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Gerry Tenney sings with B'nai Tikvah students
Welcome to our new logo and colors!  We worked hard on the design, hoping to symbolically capture the spirit of KlezCalifornia. The circular shape incorporates the Yiddish letter ק, which is the first letter for both Klez and California. We hope you love it as much as we do!
KlezCalifornia in the news! The J wrote a wonderful feature article 
about the work we are doing to bring Yiddish culture to Jewish kids in religious schools and day schools throughout North America. 
All 26 lessons for our program, Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens, are on our website and available for you to download. 
Invite KlezCalifornia to do a presentation for kids or adults in your community!

Flisik Yidish Salon

Sunday, February 18, 2-4pm 
For fluent Yiddish speakers

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:

  * Farvos zenen yidisheh komikers azoy vitzik? 
    Gib a bayshpil.

  * Ver is dayn balibster shrayber un farvos?

  * Tsvantsik shayles.

415.789.7679, [email protected].

At a private home, Berkeley
1938-1948: Betar, Irgun, and a Memory of All That

Sunday, February 25, 1:30 pm 
Attorney Ephraim Margolin talks about his involvement in the Zionist youth movement with other Polish Jews, conscription into the Irgun Underground, and eventual appointment as Menachem Begin's personal secretary. Margolin will provide a firsthand account of the momentous events and movements that led to the War of Independence and the establishment of the State of Israel, drawing from his forthcoming autobiography.   
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco 

Learn Yiddish!
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
Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, co-presented by KlezCalifornia   
This 'n That

The Simon Carlyle Collection - a new online klezmer score archive. More than 100 klezmer transcriptions, some in multiple keys, and most for both C and Bb instruments. The result of years of work by Carlyle, the collection is part of Allen Lutins' Klezmer Guide.

The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind: Rural Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. Interviews with almost 400 elderly Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe. Searchable by categories such as daily life, food ways, Jewish life between the wars, religion and ritual, songs, poems and prayer, World War II, etc. Yiddish Memory Archive.
Proverb of the month 
May all your teeth fall out, except one to give you a toothache.
אַלע צײן זאָלן דיר אַרױספֿאַלן, נאָר אײנער זאָל דיר בלײַבן אױף צאָנװײטיק
(Aleh tseyn zoln dir aroysfaln, nor eyner zol dir blaybn af tsonveytik!)
Thanks to Len Rosenberg, who directed the curse at the person who spoofed his email.
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
This Month in the Bay Area
with Michael Winograd (Yiddish Art Trio), Josh Horowitz (Veretski Pass) 
Friday, February 2, 7:30pm 
Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco  
Explorations in Modern Jewish LiteratureSession 2 - Stories of Blume Lempel  
Sunday, February 4, 9-11am  
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills  
Suggested donation: $36 for five sessions (includes refreshments).
Yiddish Song Workshop & Concert with Jeanette Lewicki 
Sunday February 4, 2-5pm
Congregation Bet Haverim, Davis 
Free! Advance registration requested   
Tuesday, February 6, 7pm
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Includes four songs in Yiddish!
Wednesday, February 7, 5:30pm 
The Magnes Collection, Berkeley
Cosmic Diaspora 
with Jake Marmer, John Scott, and Josh Horowitz

Friday, February 9, 9pm 
The Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland 
Experimental poetry, jazz, and klezmer

Kumzits, with Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco  
Saturday, February 10, 7:30-9:30pm  
Congregation B'nai Emunah, San Francisco 
Short concert followed by sing-along of Yiddish songs
510.219.9748, [email protected]Donation requested   
Afterparty for What They Said About Love, with Steve Budd
Saturday, February 10, 8:30pm 
The Marsh, Berkeley  
Choirs from Marin School of the Arts Sing Music of the Holocaust 
Sunday, February 11, 2-4pm 
Mercy High School, San Francisco 
Yiddish resistance songs, contemporary choral responses, original student compositions.
Free, reservations required!
KlezCalifornia Salon for Yiddish Speakers 
Sunday, February 18, 2-4pm 
Memories of the Irgun, with Ephraim Margolin
Sunday, February 25, 1:30pm 

Being the Resistance: Sharing Songs, Stories, & Strategies
Sunday, February 25, 1:30-4:30pm 
San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco 
Performance by several singers (including Jeanette Lewicki in Yiddish), participatory singing, and updates by activists, presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California 
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
Next Month 
Sunday, March 4, 2-5pm
Urban Adamah (in the yurt), Berkeley
$25 sliding scale (which means pay what you can) 
American Jewish Radicals, with Elaine Leeder  
Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 1-2:30pm
JCC Sonoma County, Santa Rosa 
Early American Jewish radicals were all native Yiddish speakers  

Raise the Roof, film, 2015, 85 mins, English/Polish/subtitled
Thursday, March 8, 1:15pm
Century 16 Theaters, Pleasant Hill
$10 - $11

KlezCalifornia Salon for Yiddish Speakers 
Sunday, March 11, 2-4pm
Private home, El Cerrito 

From Shtetl to Metropolis: Jewish Musical Diaspora, with Veretski Pass, S.F. Choral Artists 
Sunday, March 11, 4pm, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco
Sunday, March 18, 4pm, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
Sunday, March 25, 4pm, Temple Sinai, Oakland
$12.50 - $33

The Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary,
 with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath  
Sunday, March 18, time TBD  
Sunday, March 25, 5pm
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
$18 - $82Use code KLEZ for 25% discount! 
 Support KlezCalifornia
Pot of goldYour support of KlezCalifornia helps Bay Area Yiddish culture and community thrive. Read more about donor benefits and donate by credit card, or mail a check to 
KlezCalifornia at the address below. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
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