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Sephardic singer Flory Jagoda keeps the music of her prewar bosnian childhood alive

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The Hanukkah song “Ocho Kandelikas” (Eight Little Candles) is often referred to as a “traditional Sephardic song.” In fact, it was written in 1983 by Flory Jagoda, an 88-year-old Sephardic folk singer who still...

Nurturing immigrant art and giving back

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Makeda “Dread” Cheatom believes the world would be a better place if people took the time to learn about and respect other cultures. She believes there would be less prejudice and a greater understanding...

The Theo Bikel Yiddish-Into-English International Poetry Translation Contest

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Call for entries: Calling all poetry mavens! Do you have a favorite Yiddish poet or a poem that has yet to reach the English-speaking masses? Or have you come across a published translation of a...

Scarlett Johansson Opens Paris Popcorn Shop

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Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson opened a popcorn shop in Paris. The actress and her husband, Romain Dauriac, launched the Yummy Pop store in Paris’ Marais district on Saturday. Johansson was on hand to scoop popcorn for...

The High Holidays in Ladino: a Rhodesli Custom from Romania to Johannesburg, Seattle, and...

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Nótese que en esta ocasión nos referimos a Ladino, porque son textos hebreos -litúrgicos- escritos en letras hebreas pero con ortografía en djudeo-espanyol para que la gente que no sabe hebreo lo pueda leer. The congregants complained...

Mon Dieu! C’est Manifest Destnitis!

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Moliere is smiling. The multi-talented actor and playwright, Herbert Siguenza, has breathed new life into his play, the Imaginary Invalid. Manifest Destinitis is set two centuries later in 19th century “old or Alta California”....

“Shalom Aleichem”, performed by Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra

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After three years of incredible concerts, inspiring musical encounters and numerous tours in 21 countries, BGKO continues to evolve, delight and flourish. We are happy to announce our newest iteration: Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra. After...

The Sanitized World Of Virtual Art

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The extent of applications of technology in our modern world seems to have no bounds. One particularly interesting group of applications deals with the ability to create within a virtual world of experience....

Wiesel: De Auschwitz a Disneylandia

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Wiesel: De Auschwitz a Disneylandia, una viuda expresada en Yiddish: El alma de Wiesel, como la de muchos intelectuales judíos, se expresa y entiende mejor en Yiddish, la lengua que, por algún motivo permite niveles...

Elie Wiesel’s Phrases for Reflection

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"Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil." (Interview with U.S. News and World Report, 1986) "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides....