Presented by KlezCalifornia

Bread & Roses: Yiddish Songs of the Jewish Labor Movement, with Cindy Paley, accompanied by Achi Ben Shalom. CANCELLED.


Sun Mar 22 2020


12:30 pm - 3:00 pm


San Francisco


This KlezCalifornia workshop will focus on Yiddish songs of the Jewish Labor Movement. Jews have always been at the forefront of social and political movements. What began as local organizing efforts in Poland and Russia continued in the U.S., as Jewish immigrants quickly learned that labor in the New World needed unions too. Labor poets such as Morris Rosenfeld, David Edelshtat, and Avraham Reisen wrote songs of poverty, toil, and struggle that reflected the Jewish experience common to both immigrant life and life in the Old World. The voices of women, who faced oppression and exploitation, are also represented. Participants will learn songs and their background, listen to recordings, and most importantly, sing!

A $25 donation is requested for the workshop from everyone in the room. Light snacks are provided. To reserve a space, RSVP to For general info on KlezCalifornia workshops, click on More Info, below.

At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., San Francisco CA 94115.

Cindy Paley has delighted Jewish communities with her timeless albums and dynamic performances. As the music educator at Valley Beth Shalom for 36 years, she brought Jewish music to countless children. For the past 20 years she has been the cantorial soloist for Lev Eisha and Valley Beth Shalom’s N’shama Minyan, two women’s services in Los Angeles. Additionally, Cindy performs Yiddish music throughout California and Poland and teaches annual workshops at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. Although she is best known for Jewish music, Cindy also performs American folk songs of the 1960s with a trio called The Folk Experience.

Achi Ben Shalom is song leader, choir director, band leader and music teacher.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

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