Gele Pages -- Yiddish Cultural Resources in Northern California


INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the second edition of the “KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow),” a compilation of Yiddish culture resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. We encourage you to consult the “Gele Pages” for ways to bring more Yiddish culture into your life. For printed copies send a check for $3 each ($2.00 + $1.00 postage/handling) payable to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703.

KlezCalifornia was founded in 2003 to celebrate klezmer music and Yiddish culture in Northern California. We strive to produce programming that engages, teaches, and inspires people to connect with this inheritance by participating in its defining activities, not just observing others’ performances. You are warmly invited to participate.

In addition to the “Gele Pages,” our other programs include Yiddish Culture Festivals, one-time Tastes of Yiddish Culture, “KlezCalifornia Khevruse Directory,” Yiddish Culture Curriculum, Klezmer Shul, and Music Recording. For more information on these projects, see www.klezcalifornia.org.

Please send additions or corrections to this “Gele Pages” to gele*at*klezcalifornia.org [Note: to avoid spam, please substitute @ for *at* in this and all email addresses in the Gele Pages] or by mail to KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703. You can also leave a phone message at 415-789-7679.

Enjoy!

The Board of Directors of KlezCalifornia

February, 2007


Note: The Gele Pages are for informational purposes only. KlezCalifornia, Inc., is not the agent or representative of listed persons or entities. KlezCalifornia, Inc., cannot assure that any particular individual or group will be available or suitable for your needs or interests. You should make all arrangements, including fees, with the individual presenter.



A. YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

Albert L. Schultz JCC
www.paloaltojcc.org
4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94303
650/858-2467
hstein*at*paloaltojcc.org
Yiddish Club meets the first and third Friday of the month at 2:30pm.
Contra Costa JCC
www.ccjcc.org
2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek 94595
925/938-7800
shoshanae*at*ccjcc.org
Yiddish group meets Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am for vocabulary, stories, and anecdotes in both Yiddish and English.
JCC of the East Bay
www.jcceastbay.org
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 94709
510/848-0237
Info*at*jcceastbay.org
Yiddish conversation group meets Mondays, 10:30-11:30am or 1st & 3rd
Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm.
JCC film series includes Yiddish films.
For Jewish Music Festival and JCC Library, see “Other Resources.”
JCC, Sonoma County
www.jccsoco.org
3859 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa 95405
707/528-4222
Yiddish conversation group in Petaluma, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 1:45pm in private homes. Contact May Rubin 707/762-0548, Berny Barrish 707/778-1696, or email franberny*at*juno.com.
Yiddish class in Santa Rosa, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm, 2375 Range Ave. at Paulin Creek retirement home. Led by Marcelle Marcus, marcelleken*at*sbcglobal.net
“KlezCalifornia Khevruse
Directory”
Sign-up form at www.klezcalifornia.org Find “activity partners” with whom to read or speak Yiddish.
Lehrhaus Judaica
www.lehrhaus.org
2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
510/845-6420
info*at*lehrhaus.org
Courses in Yiddish language and literature.
Osher Marin JCC www.marinjcc.org
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael 94903
415/444-8000
“Keep Yiddish Alive” Yiddish Club, meets 2nd Sunday of the month, 2-4pm. Donation. Facilitated by Judith Lubeck.
Peninsula JCC
www.pjcc.org
800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City 94404
650/212-PJCC
fishl*at*derbay.org
Yiddish classes on Wednesdays: beginners 3:30-4:30 p.m., beginner/intermediate 6:00-7:00pm and intermediate 7:00-8:30p.m.
Santa Rosa Junior College Community Services
Marcelle Marcus
707/546-5057
marcelleken*at*sbcglobal.net
Hoping to create class in Yiddish literature in translation beginning Fall 2007.
Stanford University
Taube Center for Jewish Studies
www.stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies
650/723-7589
Jewish.studies*at*stanford.edu
Courses in Yiddish language, literature, and culture.
Yiddish Club.
Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series.
Temple Beth El www.tbeaptos.org
3055 Porter Gulch Road
Aptos 95003
info@tbeaptos.org
831/479-3444
Yiddish Circle, meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 2-3:30pm.
Facilitated by Faye Q. Alexander
U.C. Berkeley
Jewish Studies Program
http://yiddish.berkeley.edu/
510/643-2995
info*at*jewishstudies.berkeley.edu
Courses in Yiddish language and literature.
Yiddish reading circle.
Annual Yiddish Studies conference (see “Other Resources”).
Yiddish Club of San Francisco
Iosef Grinberg
415/387-4742
grinberg*at*dslextreme.com
Fifty to sixty people meet monthly Sunday afternoons at the SFJCC to socialize, discuss issues, and read literature in Yiddish.

B.YIDDISH CHORUSES, SONG CIRCLES, AND SONG LEADERS

Individual or Group

Contact Information

Activities

Albert L. Schultz JCC
Yiddish Choristers
www.paloaltojcc.org
4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94303
408/737-3474
kkbergen*at*comcast.net, Karen Bergen

Meets Wednesday nights, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs.

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley
415/533-7563
sharonsong18*at*yahoo.com

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

Congregation Netivot Shalom

www.netivotshalom.org
1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702
510/549-9447
adulted*at*netivotshalom.org

Yiddish song nights.

East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus

www.jcceastbay.org
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 94709
510/528-8872
mail*at*achibenshalom.com

Chorus led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs. Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco

www.jewishfolkchorussf.org
P.O. Box 590987, San Francisco 94159
415/928-5465
mailbox*at*jewishfolkchorussf.org

Meets Tuesday nights. Repertoire includes Yiddish folk music.

“KlezCalifornia Khevruse
Directory”

Sign-up form at www.klezcalifornia.org

Find “activity partners” which whom to sing Yiddish songs.

Peninsula Temple Beth El

www.templebethel.org
1700 Alameda de las Pulgas. San Mateo 94403
mail*at*templebethel.org
650/341-7701


Adult choir workshops 1/21, 2/4, 3/18, 4/22/07 led by khazn/cantorial soloist Stephen Saxon. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs.

Tallmer, Jillian (Yidl)

San Francisco
415/551-2284
yidl*at*mac.com

Leads Yiddish sing-alongs with piano accompanist at the BJE Jewish Community Library and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Directs choruses.

Tenney, Gerry

Oakland
510/465-7911
gtenney*at*earthlink.net

Leads Yiddish sing-alongs, plays mandolin and guitar..


C. YOUTH PROGRAMS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

Eastbay Kindershul

510/465-7911
gtenney*at*earthlink.net 

Twice-monthly, Sunday morning Yiddish-friendly, secular programs for children 3-10. Secular bar/bas mitzve program for kids 11-13. Located in Berkeley at JCC of the East Bay.

KlezCalifornia

www.klezcalifornia.org

P.O. Box 36, Lagunitas 94938

415/789-7679
info*at*klezcalifornia.org
Weekend Intensives, co-produced with JCCs and other Jewish institutions, include special programs for youth, such as Klezmer Youth Orchestra, Yiddish Singing for Families, Metal Foil Hamsas for Kids, and Let’s Make a Musical Yiddish Play.

Yiddish Culture Curriculum: Curricula for day schools and religious schools.

KlezKidz

Albany
510/524-3293
gizmos*at*earthlink.net

Working band of musicians, ages 12-18, directed by Carol Ginsburg, co-founder of Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. Rehearses and performs klezmer music for bar/bas mitzve parties and other events.

Temple Isaiah

www.temple-isaiah.org
3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette 94549
info*at*nsopdrums.com
510/612-5527
The Mighty Kleztones, kids’ band. Cary Nasatir, Director.

D. COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

Albert L. Schultz JCC
www.paloaltojcc.org
4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto 94303
650/852-3506
Klezmer Ensemble Workshop taught by David Rosenfeld. Learn from sheet music, by ear, and through improvisation. Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Next session begins October 2007.
Congregation Netivot Shalom
www.netivotshalom.org
1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702
Dan Siegel 510/684-5580
community*at*netivotshalom.org
Netivot Shalom Jazz & Klezmer Band for adults/teens meets first Monday of the month, 7:00 – 9:30pm.
JCC of the East Bay  www.jcceastbay.org
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley 94709
510/848-0237  
Klezmer Ensemble Workshop taught by David Rosenfeld. Tuesdays, 7:30- 9:00pm. January 8 – February 26, 2008,.
Peninsula JCC www.pjcc.com
800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City 94404
650/212-PJCC
800 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City 94404
650/212-PJCC
Peninsula Temple Beth El
www.templebethel.org
1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo 94403
650/341-7701
mail*at*templebethel.org


Monthly community klezmer band taught by Stephen Saxon. All levels. Sunday afternoons.
Temple Isaiah www.temple-isaiah.org
3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 94549
info*at*nsopdrums.com
510/612-5527
The Mighty Kleztones, kids’ band. Cary Nasatir, Director.

E. PERFORMERS

(This list includes bands, band leaders, and solo performers. Many additional fine klezmer musicians live and perform in the Bay Area.)

Performer

Contact Information

Background

Programs

ADAMA

www.achibenshalom.com
510/528-8872
mail*at*achibenshalom.com

Musicians Achi Ben-Shalom, Jan Padover, Michael Gill, Jeremy Cohen, and Daniel Hoffman. 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.

Albert-Schreck, Betty

Berkeley
510/525-6909
betty*at*drshen.com

Preschool Teacher & Director, Eastbay Kindershul. CD: “Let’s Sing a Yiddish Song (Lomir Zingn a Yidish Lid),” Yiddish music for children of all ages, with Gerry Tenney.

Singer of Yiddish songs for all ages.

Barsky, Tim

Oakland
www.timbarsky.com
415/835-2160
contact*at*timbarsky.com

Flautist, traditional Ashkenazi storyteller, and oral historian. Performance artist blending hip-hop, street theater, and Jewish folklore.

“Beatbox, Hip-hop, and the Torah.”

ben Izzy, Joel

Berkeley
www.storypage.com
510/883-0883
joel*at*storypage.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 mayses from around the world, including tales from Chelm, the Jewish town filled with shlemiels, shlimazls, shmendriks, and shnorrers. Also conducts corporate consulting and skills workshops.

Bernstein, Sharon

Oakland
415/533-7563
sharonsong18*at*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, with first solo CD en route. Composes music for Yiddish poems. Researched Yiddish song at the National Archives in Jerusalem. Cantor, graduate of Jewish Theological Seminary, B.A. in voice and piano, University of Redlands. Jewish repertoire also includes Ladino, Israeli, Italian, and American.

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

Brotman, Stuart

Berkeley
510/526-5047
klezbow*at*sbcglobal.net

Member, Brave Old World, Veretski Pass. Also performs and records with Khevrisa, Stempanyu's Dream, Andy Statman, Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Klezmorim, Klezmatics, Klez-X, Red Hot Chachkas. Performed as part of 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.

Broude, Samuel, Rabbi

Oakland
510/531-2708
judsam*at*att.net

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland. Yiddish singer.

Singer of Yiddish folk and art songs.

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland
510/530-5991
sheldonbrown*at*earthlink.net

Multi-reed instrumentalist has played with the Klezmorim and KlezX.

Klezmer performances.

CALIFORNIA KLEZMER
(see also Tenney, Gerry)
www.californiaklezmer.com
510/465-7911
Gtenney*at*earthlink.net

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

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

DAVIS KLEZMER ORCHESTRA Greater Sacramento Area
Moreen Libet                            530/753-8584                            mlibet*at*onemain.com
Energetic and soulful klezmer and Romanian renditions, Israeli dances. George Weis (cello/bass), Julie Partansky (cornet/marimba/ukelele), Ralph Libet (fiddle), Moreen Libet (viola), Matt Herman (drums/dumbek), Elaine Fingerett (accordion)
Weddings, bar/bat mitzvah, parties, community gatherings, concerts

DAVKA

www.davkamusic.com
510/658-4528
daniel*at*davkamusic.com
Classical Middle Eastern Ashkenazi jazz.
CDs: “Davka,” “Davka Live,” “The Golem,” “Judith,” and “Lavy’s Dream.”

Klezmer performances.

Egger, Julie
(see also RED HOT CHACHKAS)
Lagunitas
415/488-9125
julieegger*at*comcast.net

Director, The Red Hot Chachkas.

Klezmer performances on violin.

Ellis Island Old World Folk Band

www.musikers.com
510/524-3293
gizmos*at*earthlink.net

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

Klezmer performances. weddings, bar/bas mitzve and other parties, and community events.

Estrin, Mikel (Moish)
(see also HAIMISH MUSIC)
Castro Valley
www.haimishmusic.com www.sfbalalaika.com
510/276-6764
mikel*at*mikelion.com

Music Director for Haimish Music. Multi-instrumentalist performing on classical and world instruments. Founding member of San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, playing alto domra, balalaika, guitar, and clarinet. Regular musician for Beyt Tikkun, accompanying on guitar, mandolin, cumbuc, clarinet, khalil, flute, and dumbek.

Leading bands and playing in bands at Jewish weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties. Performances for simkhes, onegs, services, weddings, and more.

FREILACHMAKERS KLEZMER STRING BAND

Sacramento
www.freilachmakers.com
916/324-3477 (day)
916/484-1176 (evening)
andyrubin*at*comcast.net

Upbeat Jewish music from the Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions, with Brazilian, gypsy, and Celtic influences. CDs: "And I in the Uttermost West," "The Flower of Berezin," "Shalom Ireland" by Ceili-zemer (with Irish band, Driving with Fergus).

Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties, workshops, and other simkhes.

Goldberg, Ben

Berkeley
510/649-3013

Klezmer clarinetist. Has played with The Klezmorim and the New Klezmer Trio.

Klezmer performances.

HAIMISH MUSIC
(see also Estrin, Mikel)
510/276-6764
www.haimishmusic.com
mikel*at*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.

JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE
(see also Alexander, Paul)
www.jubileeklezmer.com
707/762-1070
info*at*jubileeklezmer.com
Band specializing in klezmer and Israeli music. Also play swing and old standards. Klezmer performances, weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties, simkhes, and concerts.

Klein, Heather

San Francisco
702/498-1999
HLaurenKlein*at*hotmail.com

B.A. and M.M. in Operatic Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Experience in musical theater and cabaret. Cantorial soloist.

Yiddish music (voice) performances.

KLEZIDENT EVIL

Cupertino
Shannon E. Wells, bandleader
klezidentevil.org
650/954-5671
Nine-member band music centered on klezmer and other Eastern European folk music. Organizational and private parties, public venues.
THE KLEZMAKERS S.F.Peninsula
Contact: Alan Rappoport
arappoport*at*alanrappoport.com
650/365-9477
Eight-member band’s repertoire includes klezmer and Yiddish theatre music. Eight-member band’s repertoire includes klezmer and Yiddish theatre music.

THE KLEZMANIACS

www.klezmaniacs.com
fiddlerzvi*at*att.net

Band of flexible size plays music of the shtetl.

Performances of Jewish music, primarily klezmer, for weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties, and circumcisions. Motto: “On the cutting edge of Jewish music.””

KLEZ-X (formerly S.F. KLEZMER EXPERIENCE)

www.klezx.com
510/658-4528
daniel*at*davkamusic.com

Klezmer and Yiddish music: klez-jazz fusion. CDs: "Maximum Freilach," "Zing!," and "Harbst".

Klezmer performances.

KUGELPLEX
(see also Reich, Rob)

www.kugelplex.com

CD: "Ceci n'est pas Klezmer."

Klezmer performances.

Levy, Mark
Mitzvah Music
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
888/505-8953
www.MarkLevyMusic.com
mitzvahmus*at*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."

Lewis, Nada
(see also TSIGANYA)
El Sobrante
www.folkloric.net
510/243-1122
folkloric*at*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. Workshops for instrumental and vocal music.

THE NEW KLEZMORIM
(see also Saxon, Stephen)
510/882-4908
Stephen*at*saxon.com

Veterans of The Klezmorim and Klez-X (San Francisco Klezmer Experience).

Concert and party music mixing klezmer, jazz, and Yiddish music.

RED HOT CHACHKAS
(see also Egger, Julie)
www.redhotchachkas.com
415/488-9125
klezmer*at*redhotchachkas.com

CDs: "Spice It Up!" and "Family Album."

Klezmer performances, dances, weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties.

Reich, Rob
(see also KUGELPLEX)
San Francisco
www.kugelplex.com
510/459-3996
robbyreich*at*yahoo.com

CD with Kugelplex, "Ceci n'est pas Klezmer."

Klezmer performances.

Saxon, Stephen
(see also THE NEW KLEZMORIM)
www.stephensaxon.com
510/882-4908
Stephen*at*saxon.com

Veteran of The Klezmorim, San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Chanticleer. Has played with Klezmer Conservatory Band, California Klezmer, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, San Francisco Symphony. Former conductor, San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus. More than 15 years as a khazn/cantorial soloist.

Workshops, clinics, and performances.

Shmiana, Diana

San Francisco
www.dianashmiana.com
415/647-5042
dianashmiana*at*hotmail.com

Professional children’s entertainer and educator since 1997.

Programs about Jewish culture and Jewish holidays, incorporating humor, folklore, and music.

Tallmer, Jillian (Yidl)

San Francisco
415/551-2284
yidl*at*mac.com

Recipient, 2001 Yiddish Music Award, Workmen's Circle of Northern California.

Solo voice recitals.

Tenney, Gerry
(see also CALIFORNIA KLEZMER)
Oakland
510/465-7911
gtenney*at*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 Yiddish children's songs. Musical direction of performances.

TSIGANYA
(see also Lewis, Nada)
www.folkloric.net
510/243-1122
folkloric*at*value.net

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.

ZOYRES EASTERN EUROPEAN WILD FERMENT

http://zoyres.monopod.net
zoyres*at*gmail.com

Traditional klezmer and Balkan music, along with original compositions, in a modern, hybrid context. Band is Mike Perlmutter, Josh Sirotiak, Liam Staskawicz, Jon Russell, and Eddie Pollard (“Word”)..

Klezmer performances, clubs, weddings, and other events.

F. TEACHERS: KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE

(Some teachers’ backgrounds are above in “E. Performers”)

Teacher

Contact Information

Subjects Taught

Alexander, Paul

Petaluma
707/762-1070
paul*at*jubileeklezmer.com

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley
415/533-7563
sharonsong18*at*yahoo.com

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

Brotman, Stuart

Berkeley
510/526-5047
klezbow*at*sbcglobal.net

Private lessons and workshops on bass, cimbalom.

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland
510-530-5991
sheldonbrown*at*earthlink.net

Teaches clarinet and other reed instruments in Oakland.

Carrey, Henry

San Francisco
917/709-3408
hcarrey*at*us.ibm.com

Yiddish song coach, offering help with pronunciation and interpretation of Yiddish songs.

Egger, Julie

Lagunitas
415/488-9125
julieegger*at*comcast.net

Teaches violin in Marin and directs klezmer groups for children and adults throughout the Bay Area.

Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

Castro Valley

www.heymishmusic.com

510/276-6764

mikel*at*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
510/524-3293
gizmos*at*earthlink.net

Co-founder of the Ellis Island Old World Folk Band, teaches klezmer flute. See information on KlezKidz in “Youth Programs.”

Goldberg, Ben

Berkeley
510/ 649-3013

Teaches clarinet privately and at Mills College.

Reich, Rob

San Francisco
510/459-3996
robbyreich*at*yahoo.com

Teaches piano and accordion.

Rosenfeld, David

Berkeley
415/407-7162 
mandodave*at*gmail.com

Teaches klezmer in different size groups for musicians of varying levels of expertise. Teaches by ear and from sheet music. See information on workshop at ALSJCC in “Community Klezmer Bands.”.

Saxon, Stephen

Oakland
www.stephensaxon.com
510/882-4908
stephen*at*saxon.com

Teaches klezmer for individuals and groups, khazones, jazz improvisation and styling. See information on Peninsula Temple Beth El choir in “Yiddish Language and Culture Classes and Clubs” and band in “Community Klezmer Bands.”

Tenney, Gerry

Oakland
510/465-7911
gtenney*at*earthlink.net

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


G. LECTURERS AND PRESENTERS

Presenter

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Ash, Chayale

San Jose
408/995-6028

Romanian-born Yiddish actress who has traveled around the world in Yiddish theater productions.

Lectures on Yiddish theater and cultural life. Dramatic readings in Yiddish.

Baker, Zachary

http://library.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/jewish/jewish.html
Green Library 321 - HRG, Stanford 94305
650/725-1054
zbaker*at*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

Oakland
415/533-7563
sharonsong18*at*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, with first solo CD en route. Composes music for Yiddish poems. Researched Yiddish song at the National Archives in Jerusalem. Cantor, graduate of Jewish Theological Seminary, B.A. in voice and piano, University of Redlands. Jewish repertoire also includes Ladino, Israeli, Italian, and American.

Lectures and presentations on Yiddish song, Hasidic niggunim, traditional Ashkenazi khazones, and Jewish prayer.

Biale, David, Ph.D.

Berkeley
Department of History, U.C. Davis, Davis 95616
530/752-1640
dbiale*at*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

San Francisco
415/246-1370 cell
jewishdance*at*yahoo.com

Performer and teacher with the Aman Ensemble, choreographer, and arts educator.

Lectures on the history of Hasidic dance and Yiddish dance.

Blady, Ken

Berkeley
www.kenblady.com
415/264-4110 
kenblady*at*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
judsam*at*att.net

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland. Yiddish singer.

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

Chaver, Yael, Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/528-3176 or 510/642-7445, U.C. Berkeley Dept. of German
ychaver*at*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.

Efron, John, Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/643-8887
efron*at*berkeley.edu

Koret Professor of Jewish History, Department of History, U.C. Berkeley.

Lectures on the history of East European Jewry.

Egger, Julie

Lagunitas
415/488-9125
julieegger*at*comcast.net

President, KlezCalifornia. Director, The Red Hot Chachkas. Violin and klezmer band teacher. Teaches “Klezmer 101” for Reutlinger Center, Elderhostel, Lehrhaus Judaica.

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

Falk, Marcia, Ph.D.

Berkeley
www.marciafalk.com
510/548-8018
Email Marcia via her web site

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.

Inbar, Donny, Ph.D.

San Francisco
415/522-1598
dinbar*at*sbcglobal.net

Director of Culture at the San Francisco Israel Center and professional theater director. Doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union, completing a dissertation on Yiddish theater.

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

Kaplan, Richard, Khazn

Oakland
www.kaplanmusic.com
510/531-0342
kaplanmusic*at*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.”

Kelman, Ari Y., Ph.D.

Albany
www.ams.ucdavis.edu/instructors/kelman
917/528-0138 (cell; 917 is correct)
aykelman*at*ucdavis.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, U.C. Davis. Forthcoming book on Yiddish radio, Station Identification.

Lectures include “A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in America” and “Jews in Popular Culture.”

Krow-Lucal, Marti

Sunnyvale
408/773-0876
kromobile*at*earthlink.net

Former Board member, Friends of the Secular Yiddish Schools in North America Collection. The Collection is at Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections (see “Other Resources.”). Student at secular Yiddish schools in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s.

Lectures on the secular Yiddish schools and on Yiddish literature.

Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

San Mateo
650/349-6946
fishl*at*derbay.org

Founder and Editor, “Der Bay: International Anglo-Yiddish Newsletter.” Chairman, Workmen's Circle of Northern California. Co-chair, Yiddish Special Interest Group, Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE).

Lectures: "The Yiddish Language," "Yiddish Language and Culture."

Levy, Mark,
Mitzvah Music
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
www.MarkLevyMusic.com
888/505-8953
mitzvahmus*at*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: "Zing-zhe mir a lidele... Yiddish folk songs from Eastern Europe," "Klezmer 101: Everything you always wanted to know...."

Judah L. Magnes Museum

www.magnes.org/education

Rose Levine, 510/581-5425

rosedocent*at*comcast.net

Presentations by members of the Magnes Outreach Auxiliary, “The Museum that Comes to You.”

Slide shows: “Yiddish Theater Remembered,” “Vanished Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe,” and many more.

Matisoff, James, Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/643-9910
matisoff*at*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.” Maledicta (The International Journal of Verbal Aggression).

Lectures on Yiddish psycho-ostensive expressions.

Safran, Gabriella, Ph.D.

Mountain View
650/723-4414
gsafran*at*stanford.edu

Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University. Author of 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

San Francisco
415/338-1331
jschech*at*sfsu.edu

Professor of Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University.

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.

Schwartz, Martin, Ph.D.

Berkeley

510/843-7122

martz*at*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*at*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, Eleanor (Ellie)

Berkeley
510/848-0237 x126
eleanors*at*jcceastbay.org

Director of Jewish Music Festival. Has taught classes/workshops in Jewish world music at Midrasha and KlezKanada. Has lectured for Hadassah, Congregation Beth El, Temple Isaiah, Graduate Theological Union.

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

Stern, Zehavit

Berkeley
510/559-8378
zehavit*at*berkeley.edu

Doctoral candidate, Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies, U.C. Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union. M.A. Thesis (Hebrew University) was “Yiddish Film Melodrama - a Portrait of a Culture and its Discontents."

Lectures and short courses on Yiddish film, popular culture, and literature..

Varga, Harvey

Oakland
415/282-4194 or 415/359-4859
varga96*at*aol.com

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

Lectures on Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

Zerin, Edward, Rabbi

San Francisco
415/922-4048
edzerin*at*sbcglobal.net

Retired congregational rabbi, university 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. Translator for the National Yiddish Book Center. Award-winning photographer.

Lectures on 17th – 20th century rabbinical Torah commentary (written in Yiddish). Lecture and slide show on Jewish immigration to San Francisco following the Russian pogroms of 1883.

Has Israeli film of the Dybbuk sung in Yiddish.

Zemtsovsky, Izaly I. Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/967-7214
izalma49*at*yahoo.com

Ethnomusicologist and folklorist specializing in the cultures of Eurasia. Visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (Spring 2007) 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. Author of 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.

Zipperstein, Steven, Ph.D.

650/725-5660
szipperstein*at*aol.com

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.


H. TEACHERS: YIDDISH LANGUAGE

(Some teachers’ backgrounds are above in “G. Lecturers and Presenters”)

Teacher

Contact Information

Subjects Taught

Ash, Chayale

San Jose
408/995-6028

Teaches Yiddish in an informal environment.

Blady, Ken

Berkeley
www.kenblady.com
415/264-4110 
kenblady*at*earthlink.net

Teaches Yiddish. Translates Yiddish to English.

Carrey, Henry

San Francisco
917/709-3408
hcarrey*at*us.ibm.com

Teaches beginning Yiddish in San Francisco.

Chaver, Yael, Ph.D

Berkeley
510/528-3176 or 510/642-7445, U.C. Berkeley Dept. of German
ychaver*at*berkeley.edu

Teaches Yiddish language and literature at U.C. Berkeley and Yiddish literature at Lehrhaus Judaica.

Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

San Mateo
www.derbay.org
650/349-6946
fishl*at*derbay.org

Teaches Yiddish at Peninsula JCC.

Levitow, Jon

Los Gatos
jnlvtw*at*comcast.net

Teaches Yiddish at Stanford University. Translates from Yiddish and Hebrew to English. See especially www.yisroelshtern.org.

Marcus, Marcelle

Santa Rosa
707/546-5057
marcelleken*at*sbcglobal.net

Teaches Yiddish language and literature at JCC, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Stern, Zehavit

Berkeley
510/559-8378
zehavit*at*berkeley.edu

Teaches Yiddish.

Varga, Harvey

Oakland
415/282-4194 or 415/359-4859
varga96*at*aol.com

Teaches conversational Yiddish, Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.



I. TEACHERS: ARTS AND CRAFTS

Teacher

Contact Information

Background

Subjects Taught

Belkind, Elaine
Berkeley
510/486-1492
Izabel261*at*comcast.net
Teaches children at Eastbay Kindershul. Degrees in Fine Arts and Art Therapy. Experience with special needs kids. Workshops in family art and teen folk art, using multiple media.
Brose, Lydia
Berkeley
510/559-3377
lyd47*at*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 level 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
www.lisarauchwerger.com
877/321-7925 
cec*at*lisarauchwerger.com
Artist and writer specializing in Judaic paper cuts, paper sculpture illustration, ketubot, graphics, and calligraphy. Author of 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*at*msn.com
BFA in Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design. Creates and sells ceramic ritual objects, fired in a Japanese raku kiln. Participatory workshops in Jewish crafts for adults and/or children: make mezuzes, amulets, hamsas, and other ritual objects in diverse media (paper cutting, polymer clay, textiles, and metal foil).

J. YIDDISH DANCE LEADERS

Dance Leader

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Bierman, Bruce

San Francisco
415/246-1370
jewishdance*at*yahoo.com

Performer and teacher with the Aman Ensemble. Choreographer. Arts educator.

Lessons and workshops on Yiddish and Hasidic dance.

Egger, Julie

Lagunitas
415/488-9125
julieegger*at*comcast.net

Director, The Red Hot Chachkas.

Teaches and leads Yiddish dance.

Schy, Yael Oakland
510/339-2404
yael*at*sonic.ne
Former performer and choreographer with Westwind and Jubilee dance companies. Also uses dance and theater for teambuilding and coaching in orgs. Teaches and leads klezmer dance for all ages.

K. OTHER RESOURCES

Individual or Organization

Contact Information

Programs

Bureau of Jewish Education
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., San Francisco 94115 www.bjesf.org/library
415/567-3327 x706
hfreedman*at*bjesf.org

Circulating collection of hundreds of Yiddish books, klezmer/Yiddish recordings, and Yiddish videos. Programs and readings on Yiddish culture. All programs and services free and open to the public.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

121 Steuart St., San Francisco 94105
www.thecjm.org
415/344-8800

Museum dedicated to celebrating Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.

Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival www.zerosquadron.com/filmfest07
c/o Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay
401 Grand Ave., Oakland 94610
riva*at*jfed.org
510/839-2900 X253
Week-long film festival in late winter presented by the Jewish Comm. Federation of the Greater East Bay and Contra Costa JCC. Includes films about East European Jewry.

Friends of the Secular Yiddish Schools in North America Collection

P.O. Box 19295, Stanford 94309
www.fsysa.org
Gail Switzer, 650/327-7953
fofsysa*at*aol.com

Assists in the location, identification, and donation of materials for deposit in the Secular Yiddish Schools in North America Collection at Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collections. Raises funds for processing, cataloguing, publicizing, and disseminating materials. Offers periodic research scholarships on Yiddish education, bilingual education, and ethnic studies. Publishes bilingual bulletin, “Shulgrusn.” The Collection covers the four major Yiddish school networks in the U.S. and Canada: Sholem Aleichem, Arbeter Ring, Farband, and Ordn schools.

Henry Hollander, Bookseller

843 24th Avenue, San Francisco 94121
www.hollanderbooks.com
415/831-3228
boychik*at*hollanderbooks.com

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

Holocaust Center of Northern California www.hcnc.org
121 Steuart Street, Suite 10
San Francisco 94105
info@hcnc.org
415/777-9060
Dedicated to the education, documentation, research, and remembrance of the Holocaust. Offers an extensive multilingual research library on Eastern European Jewish communities and their fate in the Holocaust, along with public programs.
JCC of the East Bay
Jewish Library
1414 Walnut St., Berkeley 94709
www.jcceastbay.org
510/848-0237 x117
info*at*jcceastbay.org

Collection includes fiction in Yiddish, genealogy books.

Jewish Music Festival
(part of the JCC of the East Bay)
www.jewishmusicfestival.org
510/848-0237 x126
jmf*at*jcceastbay.org

Annual March music festival often includes klezmer or Yiddish performances. Community Music Day is participatory.

KlezCalifornia

P.O. Box 36, Lagunitas 94938
www.klezcalifornia.org
415/789-7679
info*at*klezcalifornia.org
Khevruse Directory: Find “activity partners” with whom to play klezmer music, sing Yiddish songs, read Yiddish literature, etc. Sign-up form at www.klezcalifornia.org.

Weekend Intensives: Weekend programs co-produced with JCCs and other Jewish institutions that include concerts with dance parties, participatory workshops, and special programs for teens and children.

Tastes of Yiddish Culture: Family Evenings of Yiddish Song and Dance, Holiday Songs from the Yiddish Tradition, and many other events. One-time programs and classes co-produced with Jewish institutions.

Yiddish Culture Curriculum: Curricula for day schools, religious schools, conversion classes, and programs for intermarried families.

Judah L. Magnes Museum

2911 Russell St., Berkeley 94705
www.magnes.org
510/549-6950
info*at*magnes.org

Museum of Jewish art and history. Many items in the permanent collection, special exhibitions, and educational programs address Yiddish culture. Also see listing in “Lecturers and Presenters.”

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

www.sfjff.org
415/621-0556
jewishfilm*at*sfjff.org

Summer film festival and special programs throughout the year include films about East European Jewry.

Stanford University Library Judaica Collection

http://library.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/jewish/jewish.html
zbaker*at*stanford.edu

Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

Traveling Jewish Theatre

www.atjt.com

Creates and presents theatre that shares the Jewish vision of tikkun olam, repair or healing of the world. Performs in San Francisco, Berkeley, Mountain View.

U.C. Berkeley Annual Conference on Yiddish Studies

http://yiddish.berkeley.edu/
CalYiddish*at*gmail.com

Two-day, free national conference held each year in the Spring.

U.C. Berkeley Library
Jewish Studies Collection
www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/judaica/collection.html
phamburg*at*library.berkeley.edu

Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

www.circle.org
650/349-6946
fishl*at*derbay.org

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



Updated Feb. 2008. © KlezCalifornia, Inc.