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

A joyous Shevues (Shavuot) to all! The holiday, which celebrates the giving of the Toyreh, begins the evening of May 30.Traditional customs include eating milkhiks (i.e. dairy: ice cream, cheese, pizza, etc.). 

SAVE THE DATES! We are proud to present two Yiddish-inspired "Cabarets by the Bay" this Fall: 
Sunday, October 22, at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos
Sunday, November 5, at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley

Between now and then, we continue with our programs and events: klezmer workshops & jams every month; monthly Yiddish conversation Salon; presentations to Jewish kids in religious schools, day schools, and day camps; summer party in Palo Alto for donors; and many performances, lectures, and films. Check this KlezCalifornia newsletter every month!
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Concert and Sing-Along, Sunday, April 30

Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along, with Gerry Tenney. With International Labor Day (May 1) around the corner, Oakland- based singer (and KlezCalifornia President) Gerry Tenney will perform and lead a sing-along of rousing and poignant Jewish labor songs, many of them in Yiddish. 

From the sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld, whose 1911 poem ""Mayn Rueh Plats" (My Resting Place) has become a classic labor song, to tunes popularized by labor troubadour Joe Glazer, American and European Jewish singers and songwriters have been at the forefront of music supporting the working class. The event also will celebrate the history of Jewish workers' choirs in the Bay Area.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800Jewish Labor Songs at JCL
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Klezmer Workshop & Jam, Sundays, April 30May 7 and May 21

THREE KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop & Jam sessions coming up: in SAN FRANCISCO, PALO ALTO and BERKELEY!  Includes learning tunes with authentic klezmer style, and traditional jam. For all instruments; no klezmer experience needed (but it doesn't hurt!). Must be at least intermediate level on your instrument. Sheet music and sound files will be provided before and after the session, but not during. Required: mute, if you are a brass player. Optional: recording device.

Cookie SegelsteinSunday, April 302:00-5:00pm At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO   
Sunday, May 72:00-5:00pm 
At a private home in PALO ALTO  

Both led by internationally-renowned klezmer violinist Cookie Segelstein. 

Sunday, May 212:00-5:00pm, led by mandolinist, drummer, and fiddler Dave Rosenfeld.  
At Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Registration (for each):
 $25 sliding scale, for participants; pay on site with cash or check. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome, too. Registration and more info (get address for the Palo Alto private home!): 415.789.7679jams[at]

Below are some images from the March 19 workshop & jam in Berkeley led by Josh Horowitz. Participants came from as far away as Sebastopol and Santa Cruz!



Workshop images by Jim Rebhan. 
Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, May 21

Sunday, May 21, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon.
For fluent Yiddish speakers.The Salon meets monthly. No charge. More info: 

At a private home, EL CERRITO

Image by Carl Groch
On the Web

All that survives from the "golden age" of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to 1950s are 1,000 fragile discs, rescued from storerooms, attics, and dumpsters. In Part 1 of Yiddish Radio Project podcasts
 hear a brief history of Yiddish radio, memories of a show called "Rabbi Rubin's Court of the Air," and one of the earliest known broadcasts of a Holocaust survivor telling his story (thanks to Kath Delaney).

New English lyrics to klezmer instrumentals
, by Elizabeth Schwartz. (thanks to her collaborator Yale Strom).

Article by Lori White on the benefits of learning a second language
. How about studying Yiddish?
(thanks to Paula Teitelbaum)
Farshidns (This 'n That)

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, in Port Townsend, Washington, July 2-9, will include klezmorim Michael Alpert, Jake Shulman-Ment, Pete Rushefsky, and Cathie Whitesides. More info: Fiddle Tunes Workshops,

Fiddle Tunes Performances
 (July 8 concert includes klezmer) (thanks to Tony Phillips).

Proverb of the month: When the stomach is empty, so is the brain. (Az der mogn iz leydik iz der moyekh oykh leydik).  אַז דער מאָגן איז לײדיק איז דער מוח אױך לײדיק  (from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove).
Community Events in May

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, through May 7, times vary, "Female, Ashkenazi with a Sewing Machine." World premiere. A diagnosis of ovarian cancer sets a patient on a journey to find her deepest roots. More info: 510.788.6415, Inferno Theatre
At South Berkeley Community Church, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 309:30-11:00am, "The Most Trusted Jew in America; Jon Stewart's Jewishness," with Shaina Hammerman.
 No charge. More info: 510.845.6420Most Trusted Jew

At Temple Sinai, OAKLAND

Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along, with Gerry Tenney. See details above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 
Sunday, April 302:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, with Cookie Segelstein. See details above. 
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, May 16:00-8:00pm, Barb Speed, Tony Phillips, & Olivier Zyngier. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY
Wednesday, May 3, 12:00pm to 1:00pm, On Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history, with Agnieszka Ilwicka. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526Ilwicka at the Magnes
At The Magnes Collection, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 72:00-5:00pm, Klezmer Workshop & Jam, with Cookie Segelstein. See details above.
At a private home, PALO ALTO.

Monday, May 86:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 146:30-7:30pm, Kugelplex. Part of Spring Festival of Learning, 1:00-7:30pm. Tickets: $10 advance / $15 door. More info: 510.845.6420Spring Festival of Learning

At Urban Adamah, BERKELEY

Saturday, May 207:00-9:00pm, Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Klezmer and Sefardic music. Tickets:
$15. More info: Petaluma Museum.
At Petaluma Historical Museum, PETALUMA
Saturday, May 207:00-9:00pm, "The Cantor's Couch" with Cantor Jack Mendelson. Growing up during the golden years of khazonus, when Jews flocked to Brooklyn synagogues to hear illustrious cantors. In Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. Tickets: General $22 / Premium $72. 50% discount for KlezCalifornia fans with code KC. More info: 415.751.2535Cantor's Couch SF
At Congregation Emanu-El, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, May 212:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. Details above.
At a private home, EL CERRITO

Sunday, May 212:00-5:00pm, Klezmer Workshop & Jam, with Dave Rosenfeld. Details above.
At Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 21, 3:00pm, Heather Klein's Inextinguishable Trio. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew & more. Heather Klein-soprano, Be'eri Moalem-violin, Alla Gladysheva-piano. Tickets: $18-$36. More info: 650.366.8481Heather Klein Yiddish Songs
At Congregation Beth Jacob, REDWOOD CITY
Monday, May 226:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pmMirror of Memory, featuring Holocaust-themed chamber music: 
* "Songs of the Vilna Ghetto" performed in Yiddish by mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook.  
* American composer Lori Laitman's song cycle "The Seed of Dream," based on Abraham
   Sutzkever's poetry.
* Israeli composer Betty Olivero's klezmer-infused suite "Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz."
* American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian's "to open myself, to scream," the story of Austrian-
   Romani artist Ceija Stojka, who survived death camps to become a noted painter 
   and writer. 
Presented by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based nonprofit group that highlights the resilience of persecuted peoples. Tickets: $45 - $60. More info: 206.365.7770Mirror of Memory.
At San Francisco Conservatory of Music, SAN FRANCISCO

Wednesday, May 246:30-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek. $5 minimum purchase. More info: 707.544.2491Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night at Gaia's
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA
Thursday, May 257:00-9:00pm, Immigrant Jews on the Silent Screen (films), with discussion led by Howard Freedman. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800Film Class
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
June Events 

Sunday, June 11, The Klezmakers, 12:45-2:45pm. Part of Santa Cruz Jewish Cultural Festival, 11:00am-6:00pm. No charge. More info: 831.479.3444Santa Cruz Culture Festival.
At Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center, APTOS
Sunday, June 11, 2:30pm"A Bintl Briv - In Words and Song," 91st Annual Concert of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Russian. Tickets: advance: $13/ door: $14-16. More info: 510.533.3903In Words and Song
At Jewish Community High School of the Bay, SAN FRANCISCO

Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm, The Broken Sound, film (2012, 125 mins.; English, German, Yiddish, and Romanian with English subtitles). Fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians explore their musical traditions. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800The Broken Sound at JCL
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Thursday, June 22, 7:00pm, The Jazz Singer, film (1927; 89 minutes). No charge. More info: 415.655.7800The Jazz Singer at JCL
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Wednesday, June 28,6:30-8:30pm, Klezmer Creek. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night at Gaia's
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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
. * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" (

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!