Sholem Aleichem, Friend of Yiddish Culture,

So much Yiddish-inspired enjoyment and inspiration in May! Check out both KlezCalifornia's events (below) and ones presented by other groups (included in our Event Directory).
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Presented by KlezCalifornia

Sunday, May 1, 10-11:45am PT (calculate your local time HERE).
Note: This is one hour earlier than the usual workshop time.
The klezmer trio Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman) often digs deep into field research but also plays melodies learned from family members. In Cookie's family, she learned primarily from her father, who grew up near Veretski Pass, where Ukrainians were the majority population. The music in her home was a mixture of Jewish, Ukrainian, and Polish. Many Jews share Ukrainian roots and much Yiddish culture flowered in Ukraine. Register now!

“Yes, We Sang!” is a free concert/sing-along featuring songs popular among communities decimated in the Holocaust 70-80 years ago as well as songs dedicated to them. Limited in-person, outdoor seating at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, and also live-streamed on YouTube.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

Presented by KlezCalifornia
If interested, register now! We need a few more registrants to reach the minimum necessary!

Learn Yiddish songs about (and some by) Jewish women. These songs include everyday love ditties; an erotic, passionate tango; and songs about justice-seeking women of the labor movement. Other songs concern immigrant working women, partisan resistance fighters in the Holocaust, domestic abuse, and prostitution in Argentina. You will learn songs and their backgrounds, listen to recordings, and most importantly, sing! By singing songs repeatedly over a four-week period, you will remember them. Tuition: $80. Register a.s.a.p. to ensure that enough people are signed up for the course to take place.

Ukraine Benefit Concert in Sonoma County

Saturday, May 7, 7pm
Berkeley-based Veretski Pass, Petaluma’s Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, Łowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble (Resident Dance Company of the Polish Club in San Francisco), Kolyada Ukrainian Folk Choir, and Ukrainian violinist Igor Veligan will perform in Petaluma to raise money to help the Ukrainian people. The first 100 people to donate $50 or more to one of three specific charitable organizations may attend. In-person only, not streamed.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

Thursday, May 12, 9am - 9pm PT (calculate your local time HERE)
Tsvelf (meaning “twelve”) is a twelve hour Yiddish Music and Spoken Word Concert held via Zoom featuring artists from around the world. Co-presented by dozens of organizations, the concert will feature klezmer, Yiddish song, poetry, and more and is a fundraiser for humanitarian aid efforts in Ukraine. Funds go directly to an organization of your choice.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

Presented by KlezCalifornia

DrayMakhers: Jewish Jokes

Wednesday, May 11, 4-5pm PT (calculate your local time HERE)
Join KlezCalifornia for an hour of community culture building, hosted by Evie Groch. We are blending the best of our endeavors to create a gathering of those who thrive on Jewish humor and those who enjoy being challenged by Jewish-themed games. During the first 30 minutes, we will laugh at shared jokes and visual humor; the second 30 minutes will challenge your wits. Join us for fun and challenges. Be ready to participate (with your video turned on) and laugh! 
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Sunday, May 15, 2-3pm (calculate your local time HERE).
This monthly online conversation Salon is for fluent (flisik) Yiddish speakers. If you are a potential new participantcontact co-host Rosie Kaplan for a conversation in Yiddish to ensure your level of fluency is appropriate. 

Di teme far May vet zayn: Vos zenen di dray balibste zakhn vos ir hot gekoyft inem letstn yor un farvos? Bashrayb (describe) a literishe zakh, a neytike (necessary) zakh un a puste (common) zakh.

Klezmer & Yiddish Music Links
“Goodbye, New York” sung by Aaron Lebedeff. Music by Alexander Olshanetsky, lyrics by Jacob Jacobs. In Yiddish, with English translation by Arye Menachem, Russian translation, and transliteration. "I will miss you, the pushcarts here of the finest style. I will miss you, the saloons here that you can smell for a mile."
Yiddish Language Links
A Jewish deli experience with actor Mike Burstyn. If you understand Yiddish, you’ll enjoy this 30-minute Forverts video, in which Los Angeles Yiddishist Perla Karney brings the Yiddish actor to Factor's Famous Deli for a scrumptious traditional Ashkenazi meal, complete with matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, and pastrami.
Other Yiddish Culture Links
Want to "cook Jewish"? Check out many of the Forverts' cooking shows starring Rukhl Schaechter and Eve Jochnowitz, “Eat in Good Health,” on the Forward’s website. Other episodes are available on YouTube. All episodes are in Yiddish with English subtitles.
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Honor Wall
Diana Lieb:
In honor of Michael Wex and his erudition. I always learn so much when Michael lectures on Yiddish. The more I study Yiddish, the more I appreciate the lived experience and background knowledge he shares.
Diana Scott & Joel Schechter:
In memory of Barnett Zumoff (1926-2021), internationally recognized endocrinologist and camp doctor, lover of Yiddish language and culture, translator of Yiddish poetry (Sutzkever, Glatstein), member of Jewish Currents magazine’s editorial board, president of the Workmen’s Circle and the Forward Association, and co-president of the Congress of Jewish Culture. In remembrance, with deep appreciation, of his contributions to Yiddish and “a shenere un besere velt far ale."
Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California:
In memory of Rochelle Goldman (1925-2020), classically trained singer and outspoken advocate for the rights of marginalized groups (women, the aged, Muslims, Jews), board member of Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, original teacher of our free bi-weekly Yiddish classes at the SF Public Library (2013 through 2018) which continue online today. In remembrance, with deep appreciation, of her contributions to Yiddish and “a shenere un besere velt far ale." 
Ellen Gierson:
In memory of my Grandma Ida ז״ל . Thank you Grandma Ida for instilling in me such wonderful Yidishkayt. You spoke to me in the only language you knew, taught me about how to be in the world: a mensch, of course! Remembering your words: “Do the right thing, keep tzedakah, harm no one, help all, go to shul."
Ellie Schweber:
In honor of Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss for their work keeping Yiddish music alive.
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A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
A bisl mer (a little bit more)
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