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

It's three weeks until Autumn and until Rosheshoneh, and many Fall Yiddish language and literature classes are about to begin.

This Fall we bring you numerous and varied events including two Cabarets by the Bay, our first course at Lehrhaus Judaica (Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life), four
 klezmer workshops & jams, four Salons for fluent Yiddish speakers, national roll-out of our lesson plans for Jewish kids in grades K-12, and a new KlezCalifornia logo. Many details below. 

We welcome you as event participants, donors, and volunteers! Let us know how you would like to become more involved. 

Save the Dates!
TWO KlezCalifornia Cabarets by the Bay  
New shows this Fall!

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

Details - including the exciting performer lineup - will be announced next week in a special Cabaret newsletter - please watch for it! 
 PartyParty in Palo Alto! 

KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party 
Sunday, September 10, 2 - 5pm 
At a private home in Palo Alto 

This is our fun and heymish semi-annual party for donors and others who help KlezCalifornia. Food, music, singing, dancing! It is not too late to become a donor - any amount helps and secures you a party invitation! And it's easy, too: go to

If you are already a donor, but have not received your invitation, please contact us.  

More info: 415.789.7679, [email protected].  
 YidishSalonYiddish Conversation 

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, September 17, 2 - 4pm 
Monthly conversation and a nosh for fluent Yiddish speakers.  
At a private home, Walnut Creek

Mir veln zikh farzamlen September 17, fun 2:00 biz 4:00 nokh mitog.
Mir veln shmuesn vegn dray temes:
    *    Vi azoy trakhtn yungeh mentshn andersh vi eltereh mentshen?
    *    Di besteh un ergsteh tekhnologyes in undzereh lebns
    *    A balibst lid (ken zayn af farshideneh shprakhn) un farvos?
Shik dayn RSVP tsu 415.789.7679 oder  [email protected]

Oyb ir kent, brengt epes tsu nashn. 
  מיר װעלן זיך פֿאַרזאַמלען דעם 17 טן סעפּטעמבער, פֿון 2 ביז 4 נאָך מיטאָג. 

מיר װעלן שמועסן װעגן דרײַ טעמעס
 װי אַזױ טראַכטן יונגע מענטשן אַנדערש װי עלטערע מענטשען  
 די בעסטע און ערגסטע טעכנאָלאָגיעס אין אונדזערע לעבנס 
אַ באַליבסט ליד (קען זײַן אױף פֿאַרשידענע שפּראַכן) און פֿאַרװאָס  
שיק דײַן ענטפֿער צו 415-789-7679 אָדער 
אױב איר קענט, ברענגט עפּעס צו נאַשן.
KlezmerWorkshopsKlezmer Workshops and Jams

Join us for our continuing KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshops & Jams. Each event 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: 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: 415.789.7679, [email protected].

Sunday, September 17, 1- 3:45pm, with Joshua Horowitz (note earlier start time) 
Images of 2017-07-16 workshop in Berkeley led by Jeanette Lewicki, by Judy Kunofsky, improved by Jim Rebhan. 
Yiddish Culture in September
Classes begin August, September, or October. Sign up now!

Exhibit through September 4 
More info: 415.655.7800 
Museum admission: free - $14  
Menashe (film, 2017, Yiddish with English subtitles) 
showing at: 
Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol 
Only Saturday, September 2, 7:15pm   
Embarcadero Cinema, San Francisco 
Exhibit through December 15, 11am - 4pm (Tuesdays through Fridays only)
Opening celebration Tuesday, September 5, 5pm. 
More info and to RSVP: 510.643.2526 
Monday, September 4, with Joshua Horowitz; September 11 with Mike Perlmutter, September 18 with Dave Rosenfeld, October 2 with Dave Rosenfeld (rehearsal), all 7-9pm
Prepare to be part of celebration band for Simkhes Toyreh the evening of October 12
$20-$30 per session, sliding scale

Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 7:30-9:30pm
More info: Renee Enteen, 510.533.3903
Meets near JCC San Francisco, San Francisco  

KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party for Donors
Sunday, September 10, 2-5pm
At a private home, Palo Alto

Opening reception Sunday, September 10, 5 - 7pm
Art exhibit September 11 - November 1, 9am - 9pm
More info: Roslyn Sholin, 650.241.8503 
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto 
Sunday, September 17, 1:00 - 3:45pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

Sunday, September 17, 2 - 4pm 
Private home, Walnut Creek 

Singers of all levels and genders are welcome 
Silk Road House, Berkeley 

Secular Rosh Hoshanah (Rosheshoneh) Celebration 
Sunday, September 24, 2-5pm 
With songs and readings in Yiddish and English 
Sponsored by Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter Ring of Northern California. 
Open to all. RSVP requested from Diana Scott 
JCC San Francisco, San Francisco 
Free to WC/AR members, donation from others 

Russian romances, folk melodies in Yiddish, bilingual songs from the Odessa underground, klezmer tunes, collective farm songs from a century ago, and original material exploring connections between the steppes and the shtetl.
$25 advance / $30 door

Monday, September 25, 1:15-2:15pm
More info: 415.202.1200,
Exhibit September 28 - January 28, 2018
More info: 415.655.7800
Museum admission: free - $14 
Farshidns (This 'n That)
YIVO online courses
 this Fall: "Discovering Ashkenaz: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe," taught by Professor Samuel Kassow, and "Folksong, Demons, and the Evil Eye: Folklore of Ashkenaz," taught by Professor Itzik Gottesman.

Broadway's "Indecent," in Yiddish with English subtitles, is scheduled to be shown on PBS on November 17 at 9pm (yes, on Shabes). Based on Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance," the play's director won a Tony, and PBS videotaped the show before it closed. A history of the play is in the McGill alumni newsletter
(thanks to Anita Feinstein, McGill alum) 

Spain will create a Ladino Academy in Israel to help preserve this Jewish language.

Proverb of the month:
If you haven't experienced pain, you are not fully human. 
(Nit visn fun keyn yesurim heyst nit zayn keyn mentsh)
ניט װיסן פֿון קײן יסורים הײסט ניט זײַן קײן מענטש
(from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove)
Honor Wall 

New Honor Wall posting this month: 
Harvey and Carmen Gotliffe: To all our dear family members and friends who inspired us to relearn about our Yiddish heritage and language, we say a dank. We are especially grateful to our seventeen relatives in Europe we recently visited, who inspired us once again to remember where we came from. 
Preview of Yiddish Culture in October 
Fall season begins Monday, October 2, 7:30pm, and subsequent Mondays
Traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts.
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Tuition charged.

Friday, October 13, 12:30-1:00pm
Free with museum admission   

Sunday, October 15, 2:00-4:00pm
For fluent speakers.
415.789.7679, [email protected].
At a private home, Oakland 
Sunday, October 15, 2-5pm
Includes refreshments.  
More info: 415.789.7679, [email protected]
$25 sliding scale, donation from listeners 
Thursday, October 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino art songs and theatre songs
Seating on a first-come, first served basis
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park 
Free, plus parking charges waived!  
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Part of (usually) 4th Wednesday Klezmer Wednesdays Night 
Gaia's Garden, Santa Rosa
Free with minimum $5 purchase. 

Thursdays, October 19 & 26, and November 2 & 9, 7 - 8:30pm
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 by KlezCalifornia through Lehrhaus Judaica. Teachers will be Ken Blady, Reb Tsvi Bar-David, and Gerry Tenney. 
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
$60 - $75.

Sunday, October 22, 4-6pm
Addison-Penzak JCC, Los Gatos
$25 general / $20 APJCC members / $18 students, seniors 
Sunday, October 29, 1:30pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco 
SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport KlezCalifornia
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!
Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Read more about donor benefits here. 

Donate by credit card here or mail a check to 
KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. 

A sheynem dank! Thank you very much! 
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