Real Music & Real Estate . . .

Yiddishe Cup’s bandleader, Bert Stratton, is Klezmer Guy.

He knows about the band biz and – check this out – the real estate biz, too.

You may not care about the real estate biz. Hey, you may not care about the band biz. (See you.)

This is a blog with a gamy twist. It features tenants with snakes and skunks, and musicians with smoked fish in their pockets.

Stratton has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post.



KlezKanada is going on right now. Come on, America, let’s compete against the Canadians. Let’s do a full-blown Midwest klez conference. Not in Chicago, thank you, and not in some bubble town like Madison, Wisc., or Ann Arbor, Mich.

KlezKleveland. Where exactly? My house.

Accommodations: tent camping on my front lawn. There will be shower trucks and port-a-potties in the driveway. Don Johns — only the best.

Gentiles welcome, of course.

Do I need to play an instrument to attend?


Do I need to know Yiddish?

Just chutzpah and putz.




Spinning to the music of KnishKnash, a NYC band.

Teen activities?

Yes. Teens will put on a play about scrap and Midwest Jews, based on Leonard Tanenbaum’s memoir, Junk is not a Four-Letter Word.

KlezKleveland ends with a fireworks display over Shaker Lakes. Look for a KlezKleveland flyer in your mailbox. Look for the next eight years.

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1 Steven Greenman { 08.21.19 at 9:33 am }

Let’s do it, and if KlezKleveland works out then we can do “Yiddish Youngstown” next. Then “Mentshn in Mansfield.” Oh, the possibilities…..

2 DAVID G KORN { 08.21.19 at 10:05 am }

I would come to that!

3 Kenneth Goldberg { 08.21.19 at 1:35 pm }

Don’t neglect to run this through the Planning Commission, Landmark Commission, Architectural Review Board, Cleveland Heights Historical Society Board, and Shaker Lakes Duck and Goose Preservation Organization before you get too far with the planning!

4 Dave Rowe { 08.23.19 at 9:25 pm }

West-siders ,I hope, will be able to attend.

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