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Welcome to 2018! Here's what KlezCalifornia is planning for you:

* Once again, we plan to present exciting all-newCabarets by the Bay in the Fall, venues TBD, to build on our successes in 2017 at the JCCs in Los Gatos and in Berkeley.

* We're scheduling this year's fun and challengingKlezmer Workshops & Jams, building on the monthly events we put on in 2017 in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto. We'll announce them in this newsletter but give more details to those on a special list. Contact us at [email protected] to get on this list. 

* Our Yiddish Conversation Salons for fluent Yiddish speakers have proven successful as more frequent monthly events and have been well-attended and much enjoyed by all! They will continue to be coordinated by Evie Groch and Rosie Kaplan. You may join the mailing list by writing[email protected].

Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens is going full-speed ahead. We are planning fifty presentations this school year to religious schools and day schools in the Bay Area and spreading the lesson plans to other communities in the U.S. and Canada. Our workshop in December at Yiddish New York (YNY) went well. Listen to a 19-minute interview about Tam with KlezCalifornia executive director Judy Kunofsky. You may see all 26 lessons at Contact [email protected] to invite KlezCalifornia to present at a local school or to be added to a mailing list for occasional updates on Tam. 

Some of you have requested Yiddish sing-alongs and dance parties. Let us know if you have time to work with us to put these together!

Keep an eye out for a new, updated look to our newsletter and website, including a new logo! Coming soon! 

To bring more Yiddish culture into your life, consider volunteering to help make it all possible! And if you didn't get around to donating to KlezCalifornia in 2017, it's never too late! Gifts large and small help us connect you with Yiddish culture year-round.

Images by Ari Eisen of Klezmer Workshop & Jam, taught by Cookie Segelstein, 12/10/17, at Urban Adamah 
JanSalonYiddish Conversation Salon

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, January 21, 2-4pm 
For fluent Yiddish speakers
Mir veln shmuesn af di temes:
   * Vu bist du geven ven....
   * 20 shayles
   * Far vos zenen Yidisheh komikers azoy  
     shpasik? Geb a bayshpil. 
    * Zing a lid oder tsvey. 
415.789.7679, [email protected].
At a private home, Oakland
LonelyChild"The Lonely Child" 
The Lonely Child : A Look at a Song and a Documentary-in-Progress , presented by Alix Wall
Thursday, January 25, 7pm.
"The Lonely Child" is a Yiddish song written in 1943 in the Vilna Ghetto by poet Shmerke Kaczerginski about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five  years later, Alix Wall, daughter of the daughter in the song, has set out to make a documentary film about those keeping the song alive, working with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
More info or 415.567.3327
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
Yiddish Classes beginning January and February 
Beginning Yiddish, with Yankl LevitowMondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:20pm, beginning January 8. Stanford University course, but auditors welcome. 
Intermediate Yiddish, with Yankl Levitow. Tuesdays 7-9pm, beginning January 9. Congregation Kol Tefilah, Santa Cruz. 
Tuition $300 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All are welcome, but students in this class can already read, write, and converse in Yiddish. Each week consists of some conversation and consideration of a grammatical topic. 

Possible Intermediate Yiddish in the South Bay, with Yankl Levitow. Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Dates and place TBD. For students who can read and speak in simple sentences in present tense along with "modal" verbs (to want, to be able, to need or have to). 
Lehrhaus Judaica Yiddish classes, co-presented by KlezCalifornia:
Beginning Yiddish, with Ken Blady. Mondays, Feb. 5 - May 7, 7:00-8:30, JCC East Bay, Berkeley.   
Beginning Yiddish, with Ken Blady. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 - May 1, 11:00-12:30, Temple Isaiah, Lafayette. 
Beginning Yiddishwith Ken Blady, Thursdays, Feb. 8 - May 3, 12:00-1:30, Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael.
Intermediate Yiddishwith Ken Blady. Wednesdays, Jan. 24 - March 28, 7:00-8:30, JCC East Bay, Berkeley. 
Reading Yiddish Textswith Yael Chaver. Mondays, January 22 - May 14, 7:15-9:15, JCC East Bay, Berkeley. 
Farshidns (This 'n That)

The Bay Area-based klezmer trio Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stuart Brotman) has been awarded a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (A.C.T.A.) for a new project to perform tunes collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who recorded Jewish music in Ukraine during Stalin's regime in the 1920s and '30s. Magid's six hundred recordings have been untouched since they were created, and include rare examples of women's themes. Veretski Pass will clean, decipher, and transcribe the cylinders, perform and record a selection of the music, and then teach the tunes to workshop students. We look forward to hearing the results of this exciting project! 

"In a Predominantly Christian Country, Why is Jewish Humor so Popular?," by Adam Rovner, an interesting review of the book "Jewish Comedy: A Serious History," by Jeremy Dauber.

(Thanks to Susan Diamond) 

Proverb of the month 
Beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what one likes.
ניט דאָס איז שײן, װאָס איז שײן, נאָר דאָס, װאָס עס געפֿעלט 
(Nit dos iz sheyn, vos iz sheyn, nor dos, vos es gefelt.)
From "Yiddish and Polish Proverbs," by Magdalena Sitarz 
Yiddish Culture in January 
Through January 28
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Museum admission: free - $14 
Stories by I.M.Weissenberg, Esther Singer Kreitman, Sarah Hamer-Jacklyn, Dora Schulner, session 1 of Explorations in Modern Jewish Literature, with Rabbi Janet Marder and Dr. Joyce Penn Moser 
Sunday, January 14, 9-11am 
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills   
Suggested donation: $36 for five sessions (includes bagels, cream cheese, juice and coffee) 
Last of the Red Hot Tenants, a one-woman show with Lois Pearlman
Sunday, January 14, 2-4pm 
Based on the true story of a Jewish-American woman who refused to take developers' money to leave her rent-controlled Manhattan apartment in the 1980s.
Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa    
$10-$20 sliding scale (no one turned away). All proceeds benefit Undocufund. 
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 3-5pm   
Occidental Center for the Arts, Occidental
$14 advance / $17 door / 13 and under free 
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, January 21, 2-4pm 
Hasidism: A New History, with David Biale
Sunday, January 21, 4pm 
JCC San Francisco, San Francisco 
Free, but advance reservations required, 415.292.1200 
The Lonely Child : A Look at a Song and a Documentary-in-Progress , Presented by Alix Wall
Thursday, January 25, 7pm 
Honor Wall

New Honor Wall postings this month: 
Preeva Tramiel and Leonard Tramiel: In memory of Hershi and Chaya Adler.
Nava Shaham: In honor of Talia Shaham for her hard work for KlezCalifornia and her extended family. 
Robin Braverman: In memory of Pauline and Bundy Lang, my grandparents. 
Howard Freedman: In honor of Judy Kunofsky's vision and hard work in furthering Yiddish culture in the Bay Area. 
Elaine Moise and Robert Grodsky: In memory of Joseph and Lillian Grodsky, who loved the Yiddish language and culture.
Dina Shandling: In honor of Yosef Shandling's 75th birthday.  

Preview of Yiddish Culture in February
Stories of Blume Lempel, session 2 of Explorations in Modern Jewish Literature, with Rabbi Janet Marder and Dr. Joyce Penn Moser 
Sunday, February 4, 9-11am 
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills  
Suggested donation: $36 for five sessions (includes bagels, cream cheese, juice and coffee) 
Tuesday, February 6, 7pm
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30pm 
Magnes Collection, Berkeley

KlezCalifornia Salon for Yiddish Speakers 
Sunday, February 18, 2-4pm
415.789.7679, [email protected]
Private home, Berkeley
Memories of the Irgun, with Ephraim Margolin
More info or 415.567.3327 
Jewish Community LIbrary, San Francisco
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KlezCalifornia at the address below. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much! 
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