Honor Wall

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

Esther Erman

In Loving Memory of my Parents

Gucia & Mulek Gerstenfeld

Holocaust survivors from Poland, each was the sole survivor of their family – most relatives perishing in Treblinka or Auschwitz. My parents met and married in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany and gave me birth in Stuttgart. In our tenement apartment on the Lower Eastside, my parents taught me my first language, Yiddish. Polish was always the language of secrets. Once I started kindergarten in the Bronx, I abandoned speaking Yiddish for English. My parents always spoke Yiddish to me. They’d be thrilled to know I’m reconnecting.

June 2021

Philip “Fishl” Kutner

In Memory of

Pearl “Perele” Kutner

Mom is my hero. She was born and raised in Tiktin (Tikocyn), Poland. After WWI she came to America and married Max who was a WWI veteran. Mama spoke Yiddish to her four boys and was fluent in six languages with English being her poorest one. On our farm she did all the cooking and cleaning besides helping with our chores. She was a pillar of strength.

June 2021

Elaine Elinson

For My Mother

May Gomberg Elinson

Remembered for her warmth, kindness and generous spirit. With her favorite expression “Esn, fresn, gezesn,” she welcomed family and friends from far-flung places to share our table and enjoy her kneydlekh, stuffed cabbage, and mandlbrot.

May 2021

Jo Falcon

In memory of

Mary Helen Kearney

Whatever Yidishkayt I can lay claim to came not from my father, who resented being Jewish, but from my mother, an Irish ex-Catholic. She felt my siblings and I deserved to know our heritage on both sides, so we had a Hanukah bush every Christmas, visits with a less-conflicted uncle (who introduced me to Yiddish language), and the glories of Posen’s Kosher Deli. Both parents had rejected their upbringing, but she’s the one who raised us to explore, and – in the mission of my last job, at the Exploratorium – to “ask questions, and question answers.” Thank you Mary Helen Kearney!

April 2021

Pinny Switzer

Remembering chaver

Avrom Lapin

My teacher at the Peretz Shul in Winnipeg 1948-1951, who tirelessly gave everything of himself to the school and its students.

March 2021

Diana Scott & Joel Schechter

In Memory of

Jean Pauline

Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California honors the memory of our beloved friend, social justice activist Jean Pauline (9/24/1921 – 11/23/2016), in her centennial birth year. Warm, strong-willed, and independent, she’s remembered as “an important friend and role model for dozens of younger activists in the Bay Area and beyond.” Jean stood with Women in Black, worked at Modern Times, and volunteered at SFSU’s Labor Archive and Research Center and the anarchist bookstore, Bound Together. With partner-soulmate Tom Brown (d. 10/24/2014), she sang Yiddish songs for many years with the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco. Rest in power, Jean!

March 2021

Abby Marcus

In Memory of

Sam & Sophie Levinson

It never occurred to me that my Grandpa Levinson spoke a language other than English. I remember him sitting on the sofa reading an American newspaper and watching baseball on TV. Though he came from Russia, I never heard him speak one syllable of Russian. I think he was delighted to be in America. I don’t even know if he or Grandma spoke Yiddish. Still, they gave me a strong sense of my Jewish identity. I’ll always be grateful to them for that, and for their love and kindness.

March 2021

Vina Cera

In Memory of My Mother

Bella (Bluma) Lifchus, née Shatkin

She came from a small shtetl outside of Odessa, settled in Winnipeg, Canada, and in our home, we spoke mostly Yiddish, some English, and a smattering of Ukrainian. California became home after marriage, but Baba visited yearly, and our children grew up in anticipation of the regular ‘parcels’ she sent, filled with all kinds of ‘geshmake’ goodies: “kmish bread,” poppyseed cookies, homentashn, beygelekh… She’s been gone many years now, but I still so long for those moments, when a Yiddish expression would capture that magic moment of perfect communication and understanding.

February 2021

Martin & Rena Bobrowsky

With Thanks to

KlezCalifornia

for organizing the Flisik Salon for Yiddish conversation which we have enjoyed for many years

February 2021

Robin Braverman

In Memory of

Pauline & Andrew (Bundy) Lang

My maternal grandparents

February 2021

Joseph Sacks

In Honor of

the tremendous presence and work of

Cantor Sharon Bernstein

February 2021

Meryl Rappaport

In Honor of

Talia Shaham

Honoring the warmth and humanity of my dear friend, Talia. Her time and energy supporting KlezCalifornia and klezmer music over the years makes her a friend to us all. L’Chaim!

February 2021

Joan Rudd

In Memory of

Peysakh Fiszman z’’l

Peysakh Fiszman was an extraordinary teacher of Yiddish, as well as a fine person. An Argentinian transplanted to NYC, I studied with him in programs in NY, in Oxford, and in Seattle. He bestowed my Yiddish name on me and assured me that “You murder the language, but you make yourself understood!”

February 2021

Deborah Kohn

I was born and raised in Cleveland, where I developed a love of the Yiddish language. My parents also were born and raised in Cleveland, but they didn’t learn English until they attended public school’s kindergarten. While Yiddish was spoken in my  home, it only was spoken amongst my parents, their parents, and their siblings. On the other hand, until at least the 4th or 5th grade, I never knew the word ‘refrigerator,’ only ‘frigidaire.’

January 2021

Alice Webber

Recognizing the incomparable

Michael Wex

… and the tireless

Judy Kunofsky

January 2021

Carolann Biederman

In Honor of

Laura Sheppard

January 2021

Dmitry Budker

In Honor of

the millions of victims

of communist terror in Russia and elsewhere. Let us not forget!

January 2021

Anita & Steven Feinstein

In Honor of

Judy Kunofsky

Judy, thank you for all you do to bring Yiddishkayt to the world.

January 2021

Jeffrey Hoffen

Our deepest condolences over the passing of

Reuben Rosloff

May your many memories be for a blessing.
Love, Cheryl, Jeff, Jeremy, Jessica

January 2021

Howard Freedman

In memory of

David Schneer

who remains a shining light.

January 2021

Carol Dorf

In memory of

Elsie Pinkowitz

who was very proud of her English Elocution,
but knew more Yiddish than she let on.

December 2020

Preeva Tramiel

In memory of

Charlotte Kaufman Adler

December 2020

Deborah Pines

I am grateful

that you are presenting interesting events,
while we are stuck in our homes.

December 2020

Rabbi Stuart Kelman

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky

October 2020

Sue Frank

In honor of

Rabbi Yechiael Lander

friend, rabbi and my first teacher of Yiddish

October 2020

Ed Anisman & Claire Sherman

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky & the rest of the board

all a source of inspiration!

October 2020

Judy Kunofsky

In honor of

Tony Phillips

October 2020

Gail Rubman

In memory of

Louise Reiter

A good friend to so many.  Sing out Louise!

September 2020

Elaine Elinson

In memory of my dad

Jack Elinson

who loved the Yiddish language and singing “The Internationale” in Yiddish — the version he learned at Camp KinderVelt.

September 2020

Karen K. Bergen

In memory of

Monroe & Mort Postrell

Brothers who spoke and loved Yiddish, and sang with the Yiddish Choristers for many years. May their memories be a blessing. 

September 2020

Rosalyn Becker

In honor of

Judy Kunofsky

September 2020

Jerryl Lynn Rubin

In honor of the first ever

Humboldt Yiddish Music Festival

February 22-23, 2020

September 2020

Deborah Pines

In loving memory of

Doris W. Cohen

My mother, whom I miss every day. She loved that I was learning Yiddish, and always joked that I was the first person in the family to speak it

August 2020

Renee Enteen

In memory of

Larry Enteen

My father, who worked for justice and gave respect to ALL.

August 2020

Abby Marcus

In loving memory of

Scheindel & Josef Markusfeld

I hope to meet them in Heaven, so that I can thank them for coming to America.

August 2020

Dmitry Budker

In memory of

The Musicians

who perished in the Lenin/Stalin GULAG.

July 2020

Harvey Gotliffe

In honor of

Arona Basha Gotliffe

for all she is doing every day to make this world a better place.

July 2020

Nora Guthrie

In loving memory of

My sister Bobby Burley, my niece Linda Baker, and my aunt Pat Becketti.

July 2020