December 2023

Sholem Aleichem, Friend,

We wish you a zisn un freylekhn khanike, a sweet and happy Hanukkah, beginning the evening of Thursday, December 7!

Please open the email blast you will receive from KlezCalifornia in a few days and respond with your most generous year-end support!


We announced in the June newsletter that we would no longer be publishing regular newsletters but would continue to send you occasional blasts. We are happy to tell you that monthly newsletters are back!

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Between Worlds Video Now Available

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble is pleased to announce the film release of their sold-out show, Between Worlds Based on the Life and Poetry of Irena Klepfisz. This live performance film is now available from the YTE website. Purchase online and receive the link and password. View multiple times at your leisure!

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble is a fiscally-sponsored project of KlezCalifornia.

Concert: The Lost Jewish Melodies of Ukraine, with Veretski Pass

Sunday, December 10, 3pm lecture, 4pm concert PT (in person and online) (calculate your local time HERE).

Veretski Pass presents a concert of formerly lost melodies of pre-Holocaust, traditional Ukrainian-Jewish music, as well as dances from Ukraine. This new program combines traditional folk resources from Ukraine with new compositions by Veretski Pass.

Before the concert, enjoy "Under the Hood," a 30-minute talk with violinist/ violist, scholar and teacher Cookie Segelstein, who will explore ways musicians can balance old-school research and learning with digital resources. Her lecture is supported by a grant from KlezCalifornia's Yiddish Culture Fund.

More info »

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along with Chinese Dinner Buffet

Monday, December 25, 5-8pm PT (in person only)

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia

Sing along with the movie!

“Jewish Christmas?” You bet! Come to a Fiddler Sing-along complete with vegetarian Chinese dinner buffet.

Presented by New Lehrhaus at Berkeley Hillel (in-person only).

Tickets: $24.

More info »


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Flisik Yidish Salon

Sunday, December 17, 2 - 3pm PT (calculate your local time HERE). 

This monthly online conversation Salon is for fluent (flisik) Yiddish speakers. No charge.

Di teme far detsember vet zayn: Ven ir volt gekent shafn a natsyonaln yontef, vos volt es gepravet oder opgemerkt?

װען איר װאָלט געקענט שאַפֿן אַ נאַציאָנאַלן יום־טובֿ, װאָס װאָלט עס געפּראַװע אָדער אָפּגעמערקט     

More info and registration »

More December Events

Kugelplex Album Release Party

Tuesday, December 5, 8pm PT

At Freight and Salvage, Berkeley. More info »

Hanukkah Community Celebration

Thursday, December 14, 7pm

At Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley. More info »

Happy Joyous Hanukkah, With The Klezmatics

Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm PT

At SF Jazz, San Francisco. More info »

Songs of Light and Joy: The Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco

Wednesday, December 20, 1pm PT

At JCC San Francisco. More info »

Yiddish New York

Music, singing, dancing, films, lectures, concerts, Yiddish language, and more

Sunday, December 24 - Thursday, December 28 (online and in-person in New York City). More info »

Yiddish Culture Links

Enjoy Melokhe - Melukhe (Works - Wealth). Lyrics and music by folk poet Zelik Berdichever sung by Chava Alberstein, Israeli singer and composer. The song is about the hard work of artisans. The accompanying video presents the works of Jewish artists Yehuda Pen, Marc Chagall, and Illex Beller.

Hatikvah Music is going out of business after 35 years. They are offering rock-bottom prices on thousands of CDs and some DVDs of klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli, Ladino, Mizrachi, and children's music.

• Go to

• Click on each item that interests you and write down the artist's name and five digit "order number."

• Do NOT click "submit order" because that will not work. Write [email protected]. Tell Simon that KlezCalifornia sent you!

• Simon will get back to you with prices and you can then choose what to order.

Nu, What Else?

KlezCalifornia Event Directory (with many additional events) »

Klezmer Style Guide »

Honor Wall

Joshua Wirtschafter:

In honor of Mike Perlmutter. Thank you for bringing so much Klezmer music and Yiddish song to the East Bay! His amazing skills as a clarinetist and saxophonist, arranger and composer, band leader and community organizer, do so much to enrich Jewish culture here!

Talia Shaham:

In loving memory of my dear brother Oren Rubin (z"l).

View KlezCalifornia's Honor Wall. Become a donor to post your tribute.

KlezCalifornia launched 

The Yiddish Culture Fund 

with an $18,000 matching grant! Your gift — $18, $36, $180 — will be matched dollar-for-dollar, going twice as far to support Yiddish culture. Please donate here today! Or mail a check to the address below.

A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!

A bisl mer (a little bit more)

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