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

Sub Arthouse Ch image 2012It's too early to wish you a freylekhn khanikeh (Happy Hanukkah), but in any case, KlezCalifornia is starting the month with a big simkheh! 

On November 20, 180 people enjoyed our first Cabaret by the Bay of the season at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, and what a great event it was! We'll show you some pictures of that Cabaret in the January newsletter.

COMING THIS SUNDAY is a completely different Cabaret in Berkeley, paired with nine participatory workshops in a Yiddish Culture Festival, presented with our partners JCC East Bay and New Yiddish Theater. Get your tickets now!
 There's no additional online transaction fee, so advance purchase costs the same as at door and will expedite your admission.

Be sure to check out the eighteen additional December events, including three this evening (December 1).

-- Submissions
 for the January newsletter by December 26 
-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages
 (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources
 of Yiddish-inspired culture
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others

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 Yiddish Culture Festival, Sunday, December 4
  • Workshops, 1:00 - 4:15pm 
  • (klezmer instrumental, singing, dancing, acting, lectures, and family activities)
Cabaret by the Bay and Dance Party, 
(all details were in yesterday's e-blast)

At the JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley  
Presented by KlezCalifornia, JCC East Bay, and New Yiddish Theater 

The theme of this year's Festival is Radical Yiddish Culture! 
Workshops Session 1, 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • FAMILY/YOUTH: Kids' Kumzits, with Gerry Tenney 
    Workshop w. Cookie Segelstein
  • ACTING: Stella Adler on Angels in America, an acting class with Bruce Bierman 
  • INSTRUMENTAL: Fun Oyer tsu Hant: Ear-to-Hand Boot Camp, with Veretski Pass
  • LECTURE: American Jewish Radicals: the Lesser-Known Stories, with Elaine Leeder
  • SINGING: "Ladies Lib": Songs from Seamstresses to Suffragists, with Heather Klein
Ken Blady teaches the Jewish immigrant experie
Workshops Session 2, 2:45 - 4:15pm 
  • DANCING:  Tants! / Klezmer Dancing, with Bruce Bierman 
  • INSTRUMENTAL: Dos Lebedikeh Lid / Turn Songs Into Lively Arrangements, with Veretski Pass
  • LECTURE: Yidish Klolez un Sharfeh Vitzlekh / Yiddish Curses & Stinging Witticisms, with Ken Blady
  • SINGING: Radical Yiddish Songs of An-ski & Beregovski, with Gerry Tenney
Tickets:  $10 - $25.  Festival Passes $20 - $50.  Free for ages 12 and under. More details here
. Buy tickets here
. Invite your friends via the Cabaret's Facebook page

 ***********  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
 Last year's Cabaret sold out! **************

Photos above by Lea Delson,

"Let There Be Laughter", Thursday, December 22

Michael KrasnyThursday, December 22, 7:00pm, Author talk:  "Let There Be Laughter", with Michael Krasny.  
Who knew this professor and radio personality could be so funny? 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge, More info: 415.567.3327Jewish Community Library.

At the Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

On the Web

The late Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah," sung in Yiddish
, by Daniel Kahn (thanks to Gale Kissin, Sonia Tubridy, and Phyllis Press).
KlezCalifornia's Executive Director, Judy Kunofsky, was interviewed by Michelle Gregorio on the Bay Area Focus TV program, and spoke about the Cabarets, Festival, and other KlezCalifornia projects. See Judy on Youtube
 or on Facebook
Gib a kuk, take a look!
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month:  God gave me such a wonderful brain that I can worry more in one minute than others in an entire year (Got hot mir gegeybn aza vunderbareh seykhl az ikh ken mer oyszurgen in eyn minit vi andereh in a gants yor) (thanks to Ken Blady, who will discuss this and ninety-two other witticisms and curses at his workshop at this Sunday's Yiddish Culture Festival).
Community Events 

Thursday, December 1, 5:30-7:30pm, Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory with Walter Zev Feldman. A talk based on his new book, "Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory," the first comprehensive study of the musical structure and social history of klezmer music. No charge.
More info: 510.643.2526Zev 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. Part of Sonoma State University Jewish Music Series, L'Chaim!Free admission/parking. Reservations may be made two weeks in advance. 
More info: Ruth Wilson, 707.664.2324Jewish 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: 415.474.1608, Veretski Pass at Old First
At Old First Church, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, December 4, KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival. See separate box above!

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


Monday, December 56:00-8:00pm, Tony Phillips, Dave Rosenfeld & Barbara Speed. Entertainment free with minimum purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Monday at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
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. NOTE: Apparently sold out; check with JCC. More info: 408.357.7411Krasny at APJCC
At Addison-Penzak JCC, LOS GATOS

Saturday, December 10, 4:30pm, Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band, part of Saturday Unplugged, 3:00-6:00pm. No charge. More info: Saturdays Unplugged at JCCSF.

At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO 

Sunday, December 11, 1:00pm, Concert with Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Khanike songs in addition to several other songs from the 2016 - 2017 repertoire, mostly in Yiddish. Part of Hanukkah Celebration & Art/Crafts Sale, 11:30am-3:30pm, with latkes and light refreshments.
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, December 11, 4:00pm, Kugelplex, performing with Linda Tillery as part of Let Us Break Bread Together - Music from the Era of the Black Panthers. Tickets: $15 - $60. More info:510.444.0801Kugelplex Let Us Break Bread.

At Paramount Theatre, OAKLAND

Monday, December 126:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. 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

Wednesday, December 14, 7:00pm, Kugelplex, part of FLAME: A Keshet LBGTQ Hanukkah Revue. With drag, comedy, and musical performances by Jewish LGBTQ artists. Tickets: $10 advance / $15 door / no-one turned away. More info: gene[at]keshetonline.orgFLAME Revue

At Uptown Nightclub, OAKLAND

Sunday, December 18, 4:00pm, Yiddish & Klezmer Concert with singer Eleanor Reissa (from New York) and Veretski Pass. Followed 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

Sunday, December 183:00-6:00pm, Kugelplex, with Jewlia Eisenberg, in Almost Chanukah Klezmer Happy Hour Cabaret. Latkes, kugel, booze, stories with Joel Ben Izzy, belly dancer, kids' activities, dancing, music, and more. Tickets: $20 general public / $15 Chochmat members / $5 kids. More info:510.704.9687Chochmat Halev
At Chochmat HaLev, BERKELEY

Wednesday, December 21, 8:00pm, The Klezmatics. Here from New York on their annual visit. Tickets: $16-$28. More info: 510.644.2020Klezmatics at The Freight
At Freight & Salvage, BERKELEY
Thursday, December 22, "Let There Be Laughter," with author Michael Krasny. See separate box above. 
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Friday, December 23, 7:00pm (doors 6:30pm), Community-wide Hanukkah Celebration, with 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 / $27 door / $22.50 students, seniors. More info:510.644.2020Hanukkah at The Freight

At Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, BERKELEY

Tuesday, December 27, 1:15pm, Chanukah Concert, with Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. AKhanike celebration of mostly Yiddish and some Hebrew songs. No charge. More info: Renee510.533.3903 or Gail 510.220.6325.
Wednesday, December 286:30-8:30pmKlezmer Creek. Part of (usually) 4th Wednesday Klezmer Wednesdays Night. Free with minimum $5 purchase. More info:
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA 

Coming in January

Wednesday, January 117:00-9:00pm, Mama Loshn. No cover charge. More info: 510.849.1100Le Bateau Ivre
At Le Bateau Ivre, BERKELEY

Wednesdays, January 18 - February 82:00-4:00pm, Yiddish Literature in Translation, with Loretta Denner. Read stories by I.L. Peretz in honor of his hundredth yortsayt. No charge, but JCC accepts donations. More info: 707.528.4222lorluba[at]
At JCC Sonoma County, SANTA ROSA
Wednesday, January 18, - Wednesday, March 227:15-9:15pm (10 evenings), Introductory Yiddish, with Jon Levitow. Tuition: $225 Shir Hadash members / $250 others, plus approximately $25 for textbook. More info: 408.358.1751Shir Hadash
At Congregation Shir Hadash, LOS GATOS
Monday, January 166:00-8:00pm, Orchestra Euphonos. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm The Yellow Ticket (silent film), with live score performed by Marilyn Lerner and Laura DeLuca. Tickets: $28 / JCC members 10% off. SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Use promo code YELLOW25 for a 25% discount. More info: 415.292.1200,  The Yellow Ticket at JCCSF
Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm, Comedienne in a Hasid's Pants: Pepi Littman, presented by Jeanette Lewicki, with Laura Rosenberg and Josh Laurenzi. No charge. More info: 415.567.3327,Jewish Community LIbrary

At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, January 29, Yiddish In A Day: Giving Voice To Story, Wisdom & Humor. 2:00pm, Sally Holzman and Terry Stokes will share stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, the "Elders of Chelm", and honored rabbis. 3:30pm, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, in concert. Tickets: $10 storytelling only / $18 storytelling + concert / no charge students 18 and under.    
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK
Tuesday, January 31, Noah Aronson with Cantor Arik Luck. Tickets: TBD. More info: 415.751.2535,Congregation Emanu-El
At Congregation Emanu-El, SAN FRANCISCO 
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!