Reception at 6:00pm. Presented by U.C.Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies. No charge. More info: 510.664.4154magnes.berkeley.edu
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At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Thursday, February 11 - Sunday, May 29, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered. Recently discovered and radically diverse new bodies of work that reposition Vishniac's iconic photographs of Eastern Europe within the broader tradition of 1930s commissioned social documentary photography and within 1920s modernist photography. Organized by the International Center of Photography, New York. Exhibit included in museum admission: $12 general / $10 seniors and students / free for 18 and under and members, and for all Thursdays after 5:00pm. More info: 415.655.7800The CJM
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At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, February 11, 7:30pm, The Best and Most Rational Diet: Jewish Vegetarianism Between the two World Wars, with Eve Jochnowitz (visiting from New York). Based on "The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook," published in Yiddish by Fania Lewando in 1937. Luminaries who ate at her restaurant included artist Marc Chagall and poet Itzik Manger. Pre-Valentine's Day bonus: Formerly a pastry chef still known as "the chocolate lady," Eve will demonstrate how to make a sensuous hot beverage. Presented by the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California. No charge. 
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, February 156:00-8:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, February 20, time TBD, The Language Debates: What Languages Should Jews Speak?, with Karen Bergen and Anthony Russell. Part of Feast of Jewish Learning. Details above.
At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS

Sunday, February 21, 1:30pm, The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma: Why Remember?, apresentation by Kenneth L. Kann. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, February 226:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, February 27, 9:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos & Ghost Note Ensemble. More info:510.788.5857aplaceforsustainableliving.org
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At Place for Sustainable Living, OAKLAND

Sunday, February 281:00-4:30pm, Four Yiddish Culture Workshops. Part of Sonoma County's Day of Jewish Learning. Free classes followed by a complimentary social hour.
Session One, 1:15-2:15pm, includes:
The Beggar and the Tzadik, with Reb Irwin Keller. How to respond to begging in a consciously Jewish way.
Jewish Humor: Nu, You Think That's Funny? A Century of Jewish Humor in America, with Mark Levy
Session Two, 2:30-3:30pm, includes:
Jews 'n Jazz, with Mark Levy
Bubbeh Myses: A History of the Yiddish Language, with Ken Blady.
At Finley Community Center, SANTA ROSA

Monday, February 296:00-8:00pm, Aaron Seeman (Duckmandu). Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
Coming in March

Sunday, March 62:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisheh Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, OAKLAND

Monday, March 77:00-9:00pmHamantaschen: The Hip and Alternative Way, with Mindy Meyers. Part of four-session Cooking Round the World. Four variations of homentashn: caramelized onion and goat cheese, coffee cake, lemon bar, and chocolate ganache and salted caramel. Tuition: $50/class. More info: 510.593.5285kehillasynagogue.org
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At Kehilla Community Synagogue, OAKLAND

Tuesday, March 8, 10:00am, Very Semi-Serious (film, 83 minutes). Behind-the-scenes look at New Yorker cartooning legends and hopefuls. Tickets: $10-$12, less as part of series. More info :415.444.8000Osher Marin JCC
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At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL

Thursday, March 10, 10:00am, DeliMan, the movie (film, 91 minutes). More than 160 years of tradition served up by the Jewish deli owners, operators and fanatics who are keeping hot pastrami hot. Part of East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $9. More info: 925.240.3053,eastbayjewishfilm.org
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At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Friday, March 11, 10:00am, Very Semi-Serious (film, 83 minutes). Behind-the-scenes look at New Yorker cartooning legends and hopefuls. Part of East Bay Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $9. More info: 925.240.3053East Bay Jewish Film Festival
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At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Prayers from the Ark: Songs of Lamentation and Jubilation, with San Francisco Choral Artists.
Rarely-heard Yiddish and Ladino folk music, liturgical works, and Psalms, songs and chant from many centuries. Tickets: $25 general / $22 seniors, students. More info: 415.494.8149San Francisco Choral Artists
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Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, PALO ALTO 
Sunday, March 13, 4:00pm, Temple Sinai, OAKLAND 
Monday, March 14, 7:30pm, Temple Emanuel-El, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, March 146:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, March 156:30-8:30pm, The Evolution of Delis: Three Decades of Saul's in Berkeley,with Peter Levitt. Presentation by the co-owner and executive chef of Saul's, followed by sampling of  the deli's foodPresented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Tickets: $36. More info: 510.845.6420,At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Monday, March 216:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00pm, Raise the Roof (film, 85 minutes). The rebuilding of the dome of one of many once resplendent synagogues whose painted interiors captured the pulse and color of Jewish life in 18th-century Poland. Tickets: $10-$12, less for series. More info: 415.444.8000Osher Marin JCC.

At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL

Monday, March 286:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer 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
.


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!