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April 2016

Special Series of Events with Dovid Katz

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January 2016

A Century of Yiddish Theater Music

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December 2015

The Comedian – Dec. 13 Screening With Mike Burstyn Q & A in LA

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November 2015

Meet me at Yiddish and Rock ‘n Roll – A Surprising Juncture on Fairfax

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Yiddish culture Festival, presented by KlezCalifornia​

Presented in partnership with the JCC East Bay NOVEMBER 7-8, 2015 7:30-10pm Saturday Night, November 7th CABARET & CABERNET (refreshments provided, wine for sale) 10am-7pm Sunday, November 8th Workshops, Finale Performance & Party 10:00-11:30am — Workshops Session 1 11:45am-1:15pm — Lunch 1:30-3:00pm — Workshops Session 2 3:15-4:45pm — Workshops Session 3 5:00pm — Refreshments and shmoozing 5:30-6:00pm — Performance by internationally-renowned Veretski Pass 6:00-7:00pm — Klezmer Dance Party: Dancing led by Bruce Bierman Music by Veretski Pass, other Festival teachers…

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October 2015

Jews and the Great American Cream Cheese Myth

ייִדן און די מיטאָלאָגיע פֿון קרעם קייז Santa Monica Synagogue (Sha’arei Am) and the world’s foremost cream cheese maven. The Great American Cream Cheese Myth is that Jews introduced cream cheese to America.  But, in reality, there was no cream cheese in the shtetl. American Yankees developed the cheese decades before the Eastern European migration.  So who created cream cheese and where was it created?  And when and how did it become the great shmear it is? Please join us for… read more

Annual Showcase of Contemporary Yiddish Culture 2015-2016

The only consistent Yiddish cultural programming west of New York, with monthly programs highlighting in an  accessible and engaging way aspects of Yiddish culture that resonate with or are happening today.  Renowned guest speakers offer multi-media presentations on diverse topics. Terri Hanauer – Love Poetry Boris Sandler – Yiddish Writers Caroline Luce & Rosa Nevedovska Miriam Koral & Forverts Miriam Koral & Moshe Shklar Prof. Yoshi Hirose Prof. Yoshigi Hirose – Two Japanese Schindlers read more

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

A special invitation to the first theatrical screening of Theodore Bikel’s highly acclaimed film Theodore Bikel had a magnificent career that spanned over 75 years in show business. Few garnered such distinguished recognition in music, film, literature, and stage. Theo’s latest, and last, film, called “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem,” will be showing simultaneously at four Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles on Oct 19th at 7:30 PM and on Oct 20th at 1pm, with a special screening, dedicated to…

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August 2015

How two Japanese “Schindlers” Rescued 6,000 Jews

Chiune Sugihara, as Japanese Consul serving in Kovno, Lithuania at the onset of WW II, risked his family, career, livelihood, and life by issuing visas to thousands of Jewish refugees who were then able to flee to Japan, China, and numerous other countries in safety. They became known as Sugihara Survivors. Prof. Setsuzo Kotsuji, is a lesser-known though just as important a hero. With his intervention, the Japanese authorities agreed to extend the refugees’ visas several times, letting them stay…

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May 2015

Yiddish Avant-Garde to American Mainstream

Boris Aronson, recipient of six Tony awards for Best Scenic Design, was one of the most prolific and important artists of the American theater. In exploring Aronson’s journey from the Yiddish theater to Broadway, we demonstrate some of the many ways in which the Yiddish theater intersected with the mainstream American stage, leaving a lasting legacy that is still felt in the American theatrical institution to this day. Born in Ukraine, the son of the Grand Rabbi of Kiev, Aronson…

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