Jun

2 2023

Kantikas/Songs from Our Grandparents: Sephardic Storytelling & Music

10:45AM - 12:00PM  

This Federation event will be held at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 270 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Contact Rabbi Daveen Litwin
4134424360
dlitwin@jewishberkshires.org

Register HERE.

In conversation and song, novelist Elizabeth Graver and singer/writer Sarah Aroeste will explore the history and oral traditions of Sephardic storytelling and music through their own lives, new books and family journeys.

Elizabeth Graver’s fifth novel, Kantika, was inspired by her grandmother, Rebecca née Cohen Baruch Levy, who was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Istanbul and whose tumultuous and shape-shifting life journey took her to Spain, Cuba and finally New York. 

Inspired by her family’s roots in N. Macedonia and Greece, Sarah Aroeste has spent two decades bringing Sephardic culture to new audiences. In addition to composing songs, Sarah has published numerous articles and essays about Sephardic cultural preservation and writes Sephardic themed books for children, including the newly released Mazal Bueno! (Kar-Ben 2023).

Books will be available for purchase and book signing after the program.  Purchase Kantika here and Mazal Bueno! here and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the local bookstores.

The Federation Knosh and Knowledge programs are held monthly and take place at Hevreh of Southern Berkshires. This event is part of the Federation's Celebration of Sephardic Culture.

Masks are optional but encouraged.