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2016-04

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


Peysakh begins the evening of Friday, April 22. Listen to boys chanting Di Fir Kashes (The Four Questions) HERE
 (traditional melody) and HERE
. Hear the incomparable Theodore Bikel sing Mu Asapru (Who Knows One?). Follow along both with the words
 in transliteration and translation. Don't miss the Rube Goldberg Seder
created by students at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.
And be sure to hear Cantor Moishe Oisher's Khad Gadya
A zisn peysakh aleh! A sweet Peysakh to all!


KlezCalifornia's Spring Party
 will be Sunday, May 15, at a home in Palo Alto. Food, music, shmoozing, and more! It's for Contributing Members (i.e. donors), and Board and Advisory Council members. Donors will receive an invitation in a few weeks.  If you are not yet a Contributing Member, it's not too late: Donate
 any amount this month and you'll be invited! More info: 415.789.7679,info[at]klezcalifornia.org. Our Summer Party will be in Oakland.

 
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-- Submissions for the April newsletter HERE
 by April 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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On the Web

Bay mayn shokhn iz do ales
 (My Neighbor Has It All), a song of jealousy and plans for revenge, performed by Leo Summergrad. Posted in Yiddish Song of the Week, a project of the An-Sky Jewish Folklore Research Project.
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish saying of the month: A saint who knows he's a saint is no saint (A tsadik vos veyst az er iz a tsadik iz keyn tsadik nit) (from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove).
Community Events 

Until May 29, Roman Vishniac Rediscovered. Recently discovered and radically diverse new work by noted photographer of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the World Wars. Tickets: Included in admission: $12 general / $10 seniors and students / 18 and under and members: free / Thursdays after 5:00pm: free. More info: 415.655.7800The CJM
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At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Until May 31, Rescue, Relief and Renewal: 100 Years of "the Joint" in Poland. Eighty photographs from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee showing the rich variety of Jewish experiences in Poland before World War II. No charge. More info: 415.444.8000Marin JCC
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At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL

Sunday, April 3, 11:00am, Curating Culture / Making Memory: On the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  Presented by Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.  More info: 510.649.2482cjs[at]gtu.eduEvent Facebook Page

11:00am, Raise the Roof (film, 85 mins.). Rick Brown and Laura Brown recruited three hundred artists and students (many not Jewish) to reconstruct one of the hundreds of now-vanished but once resplendent synagogues whose painted interiors captured the pulse and color of Jewish life in 18th-century Poland. No charge and no registration needed. 
At Landmark Shattuck Theater, BERKELEY

1:30-6:00pm, Speakers and Reception. No charge, but registration required
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At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY:
 
1:45pm, Making / History; The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project, with Rick and Laura Brown; Lori Starr, respondent.

3:00pm, The Jewish Museum Effect, with Jeffrey Shandler; Francesco Spagnolo, respondent.

4:15pm , Materializing History; Presenting the History of Polish Jews, with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University ethnographer and author.

5:15pm, Reception.  

Sunday, April 31:00-4:30pm, 7th Jazz & Klezmer Summit, with three bands, fifty-five musicians.  
      * 1:15pmCongregation Netivot Shalom Jazzkleztet, klezmer and jazz.  
      * 2:30pmAlbany Jazz Band, classic jazz, with vocals from the Great American Songbook.  
      * 3:45pmThe Jazzschool Big Band, contemporary big band, with original music and soloists. 
Suggested donation: General $10, Youth $5. More info: 510.684.5580, Daniel Siegel Productions
 
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY 

Monday, April 412:30-1:00pm, The Exhibit "Roman Vishniac Rediscovered" in the context of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, with Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett. Included in museum admission (adults $12 / students and seniors $10 / 18 and under free). More info: 415.655.7881The CJM
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At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO 

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


Thursday, April 5, 5:00pm, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, with Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett. Presented by Taube Center for Jewish Studies. No charge. More info:
At Stanford University, Margaret Jacks Hall, Room 426, STANFORD

Friday, April 812:30-1:00pm, Vishniac's Carpathian Photographs, with Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. Tickets: Included in museum admission: $12 general / $10 seniors and students / 18 and under and members. More info:415.655.7881The CJM
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At Contemporary Jewish Museum, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, April 10, 5:00pm, Poets Turned Smugglers: How Abraham Sutzkever and Szmerke Kaczerginski Rescued Vilna's Jewish Cultural Treasures, with David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. No charge. More info: Center for Jewish Studies
At Stanford University, History Building (Bldg. 200), Room 307, STANFORD  

Monday, April 11, 12:00pm, Chaim Grade: Observations on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of His Magnum Opus, The Yeshiva, with David Fishman.
This lecture is in Yiddish. No charge. More info: Center for Jewish Studies
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At Stanford University, Bldg. 360, CCSRE Conference Room, STANFORD 

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
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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 

Sunday, April 17, 12:00noon-4:00pm, Mama Loshn, Leah Lippin, and klezmer dance leader Bruce Bierman, Yiddish and klezmer music and dance, part of Jewish Cultural Festival: SimchaSunday. Presented by JCC Sonoma County. No charge. More info: 707.528.4222JCC Sonoma County
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At Sonoma Mountain Village, ROHNERT PARK    

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
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Thursday, April 211:00-2:00pm, Esther and Me (film, 30 mins.). Screening and Q&A with the filmmaker. Portrait of octogenarian Esther Weintraub, a funny, feisty, politically-minded former model, stand-up comedian and nursing home resident. Along comes a spring chicken in her 40's, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy producer Lisa Geduldig, who befriends Esther and makes this movie. No charge.
At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO 

*** Evening of Friday, April 22Peysakh begins. Enjoy! ***

Monday, April 256:00-8:00pm, Aaron Seeman (Duckmandu). Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

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
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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 George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern. Tickets: $27 general / JCC members 10% off. More info: 415.292.1233,JCC San Francisco
At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO 
Coming in May

Sunday, May 1, 4:00pm, Yes, We Sang; Songs of Communities that Disappeared. Three Choirs (Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay, Nigunim Community Folk Chorus, and The Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco), with guest singer Diane Wirtschafter, remember the music of communities lost in the Holocaust, through songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew. Plus community sing-along, lyrics provided. Tickets: $10 general / no charge seniors and children. More info: 510.528.8872
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY

Mondays, May 2 - June 277:00-8:30pm, Beginning Yiddish 1B, A Lek (lick) and a Shmek(taste) of Yiddish, with Ken Blady. A continuation from the fall and winter semesters.Tuition: $125 / $110 members. More info: 510.845.6420 X10Lehrhaus Judaica
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Wednesdays, May 4 - July 67:00-8:30pm, Intermediate Yiddish, with Ken Blady. New students are welcome. Tuition: $175 / $160 members. More info: 510.845.6420 X10Lehrhaus Judaica
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY 

Thursday, May 5, 7:30pm, An Evening with Sholem Aleichem (film). A special selection of short films and clips about and inspired by Sholem Aleichem's life and work. Tickets: TBD. More info:510.848.0237JCC East Bay
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

Thursday, May 5, 7:30pm, Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me. Part of a Yom HaShoah gathering.
A dramatic reading with songs by Corey Weinstein. Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz. No charge. Reservations not necessary. More info: 415.469.5564.
At Or Shalom Jewish Community, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, May 96:00-8:00pm, Greg Jenkins. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, May 14, time TBD, Veretski Pass. More info: 510.525.9248fifthstfarms[at]gmail.com
Fifth Street Farms
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At 5th Street Farms, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 152:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Spring Party. For Contributing Members, i.e. donors. More info: introductory article in this newsletter, above, 415.789.7679info[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, PALO ALTO 

Sunday, May 222:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, EAST BAY

Sunday, May 22, 7:30pm, Stanford Klezmer Band. Enjoy a drink, coffee, or dinner with your klezmer music. No charge for entertainment. More info: The CoHo
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At Stanford Coffee House (the CoHo), STANFORD  

Sunday, May 22, time TBD, Veretski Pass. Presented by TimnaTal Music. Tickets: $13 advance / $17 door. More info: 530.867.1032TimnaTal Music
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At Villages Homes Community Center, DAVIS  


Monday, May 236:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, May 256:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden
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At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA 

Monday, May 306:00-8:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Saul's Deli
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY 
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 theoyway.com
. * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (newlovefilms.com
). * 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!