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

A joyous Shevuis (Shavuot) to all! Join KlezCalifornia at the Tikn Leyl Shevuis (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot) at the JCC East Bay -- see highlighted event below.

KlezCalifornia is spreading its wings to more community-wide events this Summer, both near and far! Join us at Limmud Bay Area 2016in Rohnert Park (see separate box below), and for presentations about KlezCalifornia's program Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens" in Illinois at the NewCAJE conference for Jewish educators, and in Montreal at KlezKanada

SAVE THE DATES! We are proud to present two Yiddish-inspired Cabarets this Fall: 
CABARET: Sunday, November 20, at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael.
CABARET & YIDDISH CULTURE FESTIVAL: Sunday, December 4, at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, featuring eight workshops. We are currently in the planning stages, so send your workshop ideas to us before the end of June at info[at]!


-- Submissions for the July newsletter HERE by June 24
-- 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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What Languages "Should" Jews Speak?," part of Tikn Leyl Shevuis,Saturday June 11

Saturday, June 11, time TBD, What Languages "Should" Jews Speak?,
with Anthony Russell & Judy Kunofsky. 

Part of Tikn Leyl Shevuis (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot), all-night study session,6:00pm - dawn, that each year attracts 600+ individuals from all parts of the Jewish community. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. No charge. 

More info: tikkun[at]jcceastbay.orgEast Bay Tikkun.

Veretski Pass, Thursday June 16

Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm, How Could We Miss It? The
Klezmer Revival's Omission of the Music of Three Million Polish Jews, and the Salvage Ethnology of Veretski Pass. 

The American klezmer scene has largely passed over the music of the three million Jews who lived in pre-World War II Poland. With their new CD Poyln: A Gilgul, the Veretski Pass revives and reinterprets the mazurkas, obereks, kujawiaks and polkas that time, and most Jews, have forgotten.

Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman discuss how they discovered these songs through field and archival research, Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327 ,  
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO  
Yiddish Programming at Limmud Bay Area, June 24 - 26

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, Yiddish-inspired programming at Limmud Bay Area 2016. 

Tam - Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids, with Karen Bergen
* What Languages "Should" Jews Speak?, with Karen Bergen
Kum Tantsn!, Yiddish dancing to klezmer music, with Karen Bergen

* What's Nu in American Jewish Music?, with Andy Muchin, 3:00pm
* Nu, What's Klezmer?, with Andy Muchin, 9:20pm

Es, Es, Mayn Kind: Yiddish Songs About Food, with Laura Rosenberg, 5:00pm
* What's So Funny About Yiddish Anyway?, with Irwin Keller, Eli Batalion, Jamie Elman, 7:50pm

* YidLive! Screening and shtik with YidLife Crisis, Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion,11:00am (two more Bay Area performances by YidLife Crisis are described below in Community Events)

Registration (programming, accommodations, food): $299-$549, less for children, teens, commuters. More info:
At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK
Mostly Kosher Concert and Dancing, Saturday June 25

Los Angeles-based Mostly Kosher presents "ravenous post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains," with "elements of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Hip Hop, World and Folk." They perform at five Bay Area venues this month, from Sonoma to Santa Clara Counties:

Saturday, June 25, 8:00pmBruce Bierman will lead dancing. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $12 advance / $15 door. More info:
At Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, BERKELEY

Other performances:

Thursday, June 23, 7:00pm. Tickets: $18. More info: 707.664.8622,Cong. Ner Shalom.
At Congregation Ner Shalom, COTATI

Friday, June 24, 8:00pm. Tickets: $10-$15; purchase on site only. More info: 650.731.5383Red Poppy Art House.
At Red Poppy Art House, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, June 26, 4:00pmPart of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival,2:00-7:00pm. Tickets: $6-$20, under 12 free. More info: 408.357.7411,APJCC Jewish Music Festival.
At Addison-Penzak JCC, LOS GATOS

Monday, June 276:00-8:00pm.  Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info:510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
On the Web

Yiddish not from Turkey, says analyst of paper cited in KlezCalifornia's June newsletter. See Don't Don't Buy the Junk Science That Says Yiddish Originated in Turkey by Jordan Kutzik, in The Forward.

Anthology of Newly Translated Yiddish Works to read online or download as an e-book, with stories, poems, and essays. This 2016 "Pakn Treger Translation Issue" is from the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts (thanks to Talia Shaham).

He calls Yiddish a language of life, so translating Oscar-winning film Son of Saul was an especially dark experience, from an interview with Mendy Cahan, head of the Israeli group Yung Yidish (thanks to Rosie Kaplan).
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish saying of the month: When a fool holds his tongue, he will be counted among the wise (Az a nar shvaykt, vert er oykh gerekhent tsvishn di kligeh). Polish and German also use the same proverb (from:Yiddish and Polish Proverbs, by Magdalena Sitarz). 
Community Events 

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. More info: 510.849.1100,
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY 

Thursday, June 2, 12:00noon, Yiddish Tish, with Reb Irwin Keller. Discuss Itzik Manger and his poems about Ruth and Naomi. No Yiddish knowledge necessary. Bring your lunch. No charge. More info: irwinkeller[at]
At Congregation Ner Shalom, COTATI

Thursday, June 2, 7:00pm, The Righteous Person and the Motherless Child, a concert with Cantor Risa Wallach. Mike Perlmutter on clarinet. Program includes a classic Yiddish theater piece, traditional khazones, and other music. Tickets: $10 suggested donation at the door. Rsvp requested by May 27 to rsvp[at] or 925.934.9446 X100. 
Sunday, June 53:00-4:00pm, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, followed by Dirty Cello. No charge.More info:
At Ohmega Salvage, BERKELEY

Mir Zaynen Do (We Are Here), Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco's 90th annual concert.
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
San Francisco: Tickets: $10-$15. Berkeley: Tickets: $12-$16.  
Monday, June 66:00-8:00pm, Aaron Seeman (Duckmandu). Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, June 11, time TBD, What Languages "Should" Jews Speak? See separate event box above about the Tikn Leyl Shevuis (Tikkun Leyl Shavuot).

Thursday, June 96:00-8:00pm, Kugelplex. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer at Saul's.
Outside Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, June 12, 12:00noon-1:30pm, Ghost Note Ensemble; 1:30-4:00pm, Simcha Orchestra led by Eliot Kenin. Part of Berkeley World Music Festival, June 11-1212:00noon-9:00pm. No charge. More info: 510.995.6134Berkeley World Music Festival.
Telegraph Avenue and Haste St., BERKELEY

Wednesday, June 157:00-9:00pm, Mama Loshn. 
No cover charge. More info: 510.849.1100Le Bateau Ivre.
At Le Bateau Ivre Cafe/Restaurant, BERKELEY 

Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm, How Could We Miss It? The Klezmer Revival's Omission of the Music of Three Million Polish Jews, with Veretski Pass. See separate event box above.

Saturday, June 18, 7:30pm, Veretski Pass. Tickets: $20. Reservations required (call or email).
More info: 510.525.9248fifthstfarms[at]gmail.comFifth Street Farms.
At Fifth Street Farms, BERKELEY 

Monday, June 206:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, June 226:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden.
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA

Thursday, June 23 - Monday, June 27, Mostly Kosher. See details of all five performances in separate event box above. More info: Mostly Kosher.

Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm, YidLife! A Scandalous Comedy. With the creators and stars of Yiddish comedy web series, YidLife Crisis, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion. Tickets: $15-$30. More info: Palo Alto JCC.
At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO

Friday-Sunday, June 24-26, Yiddish-inspired programming at Limmud Bay Area 2016. See separate event box above.

Tuesday, June 28, 8:00pm, YidLive! A Web Series Masterclass with the Creators of YidLife Crisis, Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman. Tickets: $12-$15.  More info: Jewish Film Institute presents YidLife Crisis.
At PianoFight - Main Stage, SAN FRANCISCO
Coming in July

Wednesday, July 206:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden.
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA

Thursday, July 21 - Sunday, August 7, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Films and schedule will be announced June 21. More info: 415.621.0523S.F. Jewish Film Festival 2016

Sunday, July 242:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, SAN FRANCISCO 

Friday, July 22, thru Saturday, August 20, The Gathering, a play by Arje Shaw. Includes Yiddish.
Tickets: $29-$35, more for opening night. More info: The Gathering in Berkeley.
At Live Oak Theatre, BERKELEY
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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!