Northern California Upcoming Events


The Lonely Child: A Look at a Song and a Documentary-in-Progress 
Thursday, January 25, 7-8:30 pm  (free admission)
“The Lonely Child” is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint.
A contributing editor for J.The Jewish News of Northern California, Alix Wall writes a monthly column about Jews in the food world as well as other features. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco ChronicleBerkeleysideBay Area Bites, and Edible East Bay. Wall is founder of the Illuminoshi, the not- so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish food professionals, and works part-time as a personal chef.


BEING THE RESISTANCE: Sharing songs, stories, & strategies
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00 – 4:30 pm at the SF Public Library, Civic Center Branch, Latino Meeting Room (free admission)
Songs have animated and sustained struggles for justice, rights, and dignity throughout history.
This event will include performance and participatory singing in several languages with updates from the resistance front by diverse Bay Area activist groups.    

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