07 April 2008

New York: The Legacy of Sepharad

The legacy of Sepharad/El Legado de Sefarad is being noted with a series of rograms through April 21 in New York, co-sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House and the Instituto Cervantes

Instituto Cervantes New York and Casa Sefarad-Israel in Madrid are pleased to present “El Legado de Sefarad” (“The Legacy of Sepharad”), a three-week program aimed at showcasing the vitality of Sephardic culture in today’s world. After
their expulsion from Spain in 1492, the Iberian Peninsula Jews have kept alive a rich and diverse cultural legacy. The idea behind this program is to celebrate the music, literature, film, language, and other aspects of Sephardic culture, with a particular emphasis on contemporary expressions of this historically important heritage. This program was made possible thanks to the generous support of Grupo Santander.

6pm, Thursday, April 10: The Majorcan Chuetas: History and Literature, with Professor/writer Leah Bonnin

A lecture on the Chuetas, a well-known Majorcan community that was historically stigmatized on account of its Jewish origin. Today, 15 Jewish last names survive within the Chueta community, whose population is close to 30,000.

6pm, Wednesday, April 16: Contemporary Argentine Jewish Cinema

"Jews in Space/Judios en el espacio" (2005): After years of silence, Santiago reencounters Luciana, a love from his childhood. Together they try to organize a Passover dinner to bring the entire family together after the grandfather's suicide attempt.

"Cara de queso/Cheese Face" (2006): The story of four Jewish boys who attend a summer camp in the outskirts of Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 1990s.

6pm, Monday, April 21: Sephardic Song concert

A recital of old Sephardic songs for voice and piano, with Manuel García-Morante (piano) & Yrene Martínez-Roca (soprano): Limited seating; Advance ticket purchase recommended ($25; $15 for Instituto Cervantes members). Reservations: events@cervantes.org

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