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This most joyous Jewish holiday will be Wednesday evening March 20 and the day of Thursday, March 21.  Get your gragers (noisemakers), costumes, and copies of Di Megileh (Book of Esther) ready for the festivities.
Here are a couple of songs to get you in the holiday mood:
Haynt iz Purim, Brider
(Today is Purim, brothers and sisters!),
a traditional Yiddish Purim song , 
and a rousing Purim Lid (Purim Song) by Dovid Mordachai, complete with whiskey!
Yiddish Proverb
 See You at the Movies!

Thursday, March 7, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF 

Shot in Poland, Ukraine, and Israel, this documentary film tells the story of Ben Gurion University professor Shimon Redlich, who survived the Holocaust as a child and is immortalized in the 1948 Polish Yiddish filmUndzere Kinder (Our Children). A collector of memories and seeker of good will, Shimon takes us on a journey through Poland and western Ukraine, uncovering the brighter sides of the darkest of times. 2015, 54 minutes. In English, Hebrew, Polish, and Ukrainian, with subtitles. 

Thursday, March 28, 7pm 
Jewish Community Library, SF 

The documentary film, "Finding Babel," follows Andrei Malaev-Babel, grandson of famed Odessa-born Jewish author Isaac Babel, as he journeys through locations deeply tied to the life and writings of his grandfather, searching for a better understanding of the enigmatic man he never met. Babel's writings, considered masterpieces of Russian literature, challenged the reality of life under rising Soviet totalitarianism, leading to his execution as part of Stalin's purges in 1940. 
2016, 88 minutes. In English and Russian, with subtitles.
 FlisikFlisik Yidish Salon

Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our  free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, March 17,  2-4 pm, Berkeley
Mir veln zikh trefn neksteh mol dem 17tn marts fun 2 biz 4 inem gevelb  Yves' Jewelry and Judaica
in Berkeley. If you have not already rsvp'ed the event is unfortunately already filled. 

Di temes veln zayn:
  • A talant vos ir hot 
  • Vi azoy hot ir farbrengt a vikhtikn geburtstog?
  • Di gresteh dergreykhung (achievement) in ayer lebn (biz itst)
Brengt epes tsu nashn, az ir kent. Mir veln darfn a por benklekh, oyb ir kent undz helfn.

Next Salon: Sunday, April 21, 2-4pm, Berkeley
  WorkshopsKlezCalifornia's Monthly Klezmer Workshops!
Spring Schedule

Sunday, March 31 
with Jeanette Lewicki 
Kehilla Community Synagogue 
1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont 94610 
Use the sidewalk door near the bus stop.
How can you jump in on a klezmer jam session? What do you do when you're not playing melody? What if you forgot the tune? Based on the popularity of her last workshop on klezmer harmony, Jeanette offers more tips on how to hear chord changes coming, make an educated guess what they will be, reinforce melody, and keep up with other musicians even if you've never heard the tune before. We'll look at typical rhythm/harmony patterns, explore possible variations, consider a bit of klezmer music theory, and as a bonus expand our repertoire for the upcoming wedding season. This class will combine ear training and written music, suitable for players of any age at an intermediate level or above. If you came to Jeanette's last workshop on harmony, rest assured we'll cover new material. If you didn't, don't worry, this is a freestanding class with no prerequisite other than love for the music and an ability to listen. 
Let us know if you are coming (but it's ok to drop in). Receive more detailed info (including links to sheet music) if you rsvp! 
Sunday, April 14 with Josh Horowitz
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont
Sunday, May 19 with Sheldon Brown 
Jewish Community Library, SF
Sunday, May 19 with Rob Reich
Afternoon, time TBD   
Private home, Sebastopol 
Sunday, June 23 with Cookie Segelstein 
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont  
Workshops in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties being planned! 
Monthly workshops in 2019 are made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Surdna Foundation

Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
Our friends at YidLife Crisis are at it again with a couple of great new episodes you won't want to miss: Jewish General Hospital and  AutoNeurotic (Jewish Film Institute's featured short). Gib a kuk! (Take a look!)
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
NOTE: March films in next box below. 
Ellis Island Old World Folk Band
Wednesday, March 6, 5:30-7pm
The Local Café, Alameda   
with Heather Klein and Josh Horowitz
Friday, March 8, 8:30pm (services 8pm) 
Temple Beth Sholom, San Leandro  
Fridays, March 8-29, 10am-12noon
Acalanes College, Walnut Creek 
Saturday, March 9, 7pm 
Congregation B'nai Israel, Vallejo
Zingeray: Free workshop on Yiddish Folk Songs, with Jeanette Lewicki 
Part of "Many Voices, One Art" 
Saturday, March 9, 2-3pm  
Calvary Presbyterian Church, SF 

Listen, with Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, Jeremiah Lockwood 
Friday, March 15, 6:30-7:30pm 
Congregation Beth Sholom, SF

Sunday, March 17, 2-4pm (event filled) 
Yves' Jewelry and Judaica, Berkeley
Jewlia Eisenberg, Jeremiah Lockwood
Sunday, March 17, 6pm and 7:30pm
SFJazz, SF
Was the First Leprecohen Jewish? History of the Jews of Ireland, with Ken Blady
(most "Leprecohens" were Litvaks who came to Ireland during the period that corresponded to the Ellis Island experience)
Monday, March 18, 1-4pm
Acalanes College, Walnut Creek
KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop , with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, March 31, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont
More Yiddish & Klezmer-Themed Films
Jewish Community Library, SF

Thursday, March 7, 7pm
Finding Babel  (documentary)
Thursday, March 28, 7pm 
The Last Suit (klezmer-driven score) 
Sunday, March 3, 9:30am
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill 
The Impure (some Yiddish)
Sunday, March 3, 9:45am
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
A Bag of Marbles   (some Yiddish)
Sunday, March 3, 4:30pm
Vine Cinema @ Alehouse, Livermore 
Sunday, March 3, 4:45pm
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
Menashe (Yiddish, with English subtitles)
Tuesday, March 5, 10:30am
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
The Unorthodox (some Yiddish)
Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm AND  
Sunday, March 10, 4:15pm
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
93Queen (some Yiddish)
Sunday, March 10, 10:15am
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill  
Who Will Write Our History (some Yiddish) 
Sunday, March 10, 4pm
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
Coming in April 
10th Jazz & Klez Summit, with Albany Jazz Band and Netivot Shalom Jazzkleztet  
Sunday, April 7, 1-3:30pm 
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley 

Talk by Eddy Portnoy (author of "Bad Rabbi"), a gallery chat connected with Lew the Jew exhibit re tattooing
Monday, April 8, 12:30pm 
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF
Talk by Eddy Portnoy  
Tuesday, April 9, 5:30pm
Stanford University, Stanford 
The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages,
with Naomi Seidman
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley 

Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
Anna Freud and the Linguistic Architecture of the Modern Jewish Self 
Thursday, April 11, 7pm
A Different Diaspora: Translation, Dispersion, and the Rewriting of Psychoanalysis in Jewish Languages 
Tuesday, April 16, 5:30pm
Weinreich's "Freud Laboratory": The Yiddish Translation and Reception of Psychoanalysis -  Reception follows 
Rsvp requested.  

An Evening with Veretski Pass, a.k.a. The Magid Chronicles  
Thursday, April 11, 7pm  
Jewish Community Library, SF
It Only Hurts When I Don't Laugh, an evening of Jewish humor, with MC Lisa Geduldig, Judi Leff, Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Joe Nguyen, Cathy Ladman 
Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm 
The Glaser Center, Santa Rosa
Isaac Babel and His Gospel, with Grisha Freidin 
Sunday, April 14, 1:30pm 
Jewish Community Library, SF
Klezmer Workshop, with Josh Horowitz 
Sunday, April 14, 3:30-6:30pm 
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont  
Sunday, April 21, 2-4pm
 Yes, We Sang! concert, with SF Jewish Folk Chorus, Nigunim Chorus
Remembering the songs cherished by the victims of the Holocaust. 
Sunday, April 28, time TBD
JCC East Bay, Berkeley  
 Honor Wall 
Preeva Tramiel and Leonard Tramiel:  
In memory of Chaya Adler      
Libbat Shaham:  
In memory of Paul Ellis, lover of fiddling, art, and Northern California 
Elaine Moise and Bob Grodsky:  
In memory of Joseph and Lillian Grodsky, who loved the Yiddish language and culture 
Robin Braverman:  
In memory of my maternal grandparents, Pauline and Andres "Bundy" Lang
Judy Kunofsky:  
In memory of my parents, Pauline (Levine) Kunofsky and Israel Kunofsky
View KlezCalifornia's Honor WallBecome a donor to post your tribute. 

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