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Arts & Entertainment - February 5, 2010

Concerts, classes and culture

Palo Alto congregation hosts Yiddish Culture Festival on Presidents' Day weekend

by Be'eri Moalem

Yiddish may be commonly thought of as declining, but Judith Kunofsky doesn't agree. Locally, Kunofsky sees both Yiddish language and culture as alive and thriving, along with klezmer music.

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Posted by Lori Shapiro, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2010 at 2:45 am

This is a great article, it does a fine job of describing some of the amazing KlezCalifornia artists and festival events that will take place soon.

Having personally experienced this type of event before, both on the west coast and many times on the East Coast, this is what I'd like to share:

The festival is sure to spiritually transcend one's soul through time and space, from the past to the future, in the here and now! There's a variety of workshops to choose from ... many vehicles of training offered: ear training with musical instruments (some music by note reading), singing instruction, dance, theatre, language, and art. The festival will open your heart to rapture and joy rolled into one. There are so many wonderful workshops offered in this weekend training session. Your only problem will be deciding which ones to choose ... unfortunately there's not enough time to take them all!

No matter what your musical instrument of choice is, or your level of singing ... or theatrical knowledge or experience ... there's something for everyone!

Or, if you are someone who would rather kick back and relax (let others entertain you,) there will be world-class concerts provided on both Saturday and Sunday night. By day, these world-class masters (and assistants) will be teaching young and old, novice and experienced --the many treasured arts of our Jewish forefathers and foremothers. Fun and enjoyment will be had by all. You won't want to miss this!

The festival program is like experiencing "A Little YIddish Woodstock" on the West Coast, in lovely small town suburban Palo Alto - within everyone's reach. To me, the experience is like getting a slice of heaven. This is not to be missed! "You better get your tickets soon! Experience the excitement and rapture for yourself." Check out the details at: Feb. 12-15, 2010

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