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).
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.