When The Mamas and the Papas recorded California Dreamin' in 1966, we're sure they never expected that 48 years later a Yiddish parody of this classic pop song would appear.
But last week the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus posted their rendition of Kalifornyer Kholem on YouTube. The chorus is part of a modern Yiddish renaissance -- more than forty members strong, from students to retirees, a good number of whom speak or are learning Yiddish.
Their repertoire spans a century -- exciting oratorios and operettas, labor anthems, folksongs, and popular tunes -- all in Yiddish. Committed to strengthening Yiddish as a living language, they have commissioned and premiered new Yiddish choral works by half a dozen composers.
They also annually give a NYC spring concert at Symphony Space, open to the public, with highlights from that season's choral repertoire.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
If you don't remember the original, here is a little bit of nostalgia: