Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Or, in our case, Zumertsayt, and the Yiddish is easy . . . .
With the warmer weather and longer days, we thought you might have some time and energy to learn a
You're in luck! The
Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
has some wonderful online courses. And if you want to learn more about interesting topics like the folklore of Ashkenaz, or the story of the Yiddish stage, our friends at
have some online Yiddish culture classes.
And if you are so excited, you want to start learning Yiddish right now, here are a few words to get you started:
- Summer (think of, well, summer)
Harbst - Autumn (think of harvest)
Vinter - Winter (think of winter)
Friling - Spring (just have to memorize this one)
A Subway to Paradise
The Nign: A Subway to Paradise
For singers and instrumentalists, all ages, all acoustic instruments
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Sunday, June 3, 3:45-6:45 pm
What is a nign? A catchy tune? A mystical formula? The source of klezmer music? What are nigunim? Songs without words-music without instruments-a subway system of the heart? We can ask these questions and more while learning to sing and play nigunim collected by folklorist Ruth Rubin in 1948.
We'll look at
deceptively simple transcriptions, and consider elements like ornamentation, phrasing, and tone that are easy to hear but awkward to write. This class will combine music-reading & ear-training; singers and players; sacred song & circus music. We'll answer questions, question answers, and learn a spiritual drinking song. "In the next world, will there be vodka?"
Check out all the details.
Drop-ins welcome, but we can guarantee enough sheet music and snacks if you RSVP
tell us what instrument you play or whether you will be singing.
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with your friends. Bring someone who has never come before, and you
get a coupon for a future workshop at no charge. Such a deal!
Watch for the announcement of the next
KlezCalifornia workshops, coming soon!
An Evening that Sings with Stories
Songs of Influence: An evening of music, singing, and storytelling
with director Marc Smolowitz and writer Alix Wall.
Thursday, June 7, 7pm
Premiere of "In Retrospect... A Heroine," about Alix Wall's grandmother, Rachela. Gerry Tenney, Mike Perlmutter, and Dmitri Gaskin will teach a portion of "The Lonely Child," a lullaby about Alix Wall's mother and grandmother, written in the Vilna Ghetto in 1943 by poet and partisan Shmerke Kaczerginski.
The in-person Jewish Film Institute event is by invitation only. However the public may participate via Facebook Live. Check Facebook for the link.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.
Flisik Yidish Salon
Fluent in Yiddish?
Come to KlezCalifornia's free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, June 17, 2-4pm
or call 415.789.7679
- Lekoved foterstog, dertseylt vegn a zikorn fun ayer tatn oder farvos ir benkt nokh im.
- Azoy vi yuni iz der khoydesh fun graduirungen, dertseylt vegn vos iz aykh geven vikhtik ven ir hot graduirt fun mitlshul oder universitet.
- Mir veln shpiln tsvantsik shayles.
- Mir veln zingen.
Fargest nit tsu brengen epes tsu nashn!
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world
Yiddish Culture, Dance & Music
Klezmer for Any & All Instruments, workshop withAlicia Svigals
Saturday, June 2, 12noon-2pm
At press time, problems with The Freight's website. Tickets at 510.644.2020 or at the door.
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
Part of five-performer SPW Class Show
Saturday, June 2, 7pm
Stage Werx Theatre, SF
Simcha Trio, part of Berkeley World Music Festival
Sunday, June 3, 1-4pm
Berkeley Hat Co., Berkeley
KlezCalifornia workshop for singers and instrumentalists with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, June 3, 3:45-6:45pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont
The Ancient Law
silent film with live original music by klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin
Sunday, June 3, 2pm
Castro Theatre, SF
Monday, June 4, 7pm
Private home, Oakland
Tuesday, June 5, 1pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
with director/producer Marc Smolowitz and writer/producer Alix Wall.
Thursday June 7, 6:30pm
Via Facebook Live
also with Orchestra Euphonos, Fanfare Zambaleta
Friday, June 8, 9pm
Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley
Sunday, June 10, 2:30pm
Jewish Community High School, SF
Sunday, June 10, 2:30-4:30pm (rsvp by June 5)
Part of Hadassah's Solano-Napa Chapter Tea honoring "Those Who Came Before"
Congregation B'nai Israel, Vallejo
both groups part of Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2-4pm
Monday, June 25, 11:30am (rsvp by June 20)
Congregation Shomrei Torah, Santa Rosa
Isle of Klezbos
, concert over dinner after services
Friday, July 6, 7:30-8:30pm
Congregation Sherith Israel, SF
Saturday, July 7, 1-3pm
Yerba Buena Gardens, SF
Sunday, July 8, 7pm
Congregation Ner Shalom, Cotati
Monday, July 9, 7pm
Temple Beth El, Eureka
Wednesdays, July 11-25, 7-8:30pm
Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek
Sunday, July 15, 2pm
Thursday, July 19 - Sunday, August 5
Film details and schedule announced June 19.
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