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    A Klezmer Khanike with the gonifs klezmer band

    Hanukkah Music at Noon Lunch and Concert

    When: Tuesday, 12/4/2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Export event

    Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall


    Celebrate Hanukkah with traditional foods and music by the gonifs klezmer band. Rabbi David Booth from Congregation Kol Emeth will give some inspirational thoughts about the holiday. This program is a joint effort between the Arts & Culture and Community Engagement Departments.

    Приглашаем Вас на празднование Хануки. Вас ожидает вкусный обед, латкес и пончики. А также выступление еврейского музыкального ансабля.!

    Singing accordionist Jeanette Lewicki joins renowned clarinetist Sheldon Brown and rocksteady bass player Richard Saunders. We'll celebrate the return of the light with klezmer dance music, classic Yiddish songs and modern variations. Since 1996, these virtuoso musicians have played together in concert halls and recording studios and at Jewish celebrations. They have been the house band for KlezCalifornia three years in a row. They love what they do and you will love it too!

    Richard Saunders, bass
    Jeanette Lewicki, accordion
    Sheldon Brown, clarinet

    Richard Saunders was born in New York City. He grew up in Great Neck, on Long Island's North Shore. Suspended from high school for a year, he applied to UC Berkeley because it was 3000 miles away and had a reputation as "pinko." Arriving in Berkeley in September 1964, Richard got there in time to participate in the events of the 1960s, build a washtub bass and commence a musical career as a bassist. Oh yes, he received a BA in history in 1969.

    Richard studied music composition, harmony and counterpoint with Bill Matthieu from 1968 to 1970 when he bought his first upright bass. He has played and recorded with Country Joe and the Fish, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Jessica Williams, Cat Anderson, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, various TV shows and ads, and movie scores. He is proud of his work with Klez-X (formerly San Francisco Klezmer Experience). He currently is on the faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center. 

    Sheldon Brown is a composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist. He has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. In June 2014 he premiered his extended composition Blood of the Air at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. Since 1994, he has led the Sheldon Brown Group, which performs his own compositions, and he recently formed the Sheldon Brown Quintet, which performs the music of Herbie Nichols and Distant Intervals, based on poetic speech melodies. Sheldon Brown Group has performed several times at Yoshi's and as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival's Summer in the City series.

    Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on five of Sosa's albums. While with Sosa, he performed at many famous venues, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo and many others. Brown performs with many groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Francisco Klezmer Experience. He was part of the Bay Area klezmer revival ensemble The Klezmorim.

    Jeanette Lewicki, Yiddish singer and accordionist, was born in California and has pursued Yiddish song and klezmer music around the world. She sings and plays with the San Francisco Klezmer Experience & the gonifs klezmer band, and has produced numerous CDs. She has produced CDs for other musicians including Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Arkady Gendler and the gonifs klezmer band. In 2012 Jeanette took part in the YIVO NY project to digitize the complete Ruth Rubin collection, which involved listening to more than 900 unaccompanied Yiddish songs sung by native speakers. She has coached Michael Tilson Thomas in Yiddish, sung at hundreds of weddings and played in the Yiddish theatre in New York and San Francisco. Jeanette is thankful to the many Yiddishists who have helped her along the way and continues to teach and inspire young people who want to carry on the Yiddish song tradition.

    Rabbi David Booth is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto. He was educated at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and then the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He grew up in the Bay Area and is thrilled to have returned home to such a vibrant and dynamic Jewish community. In addition to his responsibilities at Kol Emeth, Rabbi Booth has published several articles and op-ed pieces in local and national publications. He has been a keynote speaker for the International Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs in Toronto and been scholar-in-residence in Thousand Oaks, CA as well as other speaking and teaching engagements. 

    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.

    Need a ride?
    The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event.  To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.

    Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.


    Tuesday, December 4
    11:30 AM–1:30 PM | RSVP by December 2
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    Registration takes place through email. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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