When the organization Be'chol Lashon asked me to look back and reflect on my career, I thought, "I'm too young to write a retrospective!" And then I realized I have been doing the work to share Ladino culture for a full TWO DECADES now. So I agreed to write it, and I'm so happy I did. In this three-part series, I got the chance to think about how my work fits into a larger picture of Sephardic life. I invite you to read it and learn about how I got to where I am today!
I'm a dual citizen! After a 2-year process, I recently received my Portuguese citizenship through the Sephardic right of return program. Do you think you might be eligible, too? I wrote a detailed White Paper to walk you through the process! I'd love to help you on your citizenship journey. Learn more here!
Wow! What a way to start the new Jewish year! Today I received an award from the Jewish media outlet, Alma., for my album, Monastir, which one BEST JEWISH ALBUM of the year! I truly am so honored. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project this past year. More meaningful work to come in 5782!
The last time I performed on an actual stage, in front of a live audience, was March 7, 2020 - until this weekend! What an immense amount of joy and healing for my soul it was to be able to sing - IN PERSON - in New York City with my music partner, Shai Bachar. I have enjoyed Zooming throughout the past year+, but there's nothing like performing in person. Thanks to The Museum of Jewish Heritage and to everyone who came out to the theater- and here's to hoping live performances can continue in the weeks and months ahead!
After 18 months of not traveling (due to COVID-19), I finally had the chance to go on a 3-week whirlwind tour to work on The Monastir Project in Macedonia and Israel. What an experience! I sang in the Jewish streets of Monastir and recorded with Israeli superstar, Yehoram Gaon - and so much more!! It was a trip of a lifetime, and I can't wait to share more about it all in the coming months...
My new album, Monastir, is here!! I couldn't be prouder of this work- it brought together over 30 musicians from 5 countries, in 3 languages, all to celebrate the once-vibrant Sephardic community of Monastir. It is truly a dream come true of mine to see this album come to fruition. Please take a listen and share today.
Never in a *million* years did I ever imagine seeing a LADINO children's book sold at Walmart. Let alone, mine! We're making progress.
Today I listened to the final mixes of the album I've been working on all throughout the pandemic. It includes over 30 musicians from 5 countries, and I am *so* proud of the accomplishment. The release date has been set for June 25th, and I can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned for teasers coming soon...
On this year's International Women's Day, I want to acknowledge one of my heroes - the great Dona Gracia Naci. I've written extensively in the past about my admiration for this 16th-century Sephardic woman who used her great wealth to save many fleeing Jews from the Spanish Inquisition. And now I want to share a song I wrote for her! "Gracia" is the title track of my 2012 album of the same name- an entire project I recorded inspired by the woman. This song in particular thanks Gracia and the countless other women who have done such important work to preserve our culture. I hope you'll agree that they deserve their due credit.
(And listen for a cameo by Gloria Steinem at the end!)
On January 29, 2021, the world lost one of the greatest Ladino singer/songwriters- Flory Jagoda. Her influence on me as another Ladino singer/songwriter cannot be overstated. So I wrote about it. I hope you'll read my short piece below get to know this remarkable woman. She was so much more than her famous song, Ocho Kandelikas.