Bay Area


Mailing address only: 6714 Gladys Ave El Cerrito, CA 94530
(415) 789-7679 [email protected]
Executive Director Judy Kunofsky (415) 789-7679 [email protected]
President Gerry Tenney (415) 789-7679 [email protected]

KlezCalifornia is a living resource that connects individuals and communities with Yiddish culture.

  • Website – searchable databases of events all over the Bay Area and beyond, Yiddish cultural resources including klezmer bands to hire for weddings, bar/bas mitsveh parties; where to learn Yiddish or get your old family letters translated, and more.
  • E-newsletter – Klezmer- and Yiddish-inspired events (online and in Northern California), proverbs, links to stories and videos around the world.
  • Cabaret by the Bay – Multi-performer cabarets.
  • Klezmer Concerts and Dance Parties.
  • Tam – Tastes of Yiddish Culture for Kids & Teens – presentations  at religious schools, day schools, clubs, camps (and for adult groups, too).
  • Workshops in klezmer music, Yiddish song, and klezmer dance.
  • Tastes of Yiddish Culture – lectures, kumzitsn, play-readings, social events (jokes, food, games)
  • Yiddish Conversation Salons for fluent speakers.
  • Fiscal sponsorship services for projects involving Jewish and related cultures, including Yiddish Theatre Ensemble (producers of God of Vengeance).

Invites everyone who is even a bisl (a little bit) curious about Yiddish culture. No need to sing, speak Yiddish, or be a musician. All ages and backgrounds participate, from nine Bay Area counties and beyond.

Informing people about events throughout the Bay Area and beyond; producing events; linking people with teachers, bands, classes, and each other; teaching about Yiddish culture; supporting artists; building intergenerational community; and celebrating Yiddish culture.