KlezCalifornia Geleh Pages
Guide to Yiddish Cultural Resources in Northern California

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the KlezCalifornia Geleh (Yellow) Pages. This compilation of Yiddish culture resources in the Bay Area (and some in Sacramento, Davis and Santa Cruz) can be viewed below. It is updated continually, and we no longer produce paper editions. Send any additions or corrections to geleh@klezcalifornia.org, or leave a message at 415.789.7679. 

KlezCalifornia is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that connects people and communities to Yiddish culture throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Participation is the essence of our community. We love to learn Yiddish culture and explore its contemporary possibilities. Come join us at events such as: 
  • Klezmer dance parties led by experienced teachers
  • Klezmer and Yiddish song concerts
  • Conversation salons for fluent Yiddish speakers
  • Sing-alongs of old and new Yiddish favorites
  • Workshops with master music and dance teachers
  • Festivals of klezmer music and Yiddish culture 
We invite you to subscribe to our free e-newsletter to learn about activities throughout the region. KlezCalifornia also produces a Yiddish Song Book and a KlezCalifornia Khevruseh Directory to connect individuals with common interests. We welcome you to join in the fun!

To become a Contributing Member of KlezCalifornia, send a check of any amount to the address in the footer below, or donate online. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Zayt gezunt! 

Judy Kunofsky, Executive Director



KlezCalifornia thanks Heidi Linsmayer, Tony Phillips, Judy Kunofsky, Mike Perlmutter, Icek Mozes z"l, and Mitchell Shandling for assembling the Geleh Pages. Thanks also to those whose skills and services are represented.

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


YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

Congregation Emeth (Morgan Hill)


Yiddish language class. See Lehrhaus Judaica, below.



Congregation Etz Chayim (Palo Alto)

2014-03



etzchaim.org

650.813.9094

About the class: jnlvtw@ucsc.edu bayyiddish.net

Fall 2015: Reading Yiddish Literature, taught by Yankl Levitow. Mondays, starting October 12 for ten sessions, 7:00-9:00pm. Basic ability to read Yiddish required. Some instruction and discussion are in Yiddish. Tuition: $250.

Congregation Kol Tefila (Santa Cruz) 2014-03

koltefillah.org

831.457.0264

More info about the class: jnlvtw@ucsc.edu

bayyiddish.net

Fall 2015: Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. Tuesdays, starting October 13 for ten sessions, 7:00-9:00pm. Tuition: $250.

Congregation Ner Shalom (Cotati)

confirmed 2014-03

nershalom.org

85 La Plaza, Cotati 94931 (Sonoma County)

707-664-8622

shalom@sonic.net


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


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

Graduate Theological Union

Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies

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

2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley 94703

510-649-2482

cjs@gtu.edu

Annual conference on East European Jewish culture.

JCC East Bay


2014-03Yid

jcceastbay.org

1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 94709

510-848-0237

info@jcceastbay.org

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


See also Lehrhaus Judaica classes, below.

JCC Sonoma County

jccsoco.org

1301 Farmers Lane, Suite 103

Santa Rosa 95405

lorluba@yahoo.com (Loretta Denner)

Yiddish literature in translation class in Santa Rosa led by Loretta Denner.

KlezCalifornia Khevruseh Directory

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

klezcalifornia.org/resources/khevruseh

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

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidisher Salon

klezcalifornia.org
415-789-7679
flisiksalon@klezcalifornia.org

  

For fluent speakers. Meets Sundays 2:00-4:00pm every other month, alternating between East Bay and San Francisco. Coordinated by Evie Groch and Rosie Kaplan.

Lehrhaus Judaica

lehrhaus.org

2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704

510-845-6420

info@lehrhaus.org

Fall 2015: Beginning Yiddish: A Lek (lick) and a Shmek (taste) of Yiddish, taught by Ken (Kalman) Blady.

Mondays, starting October 12 for nine sessions (no class 11/16), 7:00-8:30pm. Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $150 JCC members, $160 others. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY


Fall 2015: Introduction to Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. Thursdays, starting October 8 for ten sessions (no class 11/26), 7:30-9:30pm.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Emeth. Tuition: $200 for synagogue members, $250 for non-members, no-one turned away. Text costs $30. More info: jnlvtw@ucsc.edu, bayyiddish.net. At Congregation Emeth, Morgan Hill.


Fall 2015: Reading Yiddish Texts, taught by Yael Chaver.

Mondays, starting October 12 for ten sessions, 7:15-9:15pm. Prerequisite: one year of college-level Yiddish or equivalent. Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $160 JCC members, $175 others. More info: 510.845.6420, Lehrhaus Judaica. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY


Fall 2015: Intermediate Yiddish, taught by Ken (Kalman) Blady. Wednesdays, starting October 14  for nine sessions (no class 11/25), 7:00-8:30pm.

Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay and KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $150 JCC members, $160 others. At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY

 Openhouse
2017-04
 armando@openhouse-sf.org  Yiddish classes at Open House, which serves LGBT seniors in San Francisco, but open to all. Spring 2017 class full. Taught by Armando Paone.

Peninsula JCC

2014-03


pjcc.org

800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City 94404

650.378.2717

rpress@pjcc.org  (Rhonda Press)

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

Peninsula Yiddish Class

2014-03


650.349.6946

fishl@derbay.org (Fishl Kutner)  

Beginner/Intermediate Yiddish class meets in private home Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm, taught by Fishl Kutner.

San Francisco State University

Department of Theatre Arts

theatre.sfsu.edu

415-338-1331

jschech@sfsu.edu (Joel Schechter)

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

Sonoma State University

2014-03



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

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

Stanford University

Taube Center for Jewish Studies


stanford.edu/dept/jewishstudies

650.723.7589

Jewish.studies@stanford.edu

jnlvtw@comcast.net (Jon Levitow)

gsafran@stanford.edu (Gabriella Safran)

Fall 2015: Beginning Yiddish, taught by Yankl Levitow. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting September 21, 2:00-3:30pm. Primarily for Stanford students, but auditors welcomed. Sometimes class times are changed to match student schedules. More info: jnlvtw@ucsc.edu, bayyiddish.net

Clara Sumpf Yiddish Lecture Series.
Russian-Jewish Literature (SLAVGEN 153/253) taught by Gabriella Safran.

Stanford Leyenkrayz

(Yiddish reading circle)

2014-03


Stanford University

Taube Center for Jewish Studies

stanford.edu/class/Hebrew/Yiddish/leyenkrayz

650.725.2789

jewish.studies@stanford.edu

The day and time of this Yiddish reading circle changes every semester. Spring 2015: Every other Friday, 11:00am. Join the e-mail list via the website.

Temple Beth Torah (Fremont)

2014-03


www.bethtorah-fremont.org

510-656-7141

510-657-2740

herm.rosenbaum@comcast.net (Herman Rosenbaum)

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

U.C. Berkeley

Program in Jewish Studies


jewishstudies.berkeley.edu/courses

510-643-2995

info@jewishstudies.berkeley.edu

Fall 2015: Introduction to Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, taught by Jenna Ingalls.

Mondays through Fridays, August 26 through Fall semester, 11:00am-12:00noon.

Class CC#37903, Yiddish 101. More info: U.C. Berkeley German Languages Department.

At U.C. Berkeley, 65 Evans Hall, BERKELEY


Fall 2015: The Feminine Voice: 20th-Century Women's Yiddish Poetry, taught by Yael Chaver.

Mondays through Fridays, August 26 through Fall semester, 11:00am-12:00noon.

Prerequisite: Yiddish 101 and 102 or equivalent. CC#37906, Yiddish 103. More info: U.C. Berkeley German Languages Department.

At U.C. Berkeley, 102 Barrows Hall, BERKELEY

U.C. Santa Cruz

Program in Jewish Studies

2014-03


jewishstudies.ucsc.edu

Introductory Yiddish will be offered by Yankl Levitow in the Winter Quarter 2016. Auditors are welcome.

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring

More info and to rsvp: 650.577.1531
roshnman@yahoo.com

Ongoing: Class for Newer Yiddish Speakers, Readers and Writers, taught by Rochelle Goldman. 
Every other Friday, 3:00-5:00pm. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Text (Sheva Zucker's "Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture," Vol. 1) can be purchased from the Yiddish Book Center or Amazon. No charge for the class. At San Francisco Main Library, Sypic Room, SAN FRANCISCO

YIDDISH CHORUSES, SONG CIRCLES, AND SONG LEADERS


Individual or Group

Contact Information

Programs

Ben Shalom, Achi

Berkeley

nigunim.org

510-528-8872

mail@nigunim.org

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley

sharonbernstein.com

415-533-7563

sharonsong18@yahoo.com

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

JEWISH FOLK CHORUS OF SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco

jewishfolkchorussf.org

P.O. Box 590987, San Francisco 94159

510-220-6325

mailbox@jewishfolkchorussf.org

Stephen Varney, Conductor. Meets Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm. Now in our 90th year, our repertoire is mostly Yiddish but also includes Ladino, Russian, and Hebrew songs. We perform for audiences around the Bay. Prior knowledge of these languages is not necessary, but always welcome.

KLEZCALIFORNIA KHEVRUSEH DIRECTORY

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

415-789-7679

info@klezcalifornia.org

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

KLEZCALIFORNIA

klezcalifornia.org

415-789-7679

info@klezcalifornia.org

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

KOL TRUAH JEWISH CHOIR OF THE EAST BAY

At Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley

koltruah.org

510.918.2705

music@koltruah.org

Cantor Pamela Rothmann Sawyer, Artistic Director.

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

NIGUNIM COMMUNITY CHORUS

At the JCC East Bay, Berkeley

achibenshalom.com/chorus

510.528.8872

mail@nigunim.org

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

NIGUNIM MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CHORUS

At Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon

510.528.8872

mail@nigunim.org

Achi Ben Shalom, Director. Traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English, arranged for two, three, and four parts. Begins Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm. Fee: $180 per ten-week session and a concert.

ROSSMOOR JEWISH COMMUNITY CHORUS

At Rossmoor, Walnut Creek

510.528.8872

mail@nigunim.org

Led by Achi Ben Shalom. Repertoire includes Yiddish songs. Begins Thursday, September 3, 2015, 1:45pm. Fee: $100 per ten-week session.

Tenney, Gerry

Oakland

510-465-7911

gtenney@earthlink.net

Leads Yiddish sing-alongs, plays mandolin and guitar.

YIDDISH CHORISTERS


At Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto

408-737-3474 after 10am

kkbergen@comcast.net (Karen K. Bergen)

Meets most Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00pm, led by Karen K. Bergen. Repertoire is mainly Yiddish songs, with some Ladino, Hebrew, and Russian songs mixed in for spice. At least three performances a year.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

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

klezcalifornia.org/events/tam

415-789-7679

tam@klezcalifornia.org

Presentations year-round on all aspects of Yiddish culture to students in day schools, religious schools, and Jewish day camps.



THE MIGHTY KLEZTONES

Temple Isaiah


East Bay

g-isaiah.org

3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 94549

510-612-5527

info@nsopdrums.com (Cary Nasatir)

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

COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS

Organization

Contact Information

Activities

NETIVOT SHALOM JAZZ-KLEZMER BAND

Congregation Netivot Shalom

netivotshalom.org

1316 University Ave., Berkeley 94702

community@netivotshalom.org

Band for adults and teens rehearses twice monthly on Tuesday evenings. 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

achibenshalom.com

510-528-8872 mail@achibenshalom.com (Achi Ben Shalom)

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

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

Alexander, Paul

(see also JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE)

Petaluma

jubileeklezmer.us

707-762-1070

jubileeklezmer@gmail.com

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

Classical and klezmer performances.

Ben Shalom, Achi

(see also ADAMA)

East Bay

achibenshalom.com

510-528-8872 mail@achibenshalom.com (Achi Ben Shalom)

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

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley

sharonbernstein.com

415-533-7563

sharonsong18@yahoo.com

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

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

Bierman, Bruce

Berkeley

415-246-1370 cell

jewishdance@yahoo.com

Teaches and leads Yiddish dance including Hasidic and klezmer.

Jewish dance artist.

Brotman, Stuart

Berkeley

510-526-5047

klezbow@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland

510-530-5991

sheldonbrown@earthlink.net

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

Klezmer performances.

CALIFORNIA KLEZMER (see also Tenney, Gerry)

East Bay

californiaklezmer.com

510-465-7911

Gtenney@earthlink.net

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

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

Chernyavsky, David

San Bruno

718/938-7922

dchernya@yahoo.com

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

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


DAVIS KLEZMER ORCHESTRA

Greater Sacramento Area

530-753-8584 (Moreen Libet)

mlibet@onemain.com

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

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

Ditzian, Jason

(see also KUGELPLEX)

San Francisco

kugelplex.com

415-613-3695

booking@kugelplex.com

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

Klezmer and more.

Dvorin-Spross, Miriam

May 2016

Marin County

profiles.santarosa.edu/miriam-dvorin-spross

707-527-4999 X9810 mdvorin-spross@santarosa.edu

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

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

Egger, Julie

(see also RED HOT CHACHKAS)

Lagunitas

415-717-9606

julieegger@comcast.net

Violinist and bandleader of The Red Hot Chachkas.

Klezmer performances on violin. See also LECTURERS.

Eisen, Noam

May 2016

San Francisco

noameisenmusic.com

415-643-3327

noameisenmusic@me.com

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

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

Eisenberg, Jewlia

San Francisco/New York

charminghostess.us

jewlia@charminghostess.us

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

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

ELLIS ISLAND OLD WORLD FOLK BAND

June 2016

East Bay

www.musikers.com

510-529-8753

ellisislandowfb@comcast.net

(Jim Rebhan)

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


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

Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

(see also HAIMISH MUSIC)

Vallejo

haimishmusic.com sfbalalaika.com

510-276-6764

mikel@mikelion.com

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

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

FREILACHMAKERS KLEZMER STRING BAND

Sacramento

freilachmakers.com

916-324-3477 (day)

916-484-1176 (evening)

andyrubin@comcast.net

(Andy Rubin)

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

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

Gerber, Scott

Petaluma

707-799-6731

bonnieburt.com

  (Bonnie Burt)

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

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

GHOST NOTE ENSEMBLE

Oakland/Santa Cruz

510-355-6874

oakbasket@gmail.com

  Joshua Laurenzi

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

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

GO VAN GOGH

govangogh.net

myspace.com/govangoghsf

reverbnation.com/govangogh

415-430-5082

one@govangogh.net

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

Plays anytime anyplace as long as there is either a large enough crowd, or enough gelt. Simkhes 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@sbcglobal.net

Klezmer clarinetist with the Klezmorim and the New Klezmer Trio.

Klezmer performances.

THE GONIFS

(see also Lewicki, Jeanette)

Oakland

madamlewicki.com

415-672-7858

madamlewicki@yahoo.com

Leader Jeanette Lewicki (San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Klez-X, Folksbiene Yiddish Troupe).

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


GYPSY MOTHS (formerly) L’CHAIM KLEZMER BAND

myspace.com/lchaimklezmerband

510-846-1839

steve.cohn@comcast.net

lachaimklezmer@yahoo.com (Alex Newman)


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

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



HAIMISH MUSIC

(see also Estrin, Mikel)

510-276-6764

haimishmusic.com

mikel@haimishmusic.com

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

Jewish and klezmer performances for all joyous occasions.

THE HARMONIA SCHVESTERS

Sonoma County

415-350-9445

gale@gale@gkpi.us

  (Gale Kissin)

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

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


Hartman, Glenn

(see also KEZMER PLAYBOYS)

San Francisco

504-296-9491 glenndhartman@gmail.com

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

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

HOO-TZA-TZA
March 2017
Santa Cruz
831-423-4719
  (Laurie B. Tanenbaum)
prefers phone contact
Founded in 1992, the band consists of Laurie B. Tanenbaum, violin; Ken Mowrey, percussion and guitar; Mark Hamersly, bass; Bob Burnett, guitar/ mandolins. Has performed at the Cabrillo Music Festival's Art Fair, Claremont Folk Music Festival, and Temple Beth El's New Year's Klezmer Concert (opening for the New Orleans Klezmer Orchestra), and many others.
Klezmer and Gypsy music for parties, weddings, and mitzvehs.

Horowitz, Joshua (see also VERETSKI PASS)

Berkeley

budowitz.com

veretskipass.com

510-384-9443

horowitz@budowitz.com

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

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

HOT KUGEL

myspace.com/hotkugel

hotkugel.com

youtube.com/HotKugel

408-396-2515 (Suska and Mordecai)

hotkugel@hotmail.com

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

Available for freylekhs and simkhehs of all kinds.

THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO

(see also Klein, Heather Lauren)

HeatherLKlein.com

702-498-1999

Hlaurenklein@hotmail.com

(Heather Klein)

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

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

INSTANT KLEZMER MANDOLIN ENSEMBLE

East Bay

tophill.com/ikmo

510-843-8835

ikmo@tophill.com

  (Tony Phillips)

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

Mandolin orchestra klezmer performances.

JUBILEE KLEZMER ENSEMBLE

(see also Alexander, Paul)

Petaluma

jubileeklezmer.us

707-762-1070

jubileeklezmer@gmail.com

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

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

Kaplan, Richard, Khazn

Oakland

kaplanmusic.com

510-531-0342

kaplanmusic@hotmail.com

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

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

Kenin, Eliot

Emeryville

800-965-1302

eliotkenin@yahoo.com

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

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

KITKA

Oakland

kitka.org

510-444-0323

info@kitka.org

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

Programs can include Eastern European Jewish music.

Klein, Heather Lauren

(see also THE INEXTINGUISHABLE TRIO)


San Francisco / Las Vegas

heatherklein.net

702/498-1999

HeatherKlein.klein@gmail.com

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

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

THE KLEZMAKERS

Peninsula and South klezmakers.com

650.365-9477

arappoport@alanrappoport.com (Alan Rappoport)

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

Klezmer and Yiddish theatre music performances.

KLEZMANIA!

bennybemusic.com/klez.htm

myspace.com/klezmaniabbmp

415-239-4670

klezmania@bennybemusic.com (Ben Brussell)

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

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

KLEZMER CREEK

11-14

Sonoma County

707-478-0476

klezmercreek.com

klezmercreek@icloud.com

Klezmer and Israeli music, and some bluegrass.


Klezmer music at events large or small.

KLEZMER PLAYBOYS

(see also Hartman, Glenn)

San Francisco

504-296-9491

glenndhartman@gmail.com

  (Glenn Hartman)

Thumping, accordion-driven, modern Jewish music.

Available for gigs of all kinds.

THE KLEZTET

Palo Alto

650.856-6637

eratner@pacbell.net

  (Lisa Ratner)

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

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

KUGELPLEX

(see also Ditzian, Jason)


Kugelplex.com

415-613-3695

booking@kugelplex.com

  (Jason Ditzian)

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

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

LEVY’S KLEZMER KLAN

(see also Levy, Mark)

888-505-8953

mitzvahmus@aol.com  (Mark Levy)


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

Available for all simkhehs and holidays.


Levy, Mark

Mitzvah Music

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

Felton (Santa Cruz County)

MarkLevyMusic.com

888-505-8953

mitzvahmus@aol.com

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

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

Lewicki, Jeanette

(see also THE GONIFS)

Oakland

madamlewicki.com

415-672-7858

madamlewicki@yahoo.com

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

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


Workshops on Yiddish tango, Yiddish folksongs, klezmer accordion.

Lewis, Nada

(see also TZIGANYA)

El Sobrante

folkloric.net

510-243-1122

folkloric@value.net

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

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

Lockwood, Jeremiah

Palo Alto area

917.374.0290

jeremiah@swaymachinery.com

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

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


Luck, Arik

2016 May

San Francisco

arikluck@gmail.com

Baritone, with BFA in musical theatre.

Cantor, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco.

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

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

MALA KLEZMER (see also Nilsen, Morgan)
2017 April
San Francisco
415.603.9596
MalaKlezmer@gmail.com
International ensemble with clarinet, accordion, and tapan drum. Repertoire from Eastern Europe and the Balkans/Turkey. They create a rich interactive experience through performance, music therapy, and education.
 Available for private events, weddings, clubs, house concerts, services, multi-cultural senior centers, and, music education.

MAMA LOSHN

Sonoma County

415.350.9445

ruach2007@gmail.com

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


Marmer, Jake

Stanford

646.422.9885

jakemarmer@gmail.com

Performance poet, educator. CD

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

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

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



Nilsen, Morgan (see also MALA KLEZMER)
2017 April
San Francisco
415.603.9596
morgank.n@gmail.com
Gigging clarinetist and teacher, in klezmer or Balkan styles.
Available to sub in klezmer bands, for touring, weddings, Jewish services, etc. 

ORCHESTRA EUPHONOS

Sonoma County and throughout the Bay Area

707-477-4582

peterbonos@gmail.com

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


Perlmutter, Mike (see also SAUL GOODMAN’S KLEZMER BAND, ZOYRES EASTERN EUROPEAN WILD FERMENT )

Berkeley

774-279-6416

mulchpermaculture@yahoo.com

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

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

RED HOT CHACHKAS

(see also Egger, Julie)

Marin, East Bay, SF

redhotchachkas.com

415-717-9606

klezmer@redhotchachkas.com

   (Julie Egger)

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

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

Rosenberg, Laura

Oakland

510.457.8140

myrna.oy@gmail.com

Singer and concertina player.

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

Rosenfeld, David

(Badkhen Duvid)

Berkeley

415-407-7162

mandodave@gmail.com

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

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

Rosengaus, Deborah

650.271.9647

DeborahRosengaus.com

drosengaus@gmail.com

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

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



Russell, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi)

Oakland

sites.google.com/site/anthonyrussellbass

anthonyrussellbass@gmail.com

African-American classical singer specializing in Yiddish art song, Hasidic piyutim and nigunim as well as creating pieces combining Jewish and African-American roots music. Reintroducing Yiddish culture and language into Jewish spaces (i.e. shul).

Concerts, music festivals, residencies, concert/lectures, adult education/synagogue programs. Strong emphasis on audience connection over classical performance conventions.

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

774-279-6416

mulchpermaculture@yahoo.com

  Mike Perlmutter



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

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

Saxon, Stephen


Hayward

saxon.com/cantor

stephensaxon.com

510-882-4908

Stephen@saxon.com

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

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

Segelstein, Cookie

(see also VERETSKI PASS)

Berkeley

VeretskiPass.com

510-520-7760

cookie@veretskipass.com

Founder/Member Veretski Pass, member of Budowitz and the Youngers of Zion. Has also performed with Kapelye, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Klezmatics, Frank London, and heard on "Sex in the City". Classically trained and active violist (Master's, Yale, '84). Author of Music of… series, and Kale Bazetsns and Doinas with Joshua Horowitz. Regular teacher at KlezKamp and KlezKanada.

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

THE SHTETLBLASTERS

shtetls.com

510-287-2540

info@shtetls.com (Michael Gill)

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

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

SIMKA

Sonoma

Simkasonoma.com

Myspace.com/simkasonoma

707-996-5233

leta@artisanknobs.com

  (Leta Davis)

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

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



STANFORD KLEZMER BAND

jeff_wolfeld@yahoo.com

  (Jeff Wolfeld)

Originally Stanford University students, but now a community band.

Traditional Eastern European Jewish dance and folk music.

Tenney, Gerry

(see also CALIFORNIA KLEZMER)

Oakland

510-465-7911

gtenney@earthlink.net

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

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

TRUE LIFE TRIO

Oakland

truelifetrio.com

510-859-8783

truelifetrio@gmail.com

  Juliana Graffagna

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

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

Tubridy, Sonia

Sonoma County

707-869-3273

tubridy@sonic.net

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

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

TZIGANYA

(see also Lewis, Nada)

folkloric.net

510-243-1122

folkloric@value.net (Nada Lewis)

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

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

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

VERETSKI PASS

veretskipass.com

510-520-7760

cookie@veretskipass.com (Cookie Segelstein)

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

Traditional East European klezmer music, Klezmer Shul project, many lecture/demonstrations, dance parties (available with Steve Weintraub). Fidl, viola, accordion, tsimbl, tilinca, baraban, cello, bass. “Lilith, The Night Demon” premieres May 2014.

VOCOLOT

vocolot.com

510-654-0799

vocolot@mindspring.com



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

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


Wells, Shannon E.

Santa Clara

650.954-5671

thesqueedler@gmail.com

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

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

YIDDISHE SERENADERS

Oakland

Facebook.com/YiddisheSerenaders

415.706-2555

Eerie.shiri@gmail.com

Shiri

An Oakland-based klezmer band which celebrates Yiddish song and fiddle music. Inspired by singers such as Molly Picon & Theodore Bikel and fiddle players such as Leo Schwartz and the unknown violinists of the "Early Yiddish Instrumental music" recordings they have unique sound which is old and contemporary at the same time. Imagine a fiddler an accordion player and a singer walking out of the mountains of Transylvania and onto the stage in Bucovina: this is the Yiddish Serenaders.


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

Berkeley

zoyres.com

zoyres@gmail.com

 (Mike Perlmutter)

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

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

STORYTELLERS / MAGGIDIM

Maggid

Contact Information

Background

Programs

ben Izzy, Joel

Berkeley

storypage.com

510-883-0883

contactjbi@aol.com

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

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

Brosbe, Liora

Berkeley

Maggidah-liora.blogspot.com

510-848-1897

liora.brosbe@gmail.com

Maggidah, Jewish storyteller and teacher, who studied with Yitzhak Buxbaum. MA in Drama Therapy from California Institute for Integral Studies. Storyteller-in-residence for Israel@60 with Israel Education Initiative, 2007-2008.

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

Felder, Sara

Oakland

sarafelder.com

sara@sarafelder.com

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

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

Shmiana, Diana

San Francisco

dianashmiana.com

415-647-5042

dianashmiana@hotmail.com

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

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

Silberman, Ed

Berkeley

510-655-7087

esilbo@live.com

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

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

Stories from the Shtetl

www.facebook.com/ShtetlScribe

michaelkaye@fastmail.fm


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



LECTURERS


Presenter

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Baker, Zachary M.

Stanford

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

650.725-1054

zbaker@stanford.edu

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

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley

sharonbernstein.com

415-533-7563

sharonsong18@yahoo.com

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

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

Biale, David, Ph.D.

Berkeley and Davis

530-752-1640

dbiale@ucdavis.edu

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

Lectures on Jewish intellectual and cultural history.

Bierman, Bruce

Berkeley

415-246-1370

jewishdance@yahoo.com

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

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

Blady, Ken

Berkeley

kenblady.com

415-264-4110

kenblady@earthlink.net

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

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

Broude, Samuel, Rabbi

Oakland

510-531-2708

judsam2@gmail.com

Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Sinai, Oakland.

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

Chaver, Yael, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Dvorin-Spross, Miriam, Ph.D.

Marin County Online.santarosa.edu/homepage/mdvorin

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

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

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

Efron, John, Ph.D.

Berkeley

510-643-8887

efron@berkeley.edu

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

Lectures on the history of East European Jewry.

Egger, Julie

Marin County

415-717-9606

julieegger@comcast.net

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

Lectures/demonstrations: The basics and history of klezmer (“Klezmer 101”). See also COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS.

Falk, Marcia, Ph.D.

Berkeley

marciafalk.com

510-548-8018

Email form on website

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

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

Inbar, Donny, Ph.D.

San Francisco

415-522-1598

dinbar@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Johnson, Will

Petaluma

707-664-2631

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

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

Lectures on Yiddish Musical Theatre and the Roots of Broadway.

Katz, Geoffrey, M.L.A.

Mill Valley

geoffreykatz.com

415-518-7601

gkatz2@earthlink.net

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

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

Kelman, Ari Y., Ph.D.

Stanford

650.723-0792

aykelman@Stanford.edu

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

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

Krow-Lucal, Marti

Sunnyvale

408-773-0876

kromobile@earthlink.net

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

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

Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

San Mateo

650.349-6946

fishl@derbay.org

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

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

Levy, Mark,

Mitzvah Music

Felton (Santa Cruz County)

MarkLevyMusic.com

888-505-8953

mitzvahmus@aol.com

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

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

Lockwood, Jeremiah

Palo Alto area

917.374.0290

jeremiah@swaymachinery.com

swaymachinery.com

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

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

Marmer, Jake

Stanford

646.422.9885

jakemarmer@gmail.com

Performance poet, educator. CD

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

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



Matisoff, James, Ph.D.

Berkeley

510-643-9910

matisoff@socrates.berkeley.

edu

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

Lectures on Yiddish psycho-ostensive expressions.

Rosengaus, Deborah

650.271.9647

DeborahRosengaus.com

drosengaus@gmail.com

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

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

Safran, Gabriella, Ph.D.

Mountain View

650.723-4414

gsafran@stanford.edu

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

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

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

Schechter, Joel, D.F.A.

San Francisco

415-338-1331

jschech@sfsu.edu

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

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

Also lectures on Yiddish and Jewish comic strips.

Schwartz, Martin, Ph.D

Berkeley

510-843-7122

martz@uclink.berkeley.edu

Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

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

Seidman, Naomi, Ph.D.

Berkeley

510-649-2482

naomi@gtu.edu

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

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

Shapiro, Ellie


Berkeley

510-848-0237 x126

eleanors@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. NOTE: In Poland Summer 2013-2014 on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Spagnolo, Francesco, Ph.D

Berkeley

google.com/profiles/spagnoloacht#about

510-666-3689

fspagnolo@library.berkeley.edu

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

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

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

Underwood, Nick, Ph.D

12/16


Napa

202-744-2724

nicholas.underwood@colorado.edu



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

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

Varga, Harvey

Oakland

415-359-4859

varga96@aol.com

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

Lectures on Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

Weinman Kelman, Zohar

San Francisco

510-387-6505

zoewk@berkeley.edu

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

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

Zemtsovsky, Izaly I. Ph.D.

Berkeley

510-967-7214

izalma49@yahoo.com

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

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

Zerin, Edward, Rabbi

San Francisco

415-922-4048

edzerin@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Zipperstein, Steven, Ph.D.

Berkeley

650.725-5660

steven.zipperstein@stanford.

edu

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

Lectures on Russian and East European Jewish history.

YIDDISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

(Some teachers' backgrounds are in LECTURERS)

For YIddish languages classes in the Bay Area, see YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS, and also klezcalifornia.org/resources/learn


Teacher

Contact Information

Programs

Blady, Ken

Berkeley

kenblady.com

415-264-4110

kenblady@earthlink.net

Teaches Yiddish. Also lectures (see LECTURERS) and translates Yiddish to English (see KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS).

Brown, Jordan

Palo Alto

650.328-7191

brownj2@whitman.edu

Teaches Yiddish language and literature. Leads Yiddish leyenkrayz (reading circle) at Stanford University alternating Fridays at 2:00pm.

Chaver, Yael, Ph.D

U.C. Berkeley Dept. of German

510-528-3176

510-642-7445

ychaver@berkeley.edu

Teaches Yiddish language and literature at U.C. Berkeley and Yiddish literature at Lehrhaus Judaica. See also YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS.

Denner, Loretta


Santa Rosa

707-566-1955

lorluba@yahoo.com

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

Goldman, Rochelle

San Mateo

650.577-1531

roshnman@yahoo.com

Teaches Yiddish language Fridays, 3:00-5:00pm (every other week) in San Francisco, in a class sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring and KlezCalifornia.

Kutner, Philip (Fishl)

San Mateo

650.349-6946

fishl@derbay.org

Teaches Yiddish classes privately.

Levitow, Jon

Los Gatos

408-358-5807

jnlvtw@comcast.net

Teaches Lehrhaus Judaica Yiddish class in Yiddish in Palo Alto at Congregation Kol Emeth. See also YIDDISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASSES AND CLUBS.

Marcus, Marcelle

Santa Rosa

707-546-5057

marcellemarcus@sbcglobal.net

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

 Paone, Armando
 San Francisco
armandojavier0211@gmail.com
 Italian from New York is fluent in Yiddish and teaches.

Varga, Harvey

Oakland

415-359-4859

varga96@aol.com

Teaches conversational Yiddish, Yiddish sayings and folk expressions.

KLEZMER MUSIC AND YIDDISH SONG STYLE TEACHERS

Most are also musicians listed in COMMUNITY KLEZMER BANDS AND JAMS

Teacher

Contact Information

Programs

Alexander, Paul

Petaluma

707-762-1070

info@jubileeklezmer.com

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

Bernstein, Sharon

Berkeley

415-533-7563

sharonsong18@yahoo.com

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

Brotman, Stuart

Berkeley

510-526-5047

klezbow@sbcglobal.net

Private lessons and workshops on bass, cimbalom.

Brown, Sheldon

Oakland

510-530-5991

sheldonbrown@earthlink.net

Teaches clarinet and other reed instruments in Oakland.

Egger, Julie

Marin County

415-488-9125

julieegger@comcast.net

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

Estrin, Mikel (Moish)

Castro Valley

heymishmusic.com

510-276-6764

mikel@haimishmusic.com

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

Ginsburg, Carol

Albany

510-529-8753

gizmos@earthlink.net

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

Goldberg, Ben

Berkeley

510-649-3013

ben.goldberg@sbcglobal.net

Teaches clarinet privately and at Mills College.

Horowitz, Joshua

Berkeley

510-384-9443

horowitz@budowitz.com

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

Katz, Geoffrey

Mill Valley

geoffreykatz.com

415-518-7601

gkatz2@earthlink.net

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

Lawrence, Phil

Sonoma County

phillawrence.com

youtube.com/user/phillawrencemandolin

707-824-1198 or 217-8732

phlawrence53@yahoo.com

Teaches mandolin 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. Former member of Jubilee Klezmer.

Lewicki, Jeanette

Oakland

madamlewicki.com

415-672-7858

madamlewicki@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.

Lippin, Laurie Le’ah


Rohnert Park

707-792-9935

lauriebe@lippinassociates.com

Teaches klezmer and Israeli accordion in the North Bay.

Nasatir, Cary

Castro Valley

nsopdrums.com

510-612-5527

info@nsopdrums.com

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

Nilsen, Morgan
2017 April
San Francisco
415.603.9596
morgank.n@gmail.com
I-bike-to-you private clarinet lessons in klezmer or Balkan styles.

Rosenfeld, David

Berkeley

415-407-7162

mandodave@gmail.com

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

Sanford, Jeff

Redwood City

sanfordjazz.com

Cartoonjazzorchestra.com

650.208-0198

sanfordjazz@pacbell.net

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@saxon.com

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

Seeman, Aaron (Duckmandu)

San Francisco and Alameda

510-368-1450

duckmandu.com

amazingaccordion.com
shamalamacord.com
www.myspace.com/duckmandu
duckmandu@duckmandu.com or aarondo@amazingaccordion.com

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


Segelstein, Cookie

Berkeley

510-520-7760

cookie@veretskipass.com

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

Speed, Barbara

Richmond

510-525-1091

speed@fletcho.com

Private lessons on clarinet, flute and saxophone for beginners on up in klezmer, jazz, and other styles. Barbara is a member of The Red Hot Chachkas, a klezmer fusion band doing traditional klezmer and original compositions; Juke Joint, a soul and blues band; and the eclectic Caledonia Quartet.

 Tanenbaum, Laurie B.
 
 
 Santa Cruz
831/423-4719
prefers phone contact



 Teaches klezmer violin.

Tenney, Gerry

Oakland

510-465-7911

gtenney@earthlink.net

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

Tubridy, Sonia

Sonoma County

707- 869-3273

tubridy@sonic.net

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

YIDDISH/KLEZMER DANCE LEADERS

Dance Leader or Party

Contact Information

Programs

Bergen, Karen

South Bay

408-737-3474

kkbergen@comcast.net

Teaches and leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

Bierman, Bruce


Berkeley

323-590-7786

jewishdance@yahoo.com

Teaches and leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

Rosenfeld, Dave

Berkeley

415-407-7162

mandodave@gmail.com

Leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

Schy, Yael

Oakland

510-339-2404

yael@dramaticstrides.com

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

 Tanenbaum, Laurie B.
 Santa Cruz
831/423-4719
prefers phone contact
 Leads Yiddish/klezmer dance.

ARTS AND CRAFTS TEACHERS

Teacher

Contact Information

Background

Programs

Belkind, Elaine

Berkeley

510-486-1492

Izabel261@comcast.net

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

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

Brose, Lydia

El Cerrito

510-559-3377

lyd47@sbcglobal.net

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

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

Rauchwerger, Lisa

San Jose

lisarauchwerger.com

877-321-7925

cec@lisarauchwerger.com

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

Workshops in calligraphy and paper cutting.

Sherman, Claire

Berkeley

510-525-6622

cfsherman@msn.com

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

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

OTHER RESOURCES

Organization, Event or Individual

Contact Information

Programs

Afikomen Judaica

3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley 94705

afikomen.com

510-655-1977 and 877-284-2345

mail@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.

Blady, Ken

Berkeley

anythingyiddish.com

415-264-4110

kenblady@earthlink.net

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St., San Francisco 94103

thecjm.org

415-655-7800

info@thecjm.org

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

Down Home Music Store & Arhoolie Records

10341 San Pablo Ave.,  El Cerrito 94530

downhomemusic.com

510-525-2129

arhoolie.com

510-525-7471

info@arhoolie.com

All types of folk, ethnic, traditional, world, etc., music CDs and DVDs, at store or online.  Released Martin Schwartz’s early klezmer compilations.

East Bay International

Jewish Film Festival

eastbayjewishfilm.org

510-839-2900 x253

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

Ger Mandolin Orchestra Project

facebook.com/110726952277142  

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

ayonai@hotmail.com (Avner Yonai)

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

Golden Horn Records & Productions

Walnut Creek

goldenhorn.com

info@goldenhorn.com

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

Henry Hollander, Bookseller

843 24th Avenue, San Francisco 94121

hollanderbooks.com

415-831-3228

boychik@hollanderbooks.com

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

Jewish Community Library


1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco 94115

jewishcommunitylibrary.org

415-567-3327 x703

ajgreen@jewishcommunitylibrary.org (Allison Green)

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

JFCS Holocaust Center

hcnc.org

2245 Post Street, San Francisco 94115

Mailing address: 2150 Post St.

415-449-3717

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

KlezCalifornia

klezcalifornia.org

415-789-7679

info@klezcalifornia.org

KlezCalifornia is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 that creates hands-on cultural, musical and social events throughout the Bay Area. Participation is the essence of our community. We love to learn Yiddish culture and explore its contemporary possibilities. Join us at klezmer dance parties led by experienced teachers, klezmer and Yiddish song concerts, conversation salons for Yiddish speakers, sing-alongs of old and new Yiddish favorites, workshops with master music and dance teachers, and festivals of klezmer music and Yiddish culture. Sign up for e-newsletter at klezcalifornia.org

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 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 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 U.C. Berkeley in 2010 and establishment of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is enhanced by development of a new facility at 2121 Allston Way in Berkeley, which opened in Fall 2011.

Rosetta Project of The Long Now Foundation

rosettaproject.org

415.561.6582

rosetta@longnow.org

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

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 318214, San Francisco 94131

sfbajgs.org

president@sfbajgs.org (Jeremy Frankel)

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

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

sfjff.org  

415-621-0556

jewishfilm@sfjff.org

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

San Jose Public Libraries,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

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

Modest collection of Yiddish-related books and CDs.


The Secular Yiddish Schools in North America (SYSNA) Collection

Stanford University Libraries, Dept. of Special Collections

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

650.725-1054

zbaker@stanford.edu (Zachary Baker, Curator)


Friends of the SYSNA Collection

P.O. Box 19295, Stanford 94309

fsysna.org

gellasfishman@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 and disseminate materials; offers periodic research scholarships. Bilingual newsletter, Shulgrusn, available on request.

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

svjff.org
408-899-6013
info@svjff.org

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

Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival

jccsoco.org

A program of JCC Sonoma County.

707-528-4222

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

Stanford University Library Judaica Collection

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

650.725-1054

zbaker@stanford.edu (Zachary Baker)

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

U.C. Berkeley Library

Judaica Collection

lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/judaica

510-643-3353

phamburg@library.berkeley.edu

  (Paul Hamburg)

Extensive collection of Yiddish books.

Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

circle.org/regions/northern-ca-region

415-566-7235

dmscott01@yahoo.com (Diana Scott)

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

Yiddish Lives: Preserving Life Stories Told in Yiddish

YiddishLives.org

855-YIDDISH (855-943-3474)

info@yiddishlives.org (Eric Edelstein)

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