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

Feast your eyes on the wealth of Yiddish culture in the Bay Area. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

The Broken Sound - Film Screening
Thursday, June 15, 7pm
Jewish Community Library
, co-presented by KlezCalifornia
1835 Ellis St, SAN FRANCISCO 
Spearheaded by Alan Bern of the band Brave Old World, "The Other Europeans" was a collaborative effort of fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians from eight countries who came together to learn about and perform the interconnected musical traditions of the Jewish and Roma communities of Bessarabia.This documentary film, shot over two years in Moldova, Hungary, Israel, Germany, and the United States, follows the musicians as they explore Roma and Jewish musical traditions, develop relationships across national and cultural boundaries, and perform extraordinary music.  

In English, German, Yiddish, and Romanian with English subtitles
2012, 125 minutes, Free!

Yiddish Culture in June
Note: Klezmer Mondays at Saul's is on a summer hiatus.

Klezmer Dance
Led by Yael Schy with music by Ellis Island Old World Folk Band
Saturday, June 10, 12noon - 1pm
Everett Middle School, San Francisco
Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival
 Saturday and SundayFree!

Frank London with Inspector Gadje (Balkan Brass Ensemble)
A dance extravaganza bridging klezmer and Balkan music. Several bands perform.
Saturday, June 10, 10pm (doors 9pm)
The Rickshaw Stop
, San Francisco
Advance tickets:
 $22 / door: $25. 

Sunday, June 11, 12:45 - 2:45pm

Sunday, June 11, 2:30 - 4:30pm
91st Annual Concert of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco
Echoes of the Jewish immigrant experience. Songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, and Russian.
Tickets: $13 advance / door: $16 general, $14 students, seniors, those with disabilities. 

The Broken Sound (film screening)
Thursday, June 15, 7pm
Jewish Community Library
, San Francisco

Saturday, June 17, 2pm
Wednesday, June 217 - 9pm
Le Bateau Ivre
, Berkeley
Free with dinner purchase!

The Jazz Singer
(film screening)
with Library Director Howard Freedman
Thursday, June 22, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
In the film that marked the transition from silent films to talkies (although it is largely silent), Al Jolson stars as Jakie Rabinowitz, a gifted singer whose desire to perform popular music conflicts with his father's expectation that he become a cantor. 1927, 89 minutes. 
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 - 8:30pm
, Santa Rosa
Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night at Gaia's.  
$5 minimum purchase. 
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Yiddish song performed on Mongolia's version of American Idol

Hear singer Amalia Rubin talk
 about how she got to Mongolia.
(thanks to Howard Freedman, Lea Delson, Meena-Lifshe Viswanath)

(thanks to Jim Rebhan)

Port Townsend, Washington, July 2-9
with klezmorim Michael Alpert, Jake Shulman-Ment, Pete Rushefsky, and Cathie Whitesides. 
Fiddle Tunes Performances
July 8 concert includes klezmer! 
(thanks to Tony Phillips)

Ukrainian Yiddish singer Arkady Gendler has passed away at 95
He performed at the Bay Area's Jewish Music Festival more than a decade ago.

Proverb of the month:
Tears are for the soul as soap is for the body.
(Vi zeyf farn guf iz a trer far der neshomeh.) 
װי זײף פֿאַרן גוף איז אַ טרער פֿאַר דער נשמה
(from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove)
Yiddish Culture in July

Monday, July 3, 1pm 
Sunday, July 9, 10am - 1pm 
$5 minimum purchase.

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
For fluent Yiddish speakers
Sunday, July 92 - 4pm  
At a private home, Berkeley

Wednesday, July 19, 7pm
Sonoma County Library
 in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa

Yiddish-inspired film at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, August 6   
Details to be announced in late June

Film class with Library Director Howard Freedman
Thursday, July 20, 7pm
Jewish Community Library,
 San Francisco 
Saturday, July 22, 2pm
Northwest Library,
 Santa Rosa
with live klezmer music and dancing
Saturday, July 22, 7:30pm
JCC East Bay
, Berkeley
$10 donation requested 

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Gaia's Garden
, Santa Rosa 
Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night at Gaia's. 
$5 minimum 
Saturday, July 29, 1pm
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