Honor Wall

In honor or memory of your loved one, or friends, or your Yiddish heritage.

Gail Rubman

In memory of my parentS

Kermit and Sybil Meltz

whose love and commitment to each other were an inspiration

February 2020

Robin Braverman

In memory of my maternal grandparents

Pauline and Andrew (Bundy) Lang

January 2020

Cynthia Whitehead

In honor of the new

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

January 2020

Michael Perlmutter

In honor of

KlezCalifornia’s Work

to sustain and grow Yiddish culture. KlezCalifornia has been, and continues to be, an important source and connection to klezmer music and its associated culture

January 2020

Emily Brewer, MD

In memory of my father

Richard Brewer

January 2020

Eli Wirtschafter

In honor of

My Mama

December 2019

Ellen Gierson

In Memory of

Grandma Ida

I well remember Grandma Ida enveloping me with Yiddishkayt; candle lighting, reciting prayers, Kashruth … I am so grateful that she passed on to me so much Jewish culture. This small donation to KlezCalifornia is in honor of her.

December 2019

Anita and Steven Feinstein

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky

Who works tirelessly to ensure Yiddishkayt is not forgotten!

December 2019

Dorrit Geshuri

in memory of

Baile Weiss Nayman

My great-grandmother Baile had a strong personality and beautiful long red hair that she refused to shave after she was married (quite scandalous in the shtetl where they lived). One day, so the story goes, the rabbi went to her husband Berish Dov and said “Please tell Baile that she needs to shave her hair and cover her head.” And Berish Dov put up a fuss and said “I’m not going to tell her that.” That was the end of the discussion and Baile never cut her hair. I like to think I get some of my feisty nature from Baile.

December 2019

Rabbi Stuart Kelman

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky

December 2019

Judy Kunofsky

IN MEMORY OF

Pauline (Levine) Kunofsky
& Israel Kunofsky

my parents.

December 2019

Frank Fox and Moreen Libet

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky

Especially for Judy’s hard work! 

December 2019

Celia and Paul Concus

IN honor OF

Marian Concus

December 2019

Lea Delson

I am donating to honor Judy Kunofsky, whose endless energy, enthusiasm and determination contribute greatly to KlezCalifornia and the revival of Yiddish culture in the Bay Area. Kol HaKavod! 

November 2019

Tony Phillips

My connection to Yiddish might be typical for a California native of my generation. My grandparents Carol and Irving grew up speaking Yiddish but, living in New York City, spoke it mainly to avoid being understood by their children and grandchildren. In contrast, Uncle Joseph, who immigrated when older, mainly spoke and read Yiddish, and his English was limited and thickly accented. That generation’s origins in the Yiddish-speaking world is a treasure to be passed on to subsequent generations who enjoy easier circumstances.

August 2019

Jacob Koff

Three of my grandparents were born here but becoming American meant being Jewish was the religion only. They did not think Yiddish important enough to teach to their descendents. Our home was devoid of Yiddish literature (in any language) and music. My father, who played 4 instruments and (to my later surprise) knew traditional Yiddish songs, never played them or taught them to us. When he bought me the Yiddish Fake Book, I fell in love. The more I played, the more crushing the realization of what was lost. Thank goodness for those who work to preserve this beautiful culture.

August 2019

Harvey Leonard Gotliffe

TO HONOR

those who have taught me so much about life, in and out of classrooms, and are no longer around to offer me more of an education. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to share time, thoughts, and love with each of them: Misha Caspi, Gordon Greb, Michael Ego, Jimi Yamaichi, Great Uncle Samuel Goldsmith, Chayale Ash, Leonard Salle, Chungliang Al Huang, Jack Fields, Robert Dale Johnson, Roger Tatarian, Wallace Sheldon Shanbrom, Edith Tarjan, and my dear parents Hilda and Henry Gotliffe.

June 2019

Millie Chazin

IN MEMORY OF

Julian Chazin, Beckie & Abraham Becker

In memory of my husband, Julian Chazin, and my parents, Beckie (Rivka Sklar) Becker and Abraham (Abie) Becker who did not let me forget our Yiddish language and culture and who inspired me to learn more of our history and to work to perpetuate our Yiddish culture

Pinny [Paul] Switzer

IN HONOR OF

Teachers at the Peretz School

I wish to honor my teachers at the Peretz School in Winnipeg, Canada, 1945-1952. We had classes in Yiddish all morning Monday through Friday on an array of subjects, starting with learning to read and write, and progressing through history, literature, tanakh, and Hebrew language. These teachers included Lapin, Zolf, Cantor, Halper, Greenberg, Tseitlin, Taft, and Fiterman.

April 2019

Judith Offer

IN MEMORY OF

Sigmund & Rosa Spitzer

I was raised a Catholic, but my paternal great grandparents, Sigmund and Rosa Spitzer, were Orthodox Jews. They immigrated in 1905 from Hungary to Niagara Falls, opening the first kosher restaurant in upstate New York. Their son, my “Grampa Rudy,” married a Catholic; their children were raised Catholic. I married a Jew, Stuart Offer. My work includes two plays based on Jewish themes/history, “A Shirtwaist Tale” and “It Could Always be Worse; a poem about Yiddish published in J Magazine, and one coming out in September in “CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly,” “On Studying Sacred Texts.”

April 2019

Nava Shaham

IN HONOR OF

Talia Shaham

for her hard work for KlezCalifornia and her extended family.

April 2019

Preeva Tramiel & Leonard Tramiel​

IN MEMORY OF

Chaya Adler

February 2019

Elaine Moise & Bob Grodsky:

IN MEMORY OF

Joseph & Lillian Grodsky

who loved the Yiddish language and culture.

February 2019

Robin Braverman

IN MEMORY OF

Pauline & Andres "Bundy" Lang

my maternal grandparents.

February 2019

Howard Freedman

L'KOVED

Judy Kunofsky

February 2019

Betsy Eckstein

IN HONOR OF

Renee Enteen

January 2019