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

Join us for KlezCalifornia's first party of the year! If you are a Contributing Member, you should already have received your invitation to this May 15 event. If you are not yet a donor, it's not too late! Donate any amount
 to get your invitation to this heymish party at a private home in PALO ALTO. More details below. 

Our Summer party will be held in Oakland.

It's time to try something new! If you are an instrumentalist (or like to listen), come to our Klezmer Jam this Sunday, May 1. All details in box below.

Save the dates! KlezCalifornia's 14th Yiddish Culture Festival will be Sunday, December 4 at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, with workshops, a new cabaret, and singing and dancing. And don't miss our Yiddish Cabaret & Cabernet on Sunday, November 20, at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. 

-- Submissions for the June newsletter HERE
 by May 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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Klezmer Jam, Sunday May 1

Sunday, May 1, 12:00noon - 4:00pm

Due to popular request after our jam in Oakland in December, we now invite you to join us in our second jam session.
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 12:00noon - 4:00pm. 

WHERE: Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave., BERKELEY, a short walk from Ashby BART.

Photography by Lea Delson,

 We welcome musicians of any level with any instrument (klezmer experience not required), and people who just want to listen and enjoy.

WHAT: The first two hours will be a guided slow jam where you'll learn and practice several klezmer tunes. The following two hours will be an open, faster, jam session consisting of klezmer and Eastern European folk music.

DONATION REQUESTED: $10-20, sliding scale.

FOOD: Bring a snack or beverage to share, if you wish.  
RSVP: Rsvp's welcome, but not needed, to jams[at]
MORE INFO: 415.789.7679jams[at]klezcalifornia.orgJam Facebook Page
Beginning Yiddish 1B, Mondays

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. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $125 / $110 members. 

More info: 510.845.6420 X10, Lehrhaus Judaica
Intermediate Yiddish, Wednesdays

Wednesdays, May 4 - July 67:00-8:30pm, Intermediate Yiddish, with Ken Blady.
 New students welcome. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $175 / $160 members. 

More info: 510.845.6420 X10Lehrhaus Judaica
KlezCalifornia Spring Party, Sunday May 15

Sunday, May 15, 2:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia's Palo Alto Spring Party. Food, music, shmoozing,
and more! It's for Contributing Members (i.e. donors), Board and Advisory Council members, and volunteers. Come ready for knishes, kugel, herring, and other Yiddish-inspired foods. If you are not yet a Contributing Member, it's not too late: Donate any amount now
 and you'll receive your invitation. 
More info: 415.789.7679info[at]
At a private home, PALO ALTO

(NOTE: Our Summer Party will be in Oakland).
Flisik Yidisher SalonSunday May 22

Sunday, May 22, 2:00-4:00pmKlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon.For fluent Yiddish speakers. Dos mol veln mir entfern dray frages:
* Farvos hobn a sakh yidn fargesn dem yontif shevuis? Vos gedenkstu fun shevuis ven du bist geven a kind?
* Vos zenen di mayles un khesroynim fun hobn a yidishn prezident?
* Vi azoy hot yisroel avekgeton mit di steriotipn fun yidn?

Az ir kent, breng epes af vos tzu nashn. Es iz shtendik beser mit esn.

Zay azoy gut un loz unz visn frier tsi ir kumt. If fewer than five participants respond, the Salon will be cancelled, and only those who responded will be notified. More info:415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, BERKELEY
On the Web

Medley of French songs performed in Yiddish
 (with a touch of French and English) including the Can-Can, Frere Jacques, the Marseillaise, and more, with the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus.

Farshidns (This 'n That)

Published this month: Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can't Stop Eating It, by Michael Wex, author of the bestselling Born to Kvetch. Available at the finest bookstores and on-line dealers, including Afikomen Judaica (Berkeley), and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Read some early reviews

Origins of Yiddish
, by Matt Burgess, presents new evidence that the language originated in Turkey, not Germany.

Yiddish saying of the month: If not for the beloved Passover, we'd never get out of the mud (Az es zol nit kumen der liber peysekh volt men fun der bloteh nit aroys) (from Words Like Arrows, compiled by Shirley Kumove). Note: Rural Eastern Europe was (is?) very muddy during the winter.
Community Events 

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: 415.292.1233JCC San Francisco


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 museum admission: $12 general / $10 seniors and students / 18 and under and members: free / Thursdays after 5:00pm: free. More info: 415.655.7800The CJM

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
At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL 

Until June 19, The Gathering, a play by Arje Shaw.
 In 1985, President Reagan decided to visit Bitburg, Germany to lay a wreath at a military cemetery containing SS graves. The event infuriated the world and in The Gathering (produced on Broadway in 2001) almost tears a family apart. Dialogue includes Yiddish. Tickets: $29 - $35. More info: Brown Paper Tickets

At Royce Gallery, SAN FRANCISCO 
(also at Live Oak Theatre, BERKELEY, July 21 - August 20).

Sunday, May 1, 12:00noon - 4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Jam.  See details in box above. 

Sunday, May 1, 4:00pm, Yes, We Sang; Songs of Communities that Disappeared, with songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew by Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, Nigunim Community Folk Chorus, guest singer Diane Wirtschafter, and guest singer Evelie Delfino Sales Posch performing the "widow song" from Di Megileh. Lyrics will be provided for a community sing-along. Tickets: $10 general / free seniors and children. More info: 510.528.8872.

At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY

Thursday, May 57:30-9:30pm, An Evening with Sholem Aleichem. Short films and theatrical readings about and inspired by his life and work. Tickets: $10. More info: 510.848.0237 X142JCC East Bay

Thursday, May 5, 7:30pm, Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me, a dramatic memoir with song. Performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz. Part of a Yom HaShoah gathering. No charge. More info: 415.469.5564.
At the 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: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 152:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Spring Party. See details in box above. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679info[at]
At a private home, PALO ALTO

Sunday, May 222:00-4:00pmFlisik Yidisher Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. See details in box above. 
Sunday, May 22, 7:30pm, Stanford Klezmer Band. Enjoy a drink, coffee, or dinner with your klezmer music. No charge. More info: The Coho at Stanford
At Stanford Coffee House ("the CoHo"), STANFORD 

Sunday, May 227:00pm, Fiddler's Choice, with Veretski Pass. Part of TimnaTal Concerts. Tickets: $13 advance / $17 door. More info: 530.867.1032TimnaTal Music
At Village 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: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, May 256:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. More info:707.544.2491Gaia's Garden OnLine
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: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY 
Coming in June

Wednesday, June 17:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. More info: 510.849.1100Le Bateau Ivre
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY 

Sunday, June 5, 2:30pm, At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, June 19, 3:00pm At La Pena Cultural Center, BERKELEY
Mir Zaynen Do (We Are Here), the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco's 90th annual concert.
Tickets: $12 advance / door: $16 general / $13 students, seniors, people with disabilities. More info:510.220.6325Jewish Folk Chorus

Saturday, June 11, time TBD, What Languages Should Jews Speak?, with Anthony Russell. Part of Tikn Leyl Shevuis (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot), all-night study session, 6:00pm - dawn. No charge. More info: tikkun[at]jcceastbay.orgTikkun at JCC East Bay

Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm, How Could We Miss It? The Klezmer Revival's Omission of the Music of Three Million Polish Jews, a presentation by Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman). No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, June 18, time TBD, Veretski Pass. Tickets: TBD. More info: 510.525.9248fifthstfarms[at]
At Fifth Street Farms, BERKELEY

Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26, times TBD, Workshops: What Languages Should Jews Speak?, with Karen K. Bergen. Es, Es, Mayn Kind (Yiddish songs about food), with Laura Rosenberg. Part of Limmud Bay Area. Tuition (includes program, room, board): $299-$557 for adults, less for teens, kids. More info: Limmud Bay Area

At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK 

Saturday, June 25, time TBD, Mostly Kosher. Bruce Bierman will lead dancing to accompany this Southern California band. Tickets: $12 advance / $15 door. More info: 510.525.5054Klezmer at Ashkenaz
At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, June 26, Mostly Kosher. Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival, 2:00-7:00pm. Tickets: $18 JCC members / $20 non-members / $8 students, kids, seniors ($10, $18, $6, respectively, if purchased May 14 - June 16), under 12 free. More info: 408.357.7411, Addison-Penzak JCC
At Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Silicon Valley, LOS GATOS. 
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!