Join Art Walk in La Jolla with Live Music this Friday and Other Upcoming Events this Month
Dear Friend of YAAANA and Yiddishland California,
We hope you will decide to celebrate the month of love with us! We have a few events for you this month, including the art walk taking place tomorrow. You can find all of them listed under this link https://yiddishlandcalifornia.org/activities. Please keep in mind that the early bird tickets for Lisa Fishman’s concert “Jewish Songs of Love” expire this Sunday, February 5. Sadly, we had to postpone our activities for children, more information soon. Moreover, we would like to invite you to join the Zeim Team. We will come together once a month to explore new and old niggunim (tunes). We will provide the words, tunes, and a safe space to learn and try new things together. More information is available below.
If you enjoy our programming, and you want to help us keep our cultural center in downtown La Jolla, please donate at
Wishing you lots of love,
The teams of YAAANA and Yiddishland CA
First Friday Art Walk in La Jolla with Live Music by Big Boss Bubeleh
We will be participating in La Jolla’s monthly art walk and will have a variety of artwork and Judaica available for purchase. The topic of the Art Walk at our gallery will be love. Join us for drinks, snacks, entertainment, and the opportunity to see wonderful, original artwork. A free parking pass registration form will be sent to guests who register before 10 a.m. on Friday, February 3. Band Big Boss Bubeleh will generously provide live music for this event. Way into the windy halls of human emotions, Big Boss Bubeleh holds a light-as it is words, music, music and words that make this place sensible again. Influenced by our world’s expansive musical culture/history and geographically united in San Diego from much further pebbles, their language shifts frequently and so do the scales. And needing to move their ancient muses back into the foreground, their songs are categorized in gypsy jazzy klezmer pop.
When: This Friday, February 3, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: At Yiddishland CA, 1128 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037, and on Zoom
Tickets: Donations are welcome. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Jewish Songs of Love with Lisa Fishman
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and all things love with Lisa Fishman, who will be coming to Yiddishland from NYC, where she just starred as Yente the Matchmaker, as well as Bobe Tsaytl, in the Off-Broadway production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish directed by Joel Grey. Spend an evening enjoying love songs and more in Yiddish, English and Ladino from the world of Jewish song. Lisa will sing romantic tunes – as well as other songs on love, longing and heartbreak – along with some comic tunes about relationships and marriage. Lisa will be accompanied on piano as well as her guitar. Nosh and drinks are included in the ticket price. This is an event suitable for couples and for singles, and will be broadcast via Zoom.
When: Friday, Feb 10, 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET)
Where: A private venue in La Jolla, to be announced closer to the event date
$30 if you register by this Sunday, February 5 for in-person attendance
$40 if you register between February 6 and 10 for in-person attendance
$10 for early bird Zoom participation (expires on February 5)
$18 for last-minute Zoom registration (after February 5)
Performer – Lisa Fishman:
Singer, actor, musician and songwriter, Lisa Fishman, most recently starred as Yente the matchmaker, as well as Bobe Tsaytl (aka: “Grandma Tzeitl”), in the Off Broadway hit, “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish, directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner, Joel Grey. Originally from Chicago and having lived in LA and New York City for the past two decades, Lisa has had a diverse career that has taken her from Klezmer bands to Musical Theater to Yiddish Theater – to work in Rock, Pop, Jazz and Folk Music, Children’s Television, Voice Over and more.
Lisa is known for being one of the lead singers of Chicago’s renowned Maxwell Street Klezmer Band for many years, as well as starring in numerous productions with NYC’s National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. She has performed around the world, appeared on recordings and television, shared the stage with many luminaries from the world of Theater and Jewish Music, and recently provided the voice for a new dancing plush toy called “My Yiddishe Bubbie” who doles out Yiddish expressions and dances along to Klezmer music! (www.MyYiddisheBubbie.com) Lisa has a deep passion for Jewish music and loves being able to share it with others. (lisafishman.com)
Click on the image below to play a greeting from the performer.
Learn Yiddish through Songs – Session Two – Love Songs
Learn some well-known and some lesser-known Yiddish tunes with local Yiddishist Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh. Discover the rich Yiddish history behind various theater songs, folk songs, tavern songs, lullabies, and other songs. Imagine a night in a shtetl, learning, analyzing, singing, and schmoozing with friends — with a glass of wine in hand. The class will take place in person and on Zoom. The topic of the second session is LOVE SONGS
When: Monday, Feb 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PT ( 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. CT, 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. ET)
Where: At Yiddishland CA, 1128 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037, and on Zoom
Tuition: $30 per session or $150 for 6 classes (for the package see here:
Online classes on Zoom: $25 per session or $145 for 6 classes (for the package see here:
Instructor: Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Slavic Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is working on her dissertation on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. Jana is not only a practicing academic but also an active theater artist and critic. She is an actor, director, playwright, and producer of Yiddish theater. In October 2017, she moved to San Diego and launched the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA) and Yiddishland California.
Zeim Team Kumzitz
Join us for Zeim Team, where we come together to explore new and old niggunim (tunes). We’ll provide the words, tunes, and a safe space to learn and try new things together. This practice is both meditative and contemplative, with the intention of community gathering. It is open to anyone who wants to share in song, in a comfortable and open space.
When: Saturday, February 18, 8:00 p.m.
Where: At Yiddishland CA, 1128 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA, 92037
Cost: Donation-based, $5 suggested donation
What is Yiddish? Who still speaks Yiddish? Why should we care?
If you seek answers to these questions, this is an event for you. Learn about the origins and development of Yiddish and get your questions answered by our CEO Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh. Drink a glass of wine, enjoy some nosh, and mingle with other people with interest in the La Jolla area. This event will be broadcast on Zoom.
Cost: sliding scale, the sooner you register the less you pay!
$18 for last-minute registration
$20 if you register by Feb 10 for in-person attendance
$30 if you register by Feb 17 for in-person attendance
$40 if you register between Feb 17 and 24 for in person attendance
$10 for early bird Zoom participation (expires on Feb 17),
Where: In-person at Yiddishland and online on Zoom
When: Friday, February 24, 2023, 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. CT, 10:00 p.m. ET)
Instructor: Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh
Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh is a PhD candidate in the Slavic Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is working on her dissertation on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. Jana is not only a practicing academic but also an active theater artist and critic. She is an actor, director, playwright, and producer of Yiddish theater. In October 2017, she moved to San Diego and launched the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA), Yiddishland CA, and the Yiddish Theater Academy.