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KlezCalifornia All-Stars at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco 2006
Stephen Saxon, Julie Egger, Gerry Tenney, Michael Arrow, Stu Brotman, Josh Horowitz


KlezCalifornia also provides detailed information about Yiddish Cultural Resources in the Greater Bay Area, in the following categories. (These are on a separate page.The links will take you there. We hope to merge all this information in the near future.)


YIDDISH CLASSES IN THE BAY AREA (FALL 2017)

  • Beginning Yiddish, in San Francisco, an ongoing class with Rochelle Goldman. Every other Friday, 3 - 5pm. Presented by Arbeter Ring/Workmen's Circle. No tuition; textbook required. More info: 925.482.0294. At San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, San Francisco
  • Yiddish 101, Elementary Yiddish, at U.C. Berkeley, with Danny Luzon. Mondays - Fridays, 11am - noon, beginning August 23 for fifteen weeks. Tuition TBD. More info: 510.643.2004U.C. Berkeley Department of German. At  U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley
  • Sholem Aleichem's Inner Child: "Motl, the Cantor's Son," at U.C. Berkeley, with Yael Chaver. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am - 12:30pm, beginning August 24 for fifteen weeks. Tuition TBD. More info: 510.643.2004U.C. Berkeley Department of German. At U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley
  • Introductory Yiddish, in Santa Cruz, with Yankl Levitow. Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7pm, beginning September 12, for ten weeks. Suggested tuition $250, plus $20 textbook; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free. More info: ilana.goldstein@gmail.net. At Congregation Kol Tefilah, Santa Cruz 
  • Intermediate Yiddish, in Santa Cruz, with Yankl Levitow. Tuesdays, 7:15 - 9:15pm, beginning September 12, for ten weeks. Suggested tuition $300; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free. More info: ynkl@bayyiddish.net. At Congregation Kol Tefilah, Santa Cruz
  • Yiddish Literature Reading Group, in Palo Alto, with Yankl Levitow. Mondays, 7 - 9pm, beginning September 18, for ten weeks. Read Yiddish literature in the original, with discussion in a mixture of Yiddish and English. Suggested tuition $300; no one turned away; all welcome to visit first class for free. More info: ynkl@bayyiddish.net. At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto 
  • Reading Yiddish Texts, in Berkeley, an ongoing class with Yael Chaver. Mondays, 7:15 - 9:15pm, September 18 - December 18. Tuition: $195 - $205. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  • Intermediate Yiddish, in Berkeley, with Ken Blady. Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30pm, September 27 - December 13. Tuition: $160 - $175. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  • Introduction to Yiddish, at Stanford, with Yankl Levitow. Wednesdays, 7 - 8:50pm, beginning September 27 for ten weeks. Tuition: $460. Registration begins August 21 at Stanford Continuing Studies. At Stanford University, Stanford 
  • Beginning Yiddish, in Berkeley, with Ken Blady. Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30pm, October 2 - December 4. Tuition: $160 - $175 Co-presented by KlezCalifornia Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  • Beginning Yiddish, in Lafayette, with Ken Blady. Tuesdays, noon -1:30pm, October 3 - December 5. Tuition: $160 - $175. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At Temple Isaiah, Lafayette 
  • Beginning Yiddish, in San Rafael, with Ken Blady. Thursdays, noon -1:30pm, October 12 - December 21. Tuition: $160 - $175. Co-presented by KlezCalifornia Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
  • Yiddish Culture in American Jewish Life - Yiddishania: the Gantzeh Cholent, taught by Ken Blady, Reb Tsvi Bar-David, Gerry Tenney. Thursdays, 7 - 8:30pm, October 19 & 26, and November 2 & 9. Tuition $60 - $75. Presented by KlezCalifornia. Register through Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, Berkeley 
  • Yiddish classes, with Armando Paone. Openhouse LGBT Senior Housing, Community & Services, focuses on LGBT seniors in SF, but classes are open to all. More info: armando@openhouse-sf.org. At Openhouse, San Francisco

YIDDISH CLASSES ONLINE

FULL-IMMERSION EVENTS ELSEWHERE

  • KlezKanada six-day residential program in late August, at Laurentian Retreat, Lantier, Quebec (North of Montreal).
  • Yiddish New York five-day non-residential program in late December in NY City. Since 2015 it has replaced KlezKampthe annual week-long gathering in the New York Catskills from 1985 to 2014, that was central to the Yiddish/Klezmer Revival, and inspired our regional organization, as well as our name.
  • Yiddish summer programs

YIDDISH TEXTBOOKS

Thanks to Jordan Kutzik and Sheva Zucker for compiling this list a few years ago:
  • The Yiddish Teacher by H. E. Goldin. Great for beginners learning alphabet and basic grammar. Used copies at amazon.com
  • Jewish Children by Joseph Mlotek. Old-style reader, free download at Yiddish Book Center
  • Der Onheyber (The Beginner) by David Bridger. Old-style reader for children. Buy the book or download at Yiddish Book Center
  • Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Volume 1, by Sheva Zucker. For beginners. Book, CDs and answer key. More advanced Volume 2 also has a CD and answer key. Nine CD set also available. shevazucker.com
  • College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich. Good for linguistically-inclined beginners (but not absolute beginners). From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • A Key to Yiddish (Shlisl tsu Yidish: lernbukh far onheyber) by Miriam Hoffman. keytoyiddish.com
  • Word by Word (Vort Bay Vort: Materyaln far onheybers) by Hanan Bordin. Use in conjunction with "College Yiddish," above. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Yiddish for Beginners by Jean Jofen. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Intensive Yiddish by Gennady Estraikh. Available from Yiddish Book Center
  • Learning Yiddish in Easy Stages by Marvin Zuckerman & Marion Herbst. With CD. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.

YIDDISH SONGBOOKS

  • KlezCalifornia Songbook, fourth edition. Yiddish songs in transliteration, with translations. Available as PDF for free, or printed for $3.00 + S/H donation from KlezCalifornia (info@klezcalifornia.org)
  • Lomir Zingn a Yidish Lid. Includes Yiddish songs in transliteration, full translation, and sheet music with chords. Original publisher Kinderbukh is out of business, but available for $20.00 + S/H from Gerry Tenney, gerry@klezcalifornia.org, 510-465-7911
  • Pearls of Yiddish Song (“the Red Book”), compiled by Chana and Yosl Mlotek (paperback, $17.95; now on sale for $10.00 + S/H) Includes words in Yiddish, words in transliteration, full or summary translation, and sheet music with chords. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Mir Trogn a Gezang, The New Book of Yiddish Songs (“the Blue Book”), compiled by Chana Mlotek (paperback, $19.95 + S/H). Similar format. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Songs of Generations, New Pearls of Yiddish Song (“the Purple Book”), compiled by Chana and Yosl Mlotek (paperback, $24.95 + S/H). Similar format. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Yiddish Song Book, by Jerry Silverman ($19.95 + S/H). Includes words in transliteration, full translation, and music with chords.
    From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.

JEWISH ARTS PRESENTERS IN THE BAY AREA

Sometimes including Yiddish-related or klezmer programming:

    RETAIL STORES IN THE BAY AREA

      Where to find Yiddish or klezmer recordings, books, etc., among other things:
      Also visit:

      COMMUNITY EVENT NEWS & CALENDARS ONLINE

      YIDDISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE ONLINE

      KLEZMER MUSIC & YIDDISH SONG ONLINE