Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area

The 23rd Annual
Jewish Music Festival SF Bay Area
March 22 – 30, 2008
There will be more than a full week
of tremendous concerts and unique programs in multiple venues throughout the Bay
Area. Check your calendar one last time, and make sure you take in as much of this
annual Bay Area treasure as you possibly can. All the details are available at


Klezmer Ensemble & Band Workshops
If you want to learn to play klezmer in groups, and already know how to play your
instrument, there are upcoming opportunities to do so at several bay area locations.
David Rosenfeld, of Kugelplex
(mandolin/violin), is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and composer who
has been playing stringed instruments for over 25 years, and teaching for almost
as long. He will be conducting workshops shortly in both Berkeley and Palo Alto.

JCC East Bay (click here
for directions)
Tuesdays, April 1 – May 27 (skipping 4/22), 7:30pm – 9:00pm
$100 general, $80 members (for all eight classes)

Albert L. Schultz JCC (click here []
for directions)
Thursdays, April 3 – May 22, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
$85 general, $75 members
Cubberley Campus, Modular Classroom A
Contact: Heidi Stein, 650-852-3505
To find out more, and assure that you receive notice of upcoming workshops, contact
David Rosenfeld at 415-407-7162, or [].

Wex []Michael
Scholar-In-Residence Weekend
April 11-13, 2008
Congregation Shomrei Torah – Santa Rosa, CA
Yiddish National Treasure, bestselling author of “Born to Kvetch” and “Just Say
Nu,” novelist, playwright, lecturer, performer and authority on Yiddish language
and literature will be joining the Santa Rosa Jewish community for a Shabbat in
April. You can too!
For directions, click here
For carpooling, post a message on KlezCalifornia’s Message forum here

Friday, April 11, 7:30pm Shabbat evening services followed by Michael Wex’s lecture:
“I’m Becoming a Penitential Chicken for You, Pussy-Cat: Yiddish and the Liturgy”

Saturday, April 12, 10:30am Shabbat morning services and lecture: “Daytsh Aftselakhis
(German in Spite of the Germans): The Jewish Roots of Yiddish”

Saturday, April 12, 7:30pm Lecture, discussion and book signing “Don’t Knock Me
a Teakettle: Strange Yiddish Expressions and How They Got That Way”

Sunday, April 13, 8:30am Brunch with Michael Wex, and a final lecture: “It Should
Happen to my Enemies: The Yiddish View of Life”

Special Shabbat Program
Yiddish Culture, Eastern European History, and Klezmer Music
with Yale Strom and Elizabeth Schwartz
April 5, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto
Yale Strom is a pioneer among klezmer revivalists. Since 1981, he has conducted
extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, focusing
on all aspects of Roma and Jewish culture. He is a director, composer, musician,
photographer and writer. Elizabeth Schwartz has been called the “Piaf of Yiddish
song” and has performed across North America and internationally. She is also an
independent filmmaker and former Hollywood film executive.
For details of the program, click here
For directions to Kol Emeth, click here