Directory of Resources by Category

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

YIDDISH CLASSES IN THE BAY AREA (CURRENT)

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

YIDDISH CLASSES ONLINE


FULL-IMMERSION 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 listings

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. Buy the book or download at Yiddish Book Center
  • Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Volume 1, by Sheva Zucker. For beginners. Book, CDs and answer key. More advanced Volume 2 also has a CD and answer key. Nine CD set also available. shevazucker.com
  • College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich. Good for linguistically-inclined beginners (but not absolute beginners). From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • A Key to Yiddish (Shlisl tsu Yidish: lernbukh far onheyber) by Miriam Hoffman. keytoyiddish.com
  • Word by Word (Vort Bay Vort: Materyaln far onheybers) by Hanan Bordin. Use in conjunction with "College Yiddish," above. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Yiddish for Beginners by Jean Jofen. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.
  • Intensive Yiddish by Gennady Estraikh. Available from Yiddish Book Center
  • Learning Yiddish in Easy Stages by Marvin Zuckerman & Marion Herbst. With CD. From your favorite brick-and-mortar or online store.

YIDDISH SONGBOOKS

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

JEWISH ARTS PRESENTERS IN THE BAY AREA

Sometimes including Yiddish-related or klezmer programming:

    RETAIL STORES IN THE BAY AREA

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

      ASHKENAZI JEWISH FOOD


      COMMUNITY EVENT NEWS & CALENDARS ONLINE


      YIDDISH LANGUAGE, LITERATURE & CULTURE ONLINE


      KLEZMER MUSIC & YIDDISH SONG ONLINE


      YIDDISH LANGUAGE INFORMAL & OCCASIONAL 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 2014-03

      nershalom.org

      Cotati

      707.664.8622

      shalom@sonic.net


      The informal weekly Beginning Yiddish class meets Tuesdays at 11:00am. Led by Gesher Calmenson and Myra Siegel.

      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.

      Graduate Theological Union

      Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

      gtu.edu/about/academic-centers-programs-and-affiliates/cjs/

      Berkeley

      510-649-2482

      cjs@gtu.edu

      Annual conference on East European Jewish culture.

      JCC East Bay


      2014-03Yid

      jcceastbay.org

      Berkeley

      510-848-0237

      info@jcceastbay.org

      Yiddish conversation group, facilitated by Alan Smith, meets Mondays 10:30-11:30am, and 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm.


      Other Yiddish classes meet here; see Resources tab.

      JCC Sonoma County

      jccsoco.org

      Santa Rosa

      lorluba@yahoo.com (Loretta Denner)

      Occasional Yiddish literature in translation class in Santa Rosa 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
      flisiksalon@klezcalifornia.org

        

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

      Peninsula JCC

      2014-03


      pjcc.org

      Foster City

      650.378.2717

      rpress@pjcc.org  (Rhonda Press)

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

      San Francisco State University

      Department of Theatre Arts

      theatre.sfsu.edu

      415-338-1331

      jschech@sfsu.edu (Joel Schechter)

      Class every other year in Performing Yiddish Theatre (Course TH A 534) by Prof. Joel Schechter.

      Sonoma State University

      2014-03



      sonoma.edu/exed
      Rohnert Park
      707-664-2631 or 707-664-2324
      wj1707@aol.com or will.johnson@sonoma.edu (Will Johnson)

      Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway taught by Will Johnson from time to time through the Osher Lifelong Learning program of Sonoma State’s School of Extended Education.

      Stanford University

      Taube Center for Jewish Studies


      stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies

      650.723.7589

      Jewish.studies@stanford.edu

      jnlvtw@comcast.net (Jon Levitow)

      gsafran@stanford.edu (Gabriella Safran)

      See under Resources table for Yiddish classes offered in Fall 2017 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.rosenbaum@comcast.net (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

      achibenshalom@gmail.com

      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

      sharonsong18@yahoo.com

      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

      mailbox@jewishfolkchorussf.org

      Achi Ben Shalom, Conductor. Meets Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm. Our repertoire is mostly Yiddish but also includes Ladino, Russian, and Hebrew songs. We perform 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

      info@klezcalifornia.org

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

      KLEZCALIFORNIA

      klezcalifornia.org

      415-789-7679

      info@klezcalifornia.org

      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

      music@koltruah.org

      Cantor Pamela Rothmann Sawyer, Artistic Director.

      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

      achibenshalom@gmail.com

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

      ROSSMOOR JEWISH COMMUNITY CHORUS

      At Rossmoor, Walnut Creek

      510.528.8872

      achibenshalom@gmail.com

      Led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs.

      Tenney, Gerry

      Oakland

      510-465-7911

      gtenney@earthlink.net

      Leads Yiddish sing-alongs, plays mandolin and guitar.

      YIDDISH CHORISTERS


      At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto

      408-737-3474 after 10am

      kkbergen@comcast.net (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

      tam@klezcalifornia.org

      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

      g-isaiah.org

      510-612-5527

      info@nsopdrums.com (Cary Nasatir)

      A band of talented young musicians, from fifth graders to high school seniors, performs for concerts, simkhehs, and community events. Cary Nasatir, Director.

      COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS & JAMS

      Organization

      Contact Information

      Activities

      NETIVOT SHALOM JAZZ-KLEZMER BAND

      Congregation Netivot Shalom

      netivotshalom.org

      1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702

      community@netivotshalom.org

      Band for adults and teens rehearses twice monthly on Tuesday evenings. Seeking new members in Fall 2017. Directed by Rabbi Stuart Kelman.

      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 mail@achibenshalom.com (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

      jubileeklezmer@gmail.com

      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

      achibenshalom@gmail.com

      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

      sharonsong18@yahoo.com

      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

      jewishdance@yahoo.com

      Teaches and leads Yiddish dance including Hasidic and klezmer.

      Jewish dance artist.

      Brotman, Stuart

      Berkeley

      510-526-5047

      klezbow@sbcglobal.net

      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

      sheldonbrown@earthlink.net

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

      Klezmer performances.

      CALIFORNIA KLEZMER (see also Tenney, Gerry)

      East Bay

      californiaklezmer.com

      510-465-7911

      Gtenney@earthlink.net

      Klezmer, Yiddish folk songs and instrumentals, Yiddish and Yinglish versions of rock & roll songs, and original compositions.

      Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzveh parties, community celebrations.

      Chernyavsky, David

      San Bruno

      718/938-7922

      dchernya@yahoo.com

      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.


      DAVIS KLEZMER ORCHESTRA

      Greater Sacramento Area

      530-753-8584 (Moreen Libet)

      mlibet@onemain.com

      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

      booking@kugelplex.com

      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 mdvorin-spross@santarosa.edu

      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

      (see also RED HOT CHACHKAS)

      Lagunitas

      415-717-9606

      julieegger@comcast.net

      Violinist and bandleader of The Red Hot Chachkas.

      Klezmer performances on violin. See also LECTURERS.

      Eisen, Noam

      May 2016

      San Francisco

      noameisenmusic.com

      415-643-3327

      noameisenmusic@me.com

      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

      jewlia@charminghostess.us

      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

      ellisislandowfb@comcast.net

      (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

      mikel@mikelion.com

      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 KLEZMER STRING BAND

      Sacramento

      freilachmakers.com

      916-324-3477 (day)

      916-484-1176 (evening)

      andyrubin@comcast.net

      (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

      oakbasket@gmail.com

        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

      myspace.com/govangoghsf

      reverbnation.com/govangogh

      415-430-5082

      one@govangogh.net

      This seven-piece band borrows from Klezmer, Western Swing, Tango, and Ska. Like their peers Balkan Beat Box, Watcha Clan, and Slavic Soul Party, Go Van Gogh’s shows are sweat- drenched dance marathons.

      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

      ben.goldberg@sbcglobal.net

      Klezmer clarinetist with the Klezmorim and the New Klezmer Trio.

      Klezmer performances.

      THE GONIFS

      (see also Lewicki, Jeanette)

      Oakland

      415-672-7858

      klezmerette@gmail.com

      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

      myspace.com/lchaimklezmerband

      510-846-1839

      steve.cohn@comcast.net

      lachaimklezmer@yahoo.com (Alex Newman)


      A Bay Area original since 1996, L'Chaim Klezmer Band plays Eastern European klezmer, Israeli, Russian, Ladino and Central European cabaret music. One of the few klezmer bands in the Bay Area that includes vocals in four languages. Five bandmembers.

      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

      mikel@haimishmusic.com

      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

      gale@gale@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

      504-296-9491 glenndhartman@gmail.com

      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 mitzvehs.

      Horowitz, Joshua

      (see also VERETSKI PASS)

      Berkeley

      budowitz.com

      veretskipass.com

      510-384-9443

      horowitz@budowitz.com

      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)

      hotkugel@hotmail.com

      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 freylekhs and simkhehs of all kinds.

      THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO

      (see also Klein, Heather Lauren)

      HeatherLKlein.com

      702-498-1999

      Hlaurenklein@hotmail.com

      (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
      tony@tophill.com
         (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

      ikmo@tophill.com

        (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

      jubileeklezmer@gmail.com

      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

      kaplanmusic@hotmail.com

      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

      eliotkenin@yahoo.com

      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

      info@kitka.org

      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

      HeatherKlein.klein@gmail.com

      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.

      THE KLEZMAKERS

      Peninsula and South klezmakers.com

      650.365-9477

      arappoport@alanrappoport.com (Alan Rappoport)

      Eight-member band’s repertoire includes klezmer, Yiddish theatre music, Israeli folksongs and dances.

      Klezmer and Yiddish theatre music performances.

      KLEZMANIA!

      bennybemusic.com/klez.htm

      myspace.com/klezmaniabbmp

      415-239-4670

      klezmania@bennybemusic.com (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 for all events 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

      klezmercreek@icloud.com

      Klezmer and Israeli music, and some bluegrass.


      Klezmer music at events large or small.

      KLEZMER PLAYBOYS

      (see also Hartman, Glenn)

      San Francisco

      504-296-9491

      glenndhartman@gmail.com

        (Glenn Hartman)

      Thumping, accordion-driven, modern Jewish music.

      Available for gigs of all kinds.

      THE KLEZTET

      Palo Alto

      650.856-6637

      eratner@pacbell.net

        (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.

      KUGELPLEX

      (see also Ditzian, Jason)


      Kugelplex.com

      415-613-3695

      booking@kugelplex.com

        (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

      mitzvahmus@aol.com  (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

      mitzvahmus@aol.com

      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.

      Song performances: "Songs You Thought you Forgot -- Echoes from the Old Country," "Hear My Prayer: Cantorial Masters," "Columbus' Medina: Songs of Immigration," " In Kampf: Songs of the Jewish Labor Movement," "Golden Age of Yiddish Theater," "Cry of Hope: Music of the Holocaust."

      Lewicki, Jeanette

      (see also THE GONIFS)

      Oakland

      415-672-7858

      klezmerette@gmail.com

      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

      folkloric@value.net

      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

      jeremiah@swaymachinery.com

      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

      arikluck@gmail.com

      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.

      MALA KLEZMER (see also Nilsen, Morgan)
      2017 April

      San Francisco
      415.603.9596
      MalaKlezmer@gmail.com

      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

      ruach2007@gmail.com

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


      Marmer, Jake

      Stanford

      646.422.9885

      jakemarmer@gmail.com

      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
      morgank.n@gmail.com

      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

      peterbonos@gmail.com

      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, ZOYRES EASTERN EUROPEAN WILD FERMENT )

      Berkeley

      774-279-6416

      mulchpermaculture@yahoo.com

      Klezmer clarinetist and saxophonist. Part of house band for Klezmer Mondays at Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, Berkeley

      Organizer of community klezmer events and part of a klezmer musician collective available for community events and simkhehs. Also leads participatory fermentation/pickling workshops.


      Rosenberg, Laura

      Oakland

      510.457.8140

      myrna.oy@gmail.com

      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

      (Badkhen Duvid)

      Berkeley

      415-407-7162

      mandodave@gmail.com

      David Rosenfeld is a fiddler, mandolinist, drummer, and badkhen (wedding emcee). He performs regularly with the klezmer band Kugelplex.

      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

      drosengaus@gmail.com

      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.



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

      774-279-6416

      mulchpermaculture@yahoo.com

        Mike Perlmutter



      Saul Goodman comes from a musical tradition tracing back to the old world shtetl of Szrensk. Incorporating post-immigrant sounds rooted in klezmer tradition, Saul Goodman’s music moves the spirit and the dance. It’s always a simkha with Saul! Members of the group form the house band at Klezmer Mondays at Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen, Berkeley.    

      Klezmer music for listening and dancing for any occasion.  The group performs as a small to big band.

      Saxon, Stephen


      Hayward

      saxon.com/cantor

      stephensaxon.com

      510-882-4908

      Stephen@saxon.com

      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

      cookie@veretskipass.com

      Founder/Member Veretski Pass, member of Budowitz and the Youngers of Zion. Has 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, '84). 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

      info@shtetls.com (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

      Simkasonoma.com

      Myspace.com/simkasonoma

      707-996-5233

      leta@artisanknobs.com

        (Leta Davis)

      Simka has been playing at b’ney mitzve parties, weddings, parties, festivals, and charity events in the North Bay for over eight years. The band’s repertoire includes klezmer, Israeli folk dances, jazz standards, tangos, polkas, fiddle tunes, and what the band affectionately calls “café music”: accordion-based tunes that invoke the feeling of the “old country.”

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



      STANFORD KLEZMER BAND

      jeff_wolfeld@yahoo.com

        (Jeff Wolfeld)

      Originally 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

      gtenney@earthlink.net

      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

      truelifetrio@gmail.com

        Juliana Graffagna

      As veteran vocalists of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, True Life Trio is steeped in traditional Eastern European vocal music. TLT's 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

      tubridy@sonic.net

      Member of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Trained in Israel and has been music director of Chutspah and Fiddler on the Roof. See also KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

      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

      folkloric@value.net

      (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

      cookie@veretskipass.com

      (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. “Lilith, The Night Demon” premieres May 2014.

      VOCOLOT

      vocolot.com

      510-654-0799

      vocolot@mindspring.com



      The award winning quartet, under the direction of Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, was formed in 1988. Have toured extensively in America, Canada, England and the Netherlands, performing at Jewish, folk and world music festivals, and at JCC's, federations, synagogues and churches. Traditional and original music with spirited rhythms, gorgeous melodies and harmonies and uplifting messages, appeals to audiences of all ages - from tots to teens to grandparents and everyone in between. Linda has released eight recordings, four of them with Vocolot.

      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.


      Wells, Shannon E.

      Santa Clara

      650.954-5671

      thesqueedler@gmail.com

      Klezmer, Balkan, Romani, music on clarinet, vocals, doumbek/darbouka, drum kit.

      Available individually and as part of Balkan+ band Da! Mozhem for gigs of all kinds. Particularly interested in modern interpretations of traditional music.

      YIDDISHE SERENADERS

      Oakland

      Facebook.com/YiddisheSerenaders

      415.706.2555

      Eerie.shiri@gmail.com

      Shiri

      An Oakland-based klezmer band which celebrates Yiddish song and fiddle music. Inspired by singers such as Molly Picon & 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. Imagine a fiddler an accordion player and a singer walking out of the mountains of Transylvania and onto the stage in Bucovina: this is the Yiddish Serenaders.


      ZOYRES EASTERN EUROPEAN WILD FERMENT (see also Perlmutter, Mike)

      Berkeley

      zoyres.com

      zoyres@gmail.com

       (Mike Perlmutter)

      Zoyres began around 2003 with the intent of approaching klezmer and Eastern European folk music from both a “traditional” perspective, as well as a stretched out and experimental one. Inspired by Naftule’s Dream, a Boston-based band that bridged traditional klezmer music with way-out experimental and jazz improvisational forms (think the perfect band for Frank Zappa’s Bar Mitzvah)

      Klezmer performances, clubs, weddings, and other events. Some events feature home-made fermented delectables such as pickles and sauerkraut.

      STORYTELLERS / MAGIDIM

      Maggid

      Contact Information

      Background

      Programs

      ben Izzy, Joel

      Berkeley

      storypage.com

      510-883-0883

      contactjbi@aol.com

      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

      liora.brosbe@gmail.com

      Maggidah, Jewish storyteller and teacher, who studied with Yitzhak Buxbaum. MA in Drama Therapy from California Institute for Integral Studies. Storyteller-in-residence for Israel@60 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

      sara@sarafelder.com

      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

      dianashmiana@hotmail.com

      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

      esilbo@live.com

      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

      michaelkaye@fastmail.fm


      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.

      Stanford

      library.stanford/edu/depts/hasrg/jewish/jewish.html

      650.725-1054

      zbaker@stanford.edu

      Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections, 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

      sharonsong18@yahoo.com

      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

      dbiale@ucdavis.edu

      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

      jewishdance@yahoo.com

      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

      kenblady@earthlink.net

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

      Lecture: The World of Our Great-Great-Grandparents:?The Early History of East European Jewry (1000-1800 CE).

      Broude, Samuel, Rabbi

      Oakland

      510-531-2708

      judsam2@gmail.com

      Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland.

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

      Chaver, Yael, Ph.D.

      Berkeley
      510-528-3176 or 510-642-7445
      ychaver@berkeley.edu

      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.

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

      Dvorin-Spross, Miriam, Ph.D.

      Marin County Online.santarosa.edu/homepage/mdvorin

      707-527-4999 X8910 mdvorin-spross@santarosa.edu

      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

      efron@berkeley.edu

      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

      julieegger@comcast.net

      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”). See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

      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
      rbgross@sfsu.edu

      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.

      Inbar, Donny, Ph.D.

      San Francisco

      415-522-1598

      dinbar@sbcglobal.net

      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.

      Johnson, Will

      Petaluma

      707-664-2631

      wj1707@aol.com or will.johnson@sonoma.edu

      Professor of Music, Sonoma State University. Teaches class in Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway. See YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS.

      Lectures on Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway.

      Katz, Geoffrey, M.L.A.

      Mill Valley

      geoffreykatz.com

      415-518-7601

      gkatz2@earthlink.net

      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

      aykelman@Stanford.edu

      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

      kromobile@earthlink.net

      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

      fishl@derbay.org

      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

      mitzvahmus@aol.com

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

      Lectures/classes: The Borscht Belt Remembered. Film Scores: Jewish Composers in Hollywood. Fiddlers on the Stage: Ten Jewish Violinists. Zing-zheh mir a lideleh... Yiddish folk songs from Eastern Europe. Klezmer 101: Everything you always wanted to know. Golden Age of Yiddish Theatre. Jews ‘n Jazz! Nu, You Think That’s Funny? (A Century of Jewish Humor in America). See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

      Lockwood, Jeremiah

      Palo Alto area

      917.374.0290

      jeremiah@swaymachinery.com

      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

      jakemarmer@gmail.com

      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

      matisoff@socrates.berkeley.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

      drosengaus@gmail.com

      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

      gsafran@stanford.edu

      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

      jschech@sfsu.edu

      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

      martz@uclink.berkeley.edu

      Professor, 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

      naomi@gtu.edu

      Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Dinner Center for Jewish Studies 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 Itsik Manger, Jewish humor, Gender and Yiddish literature, From the Shtetl to Broadway: The Bible in Yiddish Literature, Yiddish and Translation.

      Shapiro, Ellie


      Berkeley

      ellieshapiro1@gmail.com

      Former Director, Jewish Music Festival. Has taught classes/workshops in Jewish world music at Midrasha and KlezKanada. Has lectured for Hadassah, Congregation Beth El, Temple Isaiah. Ph.D. student at Graduate Theological Union’s Center for Jewish Studies, writing dissertation on role of music in contemporary Jewish culture.

      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

      fspagnolo@library.berkeley.edu

      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

      nicholas.underwood@colorado.edu



      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

      Oakland

      415-359-4859

      varga96@aol.com

      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

      zoewk@berkeley.edu

      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

      izalma49@yahoo.com

      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

      edzerin@sbcglobal.net

      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

      650.725-5660

      steven.zipperstein@stanford.

      edu

      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 

      Some teachers' backgrounds are in LECTURERS.

      For current YIddish languages classes in the Bay Area, see Yiddish Classes.

      Teacher

      Contact Information

      Programs

      Blady, Ken

      Berkeley

      kenblady.com

      415-264-4110

      kenblady@earthlink.net

      See Resources tab for current classes. Also lectures (see LECTURERS) and 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

      ychaver@berkeley.edu

      See Resources tab for current classes.

      Denner, Loretta


      Santa Rosa

      707-566-1955

      lorluba@yahoo.com

      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.

      Ferris, Rabbi Yehuda

      Berkeley
      (510) 540-5824
      chabadberkeley@gmail.com

      Teaches Yiddish.

      Goldman, Rochelle

      San Mateo

      650.577-1531

      roshnman@yahoo.com

      Teaches Yiddish language. See Resources tab for current class.

      Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

      San Mateo

      650.349-6946

      fishl@derbay.org

      Teaches Yiddish classes privately.

      Levitow, Jon

      Los Gatos

      408-358-5807

      jnlvtw@comcast.net

      See Resources tab for current classes.

      Marcus, Marcelle

      Santa Rosa

      707-546-5057

      marcellemarcus@sbcglobal.net

      Teaches Yiddish language and literature. Former teacher for JCC Sonoma County.

       Paone, Armando

       San Francisco
      armandojavier0211@gmail.com

       This Italian from New York is a fluent Yiddish speaker, linguist, and teacher. See Resources tab for current classes.

      Varga, Harvey

      Berkeley

      415-359-4859

      varga96@aol.com

      Teaches conversational Yiddish, Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

      KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

      Many are also musicians listed in COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS


      Teacher

      Contact Information

      Programs

      Alexander, Paul

      Petaluma

      707-762-1070

      info@jubileeklezmer.com

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

      Bernstein, Sharon

      Berkeley

      415-533-7563

      sharonsong18@yahoo.com

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

      Brotman, Stuart

      Berkeley

      510-526-5047

      klezbow@sbcglobal.net

      Private lessons and workshops on bass, cimbalom.

      Brown, Sheldon

      Oakland

      510-530-5991

      sheldonbrown@earthlink.net

      Teaches clarinet and other reed instruments in Oakland.

      Egger, Julie

      Marin County

      415-488-9125

      julieegger@comcast.net

      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

      mikel@haimishmusic.com

      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

      gizmos@earthlink.net

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

      Goldberg, Ben

      Berkeley

      510-649-3013

      ben.goldberg@sbcglobal.net

      Teaches clarinet privately and at Mills College.

      Horowitz, Joshua

      Berkeley

      510-384-9443

      horowitz@budowitz.com

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

      Katz, Geoffrey

      Mill Valley

      geoffreykatz.com

      415-518-7601

      gkatz2@earthlink.net

      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

      phlawrence53@yahoo.com

      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

      klezmerette@gmail.com

      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


      Rohnert Park

      707-792-9935

      lauriebe@lippinassociates.com

      Teaches klezmer and Israeli accordion in the North Bay.

      Nasatir, Cary

      Castro Valley

      nsopdrums.com

      510-612-5527

      info@nsopdrums.com

      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
      morgank.n@gmail.com

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

      Rosenfeld, David

      Berkeley

      415-407-7162

      mandodave@gmail.com

      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

      sanfordjazz@pacbell.net

      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

      stephen@saxon.com

      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
      duckmandu@duckmandu.com or aarondo@amazingaccordion.com

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


      Segelstein, Cookie

      Berkeley

      510-520-7760

      cookie@veretskipass.com

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

      Speed, Barbara

      Richmond

      510-525-1091

      speed@fletcho.com

      Private lessons on clarinet, flute and saxophone for beginners on up in klezmer, jazz, and other styles. Barbara is a member of The Red Hot Chachkas, 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

      gtenney@earthlink.net

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

      Tubridy, Sonia

      Guerneville

      707- 869-3273

      tubridy@sonic.net

      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

      kkbergen@comcast.net

      Teaches and leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

      Bierman, Bruce


      Berkeley

      323-590-7786

      jewishdance@yahoo.com

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

      Rosenfeld, Dave

      Berkeley

      415-407-7162

      mandodave@gmail.com

      Leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

      Schy, Yael

      Oakland

      510-339-2404

      yael@dramaticstrides.com

      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

      Izabel261@comcast.net

      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

      El Cerrito

      510-559-3377

      lyd47@sbcglobal.net

      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

      cec@lisarauchwerger.com

      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

      cfsherman@msn.com

      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

      mail@afikomen.com

      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

      kenbee13@live.com

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

      Contemporary Jewish Museum

      736 Mission St., San Francisco 94103

      thecjm.org

      415-655-7800

      info@thecjm.org

      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

      folkways.si.edu/arhoolie

      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/110726952277142  

      yad-vashem.blogspot.com/2010/06/discovering-lost-family-via-yad-vashem

      ayonai@hotmail.com (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

      info@goldenhorn.com

      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

      boychik@hollanderbooks.com

      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

      info@klezcalifornia.org

      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

      magnes@library.berkeley.edu

      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
      brucheb@yahoo.com (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

      rosetta@longnow.org

      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

      president@sfbajgs.org (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

      jewishfilm@sfjff.org

      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.


      The Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA) Collection

      Stanford University Libraries, Dept. of Special Collections

      lib.stanford.edu/notable-acquisitions/secular-yiddish-schools-north-america-collection-1919-2007-0

      650.725.1054

      zbaker@stanford.edu (Zachary Baker, Curator)

      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
      info@svjff.org

      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/depts/hasrg/jewish/ jewish

      650.725-1054

      zbaker@stanford.edu (Zachary Baker)

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

      U.C. Berkeley Library

      Judaica Collection

      lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/judaica

      510-643-3353

      Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

      Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

      circle.org/regions/northern-ca-region

      415-566-7235

      dmscott01@yahoo.com (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)

      info@yiddishlives.org (Eric Edelstein)

      This website was hacked several years ago. It used to include videos of people speaking, singing, lecturing, or conversing in Yiddish. Current status unclear as we are unable to reach Eric Edelstein. Anyone know how to reach him?