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Flory Jagoda is Sephardic Music’s 91-Year-Old Accordion-Playing Superstar

By On September 13, 2017

Legend has it that when the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they brought their house keys in the hope they would someday return. They also held onto their culture. And… Read More

Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!

Now Odysseus Speaks Judeo-Spanish!

By On July 15, 2015

  What language did Odysseus speak when he arrived home after his long journey? In Moshe Ha’elyon’s world–and new book–it’s Ladino. The 87-year old survivor of Auschwitz spent four years bringing Homer’s… Read More

The Guy Behind UCLA's Ladino Revival

The Guy Behind L.A.’s Ladino Revival

By On June 5, 2015

UCLA doctoral student Bryan Kirschen leads a weekly class in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language that’s quickly disappearing, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He also created a network of seniors… Read More

The Jewish English Lexicon

A New Guide to the Secret Meaning of Jewish Words

By On March 16, 2015

  What do Jews speak? The answer isn’t exactly simple. And how could it be, when Yiddish, Aramaic, ancient and modern Hebrew, Ladino, and Arabic all play into the mix? Which is exactly… Read More


Sephardic Music Festival, Vol. 2

By On December 25, 2012

The second Sephardic Music Festival album just dropped, and the only bad news is that you can no longer use Hanukkah as an excuse to buy it (though a little birdie just told us… Read More


Is Ladino Endangered?

By On April 27, 2012

Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, is a combination of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Spanish. When the estimated 300,000 Spanish Jews were exiled from Spain in 1492, they carried this language with them. Today Ladino is spoken on a daily… Read More


The Slam Poet Goes to Israel

By On March 19, 2012

“In the beginning was the word,” says Bob Holman, a slam poet and founder of the Bowery Poetry Club–one of New York‘s premiere poetry venues. “God said it. But who was He speaking to? Christians? Muslims? Jews?”… Read More


Writing My Religion

By On February 28, 2011

People who make the best CD mixes are really good at weaving disparate things together. The songs can be dissimilar, different genres, singers that sound nothing alike. On a good mix, however,… Read More


Free Mp3 to Rock Your Hanukkah

By On December 1, 2010

How do you make your Hanukkah a little bit warmer? By bringing it in with some friends, of course. Three great singers–Naomi Less (who fronts the band Jewish Chicks Rock), Chana Rothman, and Sarah… Read More

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