Sarah Aroeste is one of the leading performers of Ladino songs today, but growing up in a mixed Ashkenazi and Sephardi family in Princeton, N.J., she didn’t even speak the language. “One reason I was attracted to it was that it was so mysterious, a part of my tradition I had no access to,” said the 46-year-old singer-songwriter, who recently released a landmark album of Ladino music, her seventh, titled Monastir, after the city her maternal grandfather fled in 1913 for America. Read full profile here.
- Alan M. Tigay, Hadassah Magazine, 7/15/22
What would it be like to return to the village your ancestors called home, to walk in their footsteps, and try to recover their stories and culture? Ladino singer and songwriter Sarah Aroeste did just that for her seventh album [Monastir], which honors what was once the largest Jewish community in the country now known as North Macedonia. Read and listen here.
- Manya Brachear Pashman, People of the Pod (podcast), 1/27/22
Sarah Aroeste’s Ladino Hanukkah Album Is Here—And It’s Glorious. The record is a gorgeous reimagining of the Jewish holiday, shattering our preconceptions of what Hanukkah music should sound and feel like. In every way, Hanuká! is an instant classic. Read full review here.
-Isaac de Castro, JEWCY, 11/26/21
On the special Hanukkah episode from Unorthodox, Sarah Aroeste is featured along with Judy Gold, Jake Cohen and others whose work celebrates Jewish culture and identity - a perfect way to kick off a holiday about the triumph of Jewish observance over assimilation. Listen here.
-Unorthodox Podcast, 11/18/21
Sarah Aroeste is a pioneer and leader in Sephardic Jewish culture and education. This three-part series about her twenty-year career speaks to a broader transformation that she has helped create in American Jewish life. Read series here.
Sarah Aroeste is many things: mother, singer, musician, composer, author, educator, Sephardic cultural activist. And this month, as Aroeste gets ready to drop the world’s first-ever all-Ladino Hanukkah album, we can add “history-maker” to that list. Read full article here.
-Hannah Pressman, Kveller 11/11/21