Resources & Links
KlezCalifornia All-Stars at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco 2006
Stephen Saxon, Julie Egger, Gerry Tenney, Michael Arrow, Stu Brotman, Josh Horowitz
KLEZCALIFORNIA PROJECTS & RESOURCES
KlezCalifornia's monthly email newsletters summarize news and events that we present, co-present, co-sponsor, or recommend to our community. The current issue and a complete archive of past issues are available online.
As a charitable §501(c)(3) non-profit, KlezCalifornia provides fiscal sponsorship services for selected arts, culture, and education projects involving the Jewish community or other communities among which Jews live or have lived.
KlezCalifornia's ongoing compilation of Yiddish culture resources in the Bay Area, and some nearby areas such as Sacramento, Davis, and Santa Cruz.
An extensive unannotated 2003 listing of resources for information about Yiddish culture, history, language, music, dance, etc., collected by Ari Davidow, Helen Winkler, Gerben Zaagsma, and Joshua Horowitz.
KlezCalifornia helps people find and connect with others who want to speak Yiddish, play klezmer music, sing Yiddish songs, read Yiddish literature, dance, etc. Access to listings is available only to those who participate.
More about our workshops and jam sessions. List of sources of information in general and for each instrument, compiled by Jim Rebhan.
Info about local venues for Yiddish and klezmer events, for performers and audiences.
Posts by and for klezmer musicians and dancers, Yiddish singers and speakers, and others in the KlezCalifornia community.
A list of local, international and virtual places to learn Yiddish, compiled by Dorrit Geshuri and Jordan Kutzik.
- KlezCalifornia Songbook, 3rd edition. Yiddish songs in transliteration, with translations. Available as PDF free, or printed for $3.00 + S/H donation from KlezCalifornia, info[at]klezcalifornia.org (415 789 7679), KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703
- Lomir Zingn a Yidish Lid. Includes Yiddish songs in transliteration, full translation, and music with chords. The original publisher Kinderbukh is out of business, but available for $20.00 + S/H from Gerry Tenney, gerry[at]klezcalifornia.org (510 465 7911).
- Pearls of Yiddish Song (“the Red Book”), compiled by Chana and Yosl Mlotek (paperback, $17.95; now on sale for $10.00 + S/H) Includes words in Yiddish, words in transliteration, full or summary translation, and music with chords. Available from The Jewish Book Center of The Workmen’s Circle (jewishbookcenter.com)
- Mir Trogn a Gezang, The New Book of Yiddish Songs (“the Blue Book”), compiled by Chana Mlotek (paperback, $19.95 + S/H). Similar format. Ibid.
- Songs of Generations, New Pearls of Yiddish Song (“the Purple Book”), compiled by Chana and Yosl Mlotek (paperback, $24.95 + S/H). Similar format. Ibid.
- Yiddish Song Book, by Jerry Silverman ($19.95 + S/H). Includes words in transliteration, full translation, and music with chords. Ibid.
BAY AREA JEWISH ARTS PRESENTERS
- Der Bay The Bridge to World-Wide Yiddish
- J. — The Jewish news weekly of Northern California
Places to find Yiddish books and/or klezmer recordings, among other things:
- Afikomen, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
- Amoeba Records,1855 Haight St., San Francisco
- Amoeba Records, 2455 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
- Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco
- Dayenu Gift Shop, JCCSF, 3220 California St, San Francisco
- Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito
Full Immersion Events
- KlezKanada at Laurentian Retreat, Lantier, Quebec
- Yiddish New York (which replaced KlezKamp as of 2015)
- KlezKamp, the annual week-long gathering in the New York Catskills from 1985 to 2014, which spurred a revival of Yiddish culture and klezmer music, and inspired our local version, as well as our name
Klezmer Music & Yiddish Songs
Yiddish Language, Literature & Culture
- A Shmek Yidish - A Taste of Yiddish Yiddish language learning series
- Dora Teitelboim Center Advancing Jewish Culture and the Yiddish Language
- ibiblio.org/yiddish/school Resources on Yiddish teaching and learning
- Inmolaraan.blogspot.com Blog about food and Yiddish by The Chocolate Lady
- Jordan Kutzik's Facebook page Updates on places to learn Yiddish
- Mendele Yiddish literature and language
- National Yiddish Book Center
- OldJewsTellingJokes.com Old Jews Telling Jokes dot com
- Shtetl,Yiddish Language and Culture
- User's Guide to Yiddish on the Internet
- Yidbits Hershl Hartman's monthly exploration of a Yiddish word or phrase. Subscribe at yiddishkayt.org
- Yiddish dictionary online (Yidish Verterbukh afn Veb). Enter an English word to find its Yiddish equivalent, or a Yiddish word in transliteration or in alef beys to find its English definition. Links Yiddish blogs written by Sholem Berges and Noam Stariks. A few tables with Yiddish grammar
- Yiddish Is 7-minute YouTube video of Chayale Ash and Fishl Kutner
- Yiddish Lives Videos preserving life stories told in Yiddish
- Yiddish poems about mothers Sheva Zucker's blog with one poem each week in Yiddish and in English translation
- Yiddish Voice Yiddish-language radio show from Boston
- Yiddish WebRing
- YiddishWit.com Illustrated Yiddish proverbs, aphorisms, insults, curses, and other folk sayings, in Yiddish with transliteration and English translation
- Yiddish Word of the Week with definition, synonyms, etymology, phrases using the word, and clip of a native Yiddish speaker using the word in conversation
- YIVO Institute for Jewish Research New York-based archival collections and library, including YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, a massive collection on the arts, daily life, places, language and literature, history and religion