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International Ladino Day: A Celebration of Story and Song
January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Come celebrate Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, with acclaimed scholars and musicians. Hear Prof. Gloria Ascher, who has taught courses in Ladino at Tufts University for 17 years; Prof. Dina Danon, whose new book brings Izmir’s Ottoman Jewish community to life; see two scenes from a New York Ladino play; a panel of Generation Y and Z Ladino enthusiasts; and enjoy musicians dear to our hearts, The Elias Ladino Ensemble and Sarah Aroeste.
Since 2013, International Ladino Day celebrations have been held around the world. January 12th marks Manhattan’s Third Annual Ladino Day created by Prof. Jane Mushabac for the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History.
Ladino is a bridge to many cultures. It is a variety of Spanish that has absorbed words and expressions from many languages, most notably Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Greek, and French. The mother tongue of Jews in the Ottoman Empire for 500 years, Ladino became the home language of Sephardim worldwide. While the number of Ladino speakers has sharply declined, distinguished Ladino Day programs like this one celebrate and preserve a. vibrant language and heritage for future generations.
Light refreshments will be served.