National Museum of American Jewish History hosts free lunchtime documentary screening about legendary Ladino singer Flory Jagoda

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications and NMAJH

The National Museum of American Jewish History will screen the 2014 documentary, Flory’s Flame, about the National Heritage Fellowship Award winner and legendary Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer and songwriter, Flory Jagoda. Sadly, Flory passed away just last Friday.

The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion and Q&A with Jon Lohman, longtime friend of Flory Jagoda, director emeritus of the Virginia Folklife Program, and founder of the Center for Cultural Vibrancy; and musician Susan Gaeta who apprenticed and toured with Flory Jagoda for two decades

The one-hour documentary weaves the life story of Flory Jagoda with her 2013 Celebration Concert at the Library of Congress. The story sheds light on pre-Inquisition Spanish Jewish life. 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.

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 world. Flory was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship in 2002, the highest honor our nation bestows upon traditional artists.

This event follows up on NMAJH’s celebration of Flory Jagoda’s 97th birthday in December 2020.

The public is welcome to tune in online for free. 
Visit to learn more.

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, Voices & Visions Productions, Ltd., and Temple BZBI. Flory’s Flame was produced by Ellen Friedland and Curt Fissel. 

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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