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Rosh Chodesh with Sarah Aroeste

December 17, 2020 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Rosh Chodesh December/Tevet Gathering:  Ladino Culture through a Female (and Musical!) Lens with Sarah Aroeste 

Join Sarah Aroeste, an international Ladino singer, author and cultural activist as she weaves stories from Sephardic history, together with song, in this very special mixed-media Rosh Chodesh presentation. Connecting Jewish culture with Sephardic feminist imagery and music, Aroeste will give a taste of how influential the female perspective has been through the centuries. Come prepared to learn, sing, and share stories of inspiring women from your own history in this very special Rosh Chodesh Chanukah gathering. Be sure to bring your Chanukah menorah so that we can light our candles together on zoom for the 8th night of Chanukah!

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Sarah Aroeste Bio:  Determined to help bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture to a new generation, Sarah Aroeste, an international Ladino singer/songwriter, author and cultural activist, draws upon her Sephardic family roots from Greece and Macedonia (via Medieval Spain) to present traditional and original Ladino songs with her unique blend of rock, pop, and jazz. Since 2001, Aroeste has toured the globe and recorded five albums, A la Una: In the Beginning (2003), Puertas (2007), Gracia (2012), Ora de Despertar (2016), the first-ever all-original Ladino children’s album, and Together/Endjuntos (2017) the first bilingual Ladino/English holiday album. She’s currently recording her sixth record, The Monastir Project (2020), which brings together Israeli and Macedonian musicians to celebrate songs of Monastir, a once vibrant Sephardic community of the Balkans. In 2014 Aroeste won the Sephardic prize at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, and in 2015 she represented the USA in the International Sephardic Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain. NPR has featured Aroeste as one of the most boundary-pushing Latin artists today, and she has garnered wide critical acclaim for her efforts to introduce and bring Ladino to wider audiences. Bringing a fresh, modern vision to Sephardic culture, Sarah Aroeste has helped to transform and revitalize a tradition. For more:

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