Volunteers

Judy Kunofsky

Executive Director & Treasurer


Berkeley

  • Four careers so far: mathematician, environmental organizer, fundraising consultant, Yiddish culture organizer
  • Plays classical viola
  • Grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn and Lower East Side, Manhattan
  • Reads Yiddish fluently, speaks nisht azoy ay-ya-ya

Gerry Tenney

Board president


oakland

  • California Klezmer band leader; mandolin, guitar and vocals
  • Former director of East Bay Kindershul and children’s entertainer
  • Hosted The Gerson Yankl Show on KPFA
  • Speaks fluent Yiddish

Laura "Larishke" Rosenberg

Board chair


Oakland & VIctoria B.C.

  • Arts administrator and conductor; left classical music for Yiddish song during her midlife crisis
  • Co-founder of the Hot Springs Music Festival and the New Yiddish Theater
  • Sings in Yiddish, accompanied by her concertina or by one of the more eccentric klezmer bands
  • Speaks only a bisl Yiddish, but curses in it daily

Talia Shaham

Vice President and vice chair


palo alto

  • Had long career as a scientific programmer and analyst
  • Plays violin in a string orchestra
  • Hebrew speaker, studied Yiddish
  • Klezmer music and Yiddish culture enthusiast
  • Grew up hearing mother speak Yiddish with others, but she sprinkled her speech to us kids with colorful Yiddish phrases which stuck!

Ed Anisman

Board MEMBER


Berkeley

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  • California Klezmer band leader; mandolin, guitar and vocals
  • Former director of East Bay Kindershul and children’s entertainer
  • Hosted The Gerson Yankl Show on KPFA
  • Speaks fluent Yiddish

Josh Horowitz

board member


berkeley

  • Internationally acclaimed composer, arranger, accordion, cimbalom, and piano player with Budowitz, Veretski Pass, and Cosmic Diaspora
  • Teacher at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Yiddish New York, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and the Klezmer Festival Fürth
  • Performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Bikel, Rubin & Horowitz, Brave Old World, Alicia Svigals, and Adrienne Cooper
  • Minimal Yiddish, fluent in German