Tayereh Fraynt (Dear Friends),

Check out KlezCalifornia's February events below, and all the rest on our website (including a workshop with Alicia Svigals; performances by Beyond the Pale (Toronto); Jewish music and stories from around the world; and two evenings with Lorin Sklamberg (NY), Sasha Lurje (Berlin), and Craig Judelman (Berlin).

We hope you appreciate our new shorter newsletter, with more event details on our getsatsket (fancy) new web site.
Violins of Hope
A KlezCalifornia Partnership

Violins of Hope is eight weeks of concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, and community conversations around the Bay Area showcasing more than fifty string instruments played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Many of these events (next one: Saturday, February 1!) present music "Along the Trade Route" and feature violinist Cookie Segelstein (klezmer) and a rotating cast of three additional violinists playing other ethnic music. Plus "The City Without Jews," a film with live music composed and played by Alicia Svigals. Some events are already sold out, so don't wait to get your ticket.

Filming "The Pianist" in Warsaw: A Journey from Acting to the Bima, with Jessica Kate Meyer
Sunday, February 2, 1:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia

Jessica Kate Meyer began her career in film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably in a principal role in Roman Polanski’s acclaimed 2002 film, "The Pianist." She will tell stories from her experience filming "The Pianist" in Warsaw, and relate how studying for the role of Helena Szpilman eventually led to finding her calling in the rabbinate.

KlezCalifornia Kumzits
Sunday, February 9, 1:30-4pm
Private home, Oakland
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Meaning “come sit,” a kumzits is a fun, participatory event for all ages at which every person does something for 2-5 minutes: tells a Jewish joke or story, sings (or leads) a Yiddish song, plays a klezmer or Yiddish tune, recites a Yiddish poem, etc. We go around once or twice. Everyone participates! $ 5 donation requested. Refreshments provided.

Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, February 16, 2-4 pm
Private home, Berkeley
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!

Mir veln zikh trefn dem 16tn februar, fun 2 biz 4 in a heym in Berkeley. 
Di temes:

• Hot ir a mol ibergelebt oder konfrontirt antisemitizm? Vos hot ir geton?
• Brengt a titl (tsi tsvey) fun a bukh vos ir hot geleynt un hanoe gehat fun dem. Dertseylt undz farvos ir hot hanoe gehat fun dem un tsi ir volt es rekomendirt.
• Vertershpil.

Oyb ir kent, brengt epes tsu nashn.  

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Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
Speaking Yiddish in Hollywood - Reflections from Monty Hall (born Monte Halparin to Orthodox Jewish parents).

YIVO lays off all four of its librarians , citing financial troubles.

"Raise the Roof," a film about the rebuilding of the magnificent painted ceiling of the destroyed wooden synagogue of Gwoździec, is now available on Amazon.

Nu, What Else?
Honor Wall
Emily Brewer
In memory of my father, Richard Brewer
Robin Braverman
In memory of Pauline and Andrew (Bundy) Lang, my maternal grandparents
Cynthia Whitehead
In honor of the new Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Michael Perlmutter
In honor of KlezCalifornia’s work to sustain and grow Yiddish culture. KlezCalifornia has been, and continues to be, an important source and connection to klezmer music and its associated culture.
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A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
A bisl mer (a little bit more)
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