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Peysakh begins the evening of Monday, April 10. Hear a Passover song medley with The Barry
Sisters and listen to the incomparable Theodore Bikel sing Mu Asapru (Who Knows One?). Be sure
to hear Cantor Moishe Oisher's Khad Gadya, complete with "scat singing."

א זיסן און כשרן פסח א׳׳ך
A zisn un koshern peysakh aykh!
A sweet and proper Peysakh to all!    

This advertisement says, in alef beys, Plenter's Hay Het Pinut Oyl!
                                   


























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-- KlezCalifornia Geleh* Pages (*yellow), directory of Bay Area resources
-- Online sources of Yiddish-inspired culture
-- Klezmer musicians looking for others

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Yiddish Conversation Salon, Sunday, April 16

Sunday, April 30, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon.
For fluent Yiddish speakers.The Salon is now meeting monthly. No charge. More info: 
415.789.7679, flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org

Ven ir vet shikn ayer RSVP az ir kumt, veln mir aykh shikn di protim.

At a private home, OAKLAND

Image by Carl Groch
Yiddish Language Classes starting in April

Starting Monday, April 24, 7:00-8:30pm (8 sessions), Beginning Yiddish From Scratch II, with Ken Blady. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $140 general / $130 Lehrhaus Judaica members. More info: 510.845.6420, Berkeley beginning Yiddish class.  
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY
 
Starting Tuesday, April 25, 12:00-1:30pm (8 sessions), Beginning Yiddish, with Ken Blady. A continuation class, but new students welcome. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $130 general / $115 Lehrhaus Judaica members. More info: 510.845.6420, Walnut Creek beginning Yiddish class.   
At Congregation B'nai Shalom, WALNUT CREEK. 

Starting Wednesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30pm (8 sessions), Intermediate Yiddish, with Ken Blady. A continuation class but new students welcome. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $140 general / $130 Lehrhaus Judaica members. More info: 510.845.6420, Intermediate Yiddish class.  
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY
 
Starting Thursday, April 27, 12:00-1:30pm (8 sessions). Beginning Yiddish from Scratch, with Ken Blady. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. Tuition: $130 general / $115 Lehrhaus Judaica members. More info: 510.845.6420, San Rafael beginning Yiddish class
At Congregation Kol Shofar, SAN RAFAEL 
Concert and Sing-Along, Sunday, April 30

Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along, with Gerry Tenney. With International Labor Day (May 1) around the corner, Oakland- based singer (and KlezCalifornia President) Gerry Tenney will perform and lead a sing-along of rousing and poignant Jewish labor songs, many of them in Yiddish.

From the sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld, whose 1911 poem ""Mayn Rueh Platz" (My Resting Place) has become a classic labor song, to tunes popularized by labor troubadour Joe Glazer, American and European Jewish singers and songwriters have been at the forefront of music supporting the working class. The event also will celebrate the history of Jewish workers' choirs in the Bay Area.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800, Jewish Labor Songs at JCL.  
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
Klezmer Workshop & Jam, Sunday, April 30

Cookie Segelstein Sunday, April 30, 2:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop & Jam, led by internationally-renowned klezmer violinist (and Bay Area resident) Cookie Segelstein. Includes learning tunes with authentic klezmer style, and traditional jam. For all instruments; no klezmer experience needed (but it doesn't hurt!). Must be at least intermediate level. Sheet music and sound files will be provided before and after the session, but not during. Required: mute, if you are a brass player. Optional: recording device.  

Registration: $25 sliding scale, for participants; pay on site with cash or check. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome, too. Registration and more info: 415.789.7679, jams[at]klezcalifornia.org, klezcalifornia.org/events/jams


At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO      

Below are some images from the March 19 workshop & jam in Berkeley led by Josh Horowitz. Participants came from as far away as Sebastopol and Santa Cruz!






 






 











Workshop images by Jim Rebhan. 
On the Web

New cover to an Israeli reggae hit, played klezmer style with Yiddish lyrics, sung by Yoni Eilat.

If It's Too Embarrassing In Yiddish, Say It In Hebrew!, by Paul Glasser in "The Forward."

Top ten new Yiddish words, including including designated driver, baby food, PTSD, and more (thanks to Rivka Greenberg).

Some thoughts about klezmer by Walter Zev Feldman, author of the new book, "Klezmer: Music, History, and Memory."
Farshidns (This 'n That)

Proverb of the month: What use are golden hands if the head is made of clay? (Vos toyg goldeneh hent az der kop iz a leymener?) ? וואס טויג גאלדענע הענט אז דער קאפ איז א ליימענער (from "Words Like Arrows," compiled by Shirley Kumove.  
Community Events in April

Sunday, April 2, 12:30-4:00pm, 8th Jazz & Klez Summit, with Albany Jazz Band, CNS JazzKleztet, Berkeley JazzSchool Big Band. Tickets at the door: Suggested donation: $10 general / $5 youth. Presented by Congregation Netivot Shalom and Cozy Concerts. More info: Jazz & Klez.
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, BERKELEY
 
Sunday, April 2, 4:00pm, Nigunim Chorus celebrates its 16th anniversary with songs of strength and hope in Yiddish, Hebrew and English. Directed by Achi Ben Shalom and accompanied by Asaf Ophir, Jan Padover, and Nate Ben Horin. Suggested donation: $15.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY.
 
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8:00pm, "A Gift for the Jewish People: The Yiddish New Testament and the 20th century Mission to the Jews," with Naomi Seidman; Erin Brigham, Respondent. Part III of a three-part series. More info: 510.845.6420, Yiddish New Testament.
At University of San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO

Friday, April 7, 8:00-11:00pm, Majorly Minor
will play for a klezmer and Israeli dance night, part of Stanford International Folk Dancers. General admission $12. More info: 650.966.1775, Stanford Dancers
At First Baptist Church, PALO ALTO

Sunday, April 9, 1:30pm, An Afternoon with Naomi Newman and Characters She Has Created.
Characters include Rifka, an Eastern European Jewish mother. Newman will discuss her career and answer questions form the audience. No charge. More info: 510.845.6420, Naomi Newman at JCL.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO

Monday, April 10, 6:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble.
Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Friday, April 14, 1:15-2:15pm, The Simcha Orchestra, with Eliot Kenin and others.
Yiddish swing and folksongs, Israeli songs and dances, Hasidik wedding songs, and songs by Shlomo Carlebach. No charge. More info: 415.292.1278, Simcha Orchestra at JCCSF.
At JCC San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO

Sunday, April 16, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. See details above.
At a private home, BERKELEY

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, April 21 - May 7, times vary, "Female, Ashkenazi with a Sewing Machine." World premiere. The diagnosis of ovarian cancer sets a patient on a journey, with her sewing machine, to find her deepest roots. More info: 510.788.6415, Inferno Theatre.
At South Berkeley Community Church, BERKELEY

Friday, April 21, 8:00-9:30pm, "Deep Shabbos: Zany Antics and Blistering Asides," with Jake Marmer, John Schott, Josh Horowitz. Poet/spoken word artist Jake Marmer (Jazz Talmud) combines with John Schott (guitar, banjo, percussion), and Josh Horowitz (piano) for an evening of visionary Jewish poetic improvisation and jamming. More info: The Monkey House ,    
At a private home, BERKELEY
 
Saturday, April 22, 7:00pm and Sunday, April 23, 2:00pm, "Fools," a comedy by Neil Simon, performed by Theatre Chevruta. Tickets: $10 - $20. More info: 408.357.7492, Fools at APJCC.
At Addison-Penzak JCC, LOS GATOS

Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm, "Yes, We Sang!," a concert honoring the victims of the Holocaust by singing the songs they loved. With Nigunim Community Folk Chorus, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, guest singers, and song leader and music director Achi Ben Shalom. Suggested donation: $10 general / no charge seniors, children. More info: 510.848.0237 X142, Yes We Sang.
At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY
 
Wednesday, April 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek. Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum. More info: 707.544.2491, Gaia's Klezmer Night.
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA

Sunday, April 30, 9:30-11:00am, "The Most Trusted Jew in America; Jon Stewart's Jewishness," with Shaina Hammerman. No charge. More info: 510.845.6420, Most Trusted Jew.
At Temple Sinai, OAKLAND

Sunday, April 30, 1:30pm, Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along, with Gerry Tenney. See details above.
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO 
 
Sunday, April 30, 2:00-5:00pm, KlezCalifornia Klezmer Workshop and Jam, with Cookie Segelstein. See details above. 
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO
May Events

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00noon-1:00pm, "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history," with Agnieszka Ilwicka. No charge. More info: 510.643.2526, Ilwicka at The Magnes.
At The Magnes Collection, BERKELEY
 
Monday, May 8, 6:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble. Part of Klezmer Mondays at Saul's.
Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Saul's.  
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 14, 6:30-7:30pm, Kugelplex. Part of Spring Festival of Learning, 1:00-7:30pm. Presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Urban Adamah. Tickets: $10 advance / $15 door. More info: 510.845.6420, Spring Festival of Learning.
At Urban Adamah, BERKELEY

Sunday, May 21, 2:00-4:00pm, KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon. For fluent Yiddish speakers. More info: 415.789.7679, flisik[at]klezcalifornia.org.
At a private home, EL CERRITO.

Monday, May 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Ghost Note Ensemble.  Entertainment free with minimum $10 purchase. More info: 510.848.3354, Klezmer Mondays at Saul's
At Saul's Restaurant & Deli, BERKELEY

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30-8:00pm, Klezmer Creek. Fourth Wednesday Klezmer Night. $5 minimum purchase. More info: 707.544.2491, Gaia's.
At Gaia's Garden, SANTA ROSA
 
Thursday, May 25, 7:00-9:00pm, Immigrant Jews on the Silent Screen (film), with discussion led by Howard Freedman. No charge. More info: 415.655.7800, Film Class
At Jewish Community Library, SAN FRANCISCO
SupportKlezCaliforniaSupport KlezCalifornia
 
With a gift of any amount to KlezCalifornia, you become a Contributing Member and you may post a message of up to 100 words on our web Honor Wall for one year. This is a fine way to honor a loved one or teacher or to write about your own Yiddish heritage.

Chai imageDonors of $54 (3 chai) or more may choose one of three "thank you" gifts: * "Live & Be Well, A Celebration of Yiddish Culture in America," by Richard F. Shepard and Vicki Gold Levi (192 pp.) * "The Oy Way," a 115-page book by Harvey Gotliffe, which helps you learn Yiddish expressions while engaging in meditative exercise. See theoyway.com. * DVD of the wonderful 80-minute "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" ( newlovefilms.com).

Your donations help KlezCalifornia keep Bay Area Yiddish culture and community vibrant and thriving. Plus, you'll be invited to two special KlezCalifornia parties each year (next March 12). Make your tax-deductible donation via credit card HERE or with a check to KlezCalifornia at 1728 Allston Way, Berkeley 94703. A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!