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Rachel Amado Bortnick

Rachel Amado Bortnick is a Sephardic Jew born and raised in Izmir Turkey, now residing in Dallas. A retired ESOL teacher, she is an active promoter of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and Sephardic culture. In 1999 she founded the online correspondence group Ladinokomunita, presently with over 1500 members worldwide, and is featured in the 1988 documentary by Bonnie Burt, “Trees Cry for Rain: a Sephardic Journey.”

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Karen Sarhon

Karen Gerson Sarhon, founder and vocalist of the Sephardic music group Los Pasharos Sefaradis, is coordinator of the Sephardic Culture Research Center in Istanbul, Turkey, and chief editor of El Amaneser, the world's only newspaper wholly in Judeo-Spanish/Ladino. She continues to produce innovative projects for the preservation and promotion of Sephardic culture and language.

 

Flory Jagoda

Flory Jagoda is a singer, musician, and composer who has promulgated and enriched the Sephardic and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) musical and folkloric tradition in the United States. Born in 1923, in Sarajevo, Bosnia (formerly Yugoslavia), she managed to leave Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia and avoid the sad fate of the extended family that nurtured her musical talent and Sephardic heritage. The popular Hanukah song, Ocho Kandelikas, is one of her many original compositions in Judeo-Spanish.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rachel Amado Bortnick." (Viewed on August 4, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/bortnick-rachel>.

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