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2018-11


Our joy is tempered by the horrific murders of synagogue-goers and wounding of police officers at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh last Shabes. May the memories of those who died be a blessing. 

As a meditation and memorial for the victims of the massacre, friend of KlezCalifornia Leonard Rosenberg created a slideshow, with images of his wife Sandy's Tree of Life painting and her Book of Life graphic designs, with musical accompaniment excerpted from "Taxim" by violinist Jacob Gegna (Columbia Gramophone Co. 1921). 




Did You Miss It?  

The hottest klezmer dance party of the year happened last month at Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek. KlezCalifornia sponsors numerous klezmer and Yiddish culture events throughout the year. Keep reading our newsletter so you don't miss the next exciting event.



Photos by Lea Delson, delsonphoto.com.  

Yiddish Proverb


Chasing the Changes, a Klezmer Workshop 
with Jeanette Lewicki 
Presented by KlezCalifornia
 
Sunday, November 11, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Congregation, Piedmont
 
We will be playing by ear,  listening to tunes and trying to catch the chord changes. We will survey some klezmer forms and rhythm patterns, analyze some written music, and you will go home with some sheet music as well. 
 
If you'd like to break free from little dots on a page...if you're not sure how to jump in and out of the tune...if you want to keep up with the changes...this may be the class for you !
    
poetryThe Neighbor Out of Sound
 
 
Thursday, November 15, 7pm - 8:30ish
Adobe Books, San Francisco   
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
  
Jake Marmer's book, The Neighbor Out of Sound, will be published by Sheep Meadow Press, which has also published Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai. It includes "nign poems" that referencenigunim and the state one is in, while singing. 

Alicia Jo Rabin,  violinist who has studied with Alicia Svigals, often switches among poems, songs, and instrumental pieces. Her book, Fruit Geode, is a "ritualistic reclaiming of the body and spirit."
YiddishFlisik Yidish Salon

Fluent in Yiddish?  
Come to KlezCalifornia's free monthly conversation salon!
 
Sunday, November 18
2-4 pm, El Cerrito
Email or call 415-789-7679

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:

* Vos iz dayn balibsteh zakh tsu esn?

* Vos iz dayn balibster tsitat (quotation)?  
  Zog undz farvos.

* Vertershpil

 

Loz undz visn oyb du kumst, un breng a nash oyb du kenst. 
 
Zay gezunt un shtark. 
     
Upcoming Sunday Salons
December 16, 2-5pm, Oakland
January 20, 2-5pm, location TBD
Farshidns 

Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
 
Presentation in New York - Judy Kunofsky, KlezCal's Executive DIrector, will talk about our program "Tam:Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids and Teens," at the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, part of Jewish Theological Seminary, Monday, November 12. 
 
Eyns un Tsvey - Children's counting song, sung by Menye Schechter (1920-2018), born in Soroke, Bessarabia. Commentary by Itzik Gottesman.
 
Yosl teaches Yiddish - Wonderful discussion of Judeo-English (known as "Yinglish" to some), plus downloadable Yiddish Interactive Flashcards.
 
Teach your dog Yiddish! - In Central Park, of course.Thanks to Rosie Kaplan.
 
Yiddish New York  - The nation's largest Yiddish culture festival. Early bird registration still open!
 
Shimmering Lights  - New CD by Yale Strom's Broken Consort with traditional and new Khanikeh songs from Morocco, Poland, Turkey, and the U.S. The music is infused with many styles, including klezmer.  
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
November 

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

Sunday, November 4, 1-3pm (part of Fall Festival, noon-5pm) 
Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa 

Itzhak (film about violinist Itzhak Perlman),  
with klezmer
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30pm
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose 
 
Thursday, November 8, 6:30pm 
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park 

Strike of 1909 with Bill Sokol   
Friday, November 9, 12:45-1:15pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco   
 
Majorly Minor
Saturday, November 10, 7-9pm
Café Zoe, Menlo Park 

KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop
with Jeanette Lewicki 
Sunday, November 11, 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, El Cerrito
 
Veretski Pass 
Sunday, November 18, 4-7pm 
Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon

Klezmer Creek
Wednesday, November 28, 6:30pm 
Gaia's Garden, Santa Rosa 

New York City-based band 
Thursday, Nov 29, 6:30-8pm
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
Coming in December and beyond
 


A Klezmer Khanikeh with the gonifs klezmer band (lunch and music)
Tuesday, December 4, 11:30am-1:30pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto 

The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film, with Eve Sicular of Isle of Klezbos 
Homosexuality in Yiddish film!
Thursday, December 6, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF
 
Metropolitan Klezmer - A Family Hanukkah Concert
Saturday, December 8, 5:30-7pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto 

KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop, with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, December 9, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, December 16, 2-5pm
Private home, Oakland   
 
HEADS UP:
Klezmer Conservatory Band, Michael Alpert, Andy Statman
Monday, January 14, 8pm
Davies Symphony Hall, SF    
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A sheynem dank! (Thank you very much!) 
A bisl mer (a little bit more)

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