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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

KLEZMER STYLE GUIDE



KLEZMER WORKSHOP & JAM TUNE ARCHIVE



YIDDISH CLASSES IN THE BAY AREA

EAST BAY

  • Lehrhaus Judaica Yiddish classes, co-presented by KlezCalifornia
  • Beginning Yiddish, with Ken Blady. Mondays, January 14 - April 17, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  • Reading Yiddish Texts, with Yael Chaver. Mondays, January 28 - May 20, 2019, 7:15-9:15pm, JCC East Bay, Berkeley
  • Intermediate Yiddish (Yiddish 102), with Yael Chaver, MWF, 10-11am, UC Berkeley, Berkeley. Offered through German Dept.
  • Elementary Yiddish Language and Jewish Culture, an ongoing class with Ken Blady, Tuesdays 11am-12:30, Lafayette. More information: [email protected] or 415-264-4110
SAN FRANCISCO

  • Beginners Yiddish I,  with Chloe (Zisl) Piazza. Every other Friday, 1:30-2:45pm. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. No tuition. More info: [email protected]. At San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, San Francisco
  • Beginners Yiddish II, with Agniewska (Aga) Ilwicka. Every other Friday, 3-5pm. Presented by Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. No tuition. More info: [email protected]. At San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, San Francisco
  • Yiddish Language and Culture, with Armando Paone, Fridays 4-5:30pm. Presented by Openhouse LGBT Senior Housing, Community & Services, focuses on LGBT seniors in SF, but classes are open to all. Class usually filled. More info: [email protected]. At Openhouse, San Francisco
SOUTH BAY

  • Second quarter Yiddish, with Yankl LevitowMondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5:20pm, beginning January 7, 2019. Stanford University course, but auditors welcome.
  • Beginning (first quarter) Yiddish, with Yankl LevitowTuesdays and Thursdays, 3:20-4:55pm, January 8 - March 15, 2019, U.C. Santa Cruz
  • Intermediate Yiddish, with Yankl Levitow, Tuesdays 7-9pm, beginning January 29, 2019. Congregation Kol Tefilah, Santa Cruz. Tuition $300 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All are welcome, but students in this class can already read, write, and converse in Yiddish. Each week consists of some conversation and consideration of a grammatical topic.
  • Beginning Yiddish, with Yankl Levitow, Tuesdays, 6-7pm, January 20. Congregation Kol Tefilah, Santa Cruz. Tuition $200 (no one turned away for lack of funds).



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    FULL-IMMERSION PROGRAMS 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, which was central to the Yiddish/Klezmer Revival, and inspired our regional organization, as well as our name.
    • Yiddish Summer Programs 2017 check individual listings links for current year.


    YIDDISH LANGUAGE 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. 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 for 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 free as PDF, or printed for $3.00 + S/H donation from KlezCalifornia ([email protected])
    • 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, [email protected]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 presenting Yiddish-related or klezmer programming.


      RETAIL STORES IN THE BAY AREA

        For Yiddish or klezmer music books, recordings, and videos, among other things.
        Some of these items can be borrowed at:


        ASHKENAZI JEWISH FOOD IN THE BAY AREA



          COMMUNITY EVENT NEWS & CALENDARS ONLINE



          YIDDISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE ONLINE



          KLEZMER MUSIC & YIDDISH SONG ONLINE



          YIDDISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE — INFORMAL LEARNING

          These are informal learning opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. For formal classes currently being offered, see Yiddish Classes.


          Organization

          Contact Information

          Activities

          Congregation Ner Shalom, Cotati

          confirmed 2016-

          03

          nershalom.org

          Cotati

          707.664.8622

          The informal weekly Beginning Yiddish class meets Tuesdays at 11:00am, in Cotati. More info: [email protected].

          The monthly Yiddish Tish meets Wednesdays at noon over lunch to read, translate and discuss (in English) Yiddish literature, primarily poetry and short prose. Texts are provided in alef-beys and in transliteration. Participants include Yiddish speakers and non-Yiddish speakers. Taught by Reb Irwin Keller. No charge, although contributions are encouraged.

          JCC East Bay, Berkeley


          2018-08

          jcceastbay.org

          Berkeley

          510-647-9227

          [email protected]

          Yiddish conversation group meets Mondays 10:30-11:30am, except holidays

          All levels welcome. No charge.

          Kum un redt a bisl Yiddish mit unz. Come join us as we shmues.

          Other Yiddish classes meet here; see Resources tab.

          JCC Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

          jccsoco.org

          Santa Rosa

          [email protected] (Loretta Denner)

          Occasional Yiddish literature in translation class led by Loretta Denner.

          KlezCalifornia Khevruseh Directory

          (“Khevruseh” is the Yiddish word for “activity partner.”

          klezcalifornia.org/resources/khevruseh

          To find someone in your area with whom to speak Yiddish, form a Jewish book club, play klezmer music, or just find that person you met at through KlezCalifornia but whose name you can't remember, join the KlezCalifornia Khevruseh Directory.

          KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon

          klezcalifornia.org/events/salons 
          415-789-7679
          [email protected]

            

          Conversation Salon for fluent Yiddish speakers. Meets Sundays 2-4pm every month, in private homes in East Bay or San Francisco. Coordinated by Evie Groch and Rosie Kaplan.

          Peninsula JCC, Foster City

          2014-03


          pjcc.org

          Foster City

          650.378.2717

          [email protected]  (Rhonda Press)

          Yiddish Club meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00noon. Peer-led conversation and occasional videos or CDs.

          Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto) paloaltojcc.org
          Philip “Fishl” Kutner
          650.349.6946

          Yiddish Club meets every first and third Friday of the month, 2-3:30pm, in Room M119
          All levels welcome. No charge.


          Rossmoor, Walnut Creek



          925.482.0294 (Rochelle Goldman)


          Yiddish conversation groups meet:
          Third Wednesday of the month, 2pm, Mulligan Room at the Creekside
          First and third Mondays of the month, 1:30pm, Galleria at the Waterford.

          Stanford University

          Taube Center for Jewish Studies


          stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies

          650.723.7589

          [email protected]

          [email protected] (Jon Levitow)

          [email protected] (Gabriella Safran)

          See also formal Yiddish classes offered by Jon Levitow.

          Also:
          Russian-Jewish Literature (SLAVGEN 153/253) taught by Gabriella Safran.

          Temple Beth Torah, Fremont

          2014-03


          www.bethtorah-fremont.org

          510-656-7141

          510-657-2740

          herm.rosenb[email protected] (Herman Rosenbaum)

          Yidish un Yidishkayt, an informal Yiddish language and culture class/group for participants at any skill level, meets usually the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.


          YIDDISH CHORUSES & SONG LEADERS

          Individual or Group

          Contact Information

          Programs

          Ben Shalom, Achi

          Berkeley

          nigunim.org

          510-528-8872

          [email protected]

          Song leader, choir director, band leader and music teacher. Leads the band ADAMA and three branches of Nigunim Chorus (see below); has taught adults and children for 25 years; leads singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino around the Bay Area; provides music transcriptions, choral arrangements, sound equipment, and event planning and managing.

          Bernstein, Sharon

          Berkeley

          sharonbernstein.com

          415-533-7563

          [email protected]

          Leads Yiddish sing-alongs and workshops on Yiddish song with piano accompaniment; plays piano and guitar.

          JEWISH FOLK CHORUS OF SAN FRANCISCO

          San Francisco

          jewishfolkchorussf.org

          510-220-6325

          [email protected]

          Achi Ben Shalom, Conductor. Meets Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm. Repertoire is mostly Yiddish but also includes Ladino, Russian, and Hebrew songs. Performs for audiences around the Bay. Prior knowledge of these languages is not necessary, but always welcome.

          KLEZCALIFORNIA KHEVRUSEH DIRECTORY

          Sign-up form at klezcalifornia.org/resources/khevruseh

          415-789-7679

          [email protected]

          Find “activity partners” which whom to sing Yiddish songs or do other activities.

          KLEZCALIFORNIA

          klezcalifornia.org

          415-789-7679

          [email protected]

          Organizes Yiddish sing-alongs at homes, JCCs, shuls. Songbooks with transliterations provided.

          KOL TRUAH JEWISH CHOIR OF THE EAST BAY

          At Cong. Netivot Shalom, Berkeley

          koltruah.org

          510.918.2705

          [email protected]

          Rehearses Mondays, 7:00pm. Repertoire includes pieces in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Ladino, and German.

          NIGUNIM COMMUNITY CHORUS

          At JCC East Bay, Berkeley

          achibenshalom.com/chorus

          510.528.8872

          [email protected]

          Achi Ben Shalom, Director. Singing in three and four-part harmony, we explore both traditional and contemporary music in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English. Ten classes and a concert each season.




          Tenney, Gerry

          Oakland

          510-465-7911

          [email protected]

          Leads Yiddish sing-alongs, plays mandolin and guitar.

          YIDDISH CHORISTERS


          At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto

          408-737-3474 after 10am

          [email protected] (Karen K. Bergen)

          Meets most Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00pm, led by Karen K. Bergen. Repertoire is mainly Yiddish songs, with some Ladino, Hebrew, and Russian songs mixed in for spice. At least three performances a year. Songs are taught so new members can be successful even if they don't speak Yiddish or read music. No audition required. First-time visitors are welcome to try out the group for free. Members pay $5 per evening, if they're able, to cover expenses (accompanist and copies of sheet music).

          YOUTH PROGRAMS

          Organization

          Contact Information

          Activities

          Tam: Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens, a program of KlezCalifornia

          klezcalifornia.org/events/tam

          415-789-7679

          [email protected]

          Presentations year-round on all aspects of Yiddish culture to students grades K-12 in day schools, religious schools, and Jewish day camps. Lesson plans available to teachers in the Bay Area and beyond.

          THE MIGHTY KLEZTONES

          Temple Isaiah


          Lafayette

          temple-isaiah.org

          510-612-5527


          A band of talented young musicians, from fifth graders to high school seniors, performs for concerts, simkhehs, and community events.
          Also Ben Kramarz, Resident Music Educator. benkramarz.com

          COMMUNITY & SYNAGOGUE BANDS

          Organization

          Contact Information

          Activities

          NETIVOT SHALOM JAZZ-KLEZMER BAND

          Congregation Netivot Shalom

          netivotshalom.org

          1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702

          [email protected]

          Community band for adults and teens rehearses twice monthly on Tuesday evenings (?).

           SHA'AR ZAHAV BAND


          shaarzahav.org
          Sha'ar Zahav
          290 Dolores St, San Francisco

           
           KEHILLA BANDkehillasynagogue.org
          Kehilla Community Synagogue
          1300 Grand Ave, Piedmont

           

          PERFORMERS

          Groups, band-leaders, and solo performers of klezmer music, Yiddish song, dance, and poetry.

          Many additional fine klezmer musicians live and perform in the Bay Area.


          Performer

          Contact Information

          Background

          Programs

          ADAMA

          achibenshalom.com

          510-528-8872 

          [email protected]

          (Achi Ben Shalom)

          Repertoire includes klezmer, Ladino, Israeli, Middle Eastern, Yiddish, Hasidic, and contemporary American-Jewish songs.

          Musical entertainment for Jewish life cycle events, including klezmer and Yiddish music. Perform as solo, duet, trio, and in larger ensembles.

          Alexander, Paul

          (see also JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE)

          Petaluma

          jubileeklezmer.us

          707-762-1070

          [email protected]

          Classically trained clarinetist, director of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Teaches clarinet at home in Petaluma.

          Classical and klezmer performances.

          Ben Shalom, Achi

          (see also ADAMA)

          East Bay

          achibenshalom.com

          510-528-8872

          [email protected]

          Singer, guitarist, band leader of Adama and conductor of Nigunim Chorus.

          Concerts, sing-along and dance events, performing solo or with a band, Jewish music from around the world in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English.

          Bernstein, Sharon

          Berkeley

          sharonbernstein.com

          415-533-7563

          [email protected]

          Has performed concerts of Yiddish songs throughout Israel, Europe, and U.S. Featured on Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman CD, Af di Gasn fun der Shtot. Composes music for Yiddish poems. Researched Yiddish song at National Archives in Jerusalem. Cantor, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco. Jewish repertoire also includes Ladino, Israeli, Italian, and American songs.

          “Yiddish Piano Bar,” “Avanti! Forverts!” (Yiddish and Italian Protest Songs with Michael Alpert, Francesco Spagnolo), cabaret performances with band, and traditional khazones. See also LECTURERS.

          Bierman, Bruce

          Berkeley

          415-246-1370 cell

          [email protected]

          Teaches and leads Yiddish dance including Hasidic and klezmer.

          Jewish dance artist.

          Brotman, Stuart

          Berkeley

          510-526-5047

          [email protected]

          Member, Brave Old World, Veretski Pass. Also performs and records with Khevrisa, Stempanyu's Dream, Andy Statman, Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Klezmorim, Klex-X, Klezmatics, Red Hot Chachkas. Performed on PBS Great Performances special "Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House."

          Solo performances on cimbalom. Group performances on bass, baraban (klezmer bass drum). Accompanist on bass, cimbalom, tuba, baraban, and a variety of Eastern European ethnic instruments.

          Brown, Sheldon

          Oakland

          510-530-5991

          [email protected]

          Multi-reed instrumentalist who has played with The Gonifs, Klezmorim, and KlezX.

          Klezmer performances.

          CALIFORNIA KLEZMER (see Tenney, Gerry)




          Chernyavsky, David

          San Bruno

          718/938-7922

          [email protected]

          Classically trained violinist, member of the SF Symphony. Has recorded several CDs with Joel Rubin Klezmer Ensemble as well as solo "Klezmer Violin" CD.

          Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, simkhehs, and concerts. Available for klezmer violin lessons and workshops.


           Concus, Marian

          July 2018
          Mountain View
          650.969.9308
          [email protected]
          mconcusflutist.com
           Recorded with Adama, Paris, France; Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago. Klezmer Flute and Harp Duo recordings broadcast on WRTI, Philadelphia. Soloist for  Both Sides of Love Memorial Concert for Elaine Hoffman Watts. Degree in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. Currently member of Santa Cruz and Fremont Symphonies.  
          Flute Solo or Flute and Harp for weddings, concerts, background music, or other occasions. Klezmer and other Jewish styles, classical, pop. 

          DAVIS KLEZMER ORCHESTRA

          Greater Sacramento Area

          530-753-8584 (Moreen Libet)

          [email protected]

          Energetic and soulful klezmer and Romanian renditions; Israeli dances. Clarinet, fidl, viola, accordion, cello/bass, drums.

          Weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, community gatherings, parties, concerts.

          Ditzian, Jason

          (see also KUGELPLEX)

          San Francisco

          kugelplex.com

          415-613-3695

          [email protected]

          Multi-reed instrumentalist, performs with Jewlia Eisenberg's Charming Hostess, and many others. Clarinetist and business manager of Kugelplex.

          Klezmer and more.

          Dvorin-Spross, Miriam

          May 2016

          Marin County

          profiles.santarosa.edu/miriam-dvorin-spross

          707-527-4999 X9810 [email protected]

          Sings and plays "backup" on her multitrack solo album Grandma Soup: Yiddish Songs on Arhoolie Records as well as appearing as vocalist and violinist with The Klezmorim on Streets of Gold. Producer and emcee of "Chalil: A Program of Jewish Music, Events and Concerns," which aired on Sonoma County radio for eight years

          Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, Russian, French songs. klezmer, swing jazz, American folk, blues, Western European classical. Violin, viola, mandolin, guitar, erhu (Chinese bowed lute). See also LECTURERS.

          Egger, Julie


          Lagunitas

          415-717-9606

          [email protected]

          Violinist and bandleader. Formerly leader of the Red Hot Chachkas.

          Klezmer performances on violin. See also LECTURERS.

          Eisen, Noam

          May 2016

          San Francisco

          noameisenmusic.com

          415-643-3327

          [email protected]

          Pianist/keyboardist, flutist, singer, entertainer. Performs a variety of musical styles including klezmer, Yiddish, Hasidic, Israeli, pop and swing standards. Originally from Toronto, where he ran his own Jewish wedding band. Solo performer/entertainer, accompanist, and keyboard player for performance and wedding bands. Also plays with Cosmo Dance Band.

          Available to perform at Jewish weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, bar/bas mitzveh celebrations, cocktail parties, corporate events, concerts, and house parties.

          Eisenberg, Jewlia

          San Francisco/New York

          charminghostess.us

          [email protected]

          Jewlia explores the intersection of text, diaspora and the sounding body with her nerdy-sexy-commie-girlie band, Charming Hostess. A lay cantor who has married many couples and done a lot of other independent Jewish ritual work, she also sings with Kugelplex.

          Jewlia and Kugelplex present themed programs on Jewish music from the Balkans, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. Jewlia/Charming Hostess present programs on Babylonian Jewish amulets, Jewish music of Salonika, philosopher critic Walter Benjamin, and Sarajevan resistance poetry.

          ELLIS ISLAND OLD WORLD FOLK BAND

          June 2016

          East Bay

          www.musikers.com

          510-529-8753

          [email protected]

          (Jim Rebhan)

          Pioneering Bay Area klezmer band plays a wide variety of traditional music.


          Klezmer performances. Weddings, bar/bas mitzveh and other parties, and community events.

          Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

          (see also HAIMISH MUSIC)

          Vallejo

          haimishmusic.com sfbalalaika.com

          510-276-6764

          [email protected]

          Music Director for Haimish Music. Multi-instrumentalist performing on classical and world instruments. Founding member of San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, playing bass domra & kontrabass  balalaika. Accomplished soloist & accompanist on guitar, mandolin, cumbuc, clarinets, bass, khalil, flute, synthesizers and percussion.

          Band Leader, emcee and soloist in bands for Jewish weddings, simkhehs, onegs, services, and events where traditional music helps create the moment and the memories.

          FREILACHMAKERS

          May be inactive

          Sacramento

          916-324-3477 (day)

          916-484-1176 (evening)

          [email protected]

          (Andy Rubin)

          Upbeat klezmer instrumentals and Yiddish/Hebrew vocals, with gypsy and Celtic influences. CDs: “Klezmer at the Confluence”, "And I in the Uttermost West," "The Flower of Berezin," "Shalom Ireland" by Ceilizemer (with Irish band, Driving with Fergus).

          Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, workshops, and other simkhehs.

          Gerber, Scott

          Petaluma

          707-799-6731

          bonnieburt.com

            (Bonnie Burt)

          The “Singing Jewish Cowboy,” Scott comes from a secular left-wing Jewish agricultural community near Petaluma, where Yiddish culture and activism for social justice were very important. He has worked in agriculture all his life, mainly on cattle ranches.

          Country, folk and cowboy songs, but Yiddish “shtetl folksongs,” sung to him by his mother and grandmother, are closest to his heart. Accompanies himself on guitar and available for most any venue.

          GHOST NOTE ENSEMBLE

          Oakland/Santa Cruz

          510-355-6874

          [email protected]

            (Joshua Laurenzi)

          Young players offering music from klezmer, Hungarian, Romanian and Ukrainian folk traditions on violin,drum, and accordion.

          Available for concerts, parties, and anywhere else acoustic party music is needed.

          GO VAN GOGH

          www.facebook.com/GoVanGogh/

          415-430-5082

          [email protected]

          (Bobo Bubalisky)

          Music for a middle eastern western, with a latin twist!

          Plays anytime anyplace as long as there is either a large enough crowd, or enough gelt. Simkhes Toyreh, dance parties, bar/bas mitzveh parties, sure. Weddings, love ‘em, but we don't play “Celebrate,” or anything from “Fiddler.”

          Goldberg, Ben

          Berkeley

          510-649-3013

          [email protected]

          Klezmer clarinetist with the Klezmorim and the New Klezmer Trio.

          Klezmer performances.

          THE GONIFS

          (see also Lewicki, Jeanette)

          Oakland

          415-672-7858

          [email protected]

          Leader Jeanette Lewicki

          Klezmer music & Yiddish songs for weddings, parties, street marches, bar/bas mitsveh celebrations, simkhehs of all sorts.


          GYPSY MOTHS (formerly) L’CHAIM KLEZMER BAND

          510-846-1839

          [email protected]

          [email protected]

          (Alex Newman)

          A Bay Area original since 1996, L'Chaim Klezmer Band plays Eastern European klezmer, Israeli, Russian, Ladino and Central European cabaret music.

          Add some shmaltz to your next bar/bas mitzveh party, wedding, anniversary, political event, private party.

          HAIMISH MUSIC

          (see also Estrin, Mikel)

          510-276-6764

          haimishmusic.com

          [email protected]

          Duos, trios, and larger groups performing traditional Jewish music including klezmer, Russian, Eastern European, Balkan, Latin, Gypsy, Greek, Israeli, etc. on a wide variety of traditional instruments.

          Jewish and klezmer performances for all joyous occasions.

          THE HARMONIA SCHVESTERS

          Sonoma County

          415-350-9445

          [email protected]@gkpi.us

            (Gale Kissin)

          Laurie Le’ah Lippin is a klezmer, formerly an accordionist with the Red Hot Chachkas. Gale Kissin, a.k.a. Gishe Reyzl, is a Yiddish folksinger and guitarist. The two have teamed up to be a new Yiddish duo with legitimate Old World roots, the Harmonia Schvesters. They are often joined by kindred local musicians.

          Private parties and Yiddish cultural events. Great music and energy for klezmer and Israeli dancing.


          Hartman, Glenn

          (see also KLEZMER PLAYBOYS)

          San Francisco

          MOVED BACK TO NEW ORLEANS SEVERAL YEARS AGO

          504-296-9491 

          [email protected]

          Master's thesis (Tulane Univ.): “The Historical Development of Klezmer." Founding member, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars (NOKAS), the first klezmer band of "the Revival" to cross over into the rock’n’roll world. Glenn travels with NOKAS, tours internationally with The Ark Project, does random synagogue gigs, and leads The Klezmer Playboys.

          Bands of any shape and size. Klezmer concerts for kids. Lecture and concerts on the historical development of klezmer.

          HOO-TZA-TZA
          March 2017

          Santa Cruz
          831-423-4719
            (Laurie B. Tanenbaum)
          prefers phone contact

          Founded in 1992, the band consists of Laurie B. Tanenbaum, violin; Ken Mowrey, percussion and guitar; Mark Hamersly, bass; Bob Burnett, guitar/ mandolins. Has performed at the Cabrillo Music Festival's Art Fair, Claremont Folk Music Festival, and Temple Beth El's New Year's Klezmer Concert (opening for the New Orleans Klezmer Orchestra), and many others.

          Klezmer and Gypsy music for parties, weddings, and bar/bas mitzvehs.

          Horowitz, Joshua

          (see also VERETSKI PASS)

          Berkeley

          budowitz.com

          veretskipass.com

          510-384-9443

          [email protected]

          Founder and director of Budowitz, and co-founder of Veretski Pass. Has performed and recorded with Theodore Bikel, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper, Frank London. Lecturer at University of Graz and Vienna. Regular teacher at KlezKamp and KlezKanada. Musicological work featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook and The Ultimate Klezmer.

          Many varied programs. Lecture/demos, dance parties, traditional Jewish music from the Carpathian Bow, jazz, modern composition.

          HOT KUGEL

          myspace.com/hotkugel

          hotkugel.com

          youtube.com/HotKugel

          408-396-2515 (Suska and Mordecai)

          [email protected]

          Traditional klezmer with pinches of old time jazz, ethnic folk, theater and American popular music, simmered gently with the blues, rock and reggae, a dash of psychedelia, cooking for ten years and serving up the twanging lingering tones of Jewgrass, African, Celtic, Hawaiian, spiced with the seemingly eternal and right-at- this-moment incarnations of Indian, and Middle Eastern melody. CD: A Hot Kugel Hanukah.

          Available for simkhehs of all kinds.

          THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO

          (see also Klein, Heather Lauren)

          HeatherLKlein.com

          702-498-1999

          [email protected]

          (Heather Klein)

          Trio of clarinet/violin, piano, and voice, plus percussion if needed.

          Repertoire includes well-known and lesser-known Yiddish art songs. Available for concerts, fundraisers, master classes, weddings, recitals, and festivals.

          INSTANT KLEZMER
             
          East Bay
          facebook.com/InstantKlezmer
          510-843-8835
          [email protected]
             (Tony Phillips)
          Former Red Hot Chachkas musicians Barbara Speed (clarinet & winds) & Tony Phillips (mandolin & fiddle), and various music accomplices such as David Rosenfeld.   Klezmer performances of traditional and original material.

          INSTANT KLEZMER MANDOLIN ENSEMBLE

          East Bay

          tophill.com/ikmo

          510-843-8835

          [email protected]

            (Tony Phillips)

          About fifteen members from many of the Bay Area's leading klezmer groups, as well as mandolinists prominent in other genres and occasional celebrity cameos. Featured numerous times at San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins and Jewish Music Festival's Community Music Day.

          Mandolin orchestra klezmer performances.

          JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE

          (see also Alexander, Paul)

          Petaluma

          jubileeklezmer.us

          707-762-1070

          [email protected]

          Band specializing in traditional Old World Klezmer and Israeli dance music. Also swing and old standards. Phil Lawrence, mandolin; Sonia Tubridy, accordion; Mark Peabody, acoustic bass; Paul Alexander, clarinet. CDs: “Mazel Tov”; “Raisins and Almonds”; “The Rabbi’s Farewell”; “Chiribim Bim Bam” (Favorite Yiddish Vocals with Alby Kass).

          Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, simkhehs, and concerts.

          Kaplan, Richard Neil, Khazn

          Oakland

          kaplanmusic.com

          510-531-0342

          [email protected]

          Cantor, Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland. Co-leader, Shir haShirim Minyan. CDs: "Life of the Worlds," "Tuning the Soul," "Invoking the Seven Beggars." DVD: "Worlds of Jewish Music: Cantor Richard Kaplan in Concert."

          Workshops (80% participatory + 20% lecture): "The Contemplative Niggun: Hasidic Musical Mysticism," "The Music of Reb Nachman of Breslov," "The Music of the Baal Shem Tov.”

          Kenin, Eliot

          Emeryville

          800-965-1302

          [email protected]

          Singer, musician, and teacher with many years’ experience singing for schools, camps, and organizations

          Songs in Yiddish, English, and Hebrew from America, Europe and Israel.

          KITKA

          Oakland

          kitka.org

          510-444-0323

          [email protected]

          Women’s vocal ensemble specializing in the exquisite harmonies of Eastern Europe and beyond. Many commercial releases (CDs, DVDs, songbooks) include the DVD, “Kitka and Davka in Concert: Old and New World Jewish Music.”

          Programs can include Eastern European Jewish music.

          Klein, Heather Lauren

          (see also THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO)


          San Francisco / Las Vegas

          heatherklein.net

          702/498-1999

          [email protected]

          Classically trained Yiddish singer. Founder of The Yiddish Art Song Project. Leader of The Inextinguishable Trio.

          Fundraisers, voice teaching, coaching, lectures, master classes, song leading, weddings.

          KLEZMANIA!

          bennybemusic.com/klezmania

          415-239-4670

          [email protected]

          (Ben Brussell)

          Klezmer jazz world music dance band led by Ben Brussell for over 20 years. Numerous recordings. Performed at numerous festivals, clubs, concerts, radio and television, for colleges, Jewish organizations, private events, and simkhehs. Provided music at 2008 opening of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

          Jewish life cycle events, simkhehs, concerts, b'nai mitzveh parties, sing-a-longs.


          KLEZMER CREEK

          11-14

          Sonoma County

          707-478-0476

          klezmercreek.com

          [email protected]

          Klezmer and Israeli music, and some bluegrass.


          Klezmer music at events large or small.

          KLEZMER PLAYBOYS

          (see also Hartman, Glenn)

          GLENN MOVED BACK TO NEW ORLEANS SEVEARL YEARS AGO

          504-296-9491

          [email protected]

            (Glenn Hartman)

          Thumping, accordion-driven, modern Jewish music.

          Available for gigs of all kinds.

          THE KLEZTET

          Palo Alto

          650.856-6637

          [email protected]

            (Lisa Ratner)

          The band originated at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto and often plays there for congregational events and Jewish holiday celebrations. Repertoire includes traditional and modern klezmer, Yiddish folk songs, Israeli, Broadway, jazz, rock, blues, and Celtic music.

          Musical entertainment for weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. One-to-two hour "History of Klezmer Music in the U.S." program for students or adults, which has been performed at Jewish schools around the state. Three members of the band narrate and perform an audio-visual history of klezmer music interlacing live performances with short selections from historical recordings.

           KLEZMORE SQUARELos Altos Hills
            (Daniel Cher)
          An outgrowth of the Stanford Klezmer Band, Klezmore Square was founded in 2016 solely to bring klezmer music to the Congregation Beth Am community at special events and holidays. 

          KUGELPLEX

          (see also Ditzian, Jason)


          Kugelplex.com

          415-613-3695

          [email protected]

            (Jason Ditzian)

          Formed in 2001, Kugelplex plays wild, soulful old-world party music at weddings, concerts and festivals throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

          Available for all manner of musical fun. Kugelplex can act as expert ritual facilitators, helping plan your event every step of the way. From tish to toasts, the group plays in a variety of configurations and styles: chamber music, swinging jazz, wild dancing, beautiful horas, dance instruction, DJ’ing and more. See also Eisenberg, Jewlia.

          LEVY’S KLEZMER KLAN

          (see also Levy, Mark)

          888-505-8953

          [email protected]  (Mark Levy)


          A vibrant trio of violin, accordion, and drums, LKK has an extensive repertoire of Klezmer, Sephardic, Balkan, Greek, Gypsy, Israeli, and Russian music.

          Available for all simkhehs and holidays.


          Levy, Mark

          Mitzvah Music

          (see also LEVY’S KLEZMER KLAN. See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS)

          Felton (Santa Cruz County)

          MarkLevyMusic.com

          888-505-8953

          [email protected]

          Has taught/performed for Workmen's Circle, AFM Local 1000, Lehrhaus Judaica, Bay Area Classic Learning, Elderhostel International, Lifelong Learning. CD: "Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl," issued in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Workmen's Circle.

          Musical/educational programs for many Jewish holidays.


          Classes/lectures: From Bimah (Pulpit) to Bineh (Stage); The Borscht Belt Then and Now; Film Scores: Jewish Composers in Hollywood; Fiddlers on the Stage: Ten Jewish Violinists.


          Lectures: Klezmer 101; A Century of Jewish Humor in America; Golden Age of Yiddish Theatre; Jews 'n Jazz!

          Lewicki, Jeanette

          (see also THE GONIFS)

          Oakland

          415-672-7858

          [email protected]

          Accordionist/Yiddish vocalist. Bands:  San Francisco Klezmer Experience, The Gonifs. Yiddish tango, Yiddish theatre & folk song, and klezmer performer & teacher with twenty years' experience. CDs: “Mayn Shtetele Soroke” with Arkady Gendler, “Fli Mayn Flishlang” with Beyle Schaechter- Gottesman, "Max & Minka" with Matthew Fass, "Harbst" with Klez-X. Taught with Alan Bern at Yiddish Summer Weimar. Studied Yiddish & klezmer at Weimar, Columbia, & Oxford.

          Yiddish tango, children’s songs, wedding music, funeral processions, garage sales. Songs about love, revolution and potatoes in Yiddish, French, English, Spanish, Ladino. Subways a specialty.


          Workshops on Yiddish tango, Yiddish folksongs, klezmer accordion.

          Lewis, Nada

          (see also TZIGANYA)

          El Sobrante

          folkloric.net

          510-243-1122

          [email protected]

          Accordionist, band leader, workshop leader, booking agent. Plays accordion, balalaika, tzimbl, guitar, percussion, and vocals. Member of the Bay Area's original Klezmorim, Troika Balalaikas, Hatsegana, Silver String Macedonian Band. Has taught klezmer workshops in Germany, Canada, California, and Texas, and at California music camps for many years. CDs: “Hot, Sweet & Wild,” “Panacea.”

          Klezmer performances, East European folk and gypsy music. Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian. Balkan and Israeli folk dance music. Workshops for instrumental and vocal music.

          Lockwood, Jeremiah

          Palo Alto area

          917.374.0290

          [email protected]

          Leader of the band The Sway Machinery, a group that takes “golden age” khazones as the jumping off point for creating new music. Strong background in country blues, finger-picking guitar styles. Living in the Bay Area while undertaking a Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University.

          Available as a soloist on guitar and voice for private engagements and club dates.


          Luck, Arik

          2016 May

          San Francisco

          [email protected]

          Baritone, with BFA in musical theatre.

          Cantor, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco.

          Musical revue Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People! It has been performed in New York City, L.A., Chicago, Paris, URJ Biennial, Havah Nashira and elsewhere. The full production is presented with singer/actress Sari Greenberg, a seven piece band with conductor, and an accompanying Powerpoint.  Elements of the performance have also been incorporated into other productions.

          Also available as a principal soloist in other concerts, happy to lend his voice to Broadway-focused revues, and has in the past explored some of the many “non-Fiddler” Jewish style offerings that Broadway has to offer.

           MAJORLY MINOR
           South Bay
          650 328 2413
          [email protected]



           Majorly Minor is Naomi Zamir and her band of friends playing soulful and vibrant klezmer melodies, as well as music from other Eastern European traditions. The band members are Stella Bonilla on violin, Ginny Snyder on Bass, and Naomi Zamir on accordion, with a rotating cast of surprise friends  Performs regularly in front of stores and restaurants in the Palo Alto area.

          MALA KLEZMER (see also Nilsen, Morgan)
          2017 April

          San Francisco
          415.603.9596
          [email protected]

          International ensemble with clarinet, accordion, and tapan drum. Repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Balkans/Turkey. They create a rich interactive experience through performance, music therapy, and education.

           Available for private events, weddings, clubs, house concerts, services, multi-cultural senior centers, and, music education.

          MAMA LOSHN

          Sonoma County

          415.350.9445

          [email protected]

          Gale Kissin, vocals; Suzanne Shanbaum, guitar; Rhonda Findling, percussion.


          Marmer, Jake

          Stanford

          646.422.9885

          [email protected]

          Performance poet, educator. CD

          "Hermeneutic Stomp" combines music, poetry, and improvisation and features Frank London and  Greg Wall. Full-length

          book of poems "Jazz Talmud" published by Sheep Meadow Press. Publications in Tablet, Forward, etc. Co-founded North America’s first Jewish poetry retreat at KlezKanada Festival.

          Solo readings, performances in collaboration with jazz/klezmer musicians. See also STORYTELLERS / MAGGIDIM



          Nilsen, Morgan (see also MALA KLEZMER)
          2017 April

          San Francisco
          415.603.9596
          [email protected]

          Gigging clarinetist and teacher, in klezmer or Balkan styles.

          Available to sub in klezmer bands, for touring, weddings, Jewish services, etc. 

          ORCHESTRA EUPHONOS

          Sonoma County and throughout the Bay Area

          707-477-4582

          [email protected]

          This six-member band formed in 2013. The band studies music by ear, learning melodies in the Ashkenazi traditions of North Eastern Europe with a distinctly modern sensibility. A strong rhythmic brass band feel paired with a joyful and bittersweet melodic sensibility.  


          Perlmutter, Mike (see also SAUL GOODMAN’S KLEZMER BAND)

          Berkeley

          774-279-6416

          [email protected]

          Klezmer clarinetist and saxophonist.

          Organizer of community klezmer events and part of a klezmer musician collective available for community events and simkhehs.

          Rosenberg, Laura

          Oakland; Victoria BC

          510.457.8140

          myrna.o[email protected]

          Singer and concertina player.

          Myrna Oy’s Yiddish Cabaret: Audience-friendly songs and shtik for all ages. Also, Messianic Sparrows and Smart-Ass Goats: the Meaning of Animals in Yiddish Song.

          Rosenfeld, David

          (Badkhn Duvid)

          Berkeley

          415-407-7162

          [email protected]

          David Rosenfeld is a fiddler, mandolinist, drummer, and badkhen (wedding emcee). He performs regularly with the Saul Goodman Band.

          Badkhen Duvid is the Bay Area’s badkhen (wedding emcee), who provides the theatrical flair at weddings. Comic relief, acrobatics, and profound poetic/musical improvisations are his specialty – along with dance leading, juggling, and general antics. His services work best with a klezmer band, but he can also provide an old world flavor to events with other musical entertainment.

          Rosengaus, Deborah

          650.271.9647

          DeborahRosengaus.com

          [email protected]

          Classically trained Opera singer. Background in klezmer, Broadway and Hebrew sacred songs. Has toured and performed around the world in opera productions and solo recitals. Performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Santori Hall (Tokyo) and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Currently a member of Camerata Sospiro.

          Concerts featuring works of Jewish composers and Yiddish folk-inspired music from classical to Broadway.



          SAN FRANCISCO YIDDISH COMBO

           sfyiddishcombo.com

          [email protected]

          Led by cellist Rebecca Roudman, who has fronted groups all over the world bringing her virtuosic and fiery playing to stages from China to Italy and beyond, the SFYC is a group of classically trained musicians who enjoy stretching musical boundaries.

          Fresh spin on klezmer with plenty of recognizable nods to an eclectic mix of genres. And great for dancing!

          SAUL GOODMAN’S KLEZMER BAND (see also Perlmutter, Mike)

          Berkeley

          itsallgoodman.com
          774-279-6416

          [email protected]

            (Mike Perlmutter)



          Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band comes from a musical tradition tracing back to the old world shtetl of Szrensk. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer, Saul Goodman's music moves the spirit and the dance. It's always a simcha with Saul! They are a frequent favorite at weddings, B'nai Mitzvot, and other celebrations around the San Francisco Bay Area.

          Klezmer music for listening and dancing for any occasion. The group performs as a small-to-big-band.  Members of the band also teach klezmer lessons and workshops.

          Saxon, Stephen


          Hayward

          saxon.com/cantor

          stephensaxon.com

          510-882-4908

          [email protected]

          Trumpet player, singer and cantor. Veteran of The Klezmorim, S.F. Klezmer Experience/Klez-X, Chanticleer. Has performed with Kitka, Davka, Traveling Jewish Theater, Shlomo Carlebach, Klezmer Conservatory Band, California Klezmer, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Spokane Symphony (soloist) and various ensembles. Former conductor of S.F. Jewish Folk Chorus and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. More than fifteen years as a khazn/cantor/cantorial soloist.

          Cantor available for wedding ceremonies, synagogue services (High Holy Days and other events), composing and arranging for a wide variety of ensembles and situations.

          Segelstein, Cookie

          (see also VERETSKI PASS)

          Berkeley

          VeretskiPass.com

          510-520-7760

          [email protected]

          Founder/Member Veretski Pass, member of Budowitz and the Youngers of Zion. Also performed with Kapelye, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Klezmatics, Frank London, and heard on "Sex in the City". Classically trained and active violist (Master's, Yale 1984). Author of Music of… series, and Kale Bazetsns and Doinas with Joshua Horowitz. Regular teacher at KlezKamp and KlezKanada.

          Lecture/demos, dance parties, traditional Jewish music from the Carpathian Bow, classical music, holocaust education, teaching workshops, violin/viola lessons (klezmer and classical style).

          THE SHTETLBLASTERS

          shtetls.com

          510-287-2540

          [email protected]

          (Michael Gill)

          Repertoire spans many styles and generations. Equally at home playing high-energy traditional Israeli folk dance music, soulful R&B dance hits, traditional klezmer favorites, Yiddish folk melodies, rock & roll, and big band tunes.

          Live music for weddings, b'nai mitzveh parties, and other celebrations.

          SIMKA

          Sonoma

          707-996-5233

          [email protected]

            (Leta Davis)

          Simka has played at b’ney mitzve parties, weddings, parties, festivals, and charity events in the North Bay. Repertoire includes klezmer, Israeli folk dances, jazz standards, tangos, polkas, fiddle tunes, and café music.”

          Available for gigs anywhere in the North Bay (and beyond!)

          STANFORD KLEZMER BAND

          [email protected]

            (Jeff Wolfeld)

          Originally a group of Stanford University students, but now a community band.

          Traditional Eastern European Jewish dance and folk music.

          Tenney, Gerry

          (see also CALIFORNIA KLEZMER)

          Oakland

          510-465-7911

          [email protected]

          Founder and Director, California Klezmer. Director and Music Teacher, Eastbay Kindershul. CDs: “Let’s Sing a Yiddish Song (Lomir Zingn a Yidish Lid),” with Betty Albert-Schreck and California Klezmer. "The Music Man's in Town."

          Klezmer performances with California Klezmer and solo. Composing and performing Yiddish children's songs. Musical direction of performances.

          TRUE LIFE TRIO

          Oakland

          truelifetrio.com

          510-859-8783

          [email protected]

            (Juliana Graffagna)

          As veteran vocalists of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, True Life Trio is steeped in traditional Eastern European vocal music. Repertoire includes traditional and original arrangements of Yiddish, Sephardic, and Hasidic songs.

          Available for concerts of Eastern European Jewish songs, weddings, parties and Balkan and Eastern European singing workshops.

          Tubridy, Sonia

          Sonoma County

          707-869-3273

          [email protected]

          Member of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Trained in Israel and has been music director of Chutspah and Fiddler on the Roof.

          Performs klezmer and Israeli music with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, solo, in duos and other size groups. Performs with singer Alby Kass in programs of Yiddish songs and klezmer.

          TZIGANYA

          (see also Lewis, Nada)

          folkloric.net

          510-243-1122

          [email protected]

          (Nada Lewis)

          Klezmer, Russian, Rom (East European Gypsy), Balkan, Romanian, Greek, Polish, Israeli and other music on accordion, clarinet, violin, tzimbl, percussion, vocals,

          balalaika/ domra/ mandolin/ bouzouki, string bass/tuba, and trombone.

          Solo, duet, and trio up to seven-member ensemble for weddings and other events.

          VERETSKI PASS

          veretskipass.com

          510-520-7760

          [email protected]om
          (Cookie Segelstein)

          Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman form a trio of veteran musicians, known throughout the world for energetic concerts, informative lectures, and tireless teaching. From bar mitzveh parties to the Concertgebouw, true working musicians.

          Traditional East European klezmer music, Klezmer Shul project, many lecture/demonstrations, dance parties (available with Steve Weintraub). Fidl, viola, accordion, tsimbl, tilinca, baraban, cello, bass.

          VOCOLOT

          vocolot.com

          510-654-0799

          [email protected]

          (Linda Hirschhorn)



          Vocolot brings a joyous fusion of folk, jazz and cantorial vocal traditions into the contemporary a cappellaworld. Their music, rooted in universal heart, social conscience and Jewish soul, communicates a powerful vision of world peace and reconciliation.
          Vocolot sings in English, Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, and Arabic, blending lush harmonies, soaring melodies and global percussion in original works and new renderings of ancient songs and texts.

          Programs include both traditional and English songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English Ladino and Arabic. Linda also offers week-long residencies to communities who wish to learn and perform much of this music.


          YIDDISHE SERENADERS

          Oakland

          Facebook.com/YiddisheSerenaders

          415.706.2555

          [email protected]

          (Shiri Goldsmith)

          An Oakland-based klezmer band which celebrates Yiddish song and fiddle music. Inspired by singers such as Molly Picon and Theodore Bikel and fiddle players such as Leo Schwartz and the unknown violinists of the "Early Yiddish Instrumental Music" recordings, they have unique sound which is old and contemporary at the same time.


          STORYTELLERS/MAGGIDIM

          Maggid

          Contact Information

          Background

          Programs

          ben Izzy, Joel

          Berkeley

          storypage.com

          510-883-0883

          [email protected]

          Author, The Beggar King and The Secret of Happiness. Six story-telling CDs and tapes, including “Lights & Laughter - Joel ben Izzy Spins Hanukkah Tales.”

          Spinner of maysehs (stories) from around the world, including tales from Chelm, the Jewish town filled with shlemiels, shlimazls, shmendriks, and shnorers. Corporate consulting and skills workshops.

          Brosbe, Liora

          Berkeley

          Maggidah-liora.blogspot.com

          510-848-1897

          [email protected]

          Maggidah, Jewish storyteller and teacher, who studied with Yitzhak Buxbaum. MA in Drama Therapy from California Institute for Integral Studies. Storyteller-in-residence for [email protected] with Israel Education Initiative, 2007-2008.

          Performs stories from classic Hasidic to modern Israeli tales at synagogues, JCCs, and community events throughout the Bay Area. Programs suitable for a wide variety of venues including Adult Education, Family, Early Childhood Education, Library Programs, and special events for audiences of all sizes.

          Felder, Sara

          Oakland

          sarafelder.com

          [email protected]

          Playwright and performer. Has toured with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, Joel Grey’s Borsht Capades, and her own solo theater shows: Beyond Brooklyn, June Bride, Shtik!,Out of Sight, Melancholy A Comedy and A Queer Divine.

          One-person shows juggling personal narrative, circus shtik and social justice.

          Shmiana, Diana

          San Francisco

          dianashmiana.com

          415-647-5042

          [email protected]

          Professional children’s entertainer and edu-tainer since 1997.

          Diana Shmiana has performed at schools, synagogues, JCC's, libraries, holiday events, and on stages throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Shows about Jewish culture and Jewish holidays, incorporating storytelling, music, puppetry, magic, clowning, and lots of wacky shtick.

          Silberman, Ed

          Berkeley

          510-655-7087

          [email protected]

          Singer, storyteller since 1970, with an emphasis on folk tales of Eastern European Jews and their American descendants.

          Programs to match your audience and needs. Sample: Performance as public relations representative for the City of Chelm.

          Stories from the Shtetl

          www.facebook.com/ShtetlScribe

          [email protected]


          A virtual and physical venue for preserving and sharing the art of Jewish storytelling with the global village. Founded by Michael Kaye.


          LECTURERS

          Presenter

          Contact Information

          Background

          Programs

          Baker, Zachary M.

          Palo Alto

          [email protected]

          Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections (retired), Stanford University Libraries. Edited Ira Nowinski: The Photographer As Witness.

          Lectures: Yiddish in the 21st Century, an overview of recent curiosities of Hasidic Americana, a lecture with transparencies; The Streets of Buenos Aires: Jevel Katz and Yiddish Popular Culture in the Argentine Metropolis.

          Bernstein, Sharon

          Berkeley

          sharonbernstein.com

          415-533-7563

          [email protected]

          Has performed concerts of Yiddish songs throughout Israel, Europe, and U.S. Featured in Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s CD, Af di Gasn fun der Shtot. Composes music for Yiddish poems. Researched Yiddish song at National Archives in Jerusalem. Cantor, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Jewish repertoire also includes Ladino, Israeli, Italian, and American songs.

          Lectures and presentations on Yiddish song, Hasidic nigunim, traditional Ashkenazi khazonehs, and Jewish prayer. See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

          Biale, David, Ph.D.

          Berkeley and Davis

          530-752-1640

          [email protected]

          Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History and Director, Program in Jewish Studies, U.C. Davis. Editor, Cultures of the Jews: A New History. Author, Gershom Scholem: Kabbalah and Counter-History, Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History, Eros and the Jews.

          Lectures on Jewish intellectual and cultural history.

          Bierman, Bruce

          Berkeley

          415-246-1370

          [email protected]

          Artistic Director, Jewish Dance Theatre. Performer and teacher with the Aman Ensemble, choreographer, and arts educator.

          Lectures on the history of Hasidic dance and Yiddish dance. See also YIDDISH/KLEZMER DANCE LEADERS.

          Blady, Ken

          Berkeley

          kenblady.com

          415-264-4110

          [email protected]

          Educator, writer, and Yiddish translator. Author, Jewish Communities in Exotic Places and other books.

          Lectures: The World of Our Great-Great-Grandparents: The Early History of East European Jewry (1000-1800 CE). Yiddish Theater. Many other subjects.

          Broude, Samuel, Rabbi

          Oakland

          510-531-2708

          [email protected]

          Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland.

          Lectures on the origin and development of Yiddish, including many Yiddish expressions.

          Chaver, Yael, Ph.D.








          Concus, Marian

          July 2018

          Berkeley
          510-528-3176 or 510-642-7445
          [email protected]





          Mountain View
          650.969.9308
          [email protected]
          www.mconcusflutist.com

          Lecturer, Department of German, U.C. Berkeley, where she teaches Yiddish language and literature. Teaches Yiddish literature at Lehrhaus Judaica. Author of What Must be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine.



          Degree in Flute Performance from New England Conservatory. Recorded with Adama, Paris, France; Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Chicago. Klezmer Flute and Harp Duo recordings broadcast on WRTI, Philadelphia. 
          Lectures in Klezmer Music for Philadelphia Flute Society and Mu Phi Epsilon. Faculty Bellarmine Preparatory School.

          Lectures on older and modern Yiddish culture and literature, with special emphasis on Yiddish in Israel.







          Participatory lectures on klezmer music.

          Dvorin-Spross, Miriam, Ph.D.

          Marin County Online.santarosa.edu/homepage/mdvorin

          707-527-4999 X8910 [email protected]

          Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College, Music Department (World Music). Has taught Jewish music appreciation courses at Lehrhaus Judaica and Sonoma State University.

          Lectures on Jewish and world music illustrated with the lecturer’s own live musical performances. See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

          Efron, John, Ph.D.

          Berkeley

          510-643-8887

          [email protected]

          Koret Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Chair, Program in Jewish Studies, U.C. Berkeley

          Lectures on the history of East European Jewry.

          Egger, Julie

          Marin County

          415-717-9606

          [email protected]

          Director, The Red Hot Chachkas. Violin and klezmer band teacher. Has taught at Reutlinger Center, Elderhostel, Lehrhaus Judaica.

          Lectures/demonstrations: The basics and history of klezmer (“Klezmer 101”).

          Falk, Marcia, Ph.D.

          Berkeley

          marciafalk.com

          510-548-8018

          Email form on website

          Poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish. Author of The Book of Blessings (a re-creation of Jewish prayer from a gender-inclusive perspective). Translations include With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman (from Yiddish), The Spectacular Difference: Selected Poems of Zelda, and The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible.

          Poetry readings, classes, and workshops on Yiddish and Hebrew women poets.

          Gross, Rachel B., Ph.D.

          San Francisco
          (415) 338-1316
          [email protected]

          John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University. Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University, 2014.

          Feeling Jewish: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia. Food Fights: The Politics of American Jewish Consumption, 1654–present. American Jews and Popular Culture.

          Hammerman, Shaina, Ph.D.

          shainahammerman.com

          Cultural historian. Author of "Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews - The Story of an Image."

          Lectures on her book.


          Inbar, Donny, Ph.D.

          San Francisco

          415-522-1598

          [email protected]


          Formerly Director of Arts & Culture at the San Francisco Israel Center and professional theater director. Ph.D. in Yiddish Theater.


          Lectures on Yiddish, Jewish, and Israeli theater and culture.

          Katz, Geoffrey, M.L.A.

          Mill Valley

          geoffreykatz.com

          415-518-7601

          [email protected]

          Landscape Architect and Instructor at U.C. Berkeley Extension. Designs synagogue and private gardens, in addition to other work. Studies the spatial organization of traditional Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and its transposition to Jewish communities in the U.S., Canada, Israel and Australia. Masters in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. See also KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

          Lectures on Jewish land and landscape imagery in Jewish classic texts and literature, artistic and photographic imagery, and in contemporary communities.

          Kelman, Ari Y., Ph.D.

          Stanford

          650-723-0792

          [email protected]

          Associate Professor, Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies. Book on Yiddish radio, Station Identification.

          Lectures include A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in America, Jews in Popular Culture.

          Krow-Lucal, Marti, Ph.D.

          Sunnyvale

          408-773-0876

          [email protected]

          Former Board member, Friends of the Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA) Collection (see OTHER RESOURCES). Student at secular Yiddish schools in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s.

          Lectures on the four major Yiddish school networks in the U.S. and Canada (Sholem Aleichem, Arbeter Ring, Farband, and Ordn) and on Yiddish literature.

          Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

          San Mateo

          650-349-6946

          [email protected]

          Founder and Editor, “Der Bay: International Anglo-Yiddish Newsletter.”

          Lectures: The Yiddish Language, Yiddish Language and Culture. See also ARTS AND CRAFTS TEACHERS.

          Levy, Mark,

          Mitzvah Music

          Felton (Santa Cruz County)

          MarkLevyMusic.com

          888-505-8953

          [email protected]

          Teaches for Workmen's Circle, AFM Local 1000, Lehrhaus Judaica, Bay Area Classic Learning, Elderhostel International, Lifelong Learning. CD: Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl.

          See offerings listed in PERFORMERS section, which include lectures. See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

          Lockwood, Jeremiah

          Palo Alto

          917-374-0290

          [email protected]

          swaymachinery.com

          Leader of the band The Sway Machinery, which takes “golden age” khazones as the jumping off point for creating new music. Strong background in country blues finger picking guitar styles. Living in the Bay Area while working on a Ph.D. at Stanford University, writing a thesis on education in the culture of traditional khazones.

          Talks on the history of cantorial music that incorporate his own performance and rare recordings of "golden age" khazones.

          Marmer, Jake

          Stanford

          646.422.9885

          [email protected]

          Performance poet, educator. CD

          "Hermeneutic Stomp" combines music, poetry, and improvisation and features Frank London and  Greg Wall. Full-length book of poems "Jazz Talmud" published by Sheep Meadow Press. Publications in Tablet, Forward, etc. Co-founded North America’s first Jewish poetry retreat at KlezKanada Festival.

          Creative writing workshops, lectures on experimental contemporary Jewish poetry, and more. See also PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS.



          Matisoff, James, Ph.D.

          Berkeley

          510-643-9910

          [email protected]edu

          Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley. Author, Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears: Psycho-ostensive Expressions in Yiddish and “Malediction and psycho-semantic theory: the case of Yiddish,” in Maledicta, The International Journal of Verbal Aggression.

          Lectures on Yiddish psycho-ostensive expressions.

          Rosengaus, Deborah

          650.271.9647

          DeborahRosengaus.com

          [email protected]

          Classically trained opera singer with background in klezmer and research into Jewish composers. Six years teaching Music Appreciation courses in the Greater Bay Area. Specialty in lecture-recitals with examples sung live.

          Classes on Jewish themes including: What is that Jewish Music Sound? The Origins of Klezmer. From Baroque to Broadway. Jewish Classical Composers and the music that made them famous!

          Safran, Gabriella, Ph.D.

          Mountain View

          650-723-4414

          [email protected]

          Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University. Author of Wandering Soul:  The Dybbuk's Creator, S. An-sky (Harvard 2010),

          Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire, and The Worlds of S. An-sky (co-edited with Steven Zipperstein), and an accompanying CD (with Michael Alpert).

          Lectures on Yiddish literature and culture, and Russian Jewish literature and culture.

          Schechter, Joel, D.F.A.

          San Francisco

          415-338-1331

          [email protected]

          Professor of Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University. Author of Messiahs of 1933, about Yiddish theatre satirists including Artef, Yosl Cutler, Moishe Nadir, David Pinski, and the Yiddish Unit of the Federal Theatre Project.

          Lectures on the history of Yiddish theatre with video clips of Yiddish actors, suitable for non-Yiddish speakers with an interest in theatre and/or Yiddish cultural history.

          Also lectures on Yiddish and Jewish comic strips.

          Schwartz, Martin, Ph.D

          Berkeley

          510-843-7122

          [email protected]

          Professor (retired), Department of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

          Lectures: Klezmer Music, Conscience and Comedy: Social Themes in Yiddish Theater Music of Lvov and Warsaw Before the First World War, Relationships Between Klezmer/Yiddish Music and Greek Music, Yiddish and its History.

          Seidman, Naomi, Ph.D.

          Berkeley

          510-649-2482

          [email protected]

          Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union. Author, A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish and Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation.

          Lectures/classes: The poetry of Itzik Manger, Jewish humor, Gender and Yiddish literature, From the Shtetl to Broadway: The Bible in Yiddish Literature, Yiddish and Translation.

          Shapiro, Ellie, Ph.D.


          Berkeley

          [email protected]

          Former Director, Jewish Music Festival. Taught classes/workshops in Jewish world music at Midrasha and KlezKanada. Lectured at Hadassah, Congregation Beth El, Temple Isaiah.

          Lectures on East European Jewish music, the klezmer revival, Jewish music revival in Poland, and on the importance of culture in Jewish life.

          Spagnolo, Francesco, Ph.D

          Berkeley

          google.com/profiles/spagnoloacht#about

          510-666-3689

          [email protected]

          Curator of Collections, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, U.C. Berkeley.

          Editor, Italian Jewish Musical Traditions (2002 and 2006).

          Lectures on music and synagogue life, the meeting of Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Italian and other Jewish musical cultures in Italy and the Mediterranean (past and present), Jews and Opera, Jewish musical revivals.

          Underwood, Nick, Ph.D

          Dec 2016


          Napa

          202-744-2724

          [email protected]



          Ph.D. in modern European and Jewish history from University of Colorado Boulder. His research appears in the journals French Politics, Culture & Society, Urban History, and East European Jewish Affairs. Current book project: “Yiddish Paris: Nation and Community in Interwar France.” Managing editor for journals East European Jewish Affairs and American Jewish History. Project manager for Digital Yiddish Theatre Project - Yiddishstage.org.

          Lectures on the history of Jews in France; Yiddish culture,Yiddish theatre, and Yiddish choruses in Paris; the history of Yiddish cultural institutions in Europe; and the history of the Jewish Left in European history. Can also do workshops based on these same themes/topics.

          Varga, Harvey

          Berkeley

          415-359-4859

          [email protected]

          Over thirty years’ Yiddish teaching experience in adult programs at JCC of San Francisco, Lehrhaus Judaica, and Stanford University.

          Lectures on Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

          Weinman Kelman, Zohar

          San Francisco

          510-387-6505

          [email protected]


          Graduate student at U.C. Berkeley in Comparative Literature writing dissertation on Jewish women writers entitled "Queer Lines of Lineage: inherited futures of Jewish women writers," focusing on Yiddish literature. Teaches "Writing their way: Jewish women between Eastern Europe and America" at U.C. Davis, and beginning Yiddish at U.C. Berkeley.

          Workshops on Yiddish language and culture, especially in relation to queer theory and practice, including "Disorienting Diaspora: A Bisele Yiddish Language, Culture and Gender Politics" and “Yiddish for Porno Stars."

          Zemtsovsky, Izaly I. Ph.D.

          Berkeley

          510-967-7214

          [email protected]

          Ethnomusicologist and folklorist specializing in Eurasia. Visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies teaching History of Russian-Jewish music (of the Society for Jewish Folk Music, 1908 to ca.1932). Author of twenty books, including Jewish Folk Songs: An Anthology, and more than 500 articles, including ten on Jewish music, whose subjects include M. Beregovsky, S. An-sky, D. Shostakovich, and "Musical Yiddishism."

          Lectures on History of Russian-Jewish music, Jewish themes in Russian music, Marc Chagall and music.

          Zerin, Edward, Rabbi

          San Francisco

          415-922-4048

          [email protected]

          Retired rabbi, professor, and psychotherapist. Author of nine books, including The Birth of the Torah, three volumes of Living Judaism, and Jewish San Francisco: From the Gold Rush to Today, 101 Yiddish Gems: Translated from the Yiddish of 18th -20th century Eastern European rabbis. Translator for the National Yiddish Book Center. Award-winning photographer. Docent for Contemporary Jewish Museum.

          Lectures on 17th – 20th century rabbinical Torah commentary (newly translated into English from the original Yiddish). Lectures on Chagall and the Russian Yiddish Theater. PowerPoint presentation of Jewish San Francisco: From the Gold Rush to Today. Has film of The Dybbuk: an opera sung in Yiddish and filmed in Israel.7

          Zipperstein, Steven, Ph.D.

          Berkeley and Stanford

          650.725-5660

          [email protected]


          Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History and Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. Author, The Jews of Odessa: A Cultural History, 1794-1881 and Imagining Russian Jewry: Memory, History, Identity. Co-edited (with Gabriella Safran), The Worlds of S. An-sky.

          Lectures on Russian and East European Jewish history.

          YIDDISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS & TRANSLATORS 

          See also LECTURERS for some teachers' backgrounds.
          See YIDDISH CLASSES for current YIddish languages classes in the Bay Area.


          Teacher

          Contact Information

          Programs

          Blady, Ken

          Berkeley

          kenblady.com

          415-264-4110

          [email protected]

          See current CLASSES. Also lectures, see LECTURERS. Also translates Yiddish to English, see KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS).

          Chaver, Yael, Ph.D

          U.C. Berkeley Dept. of German

          510-528-3176

          510-642-7445

          [email protected]

          See current CLASSES.

          Denner, Loretta


          Santa Rosa

          707-566-1955

          [email protected]

          Native speaker who teaches Yiddish language. Leads Yiddish literature classes (in translation) through JCC Sonoma County. See also YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS.

          Goldman, Rochelle

          Contra Costa County

          (925) 482-0294‬

          [email protected]

          Teaches Yiddish. See current CLASSES.

          Ferris, Rabbi Yehuda Berkeley
          (510) 540-5824
          [email protected]

          Teaches Yiddish.

          Levitow, Jon

          Los Gatos

          408-358-5807

          [email protected]

          See current CLASSES.




           Paone, Armando

           San Francisco
           [email protected]

          This Italian from New York is a fluent Yiddish speaker, linguist, and teacher. See current CLASSES.

               

          Varga, Harvey

          Berkeley

          415-359-4859

          [email protected]

          Teaches conversational Yiddish, Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.     

          Viswanath, Meena-Lifshe

          Berkeley

          201.786.3744
          [email protected]

          Fluent (and native) Yiddish speaker and teacher.

          KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

          Many are also listed in PERFORMERS

          Teacher

          Contact Information

          Programs

          Alexander, Paul

          Petaluma

          707-762-1070

          [email protected]

          Teaches clarinet in Sonoma County, beginner through advanced. Fundamentals of tone, technique, and musical expression.

          Bernstein, Sharon

          Berkeley

          415-533-7563

          [email protected]

          Teaches classes and one-on-one interpretation of Yiddish song, arranging, and performance style.

          Brotman, Stuart

          Berkeley

          510-526-5047

          [email protected]

          Private lessons and workshops on bass, cimbalom.

          Brown, Sheldon

          Oakland

          510-530-5991

          [email protected]

          Teaches clarinet and other reed instruments.

               
           Brussell, Ben

          San Francisco
          415-239-4670
          bennybemusic.com/ben-brussell
          [email protected]
          Teaches violin, viola, trumpet, mandolin, vocal music, arranging/orchestration, and composition. 

           
          Concus, Marian
          July 2018

           
          Mountain VIew
          650.969.9308
          [email protected]
          mconcusflutist.com

           
          Teaches flute in klezmer and other types of Jewish music, as well as classical music by Jewish composers.

          Egger, Julie

          Marin County

          415-488-9125

          [email protected]

          julieegger.com

          Teaches violin in Marin. Available to direct klezmer groups for children and adults throughout the Bay Area.

          Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

          Vallejo
          heymishmusic.com

          510-276-6764

          [email protected]

          Teaches improvisation for classical musicians. Klezmer harmony, arranging, and performance. Group and private lessons on guitar, mandolin, flute, and clarinet.

          Ginsburg, Carol

          Albany

          510-529-8753

          [email protected]

          Co-founder of the Ellis Island Old World Folk Band, teaches klezmer flute.

          Goldberg, Ben

          Berkeley

          510-649-3013

          [email protected]

          bengoldberg.net

          Teaches clarinet privately and at Mills College.

          Horowitz, Joshua

          Berkeley

          510-384-9443

          [email protected]

          Teaches piano, theory, composition, accordion, tsimbl (hammered dulcimer). Jazz and klezmer styles.

          Katz, Geoffrey

          Mill Valley

          geoffreykatz.com

          415-518-7601

          [email protected]

          Teaches klezmer clarinet. Led the acoustic klezmer band "Kreplach" in Vancouver, British Columbia for seven years; quietly active in the Jewish music world in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last eight years, playing with well-known groups and other musicians. Has composed new work and arranged traditional material.

          Lawrence, Phil

          Sonoma County

          phillawrence.com

          youtube.com/user/phillawrencemandolin

          707-824-1198 or 217-8732

          [email protected]

          Teaches mandolin. Has taught workshops with David Grisman in Petaluma and at The Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz. In 2008, led the klezmer workshop at Festival of the Mandolins in San Francisco. Composes klezmer tunes. Former member of Jubilee Klezmer.

          Lewicki, Jeanette

          Oakland

          415-672-7858

          [email protected]

          Yiddish song and klezmer accordion for beginning/ intermediate students. Taught at Weimar Yiddish Summer with Alan Bern, Michael Alpert, and Arkady Gendler. Sliding scale.

          Lippin, Laurie Le’ah


          Guerneville, Sonoma Cty

          707-792-9935

          [email protected]

          Teaches klezmer and Israeli accordion in the North Bay.

          Nasatir, Cary

          Castro Valley

          nsopdrums.com

          510-612-5527

          [email protected]

          Teaches drums, classical percussion, and dumbec. Director of Temple Isaiah's Mighty KlezTones youth band. See also YOUTH PROGRAMS

          Nilsen, Morgan
          2017 April

          San Francisco
          415.603.9596
          [email protected]

          I-bike-to-you private clarinet lessons in klezmer or Balkan styles.

          Rosenfeld, David

          Berkeley

          415-407-7162

          [email protected]

          Teaches klezmer by ear and from sheet music, in different size groups for musicians of varying levels of expertise.

          Sanford, Jeff

          Redwood City

          sanfordjazz.com

          Cartoonjazzorchestra.com

          650.208-0198

          [email protected]

          Teaches clarinet, flute, and saxophone. Has led a klezmer ensemble at the Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto).

          Saxon, Stephen

          Hayward

          saxon.com/cantor

          stephensaxon.com

          510-882-4908

          [email protected]

          Teaches and coaches individuals and groups in klezmer, jazz improvisation and arranging for instruments and voices.

          Seeman, Aaron (Duckmandu)

          San Francisco and Alameda

          510-368-1450

          duckmandu.com

          amazingaccordion.com
          shamalamacord.com
          www.myspace.com/duckmandu
          [email protected] or [email protected]

          Teaches klezmer-style accordion. Also plays classical, polkas, French musette, classic rock, punk rock, and more.


          Segelstein, Cookie

          Berkeley

          510-520-7760

          [email protected]

          Group coachings, workshops, private lessons in klezmer and classical violin and viola.

          Speed, Barbara

          Richmond

          510-525-1091

          [email protected]

          Private lessons on clarinet, flute and saxophone for beginners on up in klezmer, jazz, and other styles. Barbara plays with The Red Hot Chachkas, Instant Klezmer, Ellis Island Klezmer, Juke Joint, and Caledonia Quartet.

           Tanenbaum, Laurie B.

          Santa Cruz
          831/423-4719
          prefers phone contact




           Teaches klezmer violin.

          Tenney, Gerry

          Oakland

          510-465-7911

          [email protected]

          Teaches guitar and mandolin. Leads klezmer groups. Provides musical direction for theatrical performances.

          Tubridy, Sonia

          Guerneville, Sonoma Cty

          707-869-3273

          [email protected]

          Teaches piano and accordion. Member of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Trained in Israel and has been music director of Chutzpah and Fiddler on the Roof.

               

          YIDDISH/KLEZMER DANCE LEADERS

          Dance Leader or Party

          Contact Information

          Programs

          Bergen, Karen K.

          South Bay

          408-737-3474

          [email protected]

          Teaches and leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

          Bierman, Bruce


          Berkeley

          323-590-7786

          [email protected]

          Teaches and leads Yiddish/klezmer dance. Also choreographer, and Yiddish theater and Cabaret director of New Yiddish Theater.

          Schy, Yael

          Oakland

          510-339-2404

          [email protected]

          Teaches and leads klezmer dance for all ages. Former performer and choreographer with Westwind and Jubilee dance companies. Also uses dance and theater for team-building and coaching in organizations

          Tanenbaum, Laurie B.

          Santa Cruz
          831-423-4719
          prefers phone contact

          Leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.


          ARTS & CRAFTS TEACHERS

          Teacher

          Contact Information

          Background

          Programs

          Belkind, Elaine

          Berkeley

          510-486-1492

          [email protected]

          Tought children at Eastbay Kindershul (now closed). Degrees in Fine Arts and Art Therapy. Experienced with special needs kids.

          Workshops in family art and teen folk art, using multiple media.

          Brose, Lydia

          Berkeley

          510-559-3377

          [email protected]

          MA and MFA, Wayne State University. Elementary school teacher. Designs book jackets. Taught art at Solomon Schechter Middle School, Newton, MA for two years, and at college in Michigan for seven years.

          Workshops in all two-dimensional media, including collage, painting, drawing, print making, and the art of paper cuts.

          Rauchwerger, Lisa

          San Jose

          lisarauchwerger.com

          877-321-7925

          [email protected]

          Artist and writer specializing in Judaic paper cuts, paper sculpture illustration, ketubot, graphics, and calligraphy. Author, Chocolate Chip Challah and Other Twists On The Jewish Holiday Table, and other books.

          Workshops in calligraphy and paper cutting.

          Sherman, Claire

          Berkeley

          510-525-6622

          [email protected]

          Creates ceramic sculptures and Jewish ritual objects, including spice boxes, mezuzes, khanike menoras, and amulets. Following graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in ceramics, she spent a year in Israel studying Hebrew and working with an Israeli potter.

          Participatory workshops in Jewish crafts for adults, children, and/or families. Make mezuzes, amulets, hamsas, challah covers, and other ritual objects in diverse media (paper cutting, polymer clay, story quilts/fabric, and metal foil).

          OTHER RESOURCES

          Organization, Event or Individual

          Contact Information

          Programs

          Afikomen Judaica

          3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley 94705

          afikomen.com

          510-655-1977 

          877-284-2345

          [email protected]

          Jewish books, gifts, and lifestyle store. Yiddish and klezmer CDs, Yiddish textbooks, sometimes Yiddish poetry and prayer books.

          Blady, Ken

          Berkeley

          anythingyiddish.com

          415-264-4110

          [email protected]

          Translates documents from Yiddish to English (and vice versa).

          Contemporary Jewish Museum

          736 Mission St., San Francisco 94103

          thecjm.org

          415-655-7800

          [email protected]

          Museum dedicated to celebrating Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. Some exhibits present Yiddish culture.

          Down Home Music Store & Arhoolie Records

          10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito 94530

          downhomemusic.com

          510-525-2129

          arhoolie.com

          All types of folk, ethnic, traditional, world, etc., music CDs and DVDs, at store or online.

          Arhoolie released Martin Schwartz’s early klezmer compilations, The Klezmorim recordings, etc. Now part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

          East Bay International

          Jewish Film Festival

          eastbayjewishfilm.org

          510-839-2900 x253

          Late-winter festival in Contra Costa/Tri-Valley area sometimes includes films about East European Jewry. Presented by the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

          Ger Mandolin Orchestra Project

          facebook.com/The-Ger-Mandolin-Orchestra-110726952277142

          [email protected] (Avner Yonai)

          Bay Area resident Avner Yonai spearheads a memorial project of reviving the Jewish Mandolin Orchestra that was active in Gora Kalwaria, Poland between 1920 and 1930. Most of its members were murdered in the Holocaust.

          Golden Horn Records & Productions

          Walnut Creek

          goldenhorn.com

          [email protected]

          World music CDs, including Adrienne Cooper, Arkady Gendler, Michael Winograd, Budowitz, Veretski Pass. Artist representation including Veretski Pass.

          Henry Hollander, Bookseller

          San Francisco

          hollanderbooks.com

          415-831-3228

          [email protected]

          The only large selection of Yiddish books for sale in Northern California. By appointment only.

          Jewish Community Library


          San Francisco

          jewishcommunitylibrary.org

          415-567-3327 x703

          Circulating collection of hundreds of Yiddish books and instructional materials, klezmer/Yiddish recordings and sheet music, and Yiddish videos. Programs and readings on Yiddish culture. Additional branches at the San Francisco and Oshman Family (Palo Alto) JCCs. All programs and services are free and open to the public.

          JFCS Holocaust Center

          San Francisco
          hcnc.org
          415-449-3717

          Dedicated to the education, documentation, research, and remembrance of the Holocaust. Extensive multilingual research library on Eastern European Jewish communities and their fate in the Holocaust, along with public programs.

          KlezCalifornia

          klezcalifornia.org

          415.789.7679

          [email protected]

          KlezCalifornia is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that connects people and communities with Yiddish culture. You are on KlezCalifornia's website! Sign up for e-newsletter at klezcalifornia.org

          The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, part of U.C. Berkeley Bancroft Library

          magnes.org

          510-642-3781

          [email protected]

          Exhibit space, lunchtime and evening programs. No charge. For almost half a century, the Judah L. Magnes Museum offered exhibitions and public programs on the history and the cultures of the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. In 2010, the collection was donated to U.C. Berkeley and was the basis of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

          New Yiddish Theater323-590-7786
          [email protected] (Bruce Bierman)
          Bay Area company that produces Yiddish and Yiddish-inspired theater. Produced Itsik Manger's "Di Megileh" in 2015.

          Rosetta Project of The Long Now Foundation

          rosettaproject.org

          415.561.6582

          [email protected]

          A San Francisco-based global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible digital library of human languages. Has held Yiddish recording sessions.

          San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

          P.O. Box 318214, San Francisco 94131

          sfbajgs.org

          [email protected] (Jeremy Frankel)

          Promotes interest in Jewish genealogy and sharing of genealogical resources. Fifteen meetings per year in San Francisco, Los Altos Hills, Oakland. Speakers, programs, workshops, quarterly journal ZichronNote.

          San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

          sfjff.org

          415-621-0556

          [email protected]

          Summer region-wide film festival often includes films about East European Jewry. Special programs throughout the year.

          San Jose Public Libraries,

          Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

          150 E. San Fernando, San Jose 95112
          sjlibrary.org
          408-808-2357 (Deborah Estreicher)

          Modest collection of Yiddish-related books and CDs.


          Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA) Collection, Stanford University Libraries, Dept. of Special Collections

          oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5c6004gt/entire_text/

          650.725.1054

          Friends of the SYSNA Collection

          P.O. Box 19295, Stanford 94309

          fsysna.org

          The Collection, founded by the late Gella Schweid Fishman, covers the four major Yiddish school networks in the U.S. and Canada: Sholem Aleichem, Arbeter Ring, Farband, and Ordn schools.

          Friends of the SYSNA Collection assists in the identification and donation of materials; raises funds to catalogue and disseminate materials; offers periodic research scholarships. Bilingual newsletter, Shulgrusn, available on request.

          Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

          svjff.org
          408-899-6013
          [email protected]

          Annual fall film festival sometimes includes films about Eastern European Jewish culture.

          Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival

          jccsoco.org

          A program of JCC Sonoma County.

          707-528-4222

          Annual fall film festival sometimes includes films about East European Jewish culture. Films shown at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol.

          Stanford University Library Judaica Collection

          library.stanford.edu/subjects/judaica

          650.725-1054

          Extensive collection of Yiddish books. See also The Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA) Collection, above.

          U.C. Berkeley Library

          Judaica Collection

          jewishstudies.berkeley.edu/affiliates-resources/judaica-collection/

          510-643-3353

          Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

          Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

          circle.org/northern-california

          415-566-7235

          [email protected] (Diana Scott)

          Fosters Jewish – especially Yiddish – culture, education, and the pursuit of social and economic justice.

          Yiddish Lives: Preserving Life Stories Told in Yiddish

          YiddishLives.org

          855-YIDDISH (855-943-3474)

          [email protected] (Eric Edelstein)

          This website went down several years ago. It used to include videos of people speaking, singing, lecturing, or conversing in Yiddish, including videos from KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festivals. Current status unclear as we are unable to reach Eric Edelstein. Doe anyone know how to reach him?