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KlezCalifornia's Guide to Yiddish Cultural Resources in Northern California (edition 3.2)

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the third edition of the “KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow),” a compilation of Yiddish culture resources in the Bay Area (and some in Sacramento, Davis, and Santa Cruz). The “Gele Pages” is available:
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KlezCalifornia was formed in 2003 to build a vibrant region-wide community of individuals and families who are including Yiddish culture in their lives. We work with Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), shuls, day and religious schools, and camps to include more Yiddish culture in their programming, produce events for them, and create independent events. As distinct from other fine groups that present performances, KlezCalifornia’s focus is events in which the community participates – as singers, dancers, musicians, Yiddish speakers, readers, and artists.

Our Festivals and shorter Tastes of Yiddish Culture offer rich activities to enhance Jewish life in Northern California. Come to our dance parties, Yiddish conversation salons, sing-alongs, master classes, and more. Check out our “KlezCalifornia Khevruse Directory,” Sign up for our free e-newsletter at www.klezcalifornia.org. We warmly invite you to participate!

Please communicate additions or corrections to gele[at]klezcalifornia.org*, 415/789-7679, or KlezCalifornia, 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94703.

Enjoy!

Judy Kunofsky
Executive Director


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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.

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Version 3.2, revised September 20, 2010


YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

Congregation Beth El (Berkeley)

bethelberkeley.org

1301 Oxford St., Berkeley 94709

510/235-9771

egroch[at]comcast.net

(Evie Groch)

Yiddish class, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:15-8:30pm, in Room 219. For those interested in beginning to speak Yiddish, those who speak and would like more practice, and any others interested in hearing Yiddish spoken. Easy conversation and topical themes, Yiddish music and culture.

Congregation B’nai Shalom


A Bisele* Yiddish Language, Poetry and Politics: Past and Present

Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek


(“a bisele” = a little bit)

Mondays, October 25 – December 13, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Taught by Zohar Weiman-Kelman. $125 for the public, $95 for members. More info: www.lehrhaus.org.

Congregation Kol Emeth

kolemeth.org
4175 Manuela Ave, Palo Alto 94306
510/845-6420 (Lehrhaus Judaica)
info[at]lehrhaus.org

Yiddish class (see Lehrhaus Judaica entry, below, in this section).

Congregation Shir Shalom Yiddish Club

Cong Shir Shalom, Sonoma

707/938.4577 (Muriel Robbins)

Occasional meetings organized by Muriel Robbins.

Graduate Theological Union

Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

www.gtu.edu/about/academic-centers-programs-and-affiliates/cjs/
2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley 94703
510/649-2482
cjs[at]gtu.edu

Classes in Yiddish language and literature.

JCC Contra Costa

ccjcc.org
2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek 94595
925/938-7800
shoshanae[at]ccjcc.org (Shoshana Eliahu)

Yiddish group meets Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am, for vocabulary, stories, and anecdotes in both Yiddish and English.

JCC of the East Bay

jcceastbay.org
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 94709
510/848-0237
info[at]jcceastbay.org
Yiddish conversation group, facilitated by Alan Smith, meets Mondays, 10:30-11:30am and 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm. Film series includes Yiddish films. For Jewish Music Festival, see Section L..

JCC Sonoma County

jccsoco.org
3859 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa 95405
707/528-4222
Yiddish Conversation Group in Petaluma, 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1:45pm, in private homes. Contact Belle Ganapoler 707/664-1256 or Berny Barrish 707/778-1696.

Yiddish class in Santa Rosa, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 1:00pm, at Brookdale Lodge at Paulin Creek, 2375 Range Ave. Led by Loretta Denner, lorluba[at]yahoo.com,707/566-1955.

KlezCalifornia Khevruse Directory

Sign-up form at klezcalifornia.org

Find “activity partners” with whom to read or speak Yiddish.

KlezCalifornia Yiddish Salons

klezcalifornia.org
415/789-7679
flisiksalon[at]klezcalifornia.org for flisik salon pamelakhsalon[at]klezcalifornia.org for pamelakhsalon.

Conversational groups every month in private homes, some for fluent/native speakers (flisik) and some for intermediate speakers (pamelakh). Usually Sunday afternoon or evening.

Lehrhaus Judaica

lehrhaus.org
2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
510/845-6420
info[at]lehrhaus.org

Courses in Yiddish language and literature. “Reading Yiddish Texts” led by Yael Chaver Monday evenings at JCC East Bay. “Intermediate Yiddish” led by Jon Levitow Monday evenings at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto.

Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto)


paloaltojcc.org
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 94303
650-223-8700
hstein[at]paloaltojcc.org
Yiddish Club meets the first and third Friday of the month at 2:30pm.
Peninsula JCC
pjcc.org
800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City 94404
650/378-2717 (Rhonda Press)
rpress[at]pjcc.org
Yiddish Club meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30am-12:00noon. Peer-led conversation, and occasional videos or CDs.

Peninsula JCC

pjcc.org
650/349-6946
fishl[at]derbay.org (Fishl Kutner)

Beginner/Intermediate Yiddish class meets in private home Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm. Beginners group at 3:30-4:30pm Wednesdays.

San Francisco State University
Department of Theatre Arts
theatre.sfsu.edu
415/338-1331
jschech[at]sfsu.edu (Joel Schechter)
Class every two years in Performing Yiddish Theatre (Course TH A 534) by Prof. Joel Schechter.
Sonoma State University
Department of Music
sonoma.edu
Rohnert Park
707/664-2631 or 707/664-2324
wj1707[at]aol.com or will.johnson[at]sonoma.edu
Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway (Music 343), taught by Will Johnson in Fall 2009. Class registration open to the public through Open University, www.sonoma.edu/exed/openuniversity/default.html.
Stanford University

stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies
650/723-7589
Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Jewish.studies[at]stanford.edu
jnlvtw[at]comcast.net
gsafran[at]stanford.edu
Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series. Yiddish Club.

Beginning and Intermediate Yiddish (AMELANG 140 A, B, C and 141 A, B, C) taught by Jon Levitow.

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

Stanford Leyenkrayz (Yiddish reading circle)

Stanford University

Taube Center for Jewish Studies

stanford.edu/class/Hebrew/Yiddish/leyenkrayz

650/725-2789

jewish.studies[at]stanford.edu

Organized by Emily Kopley and Isaac Bleaman, the day and time of this Yiddish reading circle changes every semester. Join the e-mail list through the website.

Temple Beth El (Aptos)

tbeaptos.org

3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos 95003

831/479-3444

info[at]tbeaptos.org

Yiddish Circle meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm. Led by Marcia Zigman.

Temple Beth Torah

Yidish un Yidishkayt

Temple Beth Torah, Fremont

510/656-7141

510/657-2740, hermrosenb[at]aol.com (Herman Rosenbaum)

Yiddish language and culture class/group for participants at any skill level. Meetings are on an irregular schedule approximately twice a month.

U.C. Berkeley

Jewish Studies Program

jewishstudies.berkeley.edu/courses

510/643-2995
info[at]jewishstudies.berkeley.edu
Beginning Yiddish taught by Mindl Cohen, Intermediate Yiddish by Yael Chaver. Yiddish Literature in Eastern and Central Europe Between the Two World Wars led by Chana Kronfeld. Annual Yiddish Studies conference (see Section L. Other Resources).

U.C. Santa Cruz

Introduction to Yiddish

Jewish Studies Program

831/459-2982

history.ucsc.edu

Occasional class taught by Jon Levitow. Next: Winter quarter, 2011.

Yiddish Club of San Francisco

415/387-4742
grinberg[at]dslextreme.com (Iosef Grinberg)

Fifty to sixty people meet monthly Sunday afternoons at the JCC San Francisco to socialize, discuss issues, and read literature in Yiddish.


YIDDISH CHORUSES, SONG CIRCLES, AND SONG LEADERS

Individual or Group

Contact Information

Programs

Ben Shalom, Achi

Berkeley

nigunim.org

510/528-8872

mail[at]nigunim.org

Song leader, choir director, band leader and music teacher. Leads the band ADAMA, East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus, and West Bay Nigunim Chorus. Has taught adult and children for 25 years and leads singing in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino around the Bay Area. Provides music transcriptions, choral arrangements, sound equipment, and event coordination.

Bernstein, Sharon

Oakland
sharonbernstein.com
415/533-7563
sharonsong18[at]yahoo.com

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

East Bay Jewish Folk Chorus

nigunim.org
mail[at]nigunim.org

Chorus led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English songs. Thursdays, 7:30–9:15pm. Three 10-week sessions a year.

Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco

jewishfolkchorussf.org
P.O. Box 590987, San Francisco 94159
510/220-6325
mailbox[at]jewishfolkchorussf.org

Meets Tuesday nights. Repertoire includes Yiddish and other Jewish songs.

KlezCalifornia Khevruse Directory

Sign-up form at klezcalifornia.org

415/789-7679

info[at]klezcalifornia.org

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

KLEZCALIFORNIA

klezcalifornia.org
415/789-7679
info[at]klezcalifornia.org

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

Kunofsky, Judy and Mitchell Shandling

Berkeley
510/848-2732
kunofsky[at]klezcalifornia.org

Lead Yiddish sing-alongs, with Mitchell on the keyboard.

Tallmer, Jillian (Yidl)

San Francisco
415/551-2284 and 415/401-5556
yidl[at]mac.com

Leads Yiddish sing-alongs with piano accompanist in San Francisco 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.

WEST BAY NIGUNIM CHORUS

nertamidsf.org
Cong. Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara, S.F. 94116
510/528-8872
mail[at]nigunim.org

Chorus led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English songs. Tuesdays, 7:30–9:15pm. Three 10-week sessions a year.

YIDDISH CHORISTERS
Oshman Family JCC
paloaltojcc.org
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 94303
408/737-3474
kkbergen[at]comcast.net (Karen K. Bergen)

Meets Wednesday nights, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs. Led by Karen Bergen. Advance registration required.


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. Meets in Berkeley at JCC of the East Bay.

KLEZCALIFORNIA

klezcalifornia.org
415/789-7679
info[at]klezcalifornia.org
Yiddish Culture Festivals, co-produced with JCCs and other Jewish organizations, include special programming for youth, such as Klezmer Youth Orchestra, Yiddish Singing for Families, Let’s Make a Musical Yiddish Play and crafts projects.

KLEZKIDS

Albany
510/524-3293
gizmos[at]earthlink.net

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

KLEZMORAMA

East Bay

925/254-3347 or 925/788-6239

pg.hoxie[at]gmail.com (Phil Hoxie)

String & percussion klezmer band of seven talented middle-school musicians. Directed by Phil Hoxie. Weddings, bar/bas mitzve parties, you name it! Repertoire of over 50 songs and dances: traditional horas, bulgars, freylekhs and shers. East Bay only.

THE MIGHTY KLEZTONES

Temple Isaiah

www.g-isaiah.org

3800 Mt. Diablo Blvdcom., Lafayette 94549

510/612-5527

info[at]nsopdrums.com

A band of talented young musicians from 5th graders to high school seniors performs for concerts, simkhes, and community events. Cary Nasatir, Director.


COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

FANDANGO KLEZ-BALKAN SESSION

Sign up for mailing list at launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/klezbalkers
Thesqueedler[at]gmail.com (Shannon Wells)

2nd and 4th Sundays at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto, 5pm to 7:30-ish. All experience levels welcome. Sheet music posted to the Yahoo group website. A few extra copies are available at the session, otherwise newcomers can share. Some of the players occasionally form temporary groups to perform.

NETIVOT SHALOM JAZZ-KLEZMER BAND

Congregation Netivot Shalom

www.netivotshalom.org
1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702
510/684-5580 (Dan Siegel)
community[at]netivotshalom.org

Netivot Shalom Jazz-Klezmer Band for adults and teens meets monthly. Directed by Rabbi Stuart Kelman.


PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS

(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
(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.

Albert-Schreck, Betty

Berkeley
510/525-6909
betty[at]drshen.com

Preschool Teacher. Former director of preschool class at Eastbay Kindershul. CD “Let’s Sing a Yiddish Song (Lomir Zingn a Yidish Lid),” Yiddish music for children of all ages, with Gerry Tenney.

Yiddish songs for all ages.

Alexander, Paul

(see also JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE)

Petaluma
www.jubileeklezmer.com
707/762-1070
info[at]jubileeklezmer.com

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

Classical and klezmer performances.

Bar-David, Tsvi, Ph.D., Rabbi

San Francisco
415/387-6890
tsvi[at]bardavid.net

Founder and director of the Kesher LaMakom Havdalah series in San Francisco. Interim rabbi of Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati and Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa. Organizer of the Sebastopol Chavrurah. Jewish educator in Burlingame. Ph.D. in Mathematics. Hospital chaplain and methadone counselor.

Simkha Tish/The Joyful Table, a two-hour event, brings together people of varied backgrounds to experienceniggunim (wordless songs), ecstatic Hasidic dance, storytelling, food, and meaningful conversation. Presented with dance leader Bruce Bierman (see Sections E, J) and a klezmer.

Bernstein, Sharon

Oakland
www.sharonbernstein.com
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. 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.

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

Bierman, Bruce


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

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

Yiddish and Hasidic dance performances. Also Israeli and Yemenite dances. See also Section G.

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, Klex-X, Klezmatics, 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
judsam2[at]gmail.com

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland. Yiddish singer.

Singer of Yiddish folk and art songs. See also Section G.

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland
510/530-5991
sheldonbrown[at]earthlink.net

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

Klezmer performances.

CALIFORNIA KLEZMER
(see also Tenney, Gerry)
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

530/753-8584 (Moreen Libet)

mlibet[at]onemain.com

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

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

DAVKA

davkamusic.com
510/658-4528
daniel[at]davkamusic.com
(Daniel Hoffman lives in Israel and returns periodically for concerts and shows)
Classical Middle Eastern Ashkenazi jazz. CDs: “Davka,” “Davka Live,” “The Golem,” “Judith,” and “Lavy’s Dream.”

Klezmer performances.

Ditzian, Jason

(see also KUGELPLEX)

San Francisco
kugelplex.com
415/613-3695
booking[at]kugelplex.com

Multi-reed instrumentalist, performs with Jewlia Eisenberg's Charming Hostess, the Sherith Israel Journey to Shabbat band and others. Clarinetist/business manager for Kugelplex.

Klezmer and more.

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

Director, The Red Hot Chachkas.

Klezmer performances on violin. See also Section G.

Eisen, Noam

San Francisco

noameisenmusic.com 415/643-3327

noameisenmusic[at]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.

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

Eisenberg, Jewlia

San Francisco/New York
charminghostess.us
jewlia[at]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

musikers.com
510/524-3293
gizmos[at]earthlink.net
(Carol Ginsburg)

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
haimishmusic.com 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 mitzveparties. Performances for simkhes, onegs, services, weddings, and more.

FREILACHMAKERS KLEZMER STRING BAND’

Sacramento
freilachmakers.com
916/324-3477 (day)
916/484-1176 (evening)
andyrubin[at]comcast.net
(Andy Rubin)

Upbeat klezmer instrumentals and Yiddish/Hebrew vocals, with gypsy and Celtic influences. CDs: "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 mitzve parties, workshops, and other simkhes.

Gerber, Scott

Petaluma

707/799-6731 for booking, CDs

No email

bonnieburt.com for DVDs.

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

County, 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.

GO VAN GOGH

govangogh.net

myspace.com/govangoghsf

reverbnation.com/govangogh

415/430-5082

one[at]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.

We play anytime any place, as long as there is either a large enough crowd, or enough geltSimkhes Torah, dance parties, bar/bas mitzve parties, sure. Weddings, love ‘em, but we don't play Celebrate, or anything from Fiddler.

Goldberg, Ben

Berkeley
510/649-3013
ben.goldberg[at]sbcglobal.net

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

Klezmer performances.

THE GONIFS
(see also Lewicki, Jeanette)

gonifs.com

415/672-7858
madamlewicki[at]yahoo.com

Co-leaders Jeanette Lewicki (San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Folksbiene Yiddish Troupe) and Peter Jaques (Brass Menazeri, Stellamara) began as the house band for a pirate radio station fifteen years ago and couldn’t stop playing together.

Rocking klezmer music with a Greek twist, fluent Yiddish song (including Yiddish tango), queer-friendly performers with programs for kids and adults by large or small ensembles. Weddings, funerals, garage sales. Subways our specialty!

HAIMISH MUSIC
(see also Estrin, Mikel)
510/276-6764
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.

Hartman, Glenn
(see also KLEZMER PLAYBOYS)
San Francisco
504/296-9491glenndhartman[at]gmail.com

Master's thesis (Tulane Univ.): "The Historical Development of Klezmer." Founding member, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars (NOKAS), the first klezmer band in "the revival" to truly cross-over into the rock-n-roll world. Glenn travels with NOKAS, plays with the Red Hot Chachkas, tours internationally with The Ark, does random synagogue gigs, and leads his own band, The Klezmer Playboys.

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

HEAVY SHTETL

HeavyShtetlKlezmer[at]gmail.com (Dorrit Geshuri)

Heavy Shtetl views klezmer as a tool for social change and is interested in reclaiming radical Jewish history. Embody the theatrical spirit of Yiddish culture using Borsht Belt humor, flashy costumes and on-stage antics, as well as political and social commentary

Music to accompany everyday moments and special occasions.

Horowitz, Joshua (see also VERETSKI PASS)

Albany

budowitz.com

veretskipass.com

510/384-9443

horowitz[at]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. Taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford with late saxophonist Stan Getz and regular teacher at KlezKamp and KlezKanada. Musicological work featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook and The Ultimate Klezmer. Has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach.

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

HOT KUGEL
hotkugel.com myspace.com/hotkugel
youtube.com/HotKugel
408/396-2515 (Mordecai)
hotkugel[at]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 10 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 simkhesof all kinds.


Performs Yiddish and other music at Zucca Ristorante in Mountain View Thursday eves. at 7:00pm and Saturday eves. at 9:00 pm. www.zuccaristorante.com.

THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO
(see also Klein, Heather Lauren)
HeatherLKlein.com
702/498-1999
Hlaurenklein[at]hotmail.com
(Heather Klein)

Trio consists of clarinet/violin, piano, 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 MANDOLIN ENSEMBLE
tophill.com/ikmo
510/843-8835 (Tony Phillips)
ikmo[at]tophill.com

About 20 members, from most of the Bay Area's leading klezmer groups, and as well as mandolinists prominent in other genres and occasional celebrity cameos. Performances at San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins 2005, 2008, 2009, and at Jewish Music Festival's Community Music Day 2005, 2006, 2007. Tony Phillips, Bandleader.

Klezmer performances.

Jaques, Peter

Berkeley

huzzam.com

510/488-3576

clarinet[at]huzzam.com

Peter’s style incorporates traditional Balkan, Rom, Greek, Turkish, and klezmer. Performs principally on Bb clarinet & truba (rotary valve flugelhorn). Directs Brass MenažeriBalkan Brass Band and performs with numerous other bands including California Klezmer.

Available to perform at all kinds of events. Can put together bands from duo to nine-piece bands.

JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE
(see also Alexander, Paul)
jubileeklezmer.com
707/762-1070
info[at]jubileeklezmer.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.

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

Kaplan, Richard, Khazn

Oakland
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.”

Kenin, Eliot

Emeryville
800/965-1302
eliotkenin[at]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


kitka.org
510/444-0323
info[at]kitka.org

Women’s vocal ensemble specializing in the exquisite harmonies of Eastern Europe and beyond. Nine 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
HeatherLKlein.com
702/498-1999
HLaurenKlein[at]hotmail.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.

KLEZKIDZ

Albany
510/524-3293

gizmos[at]earthlink.net

(Carol Ginsburg)

Working band of four musicians, ages 12-18, directed by Carol Ginsburg, co-founder of Ellis Island Old World Folk Band.

Klezmer music for bar/bas mitzveparties and other events.

THE KLEZMAKERS

Peninsula and South Bay

klezmakers.com

650/365-9477

arappoport[at]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[at]bennybemusic.com

Klezmer jazz world music dance band led by Ben Brussell, serving the California Jewish community for over 20 years with Yiddish, klezmer, Israeli, and jazz music. Numerous recordings. Have performed at numerous festivals, clubs, concerts, radio and television, for colleges, Jewish organizations, private events and simkhes.1995 New World Klez Fest with Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. In 2008, provided music for all events at opening of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Jewish life cycle events, simkhes,concerts, b'nai mitzve parties, sing-a-longs.

THE KLEZMANIACS

klezmaniacs.com
fiddlerzvi[at]att.net
(Zvi the Fiddler)

Band of flexible size plays music of theshtetl.

"We play for weddings, bnei mitzve, or circumcisions – “on the cutting edge of Jewish music."

KLEZMER PLAYBOYS

(see also Hartman, Glenn)

504/296-9491glenndhartman[at]gmail.com
(Glenn Hartman)

Thumping, accordion-driven, modern Jewish music.

Available for gigs of all kinds.

KLEZMORAMA

East Bay

925/254-3347 or 925/788-6239

pg.hoxie[at]gmail.com

(Phil Hoxie).

String & percussion klezmer band of seven talented middle-school musicians. Directed by Phil Hoxie.

We do weddings, bar/bas mitzveparties, you name it! Repertoire of over fifty and dances: traditionalhoras, bulgars, freylekhs and shers. East Bay only.

THE KLEZTET

650/856-6637
eratner[at]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 mitzve 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.

KLEZ-X

(formerly SAN FRANCISCO KLEZMER EXPERIENCE)

klezX.com
510/658-4528
daniel[at]davkamusic.com
(Daniel Hoffman)
(See comment under DAVKA)

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

Klezmer performances.

KUGELPLEX
(see also Ditzian, Jason)

Kugelplex.com

415/613-3695

booking[at]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. Recent highlights include leading the Oakland Symphony and Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in an epic 150-musician niggun at the Paramount Theater and a shtetl-blasting 15-piece collaboration with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Frank London at Cafe Du Nord for the 2008 Hornucopia! Festival.

Available for all manner of musical fun: from bat mitzves to inaugurations, concertos to parades, in configurations from 2 to 15. For weddings, 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, DJing and more. See also Eisenberg, Jewlia.

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

Lewicki, Jeanette
(see also THE GONIFS)
Oakland
madamlewicki.com
415/672-7858
madamlewicki[at]yahoo.com

Accordionist/Yiddish vocalist for KLEZ-X and for The Gonifs. Also a solo performer specializing in Yiddish tango, folksong, and klezmer. Has arranged and performed on numerous CDs including “Mayn Shtetele Soroke” with Arkady Gendler and “Fli Mayn Flishlang” with Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Founding member of the Folksbiene Yiddish Troupe. Proud Yiddish graduate of Columbia and 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.

Lewis, Nada
(see also TZIGANYA)
El Sobrante
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, East European folk and gypsy music. Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian. Balkan and Israeli folk dance music.Workshops for instrumental and vocal music.

THE MIGHTY KLEZTONES

Temple-isaiah.org

3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 94549

510/612-5527

info[at]nsopdrums.com
(Cary Nasatir)

Youth group of fourteen talented musicians from Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, led by Cary Nasatir. Ages range from 5th graders to high school seniors.

Available for concerts, simkhes, and community events.

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).

Available for concerts, weddings, and recording.

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

Traditional and original klezmer, plus dance instruction, by Julie Egger (violin), Barbara Speed (clarinet), Glenn Hartman (accordion), Tony Phillips (mandolin), Breck Diebel (bass), Michael Arrow (drums). CDs: “Beats Without Borders, “"Spice It Up!" and "Family Album."

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

Rosenfeld, David

(Badkhen Duvid)

Berkeley

415/407-7162

mandodave[at]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’sbadkhen (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.

Saxon, Stephen
(see also THE NEW KLEZMORIM)
Oakland
saxon.com/cantor
stephensaxon.com
510/882-4908
Stephen[at]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 akhazn/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)

Albany

Veretskipass.com

510/520-7760

cookie[at]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[at]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 mitzveparties, and other celebrations.

STANFORD KLEZMER BAND

Stanford

stanford.edu/group/klezmer/contact.html

818/625-0673

ibleaman[at]stanford.edu

(Isaac Bleaman)

Stanford University’s student klezmer band.

Traditional Eastern European Jewish dance and folk music. The band performs primarily on the Stanford campus but is willing to consider the occasional off-campus gig.

Tallmer, Jillian (Yidl)

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

Recipient, 2001 Yiddish Music Award, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring 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 and performing Yiddish children's songs. Musical direction of performances.

Tubridy, Sonia

Sonoma County

707/869-3273

tubridy[at]sonic.net

Member of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Trained in Israel and has been music director of Chutspah and Fiddler on the Roof. See also listing in Section I, 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[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.

VERETSKI PASS

veretskipass.com

510/520-7760

cookie[at]veretskipass.com

(Cookie Segelstein)

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

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

Wells, Shannon E.

Santa Clara
650/954-5671
thesqueedler[at]gmail.com

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

Available as an individual and as part of Fandango Klez-Balkan Session (see Section D) and Balkan+ band Da! Mozhem for gigs of all kinds. Particularly interested in modern interpretations of traditional music for performance and enjoyment.

ZOYRES EASTERN EUROPEAN WILD FERMENT

zoyres.com
zoyres[at]gmail.com

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. A huge inspiration back then, and still, was Naftule’s Dream, a Boston based band that bridges traditional klezmer music with way-out experimental and jazz improvisational forms (think of the perfect band if Frank Zappa were to be Bar Mitzve’d). The four horns (clarinet, saxophone, trombone, and tuba) and drums coalesce into a big, brassy. beautiful sound.

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

STORYTELLERS/MAGGIDIM

Maggid

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Barsky, Tim

Berkeley
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
storypage.com
510/883-0883
contactjbi[at]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 mayses 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[at]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.

Shmiana, Diana

San Francisco
dianashmiana.com or dianashmiana.net
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.

Silberman, Ed

510/655-7087
esilbo[at]live.com

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

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


LECTURERS

Presenter

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Baker, Zachary M.

Stanford
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

Berkeley
sharonbernstein.com
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. 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 khazones, and Jewish prayer. See also Section E.

Biale, David, Ph.D.

Berkeley/Davis
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-HistoryPower and Powerlessness in Jewish History,Eros and the Jews.

Lectures on Jewish intellectual and cultural history.

Bierman, Bruce

Berkeley
415/246-1370
jewishdance[at]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 Section E.

Blady, Ken

Berkeley
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
judsam2[at]gmail.com

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland. Yiddish singer.

Lectures on the origin and development of Yiddish, including many Yiddish expressions. See also Section E.

Chaver, Yael, Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/528-3176 or 510/642-7445
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

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

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

Falk, Marcia, Ph.D.

Berkeley
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 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[at]aol.com or will.johnson[at]sonoma.edu

Professor of Music, Sonoma State University. Teaches class in Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway (See Section A).

Lecture on Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway.

Katz, Geoffrey, M.L.A.

Mill Valley

geoffreykatz.com

415/518-7601

gkatz2[at]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. See also Section I. Masters in Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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.

Albany
ams.ucdavis.edu/instructors/kelman
917/528-0138
aykelman[at]ucdavis.edu

Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, U.C. Davis. 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 (SYSNA) Collection (see Section L.). 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 AleichemArbeter RingFarband, and Ordn) 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.”

Lectures: The Yiddish Language, Yiddish Language and Culture. See also Section H.

Levy, Mark,
Mitzvah Music
Felton (Santa Cruz County)
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.... See also Section E.

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,” in 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, D.F.A.

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

Professor of Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University. Author ofMessiahs 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.

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 andFaithful 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
510/848-0237 X126
eleanors[at]jcceastbay.org

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.

Varga, Harvey

Oakland
415/359-4859
varga96[at]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[at]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 BiseleYiddish Language, Culture and Gender Politics" and “Yiddish for Porno Stars."

Zemtsovsky, Izaly I. Ph.D.

Berkeley
510/967-7214
izalma49[at]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, includingJewish 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[at]sbcglobal.net

Retired rabbi, professor, and psychotherapist. Author of nine books, including The Birth of the Torah, three volumes of Living Judaism, andJewish 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 the 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 ofJewish San Francisco: From the Gold Rush to Today. Has film of The Dybbuk: an opera sung in Yiddish and filmed in Israel.

Zipperstein, Steven, Ph.D.

Palo Alto
650/725-5660
steven.zipperstein[at]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

(Some teachers’ backgrounds are above in Section G. Lecturers)

Teacher

Contact Information

Programs

Blady, Ken

Berkeley
kenblady.com
415/264-4110
kenblady[at]earthlink.net

Teaches Yiddish. Translates Yiddish to English.

Carrey, Henry

San Francisco
415/814-3256
hcarrey[at]comcast.net

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. See also Section A.

Denner, Loretta

Santa Rosa
707/566-1955
lorluba[at]yahoo.com

Native speaker of Yiddish who teaches Yiddish language. See also Section A

Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

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

Teaches Yiddish for the Peninsula JCC. See also Section A.

Levitow, Jon

Los Gatos
408/358-5807
jnlvtw[at]comcast.net

Teaches Lehrhaus Judaica Yiddish class in Yiddish in Palo Alto at Congregation Kol Emeth. See also Section A.

Marcus, Marcelle

Santa Rosa

707/546-5057

marcellemarcus[at]sbcglobal.net

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

Varga, Harvey

Oakland

415/359-4859

varga96[at]aol.com

Teaches conversational Yiddish, Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

Wamsley, Rachel

Berkeley

510/414-7845

rwamsley[at]berkeley.edu

Teaches Yiddish language.


KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

Teacher

Contact Information

Programs

Alexander, Paul

Petaluma
707/762-1070
info[at]jubileeklezmer.com

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley
415/533-7563
sharonsong18[at]yahoo.com

Teaches classes and one-on-one interpretation of Yiddish song, arranging, and performance style. See also Section E.

Brotman, Stuart

Berkeley
510/526-5047
klezbow[at]sbcglobal.net

Private lessons and workshops on bass, cimbalom. See also Section E.

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland
510-530-5991
sheldonbrown[at]earthlink.net

Teaches clarinet and other reed instruments in Oakland. See also Section E.

Carrey, Henry Hirsch

San Francisco
415/814-3256
hcarrey[at]comcast.net

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. See also Section E.

Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

Castro Valley
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. See also Section E.

Ginsburg, Carol

Albany
510/524-3293
gizmos[at]earthlink.net

Co-founder of the Ellis Island Old World Folk Band, teaches klezmer flute. See also KlezKidz in Section C. Youth Programs.

Goldberg, Ben

Berkeley
510/649-3013
ben.goldberg[at]sbcglobal.net

Teaches clarinet privately and at Mills College. See also Section E.

Horowitz, Joshua

Albany

510/384-9443

horowitz[at]budowitz.com

Piano, theory, composition, accordion, tsimbl (hammered dulcimer). Jazz and klezmer styles. See also Section E.

Jaques, Peter

Berkeley

huzzam.com

510/488-3576

clarinet[at]huzzam.com

Private lessons on clarinet or trumpet to intermediate or more advanced players. See also Section E.

Katz, Geoffrey

Mill Valley

geoffreykatz.com

415/518-7601

gkatz2[at]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. See also Section G.

Lawrence, Phil

Sonoma County
phillawrence.com
youtube.com/user/phillawrencemandolin
707/824-1198 or 217-8732 phlawrence53[at]yahoo.com

Teaches mandolin in Sonoma County. 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. See also Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble in Section E.

Lewicki, Jeanette

Oakland

madamlewicki.com

415/672-7858

madamlewicki[at]yahoo.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. See also Section E.

Nasatir, Cary

Castro Valley
nsopdrums.com
510/612-5527
info[at]nsopdrums.com

Teaches drums, classical percussion, and dumbec. Director of Temple Isaiah's Mighty KlezTones youth band (see also Sections D and E).

Rosenfeld, David

Berkeley
415/407-7162
mandodave[at]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[at]pacbell.net

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

Saxon, Stephen

Oakland
saxon.com/cantor
stephensaxon.com
510/882-4908
stephen[at]saxon.com

Teaches and coaches individuals and groups in klezmer, jazz improvisation and arranging for instruments and voices. See also Section E.

Seeman, Aaron (Duckmandu)

510/601-1117

accordionapocalypse.com

myspace.com/duckmandu, duckduckfish[at]amazingaccordion.com

Klezmer-style accordion.

Segelstein, Cookie

Albany

510/520-7760

cookie[at]veretskipass.com

Group coachings, workshops, private lessons in klezmer and classical violin and viola. See also Section E.

Speed, Barbara

Richmond

510/52501091

speed[at]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, a klezmer fusion band doing traditional klezmer and original compositions; Juke Joint, a soul and blues band; and the eclectic Caledonia Quartet.

Tenney, Gerry

Oakland
510/465-7911
gtenney[at]earthlink.net

Teaches guitar and mandolin. Leads klezmer groups. Provides musical direction for theatrical performances. See also Section E.

Tubridy, Sonia

Sonoma County

707/ 869-3273

tubridy[at]sonic.net

Teaches piano and accordion in Guerneville, Sonoma County. Member of Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble. Trained in Israel and has been music director of Chutspah and Fiddler on the Roof. See also Section E.


YIDDISH/KLEZMER DANCE LEADERS AND DANCE PARTIES

Dance Leader or Party

Contact Information

Programs

Bierman, Bruce


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

Teaches and leads Yiddish dance. Artistic Director, Jewish Dance Theatre. Performer and teacher with the Aman Ensemble. Choreographer and arts educator.

Egger, Julie

Lagunitas
415/488-9125
julieegger[at]comcast.net

Teaches and leads Yiddish dance. Director, The Red Hot Chachkas.

Schy, Yael

Oakland

510/339-2404

yael[at]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 teambuilding and coaching in organizations


ARTS AND CRAFTS TEACHERS

Teacher

Contact Information

Background

Programs

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

El Cerrito
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 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[at]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[at]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

Individual or Organization

Contact Information

Programs

Afikomen Judaica
3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley 94705
afikomen.com
510/655-1977 or 877/284-2345
mail[at]afikomen.com

Jewish books, gifts, and lifestyle store. Yiddish and klezmer CDs, Yiddish textbooks, sometimes Yiddish poetry and prayer books. Copies of the Yiddish Forverts weekly newspaper.

Bureau of Jewish Education
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., San Francisco 94115bjesf.org/library.htm
415/567-3327 X703
ajgreen[at]bjesf.org (Allison Green)

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.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., San Francisco 94103
thecjm.org
415/655-7800
info[at]thecjm.org

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

Contra Costa International Jewish Film Festival

eastbayjewishfilm.org

510/839-2900 X253

Late-winter week-long film festival often includes films about East European Jewry. Presented by the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay and Contra Costa JCC.

Ger Mandolin Orchestra Project

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


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


ayonai[at]hotmail.com (Avner Yonai)

Fremont resident Avner Yonai is spearheading a memorial project of reviving the Jewish Mandolin Orchestra that was active in Gora Kalwaria, Poland between 1920 to 1930. Most of its members were murdered in the Holocaust.

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

hcnc.org

121 Steuart Street, Suite 10, San Francisco 94105

info[at]hcnc.org

415/777-9060

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.

Jewish Music Festival
jewishmusicfestival.org
510/848-0237 X126
jmf[at]jcceastbay.org

Annual March music festival and activities throughout the year. Often includes klezmer concerts and Yiddish performances. School outreach, participatory Community Music Day, and commissioning of new works. A project of JCC of the East Bay.

The Jewish Theatre San Francisco (formerly Traveling Jewish Theatre)

tjt-sf.com

415/292-1233

sara[at]atjt.com (Sara Schwartz Geller)

Creates and presents theatre that shares the Jewish vision oftikkun olam, repair or healing of the world.

KlezCalifornia

klezcalifornia.org
415/789-7679
info[at]klezcalifornia.org
KlezCalifornia is building a warm, open, vibrant region-wide community to enjoy Yiddish culture. Next Festival: February 27, 2011 with JCC Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, including children’s program. Tastes of Yiddish Culture such as dance parties, Yiddish conversation salons, sing-alongs, and master classes. Khevruse Directory (See Section B) enables people to find “activity partners” with whom to play music, sing Yiddish songs, read literature, etc. “KlezCalifornia Gele* Pages (*yellow), Yiddish Culture Resources in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Works with JCCs, shuls, day and religious schools, and camps to include more participatory Yiddish culture in their programming, produce events for them, and create independent events. Sign up for e-newsletter at klezcalifornia.org.

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

magnes.org
510/642.3781
magnes@library.berkeley.edu

For almost half a century, the Judah L. Magnes Museum offered a wide array of exhibitions and public programs on the history and the cultures of the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. The gift of the collection to the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and the establishment of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is enhanced by development of a new facility at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley, scheduled to open in Fall 2011.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 318214, San Francisco 94131
sfbajgs.org
president[at]sfbajgs.org (Jeremy Frankel)

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

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

sfjff.org
415/621-0556
jewishfilm[at]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 St., San Jose 95112

sjlibrary.org

408/808-2357 (Deborah Estreicher)

Modest collection of Yiddish videos, music, and books.

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

oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5c6004gt
650/725-1054
zbaker[at]stanford.edu (Zachary Baker, Curator)

Friends of the SYSNA Collection
P.O. Box 19295, Stanford 94309
fsysna.org
gellasfishman[at]aol.com (Gella Schweid Fishman,
special advisor to the Collection)

The Collection, founded by 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, publicize, and disseminate materials; offers periodic research scholarships on Yiddish education, bilingual education, and ethnic studies. Bilingual newsletter, Shulgrusn, available on request.

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

svjff.org

408/833-9226

info[at]svjff.org

Fall festival offers a broad selection of high-quality films and related events, including films on the Eastern European Jewish experience. Project of Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley.

Stanford University Library Judaica Collection

library.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/jewish/jewish.html
650/725-1054
zbaker[at]stanford.edu (Zachary Baker)

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

U.C. Berkeley Annual Conference on Yiddish Studies

jewishstudies.berkeley.edu

info[at]jewishstudies.berkeley.edu

Two-day, national academic conference on a Yiddish theme. Open to the public at no charge. “Sex in the Shtetl,” November 15-17, 2009.

U.C. Berkeley Library
Judaica Collection
lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/judaica/
510/643-3353
phamburg[at]library.berkeley.edu (Paul Hamburg)

Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

circle.org/regions/northern-ca-region.html
415/566-7235
dmscott01[at]yahoo.com (Diana Scott)

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

Yiddish Lives

YiddishLives.com

408/457.0075

info[at]YiddishLives.com

(Eric Edelstein)

Tapes people speaking, singing, lecturing, or conversing in Yiddish and puts the video on the internet. No charge. Email to set up a taping session.