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2017-03

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

                                  
A freylekhn Purim aleh! Happy Purim! Join us for KlezCalifornia's Purim Sudeh - see details below on how to get your invitation to our fun and heymish party!

Dressing up for Purim, as in this painting by Shoshana Eden
, consisted mainly of masks and no more, due to poverty.

We occasionally print Eden images, with the permission of her daughter, Ronit Magen. Shoshana Eden (1917-2002) painted her childhood memories from Skala, then in Poland and now in the Ukraine. They show the shtetl from a young girl's point of view, concentrating on family life and the community's everyday life. All individuals depicted were her neighbors. She felt she was creating a memorial to them, as most were murdered in the Holocaust. 

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-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages
 (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources
 of Yiddish-inspired culture


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KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party, Sunday, March 12

Sunday, March 12, 2:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party: PURIM SUDEH (celebration)! For donors, key volunteers, and Board and Advisory Council members. Join the fun, become a donor
 now, any amount, and you will receive an invitation. 

More info: 415.789.7679, info[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home in OAKLAND
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, March 19

Sunday, March 19, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. What was your worst job ever? What was your favorite toy? What was/is your recurrent dream? The Salon is now meeting monthly, generally the third Sunday.

No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.  
At a private home, SAN FRANCISCO. 

Image by Carl Groch
Klezmer Workshop & Jam, Sunday, March 19
Sunday, March 19, 2:00-5:00pm, Klezmer Workshop & Jam, led by internationally-renowned klezmer (and Bay Area resident) Joshua Horowitz.  

* 60-minute workshop with teaching, including some by ear  
* 45-minute playing through songs with sheet music, with coaching on klezmer style 
* 45-minute traditional jam, without sheet music

Registration: $25 sliding scale, for participants. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome, too. Registration and more info: 415.789.7679, jams[at]klezcalifornia.orgklezcalifornia.org/events/jams
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At Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, BERKELEY
Image by Les Plack
A Polish Journey to Yiddish Culture, Sunday, March 26

Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm, A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and Culture, presented by Agnieszka Ilwicka. This Polish-born Yiddishist will reflect on her journey through Yiddish language and culture with the last native Yiddish speakers in Europe, Israel and the United States. She also will share her experiences teaching the Yiddish language at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. 

Agnieszka is working on a project about post-war Yiddish life in the Lower Silesia, Poland, from 1945-1972, recording stories from the past all over the world. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800Event Facebook Page
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 

Anthony Russell Sings, Sunday, March 30

Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm, Selections from "Convergence," with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. Bass singer Russell, accompanied by piano, will perform music from "Convergence," his soon-to-be-released album melding diverse strains of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish and African-American music at their spiritual, historical, and textual crossroads. He also will speak about the development of the project.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800Event Facebook Page
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
On the Web

Article on Bay Area Yiddish singer Anthony Russell
 in "The Washington Post."

"The Battle Over What To Call Your Grandma,"
 by Rukhl Schaechter, which appeared originally in the Yiddish Forverts, February 8.
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Jet Blue speaks Yiddish
 (seat-back screen shot taken by Reva Fabrikant, as her plane landed in New York). Scroll down the linked page!

Taube Jewish Heritage Tours to Poland
, an official tour provider for the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, and for the annual Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow.

Two related proverbs about family:
* One gets to know the relatives when they become rich (Di kroyvim derkent men, az zey vern raykh).
די קרובים דערקענט מען, אז זיי ווערן רייך  
* Relatives respect us as long as they feel money (Polish: Póty krewni nas szanują, póki u nas fundusz czują) (from "Yiddish and Polish Proverbs," by Magdalena Sitarz). 
March Community Events 

Through June 23, "From the Photographer's Archive: Roman Vishniac" (exhibit). No charge. More info: 510.643.2526The Magnes Collection
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At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, BERKELEY

Through March 12, "Love Sick," inspired by the erotic poetry of the Song of Songs. Includes klezmer clarinet. Tickets: $25-$57. More info: 510.990.5078Jewish Circle Theatre
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At Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, MOUNTAIN VIEW
 
Saturday, March 4, 3:30pm, "The Frisco Kid" (film; 119 mins.). Gene Wilder plays a Polish rabbi who experiences many arduous obstacles as he crosses America to reach his new pulpit in San Francisco. No charge. More info: 925.240.3053East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
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At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL
  
Sunday, March 5, 2:15pm, "Sturgeon Queen" (film; 52 mins.). Russ & Daughters continues to provide smoked fish to the store's many customers. Tickets: $12 advance / $13 door. More info: 925.240.3053East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
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At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Monday, March 66:00-8:00pm, Dan (Cantrell) and Greg. Balkan and Klezmer. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
   
Sunday, March 12, 11:00am, "Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown" (film; 60mins., English/French with subtitles). Tickets: $9 advance / $10 door. More info: 925.240.3053East Bay International Jewish Film Festival
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At Century 16 Theatres, PLEASANT HILL

Sunday, March 122:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party.  See details above.
At a private home, OAKLAND
 
Sunday, March 127:00-9:00pm, Learn Ladino and Yiddish Songs with Mark Levy. Four Sundays, March 12, 26, April 2,and 16. More info: 888.505.8953email Mitzvah Music.
At location TBD, EAST BAY
 
Monday, March 137:30-9:00pm, "The Making of Yiddishland," with Efrat Gal-Ed. Part of The Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. No charge. More info: 650.724.6874Jewish Studies at Stanford
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At Stanford University, STANFORD
 
Tuesday, March 14, 12:00noon-1:30pm "Itzik Manger un Rokhl Oyerbakh: A Mayse fun libe, has un poezye" (in Yiddish), with Efrat Gal-Ed. Part of The Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. No charge. More info: 650.724.6874Jewish Studies at Stanford
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At Stanford University, STANFORD
 
Sunday, March 19, 9:00am, Explore stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Part of five-session seminar exploring works by American, European and Israeli Jewish writers. More info: 650.493.4661, Congregation Beth Am
At Congregation Beth Am, LOS ALTOS HILLS
 
Sunday, March 192:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. See details above.
At a private home, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Sunday, March 192:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, led by Joshua Horowitz.  See details above.
At Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, March 19, 4:00pm, Concert with Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Mostly Yiddish songs with a few Russian, Ladino and Hebrew folk songs. No charge. More info: mailbox[at]jewishfolkchorussf.org510.220.6325, 510.533.3903, Jewish Folk Chorus of S.F.
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At Rossmoor Gateway Complex, WALNUT CREEK 

Monday, March 206:00-8:00pm, Barbara Speed, Tony Phillips & Dave Rosenfeld.  Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, March 22,6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek. Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Gaia's Garden
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At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA
 
Saturday, March 25, 8:00pm, Veretski Pass. Part of Cozy Concerts. More info: 510.684.5580Daniel Siegel Productions
. Tickets: $25 for concert, tea, & desserts.
At St. Alban's Episcopal Church, ALBANY

Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm, A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and Culture, presented by Agnieszka Ilwicka. See details above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm, Selections from Upcoming CD, "Convergence," with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. See details above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month:

Pinny [Paul] Switzer: I wish to honor my teachers at the Peretz School in Winnipeg, Canada 1945-1952.  We had classes in Yiddish all morning Monday through Friday on an array of subjects starting with learning to read and write and progressing through history, literature, tanakh, and Hebrew language. These teachers included Lapin, Zolf, Cantor, Halper, Greenberg, Tseitlin, Taft, Fiterman.

Coming in April

Monday, April 106:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
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At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 212:30-4:00pm, 8th Jazz & Klez Summit, with Albany Jazz Band, Congregation Netivot Shalom JazzKleztet, Berkeley JazzSchool Big Band.
 Tickets at the door: Suggested donation: $10 general / $5 youth. More info: Daniel Siegel Productions
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY
 
Sunday, April 162:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. No charge. More info: 415.789.7679flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, BERKELEY
 
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, April 21 - May 7, "Female, Ashkenazi with a Sewing Machine." World premiere. More info: infernotheatrecompany[at]gmail.comInferno Theatre
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Venue TBD

Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm, "Yes, We Sang!," with Kol Truah Jewish Choir of the East Bay, Nigunim Community Folk Chorus, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, guest singers, and song leader and music director Achi Ben Shalom. Honoring the victims of the Holocaust by singing the songs they loved. Tickets: $10 general / no charge seniors, children. More info: 510.848.0237 X 142JCC East Bay
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At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

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

Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along, presented by Gerry Tenney. Also a celebration of the history of Jewish workers' choirs in the Bay Area. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800Jewish Community Library
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At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 
 
Sunday, April 302:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, led by Cookie Segelstein. Registration: $25 sliding scale, for participants. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome, too. Registration and more info: 415.789.7679jams[at]klezcalifornia.orgklezcalifornia.org/events/jams
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At Congregation B'nai Emunah, 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 three "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 theoyway.com
. * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (newlovefilms.com
). 

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 (next March 12). 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!