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Rosheshoneh begins the evening of Sunday, September 29. L'Shoneh Toyveh! A good year to you from all of us at KlezCalifornia!
Flisik Yidish Salon Presented by KlezCalifornia
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, September 15, 2-4 pm, San Francisco
Tayereh fraynt:

Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
• Velkheh profesyeh oder karyereh volt ir oysgeklibn ven nisht yeneh vos ir hot takeh oysgeklibn? Farvos?
• Bashraybt di geshikhteh fun ayer mishpokheh-nomen (oder ayer man/vaybs). Fun vanen kumt es?

Brengt epes tsu esn oder trinken.

RSVP for the address.   
Klezmer Workshop Series Presented by KlezCalifornia
The Collections, with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, September 8, 12:30-3:30pm
Jewish Community Library , San Francisco

This tune workshop will be taught by ear. We will learn melodies from the collectors of the early 20th century, including Moshe Beregovsky, Sofia Magid and Sh. Anski. We will also spend time on varying the melodies, especially the cadences.

Chasing the Changes, with Jeanette Lewicki

Sunday, September 22, 2-5pm | Chochmat HaLev , Berkeley
Want to be welcome at any jam session? A credit to your band? Beloved of bassists and dug by drummers? It's all about accompaniment! The best players know when to step back and support other musicians, lock in to the rhythm, follow chord changes, and jump in to comment on the melody. We will post simple tunes to learn by heart in advance, then review klezmer rhythm forms, read and write chord charts, learn how to hear changes coming, and how to make an educated guess about what they will be.

These KlezCalifornia workshops are suitable for instrumentalists intermediate and above on all instruments, whether you have played klezmer or not. Registration is $25 (sliding scale - pay what you can) in cash or check at the door. Listeners welcome; donation requested. Light snacks provided. Bring a recording device or a music stand if you want. Brass players should bring a mute.

Please RSVP with name, instrument, which workshop (or both!) and any questions, or just show up! More info »

Additional workshops this Fall:

October 27, 12noon - 3pm, Palo Alto , Telling a Story : Bringing Klezmer to Life Through Creative Arrangement, with Rob Reich

November 10, 2-5pm, Albany , Music of the Crossroads : The intersection of village music, Romany roots, and Sephardic sounds in klezmer music, with Dan Cantrell
Klezmer workshops in 2019 are made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.
Yiddish Classes This Fall

HAMAQOM | The Place (formerly Lehrhaus Judaica):
* Beginning Yiddish , with Ken Blady, Mondays, 7-8:30pm, starting September 16, JCC East Bay, Berkeley
* Reading Yiddish Texts, with Yael Chaver, Mondays, 7:15pm, starting September 16, JCC East Bay, Berkeley

* Elementary Yiddish (101), Mondays - Fridays, 11am-12noon
* Readings in Yiddish (103), Yiddish Modernism: David Bergelson's Berlin Stories, with Yael Chaver, Thursdays, 1:30-4:30pm, starting August 28
U.C. Berkeley Campus


* First-Year Yiddish, First Quarter (AMELANG 140A), with Yankl Levitow
Beginning September 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4:50pm
Stanford University, Stanford

* Learn Yiddish, with Yankl Levitow
Beginners, Tuesdays, 6-7pm
Intermediate, Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Starting October 15
Congregation Kol Tefillah, Santa Cruz


Workmen’s Circle/ Arbeter Ring:
* Beginners Yiddish I , every other Friday 1-3pm
* Beginners Yiddish II , every other Friday, 3-5pm
San Francisco Public Library, SF

* Yiddish Language and Culture with Armando Paone, Fridays 4-5:30pm
Openhouse LGBT Senior Housing, Community & Services, SF
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
Grants available for original projects dedicated to the advancement of Yiddish culture. The Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter Ring of Northern California will award three grants of $1,800 in 2020 to Northern California residents. Apply by December 1, 2019.

Artist fellows sought for LABA East Bay : A Laboratory for New Jewish Culture at JCC East Bay, Berkeley
The Joy of Yiddish Dance , w ith Bruce Bierman
Thursdays 10am-11:30am | Chochmat Halev, Berkeley

Sunday, September 1, to Thursday, September 5 | Clay Theatre, SF

Jewish Music Matters , with Ellie Shapiro
Tuesdays, September 3, 2:10-5pm, to December 13 | Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Jewish Folk Chorus of SF , 94 th season begins
Tuesday, September 3, 7:15-9:30pm | Menorah Park, SF

A multi-media performance of music and art, with Sharon Bernstein (voice, piano) 
Thursday, September 5, 6:30pm | Sonoma State University, Cotati

Klezmer Workshop , with Cookie Segelstein
Sunday, September 8, 12:30-3:30pm | Jewish Community Library, SF 
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Sunday, September 8, 5-7pm (and Sept 15, Sept 22, Oct 13, Oct 21)
Rehearsals at Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont and Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

KlezCalifornia Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, September 15, 2-4pm | Private home, SF

Wednesday, September 18, 7-8:30pm | Bazaar Café, SF

Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers; Anthony Russell and Dmitri Gaskin)
Thursday, September 19, 6:30pm | Sonoma State University, Cotati

with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Nigun Collective, and many others
Saturday, September 21 (concert), Sun da y, September 22 (free workshops)
Pacific School of Religion / Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Klezmer Workshop , with Jeanette Lewicki
Sunday, September 22, 2-5pm | Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Shulem (Lemmer) in Concert : The Perfect Dream
Sunday, September 22, 5:30pm | Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

A Jewish Music Potpourri , with Marian Concus (flute) and Joshua Horowitz (piano)
Sunday, September 29, 2pm (Erev Rosheshoneh) | Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View

Jewish Travel Narratives (including I.B. Singer’s Magician of Lublin), with Yankl Levitow, LIT 164A
Beginning September 30, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:20-2:25pm
Oakes College, University of California, Santa Cruz
Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm | Sonoma State University, Cotati

KlezCalifornia Fall Party for Donors
Sunday, October 6, 2-5pm | Private home, Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Sunday, October 20, 2-4pm | Private home, El Cerrito
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Klezmer Workshop, with Rob Reich
Sunday, October 27, noon-3pm | Private home, Palo Alto 
Presented by KlezCaliforni

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas : A Short Film Series
Part of Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival
Tuesday, October 29, 1pm and 7pm | Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol

Honor Wall
Tony Phillips:
My connection to Yiddish might be typical for a California native of my generation. My grandparents Carol and Irving grew up speaking Yiddish but, living in New York City, spoke it mainly to avoid being understood by their children and grandchildren. In contrast, Uncle Joseph, who immigrated when older, mainly spoke and read Yiddish, and his English was limited and thickly accented. That generation's origins in the Yiddish-speaking world is a treasure to be passed on to subsequent generations who enjoy easier circumstances.
View KlezCalifornia's Honor Wall . Become a donor to post your tribute. 
Help us continue our exciting mission to connect people and communities around the Bay Area with Yiddish culture.
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A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
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