National Museum of American Jewish History hosts free lunchtime concert livestream honoring 97-year-old Ladino singer and Holocaust survivor

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications and NMAJH

The National Museum of American Jewish History will celebrate the 97th birthday of National Heritage Fellowship Award winner and legendary Ladino singer and songwriter, Flory Jagoda, with a free livestream musical event for its virtual audience.

From the Spanish Inquisition until World War II, Ladino was the primary language spoken by Sephardic Jews throughout the Mediterranean. It’s a rich source of Jewish poetry, proverbs, folktales and more.

This event features a 45-minute concert packed with lovely Ladino songs and stories from Jagoda’s 2012 appearance at the Richmond Folk Festival, accompanied on stage by her apprentice Susan Gaeta and renowned instrumentalist Howard Bass. A Q&A with Flory’s granddaughter, Betty, will take place immediately following the concert.

As a young woman, Flory fled the Nazi invasion of her home country, Bosnia, and took with her only the clothes on her back, her instrument, and her songs. She has spent decades in the United States spreading the stories and songs that were passed onto her and performing concerts all over the country. Flory was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship in 2002, the highest honor our nation bestows upon traditional artists.

The public is welcome to tune in online for free. 

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This program is presented by The National Museum of American Jewish History with Co-Sponsorship from The Virginia Folklife Program, The Center for Cultural Vibrancy, and The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Established in 1976, and situated on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. NMAJH presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

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