Tayere Fraynd (Dear Friends),

Mid-October to mid-November is the Jewish month of Kheshvan, also known as Mar Kheshvan, bitter Kheshvan, because it's the only month with no yunteyvim (holidays). We can still be happy by participating in a kumzits, playing in a klezmer workshop, or hearing a presentation by the incomparable Michael Wex, who is both erudite and very funny.

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KlezCalifornia Kumzitsn

Sunday, November 1,
3-4:30pm PST (PST begins that morning)
KlezCalifornia’s seventh Kumzits will be a reading aloud of two plays in English that are adaptations of Yiddish short stories: Bontche Schweig (Bontche the Silent) by I.L. Peretz, and The High School by Sholem Aleichem. All the actors' roles have been filled but there are places left for individuals who wish to watch. We will have a short discussion after the conclusion of the performances.

KlezCalifornia Workshops
Klezmer Workshop for All Levels:
with Mike Perlmutter

Sunday, November 8, 11am, PST
(Check your local time, as winter time begins on a variety of dates.)

This free workshop is suitable for musicians on all instruments at all levels and for singers! Learn about two related common klezmer modes, freygish and misheberakh. Well-known melodies using freygish include Hava Nagila, Avinu Malkeynu, and Miserlou. We'll study the modes, learn some of the different names used by different cultures, and play a few tunes in each of the two modes to get a feel for how each sounds.

KlezCalifornia Tastes of Yiddish Culture
Sunday, November 15, 11am Pacific Standard Time
(Check your local time, as winter time begins on a variety of dates.)

From the moment Jews in the Middle Ages started speaking “German” to one another, they were speaking German af tselokhes, German to spite the Germans, a German that Germans wouldn’t understand, full of words that every German knew but that were being used to conceal attitudes and ideas that, when not actively offensive to Christians, could hardly be considered endearing.

Author of three books on Yiddish, including the bestselling Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex has taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan. He is a mainstay of the contemporary Yiddish scene.

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Klezmer & Yiddish Music Links
Bay Area klezmer trio Baymele, joined by Romanian musicians Sergiu Popa and Valeriu, perform the Belf klezmer tune Fun der Khupe.

There, There, Yiddish love song (with subtitles) for the coronavirus era, sung by Sasha Lurje of the band Forshpil, whose members live in Brooklyn, Germany, and Latvia.
Yiddish Language Links
What's in a Word, a history of Yiddish dictionaries.

Do you know Yiddish Food Sayings? A quiz from YIVO.
Other Yiddish Culture Links
Es Gezunterheyt, a cooking show in Yiddish with English subtitles. Watch Rukhl Schaechter and Eve Jochnowitz teach you how to cook a vegetarian cholent for Shabbes.

Interview with Natan M. Meir, author of “Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939." Skip to 5:37 for the real beginning.
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