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Sephardi Jewry and the Rise and Fall of Ladino, with Aron Rodrigue (in person in Palo Alto)

Register here for this free in-person program at the Oshman Family JCC co-presented by the Jewish Community Library, the Oshman Family JCC, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University.

Ladino was the vernacular Jewish language of the Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire, emerging after the expulsion from Spain in 1492. Initially closely tied to translations from Hebrew in print form, it eventually became used in the production of original religious works in the eighteenth century, and of secular publications in the nineteenth century. By the turn of the twentieth century, Ladino newspapers and works of literature were significant expressions of a rich Ladino culture that formed the core identity of the Ottoman Sephardim. The end of the Ottoman Empire, the rise of new nation-states, and the Holocaust did not prove kind to the language, which is now struggling to survive. Professor Rodrigue will provide an incisive overview of this history.

Aron Rodrigue is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. He teaches courses in modern Jewish history, the history and culture of Sephardi Jews, the Jews of modern France, and the Ottoman Empire. His writings on Sephardi Jewry are among the most influential in the field, including the books Jews and Muslims: Images of Sephardi and Eastern Jews in Modern Times; French Jews, Turkish Jews: The Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Politics of Jewish Schooling in Turkey 1860-1925; and Sephardi Jewry: A History of the Judeo-Spanish Community, 14th-20th Centuries (co-written with Esther Benbassa).

This program is in association with the Library’s One Bay One Book program.

Program made possible, in part, by Richard Krieg in honor of David Medlin.


Thursday, May 09, 2024


Pacific Time
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303