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

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KlezCalifornia's Annual Festival
Two different events, two locations! 
Come to both! Get your tickets now!

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! 

JUDY ON TV!  KlezCalifornia's Executive Director, Judy Kunofsky, will talk about the Cabarets, Festival, and other KlezCalifornia projects with Michelle Gregorio, host of Bay Area Focus, on TV station KBCW-TV, 44cable12, on Sunday, November 13, 8:00amGib a kuk, have a look!

-- Submissions
 for the December newsletter by November 25
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages
 (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources
 of Yiddish-inspired culture

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KlezmerJamsKlezmer Workshop and Jam, Sunday, November 6

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 - 4:15pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, led by Dave Rosenfeld. 

Session 1: 1:00 - 2:30pm, Klezmer Instrumental Workshopfor musicians with little or no klezmer experience but who are proficient on their instruments. Includes playing tunes with charts, getting familiar with klezmer techniques, and learning some tunes by ear at a slow pace.    
Session 2:  2:45 - 4:15pm, 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.  
Come to both sessions or just one. Rsvp requested. Tell us which session(s) and what instrument you play. Drop-ins also welcome. Refreshments provided. Donation of $10-$20 requested. 
San Francisco event Facebook page.
 Invite your friends! 

At Congregation B'nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval Street, SAN FRANCISCO   

Image of May jam by Laura Rosenberg. 
KlezmerJamsMoishe Oysher, Sunday, November 10

Thursday, November 10, Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People, with Cantor Arik Luck. Learn about the legacy of Moishe Oysher (1906-1958), a Yiddish cinema matinee idol, theater headliner, radio personality, recording artist, and gifted cantor. Oysher starred in three important Yiddish films: "The Cantor's Son" (Dem Khazn's ZIndl), 1937; "The Singing Blacksmith" (Yankl der Shmid), 1938; and Overture to Glory (Der Vilner Shtot Khazn), 1940. 

Arik Luck, cantor at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, has presented his original music revue, "Moishe Oysher: The Master SInger of His People," internationally. This program is co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,  Jewish Community Library
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO   
KlezmerJamsCabaret by the Bay, San Rafael, Sunday, November 20

Sunday, November 20, 5:00pm  
Cabaret by the Bay, San Rafael 
presented by KlezCalifornia, Osher Marin JCC and
New Yiddish Theater



Gerry Tenney 
  • Reb Irwin Keller, MC
  • Music by Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman) 
  • Jewlia Eisenberg with Jeremiah Lockwood 
  • Naomi Newman, performance artist 
  • Jake Marmer, poet 
  • Anthony Russell, singer 
  • Gerry Tenney, singer
At Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 
200 North San Pedro Road, SAN RAFAEL 
Tickets:  $20 adult, $10 teen, free for ages 12 and under. More details here
. Buy tickets here
Invite your friends via the Cabaret's Facebook page

With comedy, Yiddish song performance, storytelling, poetry, and participatory dancing, this Cabaret is KlezCalifornia's first major event in Marin County since hundreds of people participated in a Festival in the San Geronimo Valley ten years ago!   
KlezmerJamsKlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon, Sunday, November 20

Sunday, November 20, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon.For fluent Yiddish speakers.

* Far vos iz es shver tsu redn vegn got oder medines yisroel?
* Leygt for yidisheh bikher-titlen, vos mir voltn gevolt iberzetsn af english.
* Vos zenen ayereh balibsteh lider un farvos?
* Vos zenen di bester erter tsu hern yidish af der internets

No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, EL CERRITO
On the Web

Israeli Sephardic lesbian composer, Corinne Allal, is moved to tears by New York haredi singer's Yiddish version of her classic Hebrew tune, Ein Li Eretz Acheret. See Jewish Telegraphic Agency story
 and click on the video (Lipa Schmeltzer's Yiddish version of the song begins at 1:38) (thanks to Tamar Zaken).

Labzik, the Depression Dog
 a Yiddish story by Chaver Paver, read in English by Chance Bone. There's a depression on - the Great Depression - and Labzik the adorable Brooklyn-born puppy is in need of good home. He finds it in the family of Berl (a hardworking garment worker), Mollie, Rifkeleh, and Mulik. Once the favorite of all kids in progressive Yiddish schools across the United States, Labzik is the puppy hero who fights for the rights of underdogs everywhere (thanks to Yiddishkayt).

New feminist podcast in Yiddish
, with Sandy Fox. Called Vaybertaytsh, the podcast is available for download on iTunes (thanks to Lea Delson).
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Wanted: Klezmer musician in or near Berkeley. Inferno Theatre, based in Berkeley, seeks a flexible musician who can draw on his/her knowledge of Yiddish culture and can provide musical
transitions to add color to a new play which opens next April. Modest stipend. Would like musician to participate in first reading of play November 7. Contact Jamie at 510.788.6415jamieg(at)

New English-Yiddish dictionary:
 How do you say email in Yiddish? Di blitspost, which combines the Yiddish words for "lightning" and "mail." How about transgender? Tsvishnminik, which combines Yiddish words for "between" and "type." Check out how to say designated driver, binge watch, and many other contemporary words and phrases in the new 826-page "Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary," edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and Paul Glasser. "The New York Times" reviewed the book
 on October 5. You can buy the book at Afikomen Judaica
 in Berkeley.

Proverb of the month: What gives a poor person joy? When he loses something and then finds it again(Ven freyt zikh an oreman? Ven er farlirt un gefint.) (thanks to Rivka Augenfeld).

"Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory," a new book by Walter Zev Feldman, is the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music. The klezmer repertoire functioned as a kind of non-verbal communal memory. Klezmer's complex of speech, dance, and musical gesture is deeply rooted in Jewish expressive culture. Being published this month (November), the 440-page book is available at
. Pre-order with promotion code AAFLYG6 to save 30%! Hear Feldman December 1 at The Magnes (see below).
Community Events 
Tuesday, November 1, 8:00pm, Jewish Humor: What it all means, with Michael Krasny. 
Talk and book event. No charge. More info: Krasny at Stanford
At Stanford University, Cubberley Auditorium (485 Lasuen Mall), STANFORD

Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm, Jeanette Lewicki & The Gonifs. 
Yiddish and klezmer. 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 61:00-4:15pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, led by Dave Rosenfeld. See separate box, above. 
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, November 64:00-5:30pm, Songs of Peace, Freedom and Yearning, with the Rossmoor Jewish Community Chorus. Songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. Lyrics will be provided. Tickets: $10. More info: 510.528.8872achibenshalom[at]
At Rossmoor, Fireside Room, Gateway, WALNUT CREEK

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

At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY
Thursday, November 10, Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People, with Cantor Arik Luck.
See separate box, above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, November 10, 10:30am-12:00noon, Jewish Authors: Exploring the Works of S. Ansky, with Joyce Penn Moser. Tickets: $15 donation requested. Sponsored by Sequoia Hadassah. More info and to rsvp: leahkbernstein[at]
At Congregation Kol-Emeth, PALO ALTO
Sunday November 13, 2016 10:00am-12:00noon, The Bagel and the Archive: Celebrating Noah's Bagels Legacy. 
Includes bagel-based reception. No charge. Rsvp is required. To rsvp and more info:510.643.2526Noah's at The Magnes
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY
Monday, November 14, 7:00pm, Jews in 20th Century Russia, presented by Masha Gessen withSue Fishkoff. Tickets: $28 General / $25.20 JCCSF Members. More info: 415.292.1200Gessen at JCCSF

Wednesday, November 16 - Sunday, December 11, various times, Word for Word presents All Aunt Hagar's Children, by Edward P. Jones. Haunted by words in Yiddish from a dying woman, a young Black Korean War vet tries to solve a murder in 1950's Washington DC, but gets caught in a web of family history. Tickets: $20-$58. More info: 415.626.0453Z Space
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. Includes some discussion of East European Jewish music figures. No charge. More info: 650.948.7498Congregation Kol Emeth.
At Congregation Kol Emeth, PALO ALTO
Sunday, November 20, 2:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent speakers. See separate box, above. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]
At a private home, EL CERRITO

Sunday, November 20, 5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Cabaret by the Bay. See separate box, above. More info: 415.789.7679Cabaret by the Bay, San Rafael
At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL  

Sunday, November 20, 5:30pm, The Last Laugh (film). Can the Holocaust be funny? Followed by Q&A with the directors and reception. Closing night of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $30. More info: 800.838.3006Brown Paper Tickets
At Oshman Family JCC, PALO ALTO
Wednesday, November 30, 12:00noon-1:00pm, From Shund (trash) to Avant-garde: Yiddish  
Theatre in the City of Light, with Nick Underwood. Paris as the capital of a Western European Yiddish theatre during the first half of the twentieth century. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526,Underwood at The Magnes
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Coming in December

Thursday, December 15:30-7:30pm, Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory with Walter Zev Feldman. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526, Feldman at The Magnes
At The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY
Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm, Spirituals from the Shtetl, Davening from the Delta, with Anthony Russell, vocalist, and Veretski Pass. Free admission/parking. Reservations may be made two weeks in advance. More info: 707.664.2324, Jewish Music Series
At Sonoma State University, ROHNERT PARK
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm, Michael Krasny in Conversation, with Marc Hershon. Discussion of Krasny's new book, "Let There be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means." Tickets: $15 members / $20 public advance / $25 day of. More info: Krasny at OMJCC
At Osher Marin JCC, SAN RAFAEL
Saturday, December 3, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass. Tickets: $18 general advance / $15 65+ advance /
$5 students / no charge 12 and under. More info: 415.474.1608Veretski Pass at Old First
At Old First Church, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, December 4, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. See intro box above.

Monday, December 52:00-3:00pm, Food for Thought: Jewish Superstition/ Symbolism through the Arts, a presentation by Josh Horowitz. Registration suggested. Tickets: no charge PJCC members / $4 others. More info: 650.378.2703, Horowitz at PJCC

Thursday, December 8, 7:00pm, "Let There be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means," with author Michael Krasny. Tickets: $24 general / $18 JCC members. More info:Krasny at APJCC
At Addison-Penzak JCC, LOS GATOS
Sunday, December 11, From Argentina to Zion: Alberto Gerchunoff, Marcos Alpersohn, and the Jewish Agricultural Colonies (includes Yiddish writings by Alpersohn), with Amanda M. Siegel.No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, December 18, 4:00pm, A Yiddish & Klezmer Concert with singer Eleanor Reissa (from New York) and Veretski PassFollowed by dessert/latkeh reception. Tickets: $25 general / $18 youth / $50 reserved seats. Reservations and more info: 408.264.8542Congregation Sinai
At Congregation Sinai, SAN JOSE
Wednesday, December 21, 8:00pm, The Klezmatics. Tickets: $16-$28. More info: 510.644.2020,
At Freight & Salvage, BERKELEY
Thursday, December 22, "Let There Be Laughter," with author Michael Krasny. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library.

At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Friday, December 23, 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm), Community-wide Hanukkah Celebration, with performances by Nigunim Chorus, klezmer violinist David Chernyavsky, rap artist Jake Marmer, The Kvetchy Cowboys (Gerry Tenney and Arje Shaw). Includes candle lighting; latkes, chatshkes and gifts, and refreshments for sale.Tickets: $25 general / $22.50 for students, seniors. More info 510.644.2020,The Freight
At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 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!