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Sunday, January 14 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Ladino Romansas and How One Family’s Story from Spain to Seattle Changed the Way Sepharadim Pray

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Ladino, the language of Sephardic Jews, has been passed down since the golden age of Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries. For Hazzan Isaac Azose, it was passed down as his family was exiled from Spain in 1492, moved to Turkey, and then in the early 1900s to Seattle. While Seattle’s Sephardic Jews no longer converse in Ladino, they retain much of its deep richness. Ladino romansas—love songs—are some of Hazzan Azose’s favorite Ladino songs. He incorporated their melodies into the Sephardic prayer service at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, where he served as Hazzan (Cantor) for 34 years. Come and enjoy stories and romansas with Hazzan Azose!

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Isaac Azose

Isaac Azose was born July 1930 in Seattle, Washington. His parents, Jack and Louise Azose, born in Turkey, met for the first time in Seattle in 1928 and were married in June 1929. He married the former Lily Shemia of Egypt in March 1962, a marriage that produced four children. Lily... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Spartan (North)