Ladino Song Concert

Ladino Song: Piano, Flute and Vocal Recital, Lecture & Reception celebrating Jewish Disability Awareness Month and the emerging Crypto-Jewish Experience.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, JDAM is observed each February. #JDAIM16

The Emerging Crypto-Jewish Experience - When the Jews were expelled from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, they carried to their places of refuge around the Mediterranean a language called Ladino. This was the vernacular language they had spoken for hundreds of years, which was a mixture of old Spanish and Hebrew. They also took with them many beautiful Ladino songs which they continued to sing, largely unaccompanied, during the ensuing centuries. Some of the Spanish Jews had converted to Christianity under duress, and a number of these immigrated to the New World during the 16th century. Many settled in Mexico City, and eventually made their way north to the regions which would become Monterrey and South Texas. In these areas, remnants of the Ladino language and melodies are still carried today in the traditions of families who are only recently becoming aware of their ancient Jewish ancestry.

Attendees will learn more about Ladino Song through the lecture by Ruth C. Friedberg given throughout the concert. It’s open to the public. Tickets are available online at or by calling 210- 656-6674

Concert of Ladino Song & Lecture performed by Flicka Rahn, Soprano | Rabbi Mara Nathan, Flautist | Ruth C. Friedberg, Pianist and Lecturer

The Ladino Song Concert is hosted by Reaching Maximum Independence, Inc. and the Texas A&M University – San Antonio Bilingual Education Student Organization. /