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

L'shoneh toyveh tikoseyvu! We wish you and your loved ones a sweet New Year! Rosheshuneh (Rosh HaShanah) began Sundayevening, October 2. Enjoy this Yiddish version of BaShanah HaBa'ah
, with images of old Yiddish postcards! 

Don't wait until Yumkipr (Yom Kippur) t'shuva (repentance / returning) to think about returning to Yiddish and studying ourmameloshn (mother tongue). Classes in Yiddish language or literature were announced in the September newsletter

Two Fabulous Events This Fall!   
Details to be announced in e-blast next week (or click on links below)

Sunday, November 20, 5:00pm 
Comedy, Yiddish song, storytelling, music, and more!
Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL  

KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival

Sunday, December 4, 1:00 - 7:00pm 
1:00pm Workshops: instrumental, singing, dancing, acting, lectures, kids/families
  5:00pm Cabaret by the Bay, Berkeley and Dance Party  
Comedy, Yiddish song, storytelling, music, and more! 

Two Cabarets, two different lineups! 
Image by Lea Delson,
-- Submissions
 for the November newsletter by October 26
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages
 (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources
 of Yiddish-inspired culture

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KlezmerJamsKlezmer Workshop and Jam, Sunday, October 30

Sunday, October 30, 6:30-9:45pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, PALO ALTO, led by Dmitri Gaskin.

Session 1:  6:30-8:00pm, Klezmer Instrumental Workshop for musicians with little or no klezmer experience but who are proficient on their instruments. This session will include playing tunes with charts, getting familiar with klezmer techniques, and learning some tunes by ear at a slow pace.   

Some of the eighteen participants in the 2016-09-25 workshop and jam. Photo by Les Plack.  
Session 2:  8:15-9:45pm, Klezmer Jam for those with at least intermediate familiarity with playing klezmer and/or jamming. After the leader begins the session with a warm up tune or two, musicians will take turns "calling" a tune, with everyone learning new tunes by ear or enjoying playing/improvising on familiar ones. The leader will provide guidance for pace, transitions, and ensure an overall smoothly run and fun evening!

Also join us for our first workshop and jam in San Francisco, Sunday, November 61:00-4:15pm, led by Dave Rosenfeld, at Congregation B'nai Emunah.

October 30: At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street, PALO ALTO 
November 6: At Congregation B'nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval Street, SAN FRANCISCO  

Come for both events or just one, both sessions at each event, or just one. Rsvp requested, and please tell us which event(s), which session(s), and what instrument you play. Drop-ins also welcome.Refreshments provided. Donation of $10-$20 requested. We will also add you to a special mailing list through which you will receive more information about these and other workshops and jams.

To rsvp and for more info: jams[at]
On the Web
 video with the Holocaust Survivor Band, produced and directed by Daniel Finkelman (thanks to Evie Groch). 

Sounds of the Soul - the Contribution of Jewish Music
 (thanks to Rosie Kaplan).

"My Shtetl: Voices of the Jewish Settlements
," a Belorussian website with oral histories, family memories, photos and historic texts from the Minsk, Vitebsk and Mogilev regions of Belarus (Grodno, Brest and Gomel regions are still under construction). The site has buttons for English and Russian versions; documents in Russian do not show up on the English version (thanks to Carola Murray-Seegert, who posted about this site on a
 mailing list).

Isaac Bashevis Singer's Nobel Prize acceptance speech
 for literature in 1978 (in Yiddish) (thanks to Arje Shaw).

Listen to the Kadimah Yiddish (radio) Show
, with reports from Australia, Israel, Russia and Poland, and songs (thanks to Paula Teitelbaum).
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Proverb of the month: If you haven't contributed, you're not allowed to spit in the kasha, i.e. don't criticize an enterprise in which you refused to take part (Ver es git nisht tsushtayer, tor nisht in der kasheh araynsphayen) (from: "Rhapsody in Schmaltz," by Michael Wex). 
New "Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary" published, edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and Paul Glasser. More info: League for Yiddish

Available: Klezmer Violinist
Violinist returning to the Bay Area looking to make musical connections in the Bay Area. Classically trained and open to playing Jewish, Klezmer, Tango, Gypsy Jazz etc. Has performed with the Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, at the Aspen Music Festival, and more. Contact juliettejavaheri[at] Check out  other listings of musicians seeking others.
Community Events 
Sunday, October 95:30-7:00pm, Let There be Laughter: A Night of Hilarity with Michael Krasny.Tickets: $15-$20 advance / $25 at door. More info: 650.223.8649,
At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO
Monday, October 106:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Saturday, October 156:30-9:00pm, Majorly Minor (formerly Naomi Zamir and Friends). More info:Cafe Zoe
At Cafe Zoe, MENLO PARK 
Monday, October 176:00-8:00pm, Hernandez Hideaway. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Tuesday, October 18 (and subsequent Tuesdays), 7:30-9:30pm, San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus rehearses. Sings mostly in Yiddish; all levels of singers welcome. Dues: $100/year. More info:510.533.3903mailbox[at]
At Menorah Park, 3365 Sacramento Street, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, October 19, 11:00am-12:00noon, Modernity and Yiddish Poetry, with Rabbi Daniel Stein. No charge. More info: 925.934.9446Congregation B'nai Shalom
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK 
Wednesday, October 197:00-9:00pm, Ellis Island Old World Folk BandNo cover charge. More info:
At Le Bateau Ivre, BERKELEY
Monday, October 245:30-8:15pm, California Klezmer, part of Simkhes Toyreh celebration. No charge. More info:
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK
Monday, October 24, 6:30pm, Veretski Pass, part of Simkhes Toyreh celebration. No charge. More info:
At Congregation Beth Sholom, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, October 266:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek. Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA 

Wednesday, October 26, 7:30pm, Let There be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means, with Michael Krasny. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica. Tickets: $13. More info:Under One Tent series
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK
Thursday, October 27, 10:30am-12:00noon, Klezmer Music 101 with Mark Levy. Tickets: $15 donation requested. Sponsored by Sequoia Hadassah. More info and to rsvp:leahkbernstein[at]
At Congregation Kol-Emeth, PALO ALTO 
Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival Opening Night, reception with Mike Burstyn, whose career has spanned Yiddish theater, Broadway, and film. Follows showing of "Celebration: The Story of Israeli Cinema." Tickets: $45. More info: 800.838.3006Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival opening night
Brown Paper Tickets
At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO 
Saturday, October 29, 6:30pm, "2 Kuni Lemel, The Flying Matchmaker", set in the world of the Eastern European shtetl. Q&A after screening with Mike Burstyn. Part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Tickets $11-$13. More info: 800.838,3006, here
At AMC Saratoga 14, SAN JOSE  

Sunday, October 306:30-9:45pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, led by Dmitri Gaskin. See details in box above.
At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO
Coming in November

Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm, Jeanette Lewicki & The Gonifs. Part of Sonoma State University Jewish Music Series. Admission/parking free. Seats may be reserved two weeks in advance, i.e.October 20. More info: 707.664.2324Jewish Music Series
At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK
Sunday, November 61:00-4:15pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jamled by Dave Rosenfeld.
Donation of $10-$20 requested. More info: 415.789.7679jams[at],
, and in box above. 
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, November 9, 12:00noon-1:00pm, Howard Freedman on 78rpm Records and the Sound of the American Jewish Experience. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526The Magnes

At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Thursday, November 10, Multi-media presentation on Moishe Oysher, with Cantor Arik Luck. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library

At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO   

Sunday November 13, 2016 10:00am-12:00noon, The Bagel and the Archive: Celebrating Noah's Bagels Legacy. No charge, but reservation required. To RSVP and more info: 510.643.2526Noah's at The Magnes
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm, A Concert of Liturgical Music, with Stephen Saxon. Free admission/parking. Seats may be reserved two weeks before the concert. More info: 707.664.2324,Jewish Music Series

At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK
Sunday, November 20, 10:00am-12:00noon, The Klassical Connection (lecture), with Joshua Horowitz and Magen Solomon. More info: 650.948.7498Kol Emeth
At Congregation Kol Emeth, PALO ALTO
Sunday, November 202:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, EL CERRITO

Sunday, November 20, 5:30pm, The Last Laugh (film), followed by Q&A with the directors and  reception. Closing night of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Can the Holocaust be funny? Tickets: $30. More info: 800.838.3006Brown Paper Tickets
At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO
Sunday, November 20, 5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Cabaret by the Bay. See intro message at topMore info: 415.789.7679Cabaret by the Bay, San Rafael
At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL
Wednesday, November 30, 12:00noon-1:00pm, From Shund to Avant-garde: Yiddish Theatre the City of Light, with Nick Underwood. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526Nick Underwood at The Magnes
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 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) or more may choose one of four "thank you" gifts: * "Live & Be Well, A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America,"
 by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi (192 pp.) * "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. Plus, 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!