New Year, New Music!  

Anyada buena, or happy new year! This beautiful piano recently came into my possession and I'm thrilled to get down to giving more concerts, writing new music, and having renewed creativity in the year to come. Thank you to all who have supported and followed me in the last year. Exciting new things ahead...

Be safe, be proud!  

What strange times we're living through right now. I firmly believe we need to all wear masks and protect each other in our communities. But we can be loud and proud at the same time! Presenting my signature 'Ladino Rocks' face masks! Makes for a great conversation starter - and it keeps you and your loved ones safe with its two-layered, manufactured cotton. Only a limited supply available - get yours here today!

Bendichas Manos!  

What a treat it was to share my family's famous biscocho recipe (or as we call them, tarlikos) and songs with over 200 participants for my live cooking demo with Tradition Kitchens. The combination of Sephardic food and music is profound, and the event warmed my belly and my soul. A hearty bendichas manos (blessed hands) to all who joined me. If you're interested in participating in similar classes, make sure to join my mailing list or drop me a note. There will be a new series coming soon! Stay tuned...

       

Diversity in Children's Books 

As the USA has seen an awakening recently about Black Lives Matter and other racial disparities, these conversations have also entered the world of children's book publishing. And within the world of Jewish children's books, these issues are more important than ever. As a Sephardic activist, I'm proud to have been in conversation with Aviva L. Brown, a JOC author of the wonderful book, Ezra's Big Shabbat Question, about navigating the world of Jewish Kid Lit as minorities. Watch the playback by clicking below, buy our books, and help us open the conversation further to include the many colors and facets of the Jewish experience. #weneeddiverseJewishchildrensbooks. 

How to Support Indie Artists Today  

Hi friends- this month has been tough as I’ve seen my last remaining contracted (paid) gigs of 2020 officially cancelled. While I continue to worry about the state of the world today, I also need to keep it real by sharing how hard it is to maintain hope and creativity with no music income or live performance outlets for the foreseeable future. If being a professional live musician was hard enough before, well today… 

So I want to offer clear, easy ways you can help your favorite independent artists right now:  

*Please support them by: 
1) joining their mailing lists (mine is found here: saraharoeste.com/home)
2) subscribing to them on youtube (I’m at youtube.com/saraharoeste
3) following them on Instagram (I'm at @saraharoeste
4) following them on Twitter (I'm at twitter.com/saraharoeste
5) following our FB fan pages (I'm at facebook.com/saraharoeste). 
6) recommending us for virtual concerts or workshops for institutions you're affiliated with (email me for my "1-sheet") 
7) buying their fun merchandise (my store is saraharoeste.com/store
8) leaving tips (my tip jar is here!) 

It all helps. We all need music, and each other.

United by Ladino  

While we are isolated in our homes these days, what an honor it was to participate in this video of Ladino singers from across the globe singing a beloved song of longing. We are all united through music! 

"Esta Montanya"

A Whole New Virtual World  

Living in the new COVID-19 world has forced artists like me to move some of our performances online. While this has been challenging in so many ways, it has also been a delight for me to share screen time with my daughters and to give more families access to learning Ladino together. You can find our live feeds and lesson on my Facebook Page. if you want to see more content, feel free to drop me a line

New Book Out Today!  

I am so thrilled that my new board book, Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom (Kar-Ben), is out today! 

It's Friday night. bueno, great! 
Let's get ready to celebrate! 

With a Ladino word introduced on each page, this multicultural board book features a Sephardic Jewish family preparing to celebrate Shabbat. I am so happy to share this book with the world and have more families learn about the beauty of Ladino! Learn more about here...

L'dor V'dor 

Every chance I get to share my 102 year-old Holocaust-surviving cousin with my children is a blessing. From one generation to the next- l'dor v'dor in Hebrew. I brought my family to visit her today and she treated us to Ladino songs and stories. Her memory, warmth and grace are unparalleled, and I am so lucky to have her as my inspiration for so much of what I do. 

International Ladino Day in NYC 

What an inspiring day learning from and participating in the 3rd annual International Ladino Day in New York City. If there's any proof that Ladino is still very much alive, it was this! There were excerpts from a Ladino play, a panel of Gen Y and Z'ers who speak Ladino, lots of music and more (this is me performing with the wonderful Daniel Elias Trio). And all to a sold-out crowd! What a treat to be involved. And even The Forward agrees, after observing the event, they wrote this great piece on "Why Ladino will Rise Again."  I couldn't agree more! 

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