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Shvues (Shavuot) celebrates the giving of the  Toyreh (Torah). This year, the holiday begins the evening of Saturday, June 8. Customs include staying up all night to learn, and eating milkhiks (dairy) such as cheese blintzes, kugel, ice cream, pizza, and cheesecake. Come to the East Bay's Tikn Leyl Shvues to sing Yiddish songs! See details below.
Songbook cover, 3rd edition
SAVE THE DATE for our Kumzits !   The first KlezCalifornia Kumzits will be Sunday, July 14, 2-4pm, in Berkeley, and it's free! Literally meaning "come sit," a kumzits is a fun, participatory event for all ages where every person does something for 2-5 minutes: tells a Jewish joke or story, sings (or leads) a Yiddish song, plays a klezmer or Yiddish tune, recites a Yiddish poem, etc. We'll go around several times. Everyone participates! RSVP to be sent the address!
Yiddish Workshops at Tikn Leyl Shvues
Saturday, June 8 Presented by KlezCalifornia
7-8pm, Yiddish Culture Workshop for Kids , with Gerry Tenney

8:10-9:10pm, Singing Around the Campfire, but no campfire or marshmallows, and you can sit on a chair,   Hebrew & Yiddish Sing-Along with Claire Sherman and Judy Kunofsky

Part of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shvues)
Saturday, June 8. Tikn is dusk until dawn
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Flisik Yidish Salon
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, June 16, 2-4 pm, East Bay Presented by KlezCalifornia
Tayereh fraynt: Mir veln zikh farzamlen zuntik, dem zekstn yuni, 2-4 pm. Brengt epes tsu esn oder trinken.

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
• Der mitos fun dem yidishn tatn: vos iz emes?
• Vos hoft ir az ayereh kinder hobn gelernt fun aykh?
• Vertershpil
• Zingt a lid mit Gershn Yankl!

RSVP  to get the address in Oakland.  
Next month's Salon : Sunday, July 21, 2-4pm, San Francisco
Klezmer Workshop Series
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Obereks, Mazurkas, and Polkas, Oh My!

with Cookie Segelstein and special guest co-teacher Stefan Puchalski (from Poland)
Sunday, June 23, 3:30-6:30pm, Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont

Klezmer music has elements of many national and regional styles and klezmer musicians had to be able to play in the styles of their customers, both Jewish and non-Jewish. We will examine some Polish folk tunes and compare Jewish and Polish styles of playing them. Stefan was one of the sources for Veretski Pass' project, "Poyln: A Gilgul."

The workshop is suitable for instrumentalists intermediate and above on all acoustic instruments. Registration is $25 (sliding scale - pay what you can) in cash or check at the door. Listeners welcome; donation requested. Light snacks provided. Bring a recording device or a music stand if you want. Brass players should bring a mute.

Please RSVP with name, instrument, and any questions, or just show up!

Future Sunday Workshops:

August 18, Piedmont, special guest teacher Yoshi Fruchter (from New York)
September 8, SF, teacher TBD
September 22, Berkeley , teacher TBD
October 27, Palo Alto , teacher TBD
November 10, Berkeley , teacher TBD
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.
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
NYC Health Department mangles Yiddish in measles vaccination appeal
(Thanks to Judy Kandel)

Romania: Klezmer and Folk Dance Tour, KlezKamp in Sibiu, Romania. October 21-November 3

45th annual Yidish-vokh, Copake, New York. Spend August 14-20 in a Yiddish shteteleh.Play, swim, eat, dance, learn, think, and swim entirely in Yiddish. For English, click link in upper left-hand corner.
(Thanks to Meena-Lifshe Viswanath)

No-holds-barred indictment against a former lover Yiddish song performed by Leo Summergrad

Confessions of a Jewish Mother: How My Son Ruined My Life!
(Thanks to Ken Blady)
KlezCal Spring Party  for Donors
Sunday, June 2, 2-5pm
Private home, Oakland

Simcha Trio
Sunday, June 2, 1-4pm
In front of 2510 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
Thursday, June 6, 7:30pm
Red Poppy Art House, SF

Klezmer Dance Workshop ,  with Yael Schy and Ellis Island Old World Folk Band 
Saturday, June 8, 1-2pm 
Everett Middle School, SF
Gerry Tenney
Yiddish Culture for Kids , with Gerry Tenney
Singing Around the Campfire, but no campfire or marshmallows, and you can sit on a chair,   Hebrew & Yiddish Sing-Along, with Claire Sherman and Judy Kunofsky
Saturday, June 8, 7-8pm, and 8:10-9:10pm, respectively
Part of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot (Tikn Leyl Shvues)
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Workshops presented by KlezCalifornia

Saturday, June 8, 8pm
Church of John Coltrane, SF

Belarus to Brooklyn : A Time-Traveling Tour of Yiddish Song, with Jeanette Lewicki
Tuesday, June 11, 1-2:30pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Majorly Minor,  with Naomi Zamir and others
Saturday, June 15, 7pm
Café Zoe, Menlo Park

Sunday, June 16, 2-4pm
Private home, East Bay
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Thursday, June 20, 7:30pm
Christ Episcopal Church, Sausalito
SF Jewish Folk Chorus : 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
Sunday, July 14, 2-4pm
Private home, Berkeley
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, August 4
Various locations

Sunday, July 21, 2-4pm
Private home, SF
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Honor Wall
Harvey Leonard Gotliffe:
To honor those who have taught me so much about life, in and out of classrooms, and are no longer around to offer me more of an education. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to share time, thoughts, and love with each of them: Misha Caspi, Gordon Greb, Michael Ego, Jimi Yamaichi, Great Uncle Samuel Goldsmith, Chayale Ash, Leonard Salle, Chungliang Al Huang, Jack Fields, Robert Dale Johnson, Roger Tatarian, Wallace Sheldon Shanbrom, Edith Tarjan, and my dear parents Hilda and Henry Gotliffe.
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.
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A sheynem dank! (Thank you very much!)
A bisl mer (a little bit more)
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