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Sholem Aleykhem!
Broadway musicals in Yiddish? D irector Joel Grey and his cast from the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof have created a side-splitting medley of Yiddish versions of The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Legally Blonde, South Pacific, West Side Story and Wicked. It culminates in Grey singing “ Git op mayn grus tsu Brodvey” ( Give my regards to Broadway ).

A message from KlezCalifornia - It may seem odd that we are featuring something amusing in the wake of the tragedy at the Chabad synagogue this past weekend, but it is the East European Jewish way to laugh through our fears and sorrows. Our hearts are with all those impacted by bigotry - most recently Jews in Poway, Muslims in New Zealand, Christians in Sri Lanka, and many others.
Party A
KlezCalifornia Donor Party!

Save the date for our next semi-annual party: Sunday, June 2, 2-5pm , in Oakland. If you have donated in the past year, you will receive your invitation in early May. If you are not yet a donor, it's never too late! 

Klezmer Workshop Series
Presented by KlezCalifornia
The Art of Klezmer Improvisation Made Easy
with Joshua Horowitz 
Sunday, May 5, 2-5pm
UC Santa Cruz Hillel
222 Cardiff Pl, Santa Cruz

$25 or pay what you can.

Josh Horowitz will provide an easy way through the core genres of klezmer music, beginning with the kaleh bazetsn and doina (pieces to make the bride cry), joining it to a lilting hora , a jumping freylekhs , and a hopping bulgar. The emphasis will be on fine-tuning how to play in the klezmer style, so Josh will feed simple and easy ideas to each person as we go along, making the suite more and more exciting. These sessions are fun and creative. All intermediate and advanced players welcome, young and old.
Telling a Story: Bringing Klezmer to Life Through Creative Arrangement
with Rob Reich
Sunday, May 19, 12:30-3:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

$25 or pay what you can.

Every klezmer melody has its own particular character, and it's our job as musicians to bring these characters to life with our instruments. We can do this on the small scale, through our expressive playing. But the larger "story" of the tune comes to life through our arrangement and structure of a tune. In this class, we will examine various methods for arranging and orchestrating a klezmer tune, discovering how a creative arrangement can help tell the tune's story.
Music of the Crossroads
with Dan Cantrell
Sunday, May 19, 2-5pm
Private home, Sebastopol 

$25 or pay what you can.

This workshop lies at the intersection of village music, Romany roots, and Sephardic sounds in klezmer music. Through playing and comparing sections of klezmer songs, folk dance music, and Romany tunes, we will explore commonalities in the beautiful musical tapestry woven across Europe and the Mediterranean.
Save the date for the June workshop:
Cookie Segelstein, Sunday, June 23, Piedmont 
Klezmer 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.
Flisik Yidish Salon
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, May 19, 2-4 pm, San Francisco Presented by KlezCalifornia
Tayereh fraynt: Mir veln zikh farzamlen zuntik, dem naynstn may 2-4pm.  Brengt epes tsu esn oder trinken.

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes: 
  • Der mitos fun der yidisheh mameh; vos iz emes?
  • Dertseyl a vitz
  • Vertershpil 
  • Zing a lid fun Gershwin!

RSVP  to get the address.  
Next month's Salon : Sunday, June 16, 2-4pm, East Bay
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 

(thanks to Jim Rebhan)

Yiddish poster from WPA Federal Art Project ("Learn your children's language!")
(thanks to Shana Winokur)
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
Ken Moss at Stanford University

Jewish Diasporism between Negative Identity and Political Vulnerability: The Politics of Adaptation, Resistance, Catastrophe, and Exit in the Polish Jewish 1930s (in English, with Kenneth Moss
Thursday, May 2, 5:30pm

The Powers and Limits of Culture: Yiddish Culture Confronts the Collapse of the Future and the Self in the 1930s (in Yiddish), with Kenneth Moss
Friday, May 3, 12noon
Friday, May 3, 5:30-8pm.
River Front Café, Petaluma

Concert, with Achi Ben Shalom, Nigunim Chorus, SF Jewish Folk Chorus, others 
Remembering the songs cherished by the victims of the Holocaust. 
Sunday, May 5, 3pm 
Congregation Sherith Israel, SF

a workshop with Joshua Horowitz 
Sunday, May 5, 2-5 pm 
UC Santa Cruz Hillel
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8pm
Gaia’s Garden, Santa Rosa

Saul Goodman’s Klezmer Band (including klezmer xylophone!)
Part of monthly Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal
Friday, May 10, 9pm
Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley
Telling A Story: Bringing Klezmer To Life Through Creative Arrangement,
workshop with Rob Reich
Sunday, May 19, 12:30-3:30
Jewish Community Library, SF
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Sunday, May 19, 2-4pm
Menorah Park, SF
Presented by KlezCalifornia

workshop with Dan Cantrell
Sunday, May 19, 2-5pm
Private home, Sebastopol
Presented by KlezCalifornia
KlezCal Spring Party for Donors
Sunday, June 2, 2-5pm
Private home, Oakland

Yael Schy, accompanied by Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Part of San Francisco Free Folk Festival , 12noon-10pm
Saturday, June 8, 1-2pm
Everett Middle School, SF
Yiddish Culture Workshop for Kids , with Gerry Tenney, and
Hebrew/Yiddish Sing-Along , with Claire Sherman and Judy Kunofsky
Part of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shevuis)
Saturday, June 8, times TBD. Tikkun is dusk until dawn
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Sunday, June 16, 2-4pm
Private home, East Bay
Presented by KlezCalifornia
SF Jewish Folk Chorus Annual Concert: The Old World Made New, Songs of the Yiddish Stage and Street
Sunday, June 23, 2:30pm
Jewish Community High School of the Bay, SF
KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop, with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, June 23, 3:30-6:30pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Honor Wall
Mark & Victoria Galperin:
To KlezCalifornia with love.
View KlezCalifornia's Honor Wall . Become a donor to post your tribute. 
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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