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Pete Seeger sings in Yiddish
We send you our warmest wishes for a joyous Khanukeh, which begins tonight, December 2.
On Khanukeh it is customary to eat fried food to remember the oil that burned for eight days. So  
please eat without guilt knowing you are honoring your history with fried potato latkes and sour cream (or apple sauce)!
There is a long history of American folk musicians singing Yiddish songs, so for this holiday we are sharing with you Pete Seeger's version of Khanike O Khanike. Also, there's a great version of Dreydl below in the Farshidns section. Keep scrolling down for details on  Isle of Klebos bandleader Eve Sicular's talk on Gay and Lesbian Subtexts in Yiddish Film, and Ola Bilinska's performing contemporary Yiddish compositions. Or perhaps you want more information on honing your klezmer skills at the KlezCalifornia workshop  Bandstand 911, taught by the incomparable Cookie Segelstein. You can read about all these events and more right here in our monthly newsletter.

If you appreciate KlezCalifornia serving up so many delicious morsels of Yiddish culture, please consider donating some Khanukeh gelt to us during this giving season. Want to know more about how KlezCalifornia connects you with Yiddish culture? Be on the lookout for our fundraising email in a few days.

Wishing you  a freylekhn Khanukeh! (a joyous Khanukeh),
from executive director 
Judy Kunofsky and the entire KlezCalifornia Board of Directors 
Yiddish Proverb
Lesbian & Gay Subtexts in Yiddish Film 

with Eve Sicular
Thursday, December 6, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Despite the taboo surrounding homosexuality, this topic was too intriguing to be left entirely out of the Yiddish picture. An exploration of lesbian and gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920s to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject. 

From musical comedies Yidl Mitn Fidl andAmerikaner Shadkhn to classic dramasDer Dibuk and Der Vilner Shtot-Khazn, queerness reached the screen in various guises, emerging as an alternate take on themes of conflicted identity, passing, and same-sex attachments. 

Drummer, bandleader, and film scholar Eve Sicular formed and leads New York City-based bands 
Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer. Her original musical documentary theater piece, J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files, premiered in 2009. 
BilinskaContemporary Compositions of Yiddish and Polish Music 
Saturday, December 8, 8pm 
JCC San Francisco, San Francisco 
RSVP Required - limited seating. Free and open to the public.
This is the first San Francisco performance by Ola Bilinska, acclaimed performer of Yiddish and Polish music in contemporary compositions, and her three-piece ensemble. Their week-long concert tour in  Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles is in honor of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence, 70th anniversary of Israel, and to celebrate Khanukeh. The tour is sponsored by Taube Philanthropies and co-sponsored by Embassy of the Republic of Poland and JCC San Francisco. 
   CookieBandstand 911

with Cookie Segelstein 
Sunday, December 9, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Congregation, Piedmont
(use street-level entrance near bus stop) 
Whether or not you are in a band, the skills we need to play with other people enrich our musical experience. This class is for people who are at least intermediate level on their instruments. We will cover on-the-spot arrangement and dealing with musical emergencies on the bandstand.  
Learn the tunes in advance, either from a sound file or sheet music. We will play by ear (i.e. by heart) at the workshop and "field test" common issues and breakdowns. It's fun, like learning to put out Freygish Fires, Mishebeyrakh Mass wrecks with Minor miracles.

 FlisikFlisik Yidish Salon

Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our  free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, December 16,  2-4 pm, Oakland
Email or call  415-789-7679

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
  • Velkheh esnvarg fun dayn mishpokheh glaykhstu nisht tsu esn?
  • Vos is di meynung fun Khanikeh, fun dayn kinder yorn un yetst?
  • Vort shpil
  • Zingen a Yiddish lid
Loz undz visn oyb du kumst, un breng a nash oyb du kenst.

Next Salon: January 20, 2-4pm, location TBD

Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
I Have A Little Dreydl - Great version of this Khanukeh classic from the Maccabeats.
On-line Yiddish culture - Register for classes in Story of the Yiddish Stage, Folklore of Ashkenaz, and Discovering Ashkenaz - Jewish LIfe in Eastern Europe, presented by YIVO. 
Yiddish New York 
- The nation's largest Yiddish culture festival, December 22-27.  
Australia's YID! - New Yiddish big band. 
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
Sunday, December 2, 3-5:30pm
iButterflyVilla, Woodside 
Monday, December 3, 5:30-7:00pm
The Local Cafe, Alameda   
(lunch and music) 
Tuesday, December 4, 11:30am-1:30pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
Temple Israel of Alameda Menorah Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, December 5, 5-7pm     
South Shore Center, Alameda. 
Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble
Russian River Jewish Community Chanukah Party
Wednesday, December 5, 5pm
Russian River Senior Center, Guerneville
Chanukah Concert
Thursday, December 6, 1:15 pm
JCCSF, San Francisco
Thursday, December 6, 4-7pm
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing, Larkspur
Thursday, December 6, 7pm 
Jewish Community Library, SF
Light for Dark Nights, with Book of J
Friday, December 7, 7pm
St. Cyprian's Church, San Francisco

Klezmer Shabbat
Friday, December 7, 7:30pm
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco

Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band
Saturday, December 8, 12noon-2pm
Saul's Restaurant & Deli, Berkeley

Saturday, December 8, 5:30-7pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto  

Contemporary Compositions of Yiddish and Polish Music, with Ola Bilinska 
Saturday, December 8, 8pm
JCC San Francisco, San Francisco

with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, December 9, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont
Klezmer Dancing, with Adama
Nigunim Chorus Hanukkah Community Celebration
Sunday, December 9, 5:30pm
JCC East Bay, Berkeley 

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, December 16, 2-4pm
Private home, Oakland   
Annual Klezmer Christmas Street Party
Tuesday, December 25, 11am-3pm
Saul's Restaurant & Deli, Berkeley 
Coming in January and beyond
In the Fiddler's House, with Itzhak Perlman 
and Klezmer Conservatory Band, Michael Alpert, Andy Statman 
Monday, January 14, 8pm 
Davies Symphony Hall, SF  
The J-West Conference
January 18-20
La Quinta Inn, Hayward
Sunday, January 20, 2-4pm
Veretski Pass
Sunday, January 20, 4pm
St Alban's Church, Albany

Help us continue our exciting mission to connect people and communities around the Bay Area with Yiddish culture. Donate $18, $36 or $54 here .
If you prefer to mail a check, use the address below.

A sheynem dank! (Thank you very much!) 
A bisl mer (a little bit more)

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