Tayere Fraynd (Dear Friends),

We send you our warmest wishes for a joyous Khanike, Hanukkah, Chanuka(h), which begins Thursday night, December 10. There is a long history of American folk musicians singing Yiddish songs, so here is Pete Seeger's version of Khanike Oy Khanike

This newsletter describes three wonderful online events in December (with many more on our website) and additional enjoyable links.

If you appreciate KlezCalifornia connecting you with delicious tastes of Yiddish culture, please donate some gelt to us during this secular giving season. Respond generously to the fundraising request you'll receive in a few days!

Wishing you a freylekhn Khanike! 
Judy Kunofsky, Executive Director, and the entire Board of Directors
If someone has forwarded this newsletter to you,
Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature, with Miriam Udel
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30pm Pacific Time

Come meet chickens determined to learn mameloshn in New Jersey, spirited Jewish orphans in Casablanca, and many more unforgettable characters from around the Yiddish-speaking world. Presented by Jewish Community Library and co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine, with Amelia Glaser
Thursday, December 17, 7pm Pacific Time

Between the world wars, a generation of Jewish leftist poets reached out to other embattled peoples of the earth—Palestinian Arabs, African Americans, Spanish Republicans—in Yiddish verse. Glaser will discuss the Yiddish poets who translated their shared trauma to describe the suffering of other groups during the rise and fall of the age of internationalism. Presented by Jewish Community Library and co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

The Lost World of African-American Cantors: 1920-1953, with Henry Sapoznik
Sunday, December 20, 2pm Pacific Time

Henry Sapoznik will introduce several forgotten African-American cantors, including Thomas LaRue Jones, billed as Der Shvartzer Khazn; Goldye May Steiner, billed as “The Only Colored Woman Cantor”; and David Kallistra. We will listen to Jones’ 1923 record, the only known recording of a Black cantor from this period. Presented by Jewish Community Library and co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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Klezmer & Yiddish Music Links
A 2010 recording by Cantor Sam Weiss of "Di Shpanishe Kholere," based on Harry Boens & Nathan Hollandar’s song from the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.
"...Everyone is stuck at home with this plague,
They're all afraid of the Spanish flu.
Take my advice and save yourself from trouble,
Drink a glass of wine and eat some garlic."
Writes folklorist Itzik Gottesman, "The rhyme of trubl and knobl (garlic) is worth the price of admission!"

Sundays, December 6 and 20, 5pm Pacific Time, presented by Project Open/Lincoln Towers University. No charge.
Yiddish Language Links
The Dark, Cranky Soul of Yiddish: Actress Yelena Shmulenson and actor/director Allen Lewis Rickman explore some colorful Yiddish vocabulary.

Two bilingual (Yiddish-English) books presented by The League for Yiddish:
Mume Blume di Makhsheyfe! (Aunt Blume the Witch), with poems for
children by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, papercuts by Adam Whiteman
Plutsemdiker Regn (Sudden Rain), by Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath.
Other Yiddish Culture Links
Yiddish New York, the nation’s largest workshop/festival of Yiddish culture, is returning December 26-30 (Saturday through Wednesday). Join YNY online this year for five days of klezmer music, Yiddish culture, song and folk dance, theater, lectures, language, workshops, performances, visual arts, and film, with affordable programs for adults, kids and teens! To receive a 10% discount on adult/household 5-day registrations, enter the code “YNY10” when registering online (may not be used with other discounts).  
Nu, What Else?
Honor Wall
Carol Dorf
In memory of Elsie Pinkowitz, who was very proud of her English Elocution, but knew more Yiddish than she let on.
Preeva Tramiel
In memory of Charlotte Kaufman Adler.
Deborah Pines
I am grateful that you are presenting interesting events, while we are stuck in our homes.
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A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
A bisl mer (a little bit more)
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