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2018-10

Hope you had a wonderful High Holiday season. Now that it is over, all of us here at KlezCalifornia are gearing up for our biggest event this year - a Klezmer Concert & Dance Party with the gonifs. See below for details.

We've also been busy with our other KlezCalifornia events, which include klezmer workshops, Yiddish conversation salons, fun events at the Jewish Community Library, and more! Keep reading for all the details.
 
We've got the beat!

Join us for a rousing and joyful celebration of Yiddish culture with the amazing Bay Area klezmer band, the gonifs! 
 
Sunday, October 14, 3-5pm
Congregation B'nai Shalom
Walnut Creek
 
* MC'd by radio host Andy Muchin
* Klezmer dancing led by Bruce Bierman
* Kids' program with Gerry Tenney
ages 5-12  
* Free babysitting for kids under 5 
(with RSVP)
 
Yiddish Proverb


A Klezmer Workshop 
with Josh Horowitz 
Presented by KlezCalifornia
 
Sunday, October 21, 1-4pm 
If you've ever wondered how your favorite musicians got really good at what they do, the answer is Creative and Fun Practicing. 
   
Yes, practicing can be as creative and exciting 
as playing polished versions of tunes!

This workshop deals with super-creative ways to develop skills that emerge directly from the tunes you're playing, so the application is already there. Forget scales and arpeggios (unless they occur in the tunes you're playing of course). Each tune presents its own characteristics that can be spun into exercises that not only solve technical problems, but can also be used within the tunes right away. The main thing Josh will show is how to develop your own practicing tools that can be applied in each circumstance you encounter, including: 
  1. Creating patterns and sequences that come from the melodies you are playing 
  2. Isolating fragments that repeat in the tune and spinning them round and round 
  3. Strategizing how to navigate the most difficult parts of the piece 
  4. Developing emergency exits from parts of the tune where you might stumble 

    And much, much more. 
This may be the most useful workshop you'll ever attend
with dividends paid out for years to come.
 
jointEuropean Jewish History
 
Sunday, October 21, 1:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF
 
One of the lesser-known groups persecuted during Stalin's Great Purge (1937-38) were the employees of Agro-Joint (American Jewish Joint Agricultural Corporation), an organization created in 1924 by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), in agreement with the Soviet government, to resettle and agrarianize Soviet Jews.  
 
Misha Mitsel, JDC senior archivist, spent eight years searching ex-KGB interrogation files and state archives in Ukraine and Russian Federation to uncover the names of two hundred Agro-Joint employees, all accused of "collaboration with a counter-revolutionary organization founded by the director of Agro-Joint, Dr. Rosen."    
 
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. 
yiddishFluent in Yiddish?
 
Come to KlezCalifornia's Flisik Yidish Salon!
Sunday, October 21, 2-4pm
Berkeley

Mir veln shmuesn af di temes:
  • Dertseyl undz dayn balibster geshikhteh in finf minutn.
  • Vos iz dayn balibster zakh tsu esn?
  • Millie vet undz brengen kurtseh geshikhtez tsu leyenen und discutirn.
  • Gershon vet undz zingen a yidishn lid.
Loz undz visn oyb du kumst (RSVP).
 
Farges nit tsu brengen epes tsu nashn oder trinken!  
 
Upcoming Sunday Salons
November 18, El Cerrito
December 16, Oakland

Free! RSVP by  email or call 415-789-7679
zerinCelebrating Rabbi Ed Zerin
 
Thursday, October 25, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

You are invited to an evening in celebration of Rabbi Edward Zerin. 
 
Raised in a Yiddish-speaking family in Delaware, Ed Zerin was ordained as a rabbi in 1946 and received a PhD in 1952 from the University of Southern California. He has had a distinguished career as a congregational rabbi, psychotherapist, university professor, Jewish consultant for forty-five Catholic textbooks, and author of ten books, including "The Birth of the Torah."
 
Upon moving to San Francisco in 2004, Rabbi Zerin embarked on studying and recording the history of its Jewish presence, resulting in the 2006 book, "Jewish San Francisco." His next book was a translation of the Yiddish poetry of his mentor, Rabbi Simon Krinsky. We wish to express our appreciation of Rabbi Zerin and the wisdom and love of learning he has brought to us. 
 
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.
Farshidns 

Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
Yiddish versions of  
Thanks to Moreen Libet and Ken Blady, respectively. 
 
The Jews of Latin America 
with Professor Ilan Stavans 
from The Yiddish Book Center
 
YidLife Crisis' new episode Sukkannabis
No Yiddish needed, but knowing Yiddish 
makes it even more fun. 
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
October
 
Rehearses Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
Menorah Park, SF

Sing with Nigunim Chorus 
Rehearses Mondays, 7:30pm
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  
The Lonely Childthe Legacy of a Song from the Vilna Ghetto (film), with writer/producer Alix Wall 
Sunday, October 7, 7:30-8:30pm
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
 
No More Skittish About Yiddish: The Curious Case of Israelis Who Compose Yiddish Music,  
with Laya Silber
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm 
Stanford University, Stanford 

The Joy of Jewish Dance, with Bruce Bierman
Thursdays, October 11 - November 1, 10-11:15am
Hasidic, Klezmer, Yemenite, and Israeli dance    
Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley
            
with the gonifs, MC Andy Muchin
dance leader Bruce Bierman
kids' program with Gerry Tenney 
Sunday, October 14, 3-5pm
Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek
 
Sholem Aleichem on the South Side of Chicago: 
The Story and Songs of the Rediscovered 
1905 Musical Stempenyu, with Karen Underhill and Sharon Bernstein 
Monday, October 15, noon - 1pm
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley
 
Itzhak (film about violinist Itzhak Perlman), with klezmer
Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm (see also Nov. 7) 
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto 
 
The Chosen (theater)
Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm  
Sunday, October 21, 7pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
 
The Rise and Destruction of Agro-Joint,
with Misha Mitse   
Sunday, October 21, 1:30pm 
Jewish Community Library, SF
 
Sunday, October 21, 2-5pm
Berkeley

with Josh Horowitz 
Sunday, October 21, 1-4pm  
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, SF

From Shtetl to MetropolisThe Jewish Musical 
Diaspora, with San Francisco Choral Artists 
Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8pm
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
    
Thursday, October 25, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF 

Fridays, October 26 - December 7, 10am-noon
Acalanes College, Walnut Creek
 
Monday, October 29, 5:30-7pm
The Local Café, Alameda
 
Who Will Write Our History (film with Yiddish)
Tuesday, October 30, 1pm and 7pm
Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol  
 
Who Will Write Our History (film with Yiddish)
Wednesday, October 31, 6:30pm
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose  
Coming in November and beyond 

Klezmer on the Edge, with SF Yiddish Combo
Saturday, November 3, 7pm
Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa  

Itzhak (film about violinist Itzhak Perlman),  
with klezmer
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose 
 
Veretski Pass presents Vayber/Froyen - Klezmer Music of Women 
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm 
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park 

Workers Union, with BIll Sokol 
Friday, November 9, 12:45-1:15pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco  
 
KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop, with Jeanette Lewicki 
Sunday, November 11, starting 3:30-6:30pm 
Kehilla Community Congregation, Piedmont

The Neighbor Out of Sound (book release party)  
with poets Jake Marmer and Alicia Jo Rabins
Thursday, November 15, 7pm - 8:30ish
Adobe Books, San Francisco 
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto 

Sunday, November 18, 2-4pm 
Private home in El Cerrito

Thursday, Nov 29, 6:30-8pm
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
 
HEADS UP:
Klezmer Conservatory Band, Michael Alpert, Andy Statman
Monday, January 14, 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall, SF 
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Help us continue our exciting mission to connect people and communities around the Bay Area with Yiddish culture. Donate $18, $36 or $54 here .
 
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A sheynem dank! (Thank you very much!) 
 Honor Wall 
 
From Tony Phillips:  
 
My connection to Yiddish might be typical for a California native of my generation. My grandparents Carol and Irving grew up speaking Yiddish but, living in New York City, spoke it mainly to avoid being understood by their children and grandchildren. In contrast, Uncle Joseph, who immigrated when older, mainly spoke and read Yiddish, and his English was limited and thickly accented. That generation's origins in the Yiddish-speaking world is a treasure to be passed on to subsequent generations who enjoy easier circumstances.  
 
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. Become a donor to post your tribute. 
 
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