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

Sunday, November 5, 4pm 
JCC East Bay
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No additional fee!
Note the end of daylight saving time  

We hope you enjoy photos from the October 22 Cabaret
at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos. Many wonderful images (including of you?) by Lea Delson
are available for your (free) enjoyment and perhaps your purchase.
Yiddish Culture Lesson Plans Going National
One of KlezCalifornia's programs has gone national! KlezCalifornia's twenty-six lesson plans on Yiddish culture for K-12 classes at religious schools and day schools are now available for free downloading.
 We developed and tested these 45- to 75-minute lessons over the past four years through eighty presentations to students in twenty-five Bay Area schools. 

A reflection on development of the lesson plans
 for this program "Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens," was published in late October in the pedagogy section of the online Yiddish studies journal, In Geveb.

The Tam program is funded this school year by grants from The Natan Fund and Marinus & Minna B. Koster Foundation.  
RobbinsTranslating and Transforming Her Father's Yiddish Book
Translating and Transforming Her Father's Yiddish Book, with Trina Robbins
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
A Minyen Yidn (un Andere Zakhn) (A Bunch of Jews and Other Stuff) is a collection of short and irreverent Yiddish stories by Max B. Perlson focused on his childhood shtetl, Duboy, Belarus, and on Brooklyn in the early 20th century. Perlson's daughter, cartoonist Trina Robbins, thought the book was lost, but found two originals in a Brooklyn Jewish library. She had it translated and given a new format with illustrations by fifteen comic artists. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 
CabaretBerkeleyCabaret by the Bay at JCC in Berkeley

Sunday, November 5, 4-6pm 
The Gonifs - hot klezmer band, Lisa Geduldig - comedian, Gale Kissin - Yiddish vocalist, Ariel Lucky - klezmer hip hop storyteller! Dancing led by Bruce Bierman! Andy Muchin, MC!  Plus a Yiddish Theater surprise!

$25 general / $10 teens / free kids 6-12 with a ticketed adult  
JCC East Bay, Berkeley

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MeirStepchildren of the Shtetl
Thursday, November 16, 7pm
In memoirs and literary works, the Jewish landscape of 19th- and early 20th-century Eastern Europe is often populated by an array of social outcasts, including the mentally ill, physically disabled people, beggars, vagrants, and poor orphans. Natan Meir will portray the lives of these  "marginal folk" in both the shtetl and the big city. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 

Same program Wednesday, November 15, 4pmU.C. Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies

510.664.4154RSVP requested for Wednesday program
U.C. Berkeley,
 3401 Dwinelle Hall 
RodaHasidism in Ukraine

Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:30pm
Hasidism originated and flourished on the territory of Ukraine. Alti Roda will speak about the exhibit currently on display at the Jewish Community Library, which tells the story of the influential Jewish revivalist movement that was born in Ukraine. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.
YiddishYiddish Conversation 

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, November 19, 2-4pm 
Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
    *    A fakt fun dayn lebn vos keyner in der grupeh veyst nisht.  
    *    Epes vos du host farloyrn
    *    An eytseh vos du kenst gebn tsu a yungern mentsh   

מיר װעלן שמועסן װעגן די טעמעס: 
־ אַ פֿאַקט פֿון דײַן לעבן װאָס קײנער אין דער גרופּע װײסט נישט 
־ עפּעס װאָס דו האָסט פֿאַרלױרן 
־ אַן עצה װאָס דו קענסט געבן צו אַ יונגערן מענטש 
At a private home, El Cerrito
HorowitzThe Promiscuous World of Jewish Music

Monday, Nov. 27, 7pm
The music of Hasidic Jews is built upon a fascinating array of Jewish and non-Jewish influences. Focusing on the area in and around Uman, Josh Horowitz will unearth hidden Kabbalistic musical symbolisms and examine connections between Ottoman, Napoleonic, and Russian military bands, part of the Hasidic proclivity for assimilating neighboring musical cultures. The presentation will feature music examples, film clips, fun facts, insightful music analyses, and anecdotes about the styles of the different Hasidic dynasties as Horowitz asks, "What is Jewish in this music?" Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 
Farshidns (This 'n That)
Dogs and their owners practice Yiddish
 in New York's Central Park. (thanks to Tony Phillips)

Ashkenazi Jews are not Khazars. History, Linguistics, and Genetics Proves It, by Alexander Beider.

Yiddish New York
 returns with a six-day gathering in late December of klezmer music, Yiddish culture, song & folk dance, theater, lectures, language, workshops, performances, visual arts, and film, with affordable programs for adults, kids and teens! To receive a 10% discount on 6-day registrations, enter code "YNY10" when registering online.

Proverb of the month 
Sinning is difficult only the first time.
(Bageyn a zind iz shver nor dos ershteh mol) 
באַגײן אַ זינד איז שװער נאָר דאָס ערשטע מאָל
(from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove)
Yiddish Culture in November
Exhibit through December 15, Tuesdays through Fridays, 11am - 4pm  

Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Schroeder Hall, Sonoma State University
, Rohnert Park

Translating and Transforming Her Father's Yiddish Book, with Trina Robbins 
Thursday, November 2, 7pm 
See details above.

Cabaret by the Bay  
Sunday, November 5, 4pm
See details above. 

 (Yiddish film w. English subtitles), part of Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30pm 
Oshman Family JCC
, Palo Alto

Shanghai Angel, with Heather Klein, Joshua Horowitz (musical play)
Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm
Congregation Shir Hadash
, Los Gatos
Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Demented of Jewish Eastern Europe, with Natan Meir
Wednesday, November 15, 4pm in Berkeley and Thursday, November 16, 7pm, San Francisco 
See details above.

Wednesday, November 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Gaia's Garden
, Santa Rosa 
Friday, November 17, time TBD (check PBS local listings) On PBS broadcast television, part of Great Performances series  
Hasidism on the Territory of Ukraine, presesnted by Alti Roda 
Sunday, November 19, 1:30pmSee details above.

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, November 19, 2-4pm
See details above.
The Promiscuous World of Jewish Music: Hasidic Musical Modes in the Ukraine, presented by Joshua Horowitz  
Monday, November 27, 7pmSee details above.
Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:30pm
Free, including parking! 
Preview of Yiddish Culture in December
Klezmer Workshop and Jam, with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, December 3, 2-5pm
Congregation B'nai Emunah
, San Francisco 
Hasidism: A New History, presented by David Biale
Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Jewish Community Library
, San Francisco 
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm
415.789.7679[email protected] 
Private home, San Francisco  
Klezmer Workshop and Jam, with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, December 10, 2-5pm
Urban Adamah
, Berkeley
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 2pm
Freight & Salvage
, Berkeley

Kol Truah Choral Concerts
Sunday, December 17, 3pm, and Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
[email protected]
Congregation Netivot Shalom
, Berkeley, and Temple Israel
, Alameda 

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
 (Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant)
Saturday, December 23 - Monday, December 25
New Asia Restaurant
, San Francisco 
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