The Jewish Language Project has organized a series of concerts/lectures about prayer in multiple Jewish languages,
featuring Asher Shasho Levy. The first of these is this Tuesday (see below).
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Jewish Prayer in Many Languages: From Sephardic Seattle to Syrian Brooklyn
A concert/lecture series by Asher Shasho Levy
In most Jewish communities throughout history, the dominant language of prayer has been Hebrew, the “holy tongue.” Yet since antiquity, there has been a rich parallel tradition of prayer in the “mother tongue” – the primary language spoken in a region or country. This series focuses on the varied traditions of liturgy in the languages of the Middle East, North Africa, former Ottoman Lands, and beyond, as they are currently practiced in the United States. These liturgies, composed in different Judeo-Arabic languages, several dialects of Judeo-Spanish/Ladino, various Judeo-Iranian languages, and Judeo-Portuguese, served different functions for different communities, ranging from translations of Biblical passages and traditional Hebrew liturgy, to completely new texts composed to meet particular communal needs. We will move through the cycle of the year with sessions devoted to Shavuot, Shabbat, and the High Holidays, exploring these texts, the context of their development, the process of their proliferation, and a variety of musical settings.
Shavuot / Shabuot: May 11, 2021, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern – Register
Shabbat – Part 1: June 15, 2021, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern – Register
Shabbat – Part 2: July 13, 2021, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern – Register
High Holidays: August 24, 2021, 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern – Register
Presented by the HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; co-sponsored by the Cantors Assembly, the Sephardic Educational Center and Sephardic Studies – UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.
Sarah Bunin Benor
Director, HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project