The first ever International Ladino Day will be celebrated in Seattle with a program at UW Hillel on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7-9 PM. The event is hosted by the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies in collaboration with our local Sephardic community.
This celebration will include poetry readings, the singing of Ladino songs, and a brief presentation of the history of Seattle’s Sephardic community. Presenters include community members, UW undergraduate and graduate students, and UW faculty. Kosher reception to follow.
UW Hillel is located at 4745 17th Ave NE, Seattle, WA.
Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Sephardic Bikur Holim, and the Sephardic Brotherhood.Seating is limited. Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-ladino-day-tickets-8881224983
Background on International Ladino Day: The National Authority for Ladino in Jerusalem, established in 1997 under the direction of the Fifth President of Israel, a native Ladino-speaker named Yitzchak Navon, proclaimed December 5th, 2013 to be the first International Ladino Day throughout the world. It provides an opportunity for Sephardic Jews and their communities, cities, states, and countries to celebrate the Ladino language and culture around the globe.
Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.