Breathing new life into ancient Sephardi songs

Jacob Judah, The JC, 06/25/2020

Music written in the ancient language of Spanish Jews is getting a very contemporary revamp.

Local professor teaches free course on endangered language during quarantine

Katie Jones,, 05/12/2020

You may confuse Ladino for Spanish at first, but it's a language of it's own with Jewish and Spanish origins.

Why Ladino will rise again

Aviya Kushner, The Forward, 01/14/2020

Ladino is one of the most important diasporic languages in Jewish history.

Istanbul Jews fight to save their ancestral tongue

Gokan Gunes, AFP, 01/02/2020

If there's one thing Dora Beraha regrets in her twilight years, it is not passing on the 500-year-old language of Istanbul's Jews, Ladino, now on the point of extinction.

9 Things to Know About Ladino

Sarah Aroeste, My Jewish Learning, 10/25/2019

This Sephardic language, also known as Judeo-Spanish, has a rich history and is more accessible than you think.

Do you speak Ladino? Meet the folks trying to save a dying language

Ben Kesslen, nbc news, 02/24/2019

The language rooted in Spanish with connections to Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic and other languages is in danger of being lost.

Latino, Hispanic or Sephardic?

Sarah Aroeste, Jewish&, 12/13/2018

A Sephardi Jew explains some commonly confused terms.

On ‘Bureka Tuesdays,’ They Make Pastries the Way Their Grandmothers Did

Joan Nathan, The New York Times, 11/26/2018

Members of a synagogue in Atlanta come together to make the savory pocket pastries to sell at Hanukkah, as they have for decades.

Dancing with the Torah, Bhangra-style

Team Be'chol Lashon, Jewish&, 09/26/2018

New video from Sarah Aroeste celebrates Sephardic & Indian Simchat Torah traditions.


Ladino Kabbalat Shabbat

Andrew Esenst, , 01/01/1970

Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé will lead a Sephardic-style service, with musical selections from singer Sarah Aroeste and historical context provided by Prof. Devin E. Naar of the University of Washington.

Finding my wild Sephardi voice

Jessica Duchen, The Jewish Chronicle Online, 06/09/2016

The Israeli singer who had to fight for the right to sing in his own distinctive style

A Ladino Haggadah with Woodcuts and Wine Spills

Hannah Pressman, University of Washington, 04/26/2016

Jewish mom perpetuates Ladino with kid-friendly music

Joanna Valente, The Times of Israel, 04/03/2016

Singer-songwriter Sarah Aroeste’s new album is a wake-up call for kids and parents to preserve a dying Jewish culture

Sephardic Songs Add Merriment to Purim

Ty Alhadeff, Jewish&, 03/21/2016

And what is a drinking party without drinking songs? As in other Jewish communities, drinking alcohol was part of the celebration of Purim, and an extensive corpus of rhymed, Ladino poems known as koplas (or komplas) developed by Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire

Children's Album Renews Jewish Ladino Tradition

Team Be'chol Lashon, My Jewish Learning, 03/01/2016

It was not until she was already on her way to adulthood, that singer Sarah Aroeste discovered the connection between her Sephardic roots in Greece and her love of music with the Sephardic musical traditions in Ladino.

A Family Ritual for Blessing the New Year

Marcia Weingarten, Jewish&, 09/09/2015

Over the generations, our family tradition had been to go to the beach on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Now that we live in disparate parts of Los Angeles, have differing synagogue schedules and levels of observance, our extended families (about 40 of us) come from throughout the greater Los Angeles area and meet at Venice Beach on the Sunday morning between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, bringing our beach chairs and something to share at our informal brunch that follows.

Sephardic Culture is Jewish Culture: Why Ladino Matters

Sarah Aroeste, Eli Talks, 08/24/2015

Sephardic history belongs to all Jews -- but is it in danger of being lost? Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste makes the case for everyone to embrace, and save, the Sephardic language of Ladino.

The Guy Behind L.A.'s Ladino Revival

Avishay Artsy, Jewniverse, 06/05/2015

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.