Northern California

To join the Workmen’s Circle of Northern California Branch #1054, please contact chair Diana Scott – dmscott01@yahoo.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH YIDDISH CULTURAL EVENTS

A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and Culture
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1:30 pm
Jewish Community Library: 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Free
Polish-born Yiddishist Agnieszka Ilwicka will reflect on her work with the last native Yiddish speakers in Poland and her teaching of the language at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. She has studied and advanced Jewish culture in Poland in conjunction with the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, San Francisco, and the National Yiddish Book Center,  Amherst, Mass.
Ilwicka began learning Yiddish as an undergraduate at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and she has continued her study of the language in Vilnius, Paris, London, and New York.  She holds a master’s degree in Polish philology and history, specializing in Jewish studies, from the University of Wroclaw. She was a student in Jewish studies at the University of Southampton, England, where she has worked with the archive of Yiddish manuscripts in the Hartley Library and with the Yiddish Book Collection at University College in London.  
Program made possible, in part, by Larry Burgheimer, and by Richard Krieg in honor of David Medlin.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

APRIL YIDDISH CULTURAL EVENTS

Jewish Labor Songs: A Concert and Sing-Along
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1:30 pm
Jewish Community Library: 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Free
With International Labor Day (May 1) approaching, Oakland-based singer Gerry Tenney will perform and lead a sing-along of rousing and poignant Jewish labor songs, many of them in Yiddish. From the sweatshop poet Morris Rosenfeld, whose 1911 poem “Mayn Rue Platz” (My Resting Place) has become a classic labor song, to tunes popularized by labor troubadour Joe Glazer, American and European Jewish singers and songwriters have been at the forefront of music supporting the working class.
Renee Enteen, president of the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco,  will share the history of the three Yiddish workers’ choruses that have operated in the Bay Area – in Oakland, Petaluma, and San Francisco. She’ll also display an exhibit about the three choruses.
Gerry Tenney is a musician, recording artist, children’s entertainer, leader of the bands California Klezmer and The Lost Tribe, and president of KlezCalifornia, a Bay Area organization supporting Yiddish culture.
Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.
Program co-presented by the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco, KlezCalifornia, and the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

JUNE YIDDISH CULTURAL EVENTS

Film: The Broken Sound
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:00 pm
Jewish Community Library: 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 
Spearheaded by Alan Bern of the band Brave Old World, the Other Europeans was a collaborative effort of fourteen lăutari (professional Roma musicians) and klezmer musicians from eight countries who came together to learn about and perform the interconnected musical traditions of the Jewish and Roma communities of Bessarabia.This documentary film, shot over two years in Moldova, Hungary, Israel, Germany, and the United States, follows the musicians as they explore Roma and Jewish musical traditions, develop relationships across national and cultural boundaries, and perform extraordinary music. 2012, 125 minutes, in English, German, Yiddish, and Romanian with English subtitles. The film will be shown in video projection.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, Lehrhaus Judaica, and the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, while all talks are in English, and musicians tend to translate Yiddish lyrics for English-speaking audiences (most of us!), you can brush up on your Yiddish, or if you’re game, begin to learn this hip “new” old language, by attending free bi-weekly Yiddish classes in San Francisco, co-sponsored by Workmen’s Circle of No. CA and KlezCalifornia:

WC/AR Beginning Yiddish classes take place bi-weekly on Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SF Public Library, Civic Center Branch, co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.  Taught by Rochelle Goldman.  No charge.  For more information, contact Rochelle: (650) 577-1531 or roshnman@yahoo.com.

 

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