Cabaret and Festivals
Between 2003 and 2016, KlezCalifornia produced fourteen Yiddish Culture Festivals that each attracted 300-450 participants. Each included between sixteen and sixty workshops in Yiddish singing and dancing, klezmer music, theater, humor, Yiddish language, East European Jewish history, and history of Ashkenazi Jews in America. Festivals incorporated one or two klezmer concerts and dance parties. Venues were Jewish Community High School of the Bay, JCC East Bay, Oshman Family JCC (Palo Alto), San Geronimo Valley Community Center (Marin), JCC San Francisco, Congregation Netivot Shalom (Berkeley), Congregation Etz Chayim (Palo Alto), JCC Sonoma County, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (Berkeley), Osher Marin JCC, and Addison-Penzak JCC (Los Gatos).
In 2016 and 2017, we produced four Cabaret by the Bay, each with 3-5 individual performers, blended with music from a klezmer band, and concluding with a klezmer dance party.
Our multi-performer Cabaret by the Bay are hosted at different locations, so the broader Bay Area population can participate.