Tayereh Fraynt (Dear Friends),

Check out KlezCalifornia's March events below, and many others on our website, including the first two of our six Spring workshops, a Purim klezmer jam in Brisbane, and three performances of Jewish song by San Francisco Choral Artists.

We hope you appreciate our new shorter newsletter, with more event details on our getsatsket (fancy) new web site.
God of Vengeance this Fall
Did you enjoy the musical, Di Megileh of Itzik Manger? We have news for you! Some of the same presenters have formed the Yiddish Theatre Ensemble , which will kick off its first season with the towering 1906 drama, God of Vengeance , written by Sholem Asch. This Bay Area premiere will run September 8-13 at the JCC East Bay and feature an English translation by Caraid O’Brien. To donate to support this project, select YTE in the drop-down menu. To volunteer or join the production team, contact Laura Sheppard, Producer, (510) 205-0445. To audition, contact Bruce Bierman, Director, (323)590-7786.

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble is a fiscally-sponsored project of KlezCalifornia.
Violins of Hope
A KlezCalifornia Partnership

Violins of Hope is a series of concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, and community conversations around the Bay Area showcasing through mid-March more than fifty string instruments played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. The remaining events in the "Along the Trade Route" concerts are sold out.

Complementing the many music performances are three exhibitions.
"A Journey of Heroism, Healing and Humanity" at the SF War Memorial Veterans Building features a display of 20+ violins from the collection, and shares stories of their difficult history and emotional journey toward their restoration. Two additional exhibitions are at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (Foster City) and New Museum (Los Gatos).

A Cantor's Head (film)
Sunday, March 1, 5:50-7:05pm
Vogue Theater, SF
KlezCalifornia is a Community Partner

Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson has been in the vanguard of the evolving tradition of sacred song since graduating from Hebrew Union College in 1970. As a cantor, teacher, and performing artist, he has inspired legions of cantors across the U.S. and world. But Jackie is no longer the cantor at his long-time home of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York. His absence from the bimah (stage) reveals multitudes about the state and future of Jewish sacred music . Part of Jewish Film Institute Winterfest 2020.

Bonus: As a KlezCalifornia member, you are entitled to a $2 discount for tickets to any WinterFest 2020 film. Use the code WINTER20.

Workshops (instrumental, song, dance)
Presented by KlezCalifornia

We are pleased to offer six Sunday afternoon varied workshops this Spring (including our first klezmer dance workshop in many years):

March 22, 12:30 - 3 pm
(for singers) with Cindy Paley, accompanied by Achi Ben Shalom, Jewish Community Library, SF

March 29, 2 - 4:30 pm
Klezmer Boot Camp for Fakers (for instrumentalists) with Josh Horowitz, Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

April 19, 2 - 4:30 pm
Yiddish Song Style – a Survey (for singers) with Jeanette Lewicki, Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

April 26, 1 - 3:30 pm
Melodic Improvisation (for instrumentalists) with Ben Goldberg, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians, Berkeley

May 17, 1:15 - 3:45 pm
Sephardic Jewish Music (for instrumentalists and singers) with Shira Kammen, Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

May 31, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Hasidic Dance - A Mitsveh to be Joyful (for dancers, with some singing) with Bruce Bierman, Chochmat HaLev, Berkeley

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.
Flisik Yidish Salon
Sunday, March 15, 2-4 pm
Private home, East Bay
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!

Mir veln zikh trefn dem 15tn marts, fun 2 biz 4 in El Cerrito. Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
   •   Ven ir volt gemakht a film fun a kheylek (part) fun ayer lebn, vos volt ir gerufn dem film, un velkher aktyor volt geshpilt ayer roleh?
   •   Vos farshteyt ir yetst vos ir hot nisht farshtanen ven ir zent geven a kind?
   •   Zingt a lid
   •   Vertershpil.

Oyb ir kent, brengt epes tsu nashn. 

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Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
“Radio Yiddish Pour Tous” app (Yiddish Radio for All) for iPhone iOS 6.0 or later. Lots of klezmer, many songs in Yiddish. Also reachable via Facebook . (Thanks to Sue Ezekiel & Meena Viswanath)

The Rise of Jewish Bakeries in the Bay Area. Nothing about rye bread but includes babka and challah.

Hawaiian, Gaelic, Yiddish: So you want to learn an endangered language on Duolingo? Features native Yiddish speaker and Bay Area resident Meena Viswanath. (Thanks to Dorrit Geshuri)

Why Israeli author Etgar Koret wanted his prize-winning book translated into Yiddish. (Thanks to Deborah Kohn)

Nu, What Else?
Honor Wall
Gail Rubman
In memory of my parents, Kermit and Sybil Meltz, whose love and commitment to each other were an inspiration
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A sheynem dank! Thank you very much!
A bisl mer (a little bit more)
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