Tayereh Fraynt (Dear Friends),

The year 2020 will feature many exciting Yiddish-inspired events! We are planning at least five Kumzitses (starting with Palo Alto in January and Oakland in February), eight klezmer workshops for instrumentalists, two Yiddish song workshops, two klezmer dance workshops, 8-10 Yiddish Salons for fluent speakers, two parties for KlezCalifornia donors, and two new videos about KlezCalifornia. We co-present numerous concerts and lectures.

In addition, KlezCalifornia has become fiscal sponsor of the new Yiddish Theatre Ensemble (which will present Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance" in English in the Fall) and the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA) , based in San Diego.

Check out the features of our getsatsket (fancy) new website!

KlezCalifornia Kumzits Presented by KlezCalifornia
Sunday, January 12, 1:30-4pm | Private home, Palo Alto

Meaning “come sit,” a kumzits is a fun, participatory event for all ages at which every person does something for 2-5 minutes: tells a Jewish joke or story, sings (or leads) a Yiddish song, plays a klezmer or Yiddish tune, recites a Yiddish poem, etc. We go around once or twice. Everyone participates!

Join us for our first kumzits in Palo Alto. Address will be provided when you RSVP . $5 donation requested. Refreshments provided.

Violins of Hope S.F. Bay Area
KlezCalifornia is a Marketing Partner
Thirty five events using the Violins of Hope
Thursday, January 16 - Monday, March 16
Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Violins of Hope is eight weeks of concerts, exhibitions, films, lectures, and community conversations showcasing more than fifty string instruments played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Ten of these events present music "Along the Trade Route" and feature violinist Cookie Segelstein (klezmer) and three additional violinists presenting other ethnic music.

Flisik Yidish Salon Presented by KlezCalifornia
Fluent in Yiddish? Come to our free monthly conversation salon!
Sunday, January 19, 2-4 pm | Private home, Berkeley
Mir veln zikh tsunoyfkumen Zuntik, January 19, 2-4pm, in a heym in Berkeley. Mir veln shmuesn vegn di temes:
• Vos zenen dayneh interesn af der velt?
• Vos iz vikhtik far dayn neshomeh?
• Vu iz Yidishland?

RSVP for the address. 
How Yiddish Changed America
and How America Changed Yiddish
with Ilan Stavans
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia

Wednesday, January 22, 7pm | Jewish Community Library, SF

The Jewish Tsimbl, with Josh Horowitz
Co-p resented by KlezCalifornia
Thursday, January 23, 7pm | Jewish Community Library, SF

The tsimbl formed the rhythmic backbone of many klezmer ensembles as early as the sixteenth century. The lore surrounding the instrument is full of references to the wandering Jew and the instrument itself has alternated as a symbol of both poverty and wealth, Jew and Gentile. Josh Horowitz will perform and play archival examples of the tsimbl, present an historical account of the instrument and its progenitors, and discuss why it has beguiled audiences and writers for over four hundred years.

Farshidns
Tidbits of Yiddish culture from around the world 
Michael Tilson Thomas talks about his grandfather, Yiddish theater star Boris Thomashefsky.

Klezmer music offers healing to generations affected by the Holocaust, with the Bay Area's own Cookie Segelstein.

A Bagel That Tastes Like Home is Worth Waiting For, about Berkeley's new Boichik Bagels. See also KlezCalifornia's lists of Ashkenazi food in Northern California.

Speaking of Boichik Bagels, check out Boychik Donuts in Galway, Ireland. (thanks to Jim Gold).

Yiddish: Not Just for Jews, in Rokhl Kafrissen's blog, "Rootless Cosmopolitan."
JANUARY CALENDAR
Sunday, January 12, 1:30-4pm
Private home, Palo Alto
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Concert honoring Hazzan Richard Kaplan's 22 years at Temple Beth Abraham. With violinist Lila Sklar, accordionist Josh Horowitz, clarinetist Sheldon Brown, and percussionist Faisal Zeydan.
Sunday, January 12, 4:30pm
Temple Beth Abraham, Oakland

Mondays, January 13 - April 27, 7-8:30pm
JCC East Bay, Berkeley

Sunday, January 19, 2-4pm
Private home, Berkeley
Presented by KlezCalifornia

How Yiddish Changed America and America Changed Yiddish, with Ilan Stavans
Wednesday, January 22, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF
Co-Presented by KlezCalifornia

Violins of Hope Music Lecture, presented by Cookie Segelstein violinist
Thursday, January 23, 1pm
Jewish Community Center, SF
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope

The Jewish Tsimbl , presented by Joshua Horowitz
Thursday, January 23, 7pm
Jewish Community Library, SF
Co-Presented by KlezCalifornia

Along the Trade Route, with violinists Cookie Segelstein (klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Hemmige V. Srivatsan (South Indian)
and Darcy Noonan (Celtic).
Sunday, January 26, 2pm
Jarvis Conservatory, Napa
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope

Along the Trade Route, with violinists Cookie Segelstein (klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Darcy Noonan (Celtic) and Suzy Thompson
(Americana).
Thursday, January 30, 7pm
Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
FEBRUARY CALENDAR
Along the Trade Route concert with violinists Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Hemmige V. Srivatsan (South Indian)
and Suzy Thompson (Americana).
Saturday, February 1, 7:30pm
Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
 
Presented by Jessica Kate Meyer
Sunday, February 2, 1:30 PM
Jewish Community Library, SF
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia
 
Along the Trade Route concert with violinists Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Darcy Noonan (Celtic) and Suzy Thompson (Americana).
Thursday, February 6, 6pm
San Francisco Public Library, SF
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
 
Sunday, February 9, 1:30-4pm
Private home, Oakland
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Along the Trade Route concert with violinists Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Darcy Noonan (Celtic) and more
Saturday, February 15, 3pm
Lunch available at 12noon.
San Mateo Public Library, San Mateo
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
 
Sunday, February 16, 2-4pm
Private home, El Cerrito
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Along the Trade Route concert featuring violinists Cookie Segelstein (Klezmer),
Emmanuel During (Middle Eastern), Hemmige V. Srivatsan (South Indian),
and Darcy Noonan (Celtic).
Sunday, February 16, 4pm
St. Albans Episcopal Church, Albany
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope

"The City Without Jews " (film) - Cine-Concert with music by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin
Wednesday, February 19, 7pm
JCC San Francisco, SF
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
 
Beyond the Pale (from Toronto)
Thursday, February 20, 7:30-10pm
Red Poppy Art House, SF
 
Beyond the Pale (from Toronto)
Friday, February 21, 7:30-9pm
Congregation Sherith Israel, SF
 
Saturday, February 29, 7.30pm
O shman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto
KlezCalifornia is a marketing partner of Violins of Hope
Honor Wall
Celia and Paul Concus:
In honor of Marian Concus.
Frank Fox and Moreen Libet
Especially for Judy K's hard work! 
Judy Kunofsky
In memory of Pauline (Levine) Kunofsky & Israel Kunofsky, my parents.
Rabbi Stuart Kelman
In honor of Judy Kunofsky.
Dorrit Geshuri
My great-grandmother Baile had a strong personality and beautiful long red hair that she refused to shave after she was married (quite scandalous in the shtetl where they lived). One day, so the story goes, the rabbi went to her husband Berish Dov and said “Please tell Baile that she needs to shave her hair and cover her head.” And Berish Dov put up a fuss and said “I’m not going to tell her that.” That was the end of the discussion and Baile never cut her hair. I like to think I get some of my feisty nature from Baile.
Anita and Steven Feinstein
In honor of Judy Kunofsky, who works tirelessly to ensure Yiddishkayt is not forgotten!
Ellen Gierson
I well remember Grandma Ida enveloping me with Yiddishkayt; candle lighting, reciting prayers, Kashruth … I am so grateful that she passed on to me so much Jewish culture. This small donation to KlezCalifornia is in honor of her.
Eli Wirtschafter
In honor of My Mama.
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