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

You are warmly invited to participate in or watch KlezCalifornia's first klezmer jam in Palo Alto (see details in item below). 

This year we hope to start occasional (if not exactly regular) klezmer jams in the East Bay, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. Join the special mailing list by writing jams[at]  
Images by Lea Delson,

We are proud to present two Yiddish-inspired Cabarets this Fall:    '    

at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4:  Cabaret & Yiddish Culture Festival 
at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley 
featuring 8 workshops   

-- Submissions for the August newsletter HERE
 by July 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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KlezCalifornia Klezmer Jam - Palo Alto, Sunday July 17

Sunday, July 17, 6:00 - 9:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Jam, for all levels, instruments. 6:00pm guided slow jam. 7:30pm "regular" jam. Led by Dmitri Gaskin. Light refreshments. Donation requested: $10-$20 sliding scale. Rsvp's requested. More info (including address): 415.789.7679,jams[at]
At a private home, PALO ALTO

KlezCalifornia will be presenting jams this year in the East Bay, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. Join the special mailing list by writing jams[at]
Image (of May jam in Berkeley) by Laura Rosenberg
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 21 - August 7

Thursday, July 21 - Sunday, August 7, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. More info: 415.621.0523San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

At Castro Theatre in SAN FRANCISCO, Cinearts Theatre in PALO ALTO, Roda Theatre in BERKELEY, Piedmont Theatre in OAKLAND, Smith Rafael Theatre in SAN RAFAEL.

KlezCalifornia is co-presenting six films:

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 
(Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady I USA | 2016 I Documentary I 92 min)
Norman Lear wrote, produced, created, and developed more than a hundred television shows. His legendary body of work includes All in the Family; Maude; Good Times; The Jeffersons; and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Now about to turn 94, this Jewish World War II veteran is the focus of this documentary and the author of an autobiography, Even This I Get to Experience. The Festival is honored to present this year's Freedom of Expression Award to Norman Lear, the television pioneer and founder of the advocacy organization, People for the American Way.
Castro Theatre | Sunday, July 24, 3:15pm
Cinearts Theatre | Monday, July 25, 6:15pm   
Smith Rafael Theatre | Sunday, August 7, 2:10pm

Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg 
(Marshall Fine I USA 2016 I Documentary I 89 min)
Like Richard Pryor and George Carlin, Robert Klein influenced a slew of the next generation of comics, and he is still really funny! Klein is shown in his daily routines, providing a privileged look at the great comedian as he jokes about everyday life. Klein appeared on the Tonight Show and Letterman more than 100 times and hosted the third Saturday Night Live, appearing in the famous cheeseburger sketch. His spot-on impression of Rodney Dangerfield and his meeting with Don Rickles are some of the many highlights. Interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, as well as clips from some of Klein's seminal routines, round out this delightful portrait.
Castro Theatre | Monday, July 25, 6:30pm

Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream 
(Michael Levine I USA | 2016 I Documentary I 83 min)
Just as its iconic pink box has graced Passover seder tables for generations of American Jews, so, too, Streit's matzo factory has stood for some 80 years on the Lower East Side. For many Jews, a family business has been a way to make a living and to ensure that the next generation could do better. This is all challenged by the need for modernity, the pressures of foreign competition and enticing real estate offers.
Castro Theatre | Tuesday, July 26, 2:10pm (free screening, no ticket necessary)
Cinearts Theatre | Thursday, July 28, 1:50pm (free screening, no ticket necessary)
Roda Theatre | Tuesday, August 2, 2:40pm (free screening, no ticket necessary)

Song of Songs
Eva Neymann I Ukraine | 2015 I Narrative I 76 min)
Ukraine, 1905. Ten­-year­-old Shimek tells his darling Buzya fairy tales of the faraway, imprisoned Tsarevna, as their dreams of inhabiting a larger world beyond the shtetl blend with the first stirrings of young love. An inspired adaptation of the iconic stories from Sholem Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman (which also served as the source material for Fiddler on the Roof). 
Castro Theatre | Wednesday, July 27, 12:00pm
Roda Theatre |, Wednesday, August 3, 2:05pm
Joe's Violin
(Kahane Cooperman, 2016, Short/Documentary)
Joseph Feingold, a Polish Holocaust survivor donates the violin he's had for 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a 12­-year­-old schoolgirl from the nation's poorest congressional district and unexpectedly, his own. Screens with Jews in Shorts: Documentaries.
Castro Theatre | Wednesday, July 27, 1:50pm
Piedmont Theatre, OAKLAND | Saturday, August 612:20pm

The Last Laugh 
(Ferne Pearlstein I USA | 2016 I Documentary I 89 min)
The Last Laugh explores the role of humor and its limitations in confronting tragic events, including the Holocaust. It is a journey across a comedic landscape marked by speed bumps, caution signs and potholes big enough to swallow a clown car. Comedic giants like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Sarah Silverman will leave you laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make you want to cry.
Roda Theatre | Saturday, July 30, 7:10pm
Castro Theatre | Sunday, July 31, 2:55pm
On the Web

New video from YidLife Crisis: Global Shtetl - London
, a British Yiddish exposé in which the bagel vs. beigel rivalry is exposed and a little taste of the East End of London and local history is brought to your eyes and ears courtesy of these (self-described) globetrotting shmendriks.

Itzhak Perlman's mother's recipe for potato salad with shmaltz
. And he speaks Yiddish, too!

Yiddish in Southern California
 (thanks to Hershl Hartman).
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish saying of the month: A dream is a half-prophet (A kholem iz a halber novi). German uses the same proverb. A related Polish proverb is, "In a dream there is a one-hundredth part truth (from: Yiddish and Polish Proverbs, by Magdalena Sitarz). 

Community Events 

Saturday, July 2, 5:00pm (also Thursday, July 7, 8:00pm, and Saturday, July 9, 5:00pm), Lightning in the Brain, with Corey Fischer. Includes a Yiddish song. Tickets: $20 - $100. More info:415.282.3055The Marsh


Monday, July 46:00-8:00pm, Greg Jenkins and Friends. Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY 
Friday, July 8, 6:15pm, Congregation B'nai Shalom Neshama Shabbat, with klezmorim Mike Perlmutter and Dave Rosenfeld, led by Khazn Risa Wallach. Followed by light oneg. More info: 925.934.9446
At a private home, WALNUT CREEK

Sunday, July 176:00-9:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Jam - Palo Alto. See separate box above.
At a private home, PALO ALTO.

Monday, July 186:00-8:00pm, Gypsy Moths. Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Monday at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
Thursday, July 21 - Sunday, August 7, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2016. See separate 
box above. More info: 415.621.0523San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Friday, July 22 thru Saturday, August 20, The Gathering, a play by Arje Shaw. Includes Yiddish. 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 almost tears a family apart. 
Tickets: $29 - $35. More info:
. Tickets: Live Oak Theatre
At Live Oak Theatre, BERKELEY

Wednesday, July 276:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. Part of 4th Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5
minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA

Monday, July 286:00-8:00pm, Kugelplex. Klezmer Monday at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Monday at Saul's

In the parklet outside Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month:

Talia Shaham: A great big mazl tov to our dear friends Jack and Shulamit Goldberg on both their recent 90th birthdays! Giving you thanks for supporting klezmer music and dance and bringing your energy to KlezCalifornia's events! And for being in our official video of the 2014 Yiddish Culture Festival in Palo Alto - your smiles and enthusiasm are contagious! Happy birthday! Wishing you lots more music and dance in the years ahead. 
Coming in August

Monday, August 16:00-8:00pm, Tony Phillips and Barbara Speed. Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Monday at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, August 95:30-7:00pm. Orchestra Euphonos. Oakland A's Jewish Heritage Night pre-game event. Tickets: $33. More info: Jewish Heritage Night
In the Eastside Club at Coliseum, OAKLAND  
Of interest near Chicago and Montreal

July 31 - August 3, Yiddish Culture in Your Classroom!, a presentation by Karen Bergen onKlezCalifornia's project Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids and Teens. Part of NewCAJE 
conference for Jewish educators. More info on project; tam[at]
At North Central College, NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS  

August 22 - 28, Bringing Yiddish Culture to Young Jews (rather than hoping they will come to us), a presentation by Judy Kunofsky on Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids and Teens. Part ofKlezKanada
. More info on project: tam[at]
At Laurentian Retreat, Camp B'nai Brith, LANTIER, QUEBEC 
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!