Ad for Yiddishland's Annual Fundraiser, Sholem Zol Zayn, on November 5th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT, at Civita Rec Center in Mission Valley, San Diego and on Zoom


Yuval Ron, our special guest coming from Los Angeles, is an acclaimed Israeli-American composer, musician, author, and educator. He uses the universal language of music to break down cultural barriers and promote cross-cultural understanding. His artistic work blends Middle Eastern, North African, and Western influences, highlighting his dedication to uniting people from diverse backgrounds. 

Yale Strom, our Board Member, is a renowned ethnographer-artist in the fields of Klezmer and Roma music and history. With extensive ethnographic research in Eastern Europe since 1981, nine documentary films, twelve books, and numerous worldwide photo exhibitions, he is a multifaceted artist. Additionally, Strom has composed for various mediums and leads the band Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, known for their fifteen recordings spanning traditional klezmer to “new” Jewish jazz. Currently, he serves as an artist-in-residence and professor in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University.

Elizabeth Schwartz, our Board Member, is a renowned Klezmer vocalist in the Romanian tradition. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and author. Known for her captivating performances with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and as a solo artist, Schwartz has garnered a dedicated following among fans, critics, and collaborators. Her first recording, “Garden of Yidn,” featured Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino vocals and received acclaim, described as a “landmark in modern Yiddish song” by Sing Out! Magazine.

Sholem Zol Zayn – Our Annual Fundraiser

As you may know, we had previously planned a Yiddish-tango-themed fundraiser for YAAANA and Yiddishland for this November. However, following October 7th’s hair-raisingly horrific pogrom, massacre, and abduction of innocents in Israel, we decided to postpone tango for another time while we mourn for the lives lost and pray for the rapid return of the abducted, the safety of the people of Israel, and the return of peace to the Land. The event will focus instead on tikkun olam and half of the fundraiser proceeds will be provided to San Diego-based Adopt a Family Foundation, which provides support to terrorism victims in Israel. 

Highlighting the event will be several internationally known artists including Yuval Ron, coming to us from Los Angeles, and our board members Yale Strom, and Elizabeth Schwartz, who all generously agreed to volunteer for this special event. The program will feature storytelling and musical selections representing Yiddish and Israeli cultural traditions, intended to connect Yiddishkeit with the cultural traditions of Medines Yisroel. We hope you will take this opportunity to come together, partake in some incredible music and Israel-themed food and drink, and contribute to important causes, keeping in mind the importance of staying together, as a caring community and nation, facing multiple challenges, with resilience and determination. 

For all in-person participants, will have increased measures of security provided by the office of the mayor of San Diego.

When: November 5th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST)

Where: Civita Rec Center in Mission Valley, San Diego (2684 Community Ln, San Diego, CA 92108) and on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to the registrants closer to the event date. 

Tickets: 10


In-person tickets:

Regular in Person Admission with a discount: $10  

Zoom tickets: 

Regular Zoom Admission with a discount: $10 

Additional donations to the fundraiser for this 501(c)(3) organization (tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law) are welcome and are accepted here. Donations of $180 and up include a recognition during the event, with a mention in the program, and a special Yiddishland gift.