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2018-04



Today is Purim, so be happy and listen to the megileh (Purim story) in Yiddish! 

Need to kvetch? Order a handful of our Oy Vey buttons - perfect for every occasion.
 
$2 each (requested donation). Pick one up at  any KlezCalifornia event.  Want one mailed to you? Add $3 s/h for up to 3 buttons.
 
PartyYou can also get your Oy Vey on at our semi-annual donor party, Sunday, April 8, in Oakland. If you are a donor (o become onebefore the party), you'll get your invitation in  a few weeks!  
Yiddish Wisdom

WorkshopKlezmer Kalisthenics 

Workshop with Josh Horowitz 
Sunday, March 4, 2-5pm
Urban Adamah, Berkeley  
"Speed-learn" klezmer music? Josh's new teaching method promises to open your eyes to a completely different way to approach learning a tune. By the end of the session, students will not only play, but also understand and improvise in the traditional style. Money-back guarantee for those who got in for free.

Upcoming Sunday Klezmer Workshops
April 15, with Cookie Segelstein, San Francisco 
May 6, with Dmitri Gaskin, Piedmont
June 3, with Jeanette Lewicki, Piedmont
 
More info  here.
 
SalonFlisik Yidish Salon

Fluent in Yiddish? Come join us for our monthly conversation salon.
Sunday, March 11, 2-4pm 
 
   Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
     * Fun vos hostu moyreh?
     * Vos trakhstu fun mekhileh?
     * Tsvantsik shayles
     * Zing a lid oder tsvey


Sponsored by KlezCalifornia, a t a private home, El Cerrito
Free
 
GitlYes, There's a Word for That in Yiddish! 

W
 ith Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath 
Sunday, March 18, 1:30-3pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco 

Published in 2016, the Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary, edited by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, contains more than four times as many words as the most recent English-Yiddish dictionary, published nearly fifty years ago. Where did all these words come from? How do you say cell phone, binge-watch, glove compartment, and many other words used in contemporary life? Schaechter-Viswanath will discuss her childhood growing up with mameloshn and how she became involved in seeking out existing Yiddish words, as well as coining new ones .

More info, or call 415.567.3327
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
Free

MosesBrother Moses Smote the Water 
 
The Klezmatics with Josh Nelson 
and Third Baptist Church Choir
 
Sunday, March 25, 5pm
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco

World renowned Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world, the Klezmatics celebrate their 30th anniversary at Congregation Emanu-El as they bring us their music steeped in spirituality and Eastern European tradition while incorporating themes of social justice.
 
They join forces with Joshua Nelson, Prince of Kosher Gospel, to explore the complexity of Jewish identity, Black identity, and humankind. Age-old  Passover songs will be melded with the African soul tradition, echoing the great stylings of Mahalia Jackson.The Third Baptist United Voices Choir will join in this multi-cultural celebration of freedom and fellowship. Perfect for the whole family.
 
More info, or call 415.751.2535
25% off for KlezCalifornia members with code KLEZ
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
$18 - $82 

Tam program expands! 
 
KlezCalifornia has been recruiting organizers and presenters for our program, Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens, in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. This month we introduce you to Elisheva Edelson, who has been doing classroom presentations in San Diego. 

Elisheva, born in Mexico City, was a Jewish educator there and has continued for the last fifteen years in San Diego. A singer and teacher, she defines herself as "Educator as an Artist as an Educator." She has presented Tam lesson plans at San Diego Jewish Academy (day school) and at Congregation Ohr Hadash's religious school. 

Check out (and download) our twenty-six lesson plans for grades K-12 in religious schools, Jewish day schools, and summer camps! Write us to be added to special Tam mailing list. 

Farshidns 
 
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world

*  Yiddish Summer Programs Roundup -  Study Yiddish, or explore the culture and music. 

The Megileh of Itzik Manger (audio only, Part 1), a musical show 

*  Yiddish Glory: The Lost Songs from World War II, a new recording featuring Jewish
songs written during the darkest chapter of European Jewish history. 
 
How to cook kreplekh as made at Mama Papa Lithuania in 
Alameda. A.k.a. Polish uszka, Russian pelmeni, Italian ravioli or tortellini, and Chinese wontons.   

ShainaSilver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image, a new book by Bay Area resident Shaina Hammerman. Includes a wonderful discussion of Yiddish poetry and a chapter about the Yiddish film "Hester Street." Book launch is March 19. 

* Free, bi-weekly beginner's Yiddish class at the S.F. Public Library. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring.  

*  Milgroym, a digitization project of breathtaking  Yiddish journals of the interwar period. 
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music 
March
 
Joy of Jewish Dance with Bruce Bierman 
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 7-8:30pm
Yemenite, Hasidic, klezmer, and classic Israeli dance 
JCC East Bay, Berkeley 
  
Majorly Minor with Naomi Zamir 
Saturday, March 3, 7-9pm 
Cafe Zoe, Menlo Park 

Sunday, March 4, 2-5pm
Urban Adamah, Berkeley
American Jewish Radicals with Elaine Leeder  
Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 1-2:30pm
This class, about Yiddish-speaking American Jews, will include Yiddish songs with Gale Kissin 
JCC Sonoma County, Santa Rosa 
 
Raise the Roof, film, 2015, 85 mins, English/Polish/subtitled
Thursday, March 8, 1:15pm
Century 16 Theaters, Pleasant Hill 

Sunday, March 11, 2-4pm
Private home, El Cerrito 
Details above

From Shtetl to Metropolis: Jewish Musical Diaspora with Veretski Pass, San Francisco Choral Artists 
Sunday, March 11, 4pm, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco
Sunday, March 18, 4pm, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University (free; reserve well in advance) 
Sunday, March 25, 4pm, Temple Sinai, Oakland

Hanukkomics: Cartoons about Jewish Culture and Holidays with Hilary Price
Wednesday, March 14, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

Otherwise It's Just Firewood with Daniel Hoffman 
Television documentary film about the violin 
Friday, March 16; Saturday, March 17, Wednesday, March 21. See link for times and stations.

Dance Shabbat with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Bruce Bierman
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm
Lesson followed by dancing to music by Peter Bonos and other guest musicians
Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

Klezmer music with Mike Perlmutter and Dave Rosenfeld
Followed by Hilary Zaid in conversation about her new novel, "Paper is White."
Friday, March 16, 6:45-7:15pm
East Bay Booksellers, Oakland 

Yes, there's a word for that in Yiddish! with Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath 
Sunday, March 18, 7:00-8:30pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco 
Details above 

Book launch for "Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image" by Shaina Hammerman 
Monday, March 19, 5:30pm 
Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley  
More about the book above 

Last of the Red Hot Tenants one-woman show with Lois Pearlman
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30pm
The Marsh, San Francisco 
  
Brother Moses Smote the Water, with The Klezmatics, Joshua Nelson, and Third Baptist Church Choir
Sunday, March 25, 5pm 
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Details above
Coming in April 

Community Seder with klezmer music by Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
Friday, April 6, 5pm 
Monte Rio Community Center, Monte Rio  
707.632.5545 for reservations

KlezCalifornia Semi-Annual Party for Donors 
Sunday, April 8, 2-5pm 
Private home in Oakland
Details above 

KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, April 15, 1-4pm
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
 
KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm
Private home, Oakland 
 
Sunday, April 15, 1pm  
With Netivot Shalom Jazzkleztet and Albany Jazz Band
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley 
 
Ellis Island Old World Folk Band
Wednesday, April 25, 7-9pm
Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley 

Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm 
Jewish feminist a cappella group includes Yiddish songs.
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
 
Sunday, April 29, 1:30pm
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco
 
Pinny [Paul] Switzer: I wish to honor my teachers at the Peretz School in Winnipeg, Canada, 1945-1952. We had classes in Yiddish all morning Monday through Friday on an array of subjects, starting with learning to read and write, and progressing through history, literature, tanakh, and Hebrew language. These teachers included Lapin, Zolf, Cantor, Halper, Greenberg, Tseitlin, Taft, and Fiterman. 
 
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A sheynem dank! (Thank you very much!) 
A bisl mer (a little bit more)

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