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

KlezCalifornia will present our first course this Fall, entitled:

introsectionYiddish Culture in American Jewish Life
Yiddishania: The Gantzeh Cholent"

We hope you will sign up for this participatory exploration of Yiddish culture in American Jewish life today, including songs, klezmer music, family origins, religious practices, Yiddish phrases, and historical debates of what languages Jews "should" speak. No Yiddish knowledge required, although it doesn't hurt! Offered through Lehrhaus Judaica
Classes will be held at the JCC East Bay on Thursdays, October 19 & 26, and November 2 & 97 - 8:30pm. Teachers will be Ken Blady, Reb Tsvi Bar-David, and Gerry Tenney. Tuition $60 - $75. 


Save the Dates!
TWO KlezCalifornia Cabarets by the Bay  
Klezmer music, Yiddish song performance, spoken word, humor, and a dance party 

Sunday, October 22, Addison-Penzak JCC, in Los Gatos 
Sunday, November 5, JCC East Bay, Berkeley

Performers, times, prices announced in the September newsletter. 
SalonYiddish Conversation 

Sunday, August 62 - 4pm 
Monthly conversation and a nosh for fluent Yiddish speakers
RSVP at least several days in advance or call 415.789.7679 
At a private home, OAKLAND

Mir veln shmuesn vegn de temes:   
-- Nayeh vitsn 
-- Vos hot ir lib tsu ton in ayer frayeh tsayt?
-- Dertseylt an interesanteh mayseh vegn dayn mishpokheh    
-- Un oyb s'vet zayn tsayt, veln mir zingen a yidish lid!      

Oyb ir kent, brengt epes tsu nashn.
JamKlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshops and Jams

Join us for one (or more!) of three more summertime KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshops & Jams. Each will be 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: bring 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:

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 
Images of 2017-07-16 workshop in Berkeley led by Jeanette Lewicki, by Judy Kunofsky, improved by Jim Rebhan. 
Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture Classes This Fall

Beginning Yiddish, in San Francisco, an ongoing class with Rochelle Goldman 
Every other Friday3 - 5pm 
Presented by Arbeter Ring/Workmen's Circle 
No tuition; textbook required 
More info: 925.482.0294
San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
, San Francisco

Yiddish 101, Elementary Yiddish, at U.C. Berkeley, with Danny Luzon
Mondays - Fridays, 11am - noon, beginning August 23 for fifteen weeks
Tuition TBD
More info: 510.643.2004U.C. Berkeley Department of German

U.C. Berkeley
, Berkeley

Sholem Aleichem's Inner Child: "Motl, the Cantor's Son," at U.C. Berkeley, with Yael Chaver 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am - 12:30pm, beginning August 24 for fifteen weeks
Tuition TBD
More info: 510.643.2004U.C. Berkeley Department of German

U.C. Berkeley
, Berkeley

Introductory Yiddish, in Santa Cruz, with Yankl Levitow 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7pm, beginning September 12, for ten weeks
Suggested tuition $250, plus $20 textbook; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free. 
More info:
Congregation Kol Tefilah
, Santa Cruz  

Intermediate Yiddish in Santa Cruz, with Yankl Levitow
Tuesdays, 7:15 - 9:15pm, beginning September 12, for ten weeks
Suggested tuition $300; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free.
Yiddish Literature Reading Group, in Palo Alto, with Yankl Levitow
Mondays, 7 - 9pm, beginning September 18, for ten weeks
Read Yiddish literature in the original, with discussion in a mixture of Yiddish and English.
Suggested tuition $300; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free.
Reading Yiddish Texts, in Berkeley, an ongoing class with Yael Chaver
Mondays, 7:15 - 9:15pmSeptember 18 - December 18
Tuition: $195 - $205 
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia 
Register through Lehrhaus Judaica

JCC East Bay
, Berkeley

Intermediate Yiddish, in Berkeley, with Ken Blady
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30pmSeptember 27 - December 13
Tuition: $160 - $175
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia 
Register through  Lehrhaus Judaica

JCC East Bay
, Berkeley

Introduction to Yiddish, at Stanford, with Yankl Levitow
Wednesdays, 7 - 8:50pm, beginning September 27 for ten weeks
Tuition: $460
Registration begins August 21 at Stanford Continuing Studies
Beginning Yiddish, in Berkeley, with Ken Blady
Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30pmOctober 2 - December 4
Tuition: $160 - $175
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia 
Register through Lehrhaus Judaica

JCC East Bay
, Berkeley

Beginning Yiddish, in Lafayette, with Ken Blady 
Tuesdays, noon -1:30pmOctober 3 - December 5
Tuition: $160 - $175
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia 
Register through Lehrhaus Judaica

Temple Isaiah
, Lafayette 

Beginning Yiddish, in San Rafael, with Ken Blady
Thursdays, noon -1:30pmOctober 12 - December 21 
Tuition: $160 - $175
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia 
Register through Lehrhaus Judaica

Osher Marin JCC
, San Rafael

Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life - Yiddishania: the
Gantzeh Cholent, with Ken Blady, Reb Tsvi Bar-David, Gerry Tenney
Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pmOctober 19 & 26, and November 2 & 9 
Tuition $60 - $75  
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Register through Lehrhaus Judaica
JCC East Bay
, Berkeley  
Yiddish Culture in August
Majorly Minor 
Friday, August 48-11pm
Klezmer and Israeli music for Stanford International Folk Dancers
 . Dancing led by Donna Frankel. 

First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
$12; no-one turned away 
Sunday, August 62 - 5pm
Private home, Oakland
Details in a box above
 (film, 2017, 1 hr 22 mins., Yiddish with English subtitles) 
Beginning August 11, times TBD
Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away.
Embarcadero Cinema, San Francisco

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

Tuesday, August 151 - 2pm
The accordion's history and its role in klezmer music. Traditional pieces spanning Europe and the United States over the past 100 years, plus original pieces
JCC San Francisco
, San Francisco

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 celebration Tuesday, September 5, 5pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life
, Berkeley

Thursday, August 31, 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Part of Jewish Music Series

Sonoma State University
 (Schroeder Hall), Rohnert Park 
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Oy, vey, mameleh! Roaring Twenties Yiddish Theater Sex Ed
, combining a Yiddish theater song (with English subtitles) with cute animation. 
(thanks to Tamar Zaken)

Do you know Yiddish pick up lines? YIVO offers an enjoyable quiz 
to test whether you are ready for some Yiddish romance!

Yiddish Sex Manual
 for 1930s Jewish Girls in Warsaw, or at least an article about it 
(thanks to Rivka Greenberg).

"Dos Elnteh Kind,"
 a song written by Shmerkeh Kaczerginski, from a documentary in production about "The Lonely Child," written in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943. With performances in Yiddish by Book of J. (Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood) and Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, accompanied by Joshua Horowitz.
(thanks to Mike Perlmutter)

Great Songs of the American Yiddish Stage - A New Virtual Exhibit, Part 3: Joseph Rumshinsky
, part of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music
(thanks to Steveanne Auerbach)

Proverb of the month:

Don't rely on miracles.
(Oyf keyn nisim tor men zikh nit farlozn) 
אױף קײן נסים טאָר מען זיך ניט פֿאַרלאָזן
(from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove)
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall
 postings this month: 
Interactive Resources: In gratitude to Edward Anisman, whom we've had the honor to work with for four decades. Thank you Ed for your dedication, excellence and friendship.

Lea Delson:
 My donation is in memory of Allen Stross. He was an intrepid and spirited person with tons of personality, a warm and kind person and was a fascinating storyteller. He was a dedicated photographer for the Jewish Music Festival, the Berkeley Historical Society, and for the Yiddish Culture Festival. He was the organizer of a photography contest sponsored by the Berkeley Historical Society in 2005, for photo essays about Berkeley's history. I was thrilled to be one of the winners of this contest. Thanks, Allen, for all you did.

Preview of Yiddish Culture in September
KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party for Donors  
Sunday, September 102 - 5pm
Private home, Palo Alto

KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop & Jam, with Joshua Horowitz 
Sunday, September 171 - 4pm  
$25 sliding scale. Includes refreshments. Listeners welcome; donation requested.
Jewish Community Library
, San Francisco

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon 
Sunday, September 172 - 4pm
For fluent speakers
Private home, Walnut Creek 

Monday, September 251:15-2:15pm
JCC San Francisco
, San Francisco

"Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid" (exhibit) 
September 28 - January 28, 2018
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
, San Francisco 

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Donate to KlezCalifornia and receive: 
  • 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. 

A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
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