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A freylekhn Purim aykh! Happy Purim to all! Purim begins the evening of   Wednesday, March 23.

Purim Celebration, painted by Shoshana Eden. Dressing up consisted mainly of masks and no more, due to poverty. More images at
. (c) Ronit
Magen. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Through Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens
, KlezCalifornia brings Yiddish culture to religious schools, day schools, and day camps. For each Jewish holiday, Tam presenters can teach an appropriate Yiddish song, such as Hop Mayneh Homentashn
 for Purim, sung here by Theodore Bikel. Please let us know if you are a teacher, administrator, or parent who would like to learn more about this project, which has so far reached Jewish youth through forty-two presentations in twelve schools.
Note to Contributing Members: The semi-annual party for donors has been postponed until later in the Spring.


-- Submissions for the April newsletter HERE
 by March 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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KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon, Sunday, March 6

Sunday, March 6, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik YidisherSalon.
Di temes veln zayn: Mit der nayer teknologia, vi azoy ken mir brengen der yidisher shprakh tsu mer menchn? Dertseyl unz vi mir veln lebn in a yidisher ganeydn. Vos zenen de steriotipn fun yidn? Verter shpil. Lomir 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, OAKLAND 
Class for Yiddish Beginners


Friday, March 4, and Friday, March 253:00-5:00pm (generally twice a month), ongoing class for "newer" Yiddish speakers, readers, and writers, taught by Rochelle Goldman.  


Presented by Workmen's Circle / Arbeter Ring and co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info and to rsvp: 650.577.1531 or [email protected]

At San Francisco Main Public Library, Room tba, SAN FRANCISCO 


On the Web
YidLife Crisis presents Double Date
, with Mayim Bialik (of The Big Bang Theory) (thanks to Harriet Foster and many other people). 
Shtetl life in Russia
 with hand-drawn animation and musical accompaniment, presented by Alexander Pavelenko (thanks to Henry Hirsch Carrey). 

The Yiddish socialism of Bernie Sanders
, described by Daniel Katz in "The Forward," February 14, 2016.
Farshidns (This 'n That)

International Celebration of Classical, Jazz and Klezmer Mastery in the Old City of Jerusalem,August 16-23. Includes master classes in klezmer style for all instruments. More info:barsela10[at]

Yiddish saying of the month: That won't last long (S'vet doyern fun ester-taynes biz purim) Literally, that will last from the Fast of Esther until Purim, in other words, only a day (From "Di Brider Ashkenazi," by Israel Joshua Singer).  

Community Events 

Sunday, March 6, 3:30pm, Mordechai Gebirtig and the Perseverance of Jewish Culture in Yiddish Song, with Jim McGarry. Part of Jewish Life in Poland: An Enduring Legacy, 2:00-6:00pm, Interactive sessions explore the richness and complexity of Polish-Jewish history and culture. The Red Hot Chachkas will perform. Program is free of charge but registration is required. More info:aschrek[at]jewishlearningworks.org415.751.6983 X122.
At University of San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO
Monday, March 77:00-9:00pm, Hamantaschen: The Hip and Alternative Way, with Mindy Meyers. Part of four-session Cooking Round the World. Homentashn from one dough/many fillings: Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Savory Pizza, Coffee Cake, Lemon Bar, and Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel. Cost: $50/class. More info: 510.593.5285Kehilla Synagogue

At Kehilla Community Synagogue, OAKLAND

Tuesday, March 8, 10:00am, Very Semi-Serious (film, 83 mins). Behind-the-scenes look at "The New Yorker" cartooning legends and hopefuls. Tickets: $10-$12. More info and tickets: 415.444.8000,Osher Marin JCC

At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL

Wednesday, March 9, 12:00noonYidish Tish (conversation group) led by Reb Irwin Keller. More info: 707.664.8622irwinkeller[at]
At Congregation Net Shalom, COTATI

Thursday, March 10, 10:00am, DeliMan, the movie. (91mins). 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: East Bay Jewish Film Festival

At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

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

At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Saturday, March 12, 3:30pm, The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans (film). The human story of the world's most successful Yiddish-language newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward. No charge. More info: 650.493.4661Congregation Beth Am

At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS

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, 
Prayers from the Ark: Songs of Lamentation and Jubilation, with San Francisco Choral Artist
Since ancient days Jewish texts have mourned, celebrated and questioned. Explore this world through rarely-heard Yiddish and Ladino folk music, liturgical works, and Psalms, songs and chant from many centuries.Tickets: $25 general / $22 seniors and students. More info: 415.494.8149San Francisco Choral Artists

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

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, co-owner and executive chef of Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen. Presentation plus sampling of the deli's culinary delights. Tickets: $36. More info: 510.845.6420Lehrhaus Judaica

At JCC East Bay, then at Saul's, BERKELEY

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

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, March 22, 7:00pm, Raise the Roof (film; 85 minutes) (2014, 85 mins.). Reconstruction of a life-sized model 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. More info and tickets:415.444.8000Osher Marin JCC

At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL

[Evening of Wednesday, March 23Purim begins]

Monday, March 286:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Saul's Deli

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, March 306:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of (usually) 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info: 707.544.2491Klezmer Creek
Gaia's Garden
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA  
Coming in April

Sunday, April 3, 11:00am, Curating Culture, Making Memory: On the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  Lunch and lectures to follow. Presented by Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. Tickets: TBD. More info: Event Facebook Page

Film showing at Landmark Shattuck Theater, 2230 Shattuck Ave, BERKELEY
Lunch and lectures at The Magnes Collection, 212 Allston Way, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 31:00-4:30pm, 7th Jazz & Klezmer Summit, with three bands, fifty-five musicians. 
1:15pm, Congregation Netivot Shalom Jazzkleztet, klezmer and jazz. 
2:30pm, Albany Jazz Band, classic jazz, with vocals from the Great American Songbook. 
3:45pm, The Jazzschool Big Band, contemporary big band, with original music and soloists.
Suggested donation: General $10, Youth $5. More info: 510.684.580, Daniel Siegel Productions

At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY 

Monday, April 4, 7:00pmPresentations about the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw, by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University ethnographer and author. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Tickets: $27 standard / $37 premium. More info:415.292.1233 JCC San Francisco


Monday, April 116:00-8:00pm, Ben Goldberg and Rob Reich. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, April 16, 7:00pm, Spring Sing with the Nigunim Chorus. A concert of songs in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino, and a sing-along with lyrics provided. Tickets: $10. More info: 510.528.8872.
At the JCC East Bay, BERKELEY 
Monday, April 186:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli

At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

[Evening of Friday, April 22Peysakh begins]

Thursday, April 28, - Sunday, June 19, evening and matinee performances, The Gathering, a play by Arje Shaw. Includes Yiddish.Tickets: $29. More info: Brown Paper Tickets

At Royce Gallery, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, April 30, 8:00pm, Giants of Jazz on Film -- The Great American Songbook, a celebration of jazz standards by the "Big Five" - George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern. Tickets: $27 general / members 10% off. More info:415.292.1233JCC San Francisco

SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport KlezCalifornia
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member 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.

Chai imageDonors of $54 (3 chai/khay) or more may choose one of three "thank you" gifts:] * "The Oy Way," a 115-page book by Harvey Gotliffe, which helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. See
. * 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 (see HERE

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Plaus, you'll be invited to two special KlezCalifornia parties each year. Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE
 or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703.A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!