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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2014 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha--Call 407-657-9405 or gloriayousha@gmail.com Cantor Allan Robuck(1) and Rabbi David Kay. The program starts with their musical presentation at 2 p.m. sharp and is followed, as usual, by refreshments. No reservations are needed and the cost is still only $5 for COS Seniors; $8 for all others. (Such a bargain!) The merriment takes place at Congregation Ohev Shalom, Dr. Eliezer Papo 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland. For information or directions, phone BERNY RAFF at A dying language?... 407-767-6763. Gee, I hope not! This is an article about preserving and (I marked it down in my calendar book and I hope to see sharing Ladino and Sephardic culture. (Married for more you there.) than half-century to a Sephardic Jew, this article, directly Just happened to be tuned in... from the Impact magazine of Ben-Gurion University of the Often I watch MSNBC on television and once and awhile I Negev in Israel, really caught my interest). I pass it on in part: am delighted to see my friend, and a member of our Jewish "According to Dr. ELIEZER PAPO, 'The Ladino language community, Congressman ALAN GRAYSON, on as a guest. is dying but losing the language doesn't mean you should Last week he appeared on the show titled "All In With lose the entire cultural package. That's where the Ladino Chris Hayes." Center comes in.' He continues, 'We don't believe the two The topic of conversation? Political corruption. destinies are necessarily connected. We're trying to make (Oy vay!) the Ladino culture relevant to young Israelis and also part How I got over my heartburn?... of the general Israeli heritage.' (Of course the topic "Political corruption" would give Dr. Papo (see photo) is deputy director of the Moshe David anybody heartburn, but I just remembered (and decided Gaon Center for Ladino Culture, established by Ben-Gurion to remind you too) that super-talented musician, TERRY University nine years ago. MYERS, and his equally talented group, will be making Ladino-Spanish with some Hebrew and Aramaic is the great music on Sunday, January 26TH at the Altamonte language used by Spain's Jews before they were expelled Chapel, 825 East State Road 436, Altamonte Springs. in 1492. 407-339-5208. (Which brings to mind the ditty I sang as a child... "In Our own super-talent, ALAN ROCK, will emcee the jazz 1492, Columbus was a Jew..." I wonder if that was a fact.., fest. I must check it out!) (Professional musicians and vocalists are welcome to The Center teaches the language as well as Ladino litera- "sit in" 2nd set.) ture, folklore and traditions. Talk about uplifting and positive people... The idea for the Gaon Center was originally met with While phoning the Jewish Community Center for some skepticism, Papo recalls. 'Some people thought it was part information recently, I had the good fortune of getting of the past; no one's interested; young Israelis won't give a SUZANNE DUNN on the phone. dime for Sephardic culture.., not too many would go even Suzanne is Welcome Center Supervisor at the JCC and for medieval Spanish Hebrew poetry, but Judeo-Spanish? welcome me she did. You must be kidding. But once you show them the richness I felt like I was her long lost relative and she was simply of the culture, it speaks for itself.' delighted to help me. She deserves a shout-out! Between 50 and 60 students routinely sign up for the And while I'm "shouting out" about good people, I want beginning Ladino language courses. Each class draws 10 to to mention a very special lady, indeedZ Her name is LISA 15 Bedouin students, others are Jewish, many with Ashke- VALENTINE-HEARLD. nazi or Oriental backgrounds, and only a handful have any She works at Deals #04879 onAlomaAvenue, Winter Park. Sephardic roots. Nearly all of the students become interested Lisa always greets me with a big "Hello" and I know she in the culture and stay on for advanced language training, is really happy to see me... which makes me doubly happy The mission, however, is not to create fluent speakers to be there! of Ladino, also called Judeo-Spanish. 'We're not trying to You know I love animals... reversethehist°ricalpr°cess'Pap°explains"Wewantthem I received this notice in the mail the other day titled to become cultural mediators.' "How You Can Help Save The Animals:" He points out that many aspects of our collective human Pledge not to buy items made with or from wild animal heritage survive because they are translated from one culture parts, not to purchase live wild animals as pets or for any to another. For example, ancient Greek culture ended, but other purpose, and not to visit facilities that keep animals most Greek intellectual wealth was translated into Arabic, captive under inhumane conditions. and was then developed in the Islamic world. Later, the End animal testing by looking for toiletries that are not entire body of Greco-Arabic knowledge was translated into tested on animals. Latin and moved to the west. Protect street dogs and do not go to restaurants that 'We need to translate Ladino texts into Hebrew, with serve dog meat. critical explanation of concepts, so these otherwise forgot- And for more information on how you can help animals, ten words will become accessible to Israel's general public,' go online to . Papo says. Similarly to the Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazim, Thank you for caring as I do. Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain took their language One for the road... with them and it sustained their culture wherever they AJewishgirlbringsherfianc hometomeetherparents. settled. However, much of the heritage was lost during Her father takes the young man aside to speak with him the Holocaust. Huge Ladino speaking communities were and find out about him. decimated. In countries like Greece, Serbia and Bosnia, "So, tell me," asks the father, "what do you do for a living?" 90 percent of the Sephardic Jewish population was killed. "I am a Torah scholar," the young man replies. Turkish and Bulgarian communities survived by migrat- "A Torah scholar," the father says, "wonderful, but what ing to Israel, where they had to adopt Hebrew and forsake are your plans?" Judeo-Spanish." "I will be a Torah scholar," answers the young man. I'm always ready for a super day... "And tell me," asks the father, "how will you provide for I received a flyer recently from Congregation Ohev Sha- my daughter?" lom's Seniors asking if I was ready for a super day. YES, "I will study the Torah," the young man replied, "and God ALWAYS! will provide for us." The COS Seniors invite the entire congregation and corn- "Yes, and how will you provide for my grandchildren if munity to a program on Sunday, February 2nd that will be and when they come along?" just that... SUPER! "I will study the Torah," the young man replied, "and God Featured will be Rabbi DAVID KAY and Cantor ALLAN will provide for us." ROBUCK. Later, the girl's mother asks, "So nu? How did it go?" 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