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

This summer we begin the fifth year of Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens
. Through this program, KlezCalifornia has designed and tested twenty-six hour-long lesson plans for Jewish kids in grades K-12 in religious schools, day schools, and Jewish day camps. Since the start of the program four years ago, we've made 80 presentations in 23 schools, and reached almost 1,400 kids!

Subjects covered include learning a little Yiddish, Jewish lives in Yiddish song, what a Yiddish short story can tell us about Jewish values, Yiddish culture and your family, Yiddish culture in America life and American Jewish life, exploring paintings and photographs about Jewish life, history of klezmer music, and more.

The Tam program started with presentations in the Bay Area, and we are now pleased to report it is being spread by presenters and organizers to schools in San Diego (where the first presentation was May 25), Syracuse, Morgantown (WV), Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Winnipeg, and Las Vegas! 

If you would like to suggest a presenter or a school, become a presenter in your own classes if you are a teacher, or offer other suggestions, please contact Tamar Zaken, Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected]
SalonYiddish Conversation 

Sunday, July 9, 2 - 4pm 
 Monthly conversation and a nosh for fluent Yiddish speakers
RSVP at least several days in advance to Evie Groch, or call 415.789.7679 
At a private home, BERKELEY

JamKlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshops and Jams

Join us for one (or more!) of our four summertime KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshops & Jams. Each is taught by a terrific musician and teacher and includes learning tunes with authentic klezmer style, and a traditional jam. The balance of learning by ear vs. with charts is chosen by each teacher. For all instruments; no klezmer experience needed (but it doesn't hurt!). Must be at least intermediate level on your instrument. Mute required if you are a brass player. Optional: recording device. To get a head start, check out sheet music and/or sound files
 in advance.

Registration: $25 sliding scale, for participants. Pay on site with cash or check. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome; donation requested. More info: 415.789.7679[email protected].
Sunday, July 162 - 5pm, with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, August 132 - 5pm, with Dmitri Gaskin
Private home, Palo Alto
Sunday, August 272 - 5pm, with Dmitri Gaskin
Urban Adamah
, Berkeley

Sunday, September 171- 4pm, with Joshua Horowitz 
Jewish Community Library
, San Francisco 
"Menashe" (film screening)

Wednesday, July 26, 8:55pm

 (2017, 81 mins.), Joshua Z. Weinstein's Brooklyn-based Yiddish drama, is an authentic, tightly written, compelling story for anyone jonesing to hear more than a bisl (little bit) of the mamalushn (mother tongue, Yiddish). KlezCalifornia is a co-presenter. 

Menashe, a complex and lovable shlemil, is a young widower deep in the heart of New York's ultra-Orthodox Hasidik Jewish community who is fighting for custody of his son and struggling with his aversion to marrying again. The director will attend the showing and answer questions. 

Tickets: $15 general / $14 students, seniors. Multi-film passes also available.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco.

Part of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37
July 20 - August 6.
Yiddish Culture in July
Note: Klezmer Mondays at Saul's is on a summer hiatus.  

Monday, July 3, 1pm
Sunday, July 9, 10am - 1pm  
West End Farmers Market
, Santa Rosa
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, July 9, 2 - 4pm
KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, July 162 - 5pm

Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
Wednesday, July 19, 7pm 
Sonoma County Library in Rincon Valley
Santa Rosa 
Counsellor at Law
 (film screening; 1933; 82 minutes).
Thursday, July 20, 7pm,
How immigrant Jews were represented in film
Jewish Community Library
, San Francisco
Saturday, July 22, 2pm
Santa Rosa Free!
Saturday, July 22, 7:30pm 
Poetry readings, singing, and dancing with many featured artists. Concludes with klezmer music and dancing.
Tickets: $10 door / $8 seniors, students, JCC members, or advance purchase
JCC East Bay
, Berkeley 
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 - 8:30pm  
Fourth Wednesday
Klezmer Night most months  
Gaia's Garden
, Santa Rosa
$5 minimum purchase 
"Menashe" (film screening) 
Wednesday, July 26, 8:55pm 
Part of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival  
Details in a box above 
Saturday, July 29, 1pm
Healdsburg Regional Library
, Healdsburg 
Farshidns (This 'n That)

July 4 songs in Yiddish and English, with the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus:
The Star-Spangled Banner
America the Beautiful
Fourth of July

We are saddened to report the death of Allen Stross
, who photographed KlezCalifornia festivals and Yiddish sing-alongs for several years. May his memory be a blessing. 

The Yiddish language's turbulent history
, an article by Mordecai Walfish
(thanks to Ralph Propper)

Yiddish Theater in America - A New Virtual Exhibit, Part 1: Abraham Ellstein

(thanks to Steveanne Auerbach)

What It's Like to Be a Queer Female Cantor
, by Hazzan Risa Wallach, Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, and member of KlezCalifornia's Advisory Council

Proverb of the month:
If pleasing everyone is your way, you'll die before your appointed day.
(Vest zik veln oysfaynen far layt, vestu shtarbn far der tsayt.) 
װעסט זיך װעלן אױספֿײַנען פֿאַר לײַט װעסטו שטאַרבן פֿאַר דער צײַט
(from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove)
Yiddish Culture in August

Sunday, August 62:00-4:00pm
Conversation and a nosh for fluent speakers.
Private home,
Klezmer Accordion Concert, with Jim Rebhan
Sunday, August 131 - 2pm 
The accordion's history and its role in klezmer music. Traditional and some original pieces spanning
Europe and the United States over the past 100 years. 
JCC San Francisco
, San Francisco

KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop & Jam, with Dmitri Gaskin 
Sunday, August 132 - 5pm  
Private home, Palo Alto
Details in a box above 
KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop & Jam, with Dmitri Gaskin 
Sunday, August 272 - 5pm 
Urban Adamah, Berkeley
Details in a box above  

"Sketching 'Fiddler': Set Designs by Mentor Huebner"
August 29 - December 1511am - 4pm (Tuesdays through Fridays only)
Plus opening reception Tuesday, September 5, 5pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life
, Berkeley

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  • Invites to exclusive parties [next September 10, Palo Alto]
  • Yiddish-themed thank you gifts
  • Posting on our Honor Wall
  • Our undying gratitude!
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KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. 

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