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.

Inside Elat Market: The grocery store at the nexus of Los Angeles’ Persian Jewish community

Josefin Dolsten, JTA, 06/15/2020

Elat Market has everything needed for a Shabbat meal to make any Persian Jewish grandma proud — from Persian classics like seeded flatbreads, smoked fish and pickled vegetables to Israeli-style hummus and tahini.

Reflections on Illness, Separation, and “BallinStadt,” My Family’s Ellis Island

Julian Voloj, Jewish&, 04/20/2020

The former emigration station in Hamburg has special meaning for me because both of my grandfathers departed for Colombia from there in the 1930s.

Evelyne Cohen, 93, fled Tunisia to become matriarch of a large family

Sam Sokol, JTA, 04/20/2020

Evelyne Cohen led a comfortable life before fleeing her native Tunisia after it won independence from France in the late 1950s.

The Sephardi Democrat serving as Maryland’s first Orthodox legislator

Gabby Deutch, Jewish Insider, 03/09/2020

Dalya Attar says 'it's in our Torah that you have to help others, whether or not they look like you'.

Unsung Women | The wife of Dunash ibn Labrat: An enigmatic Sephardi poet

Irene Conelly, The Forward, 03/01/2020

The anonymous wife of Dunash ibn Labrat.

Discovering Louisa May Alcott’s Jewish history on Portuguese tour

Eve LaPlante, Forward, 12/23/2019

Alcott never wrote about her Jewish heritage, nor did she visit her ancestral homeland of Portugal.

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.

Writing a new chapter in education about Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews

Maya Mirsky, The J., 09/19/2019

It’s a question of telling the stories of all students in the classroom.

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 Sephardic Passover Meat Pie

Marcia Weingarten, Jewish&, 04/12/2016

At Passover, one of the staples of our Seder meal is a Megina, sometimes referred to as “mina”, or a “meat quajado.” Quajado (pronounced kwah-shah-doh) is a Sephardic dish that traces back to Spain which is usually made with vegetables and eggs and often cheese.

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

Sephardic Cookies for Purim

Marcia Weingarten, My Jewish Learning, 03/14/2016

Purim is right around the corner! Many communities exchange mishloach manot (Hebrew: sending of portions). In our Ladino community, I’ve always heard it referred to as Platikos di Purim (Purim plates).

The reunion

Marion Fischel, The Jerusalem Post, 03/09/2016

Bangladeshi Jewish Mordechai living in Kolkata

Hasan Shantonu, Click Ittefaq, 09/21/2015

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.

New Book: The Cat that Ate the Canoli: Tales of the Hiddens Jews of Southern Italy

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, , 07/08/2015

The Italian-American rabbi is determined to uncover the Jewish roots buried in these hills, lost through centuries of persecution and obscured by decades of misunderstanding.