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The Emerging Crypto-Jewish Experience When the Jews were expelled from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, they carried to their places of refuge around the Mediterranean a language called Ladino. This was the vernacular language they had spoken for hundreds of years which was a mixture of old Spanish and Hebrew. They also took with them many beautiful Ladino songs which they continued to sing, largely unaccompanied, during the ensuing centuries.
Some of the Spanish Jews had converted to Christianity under duress, and a number of these immigrated to the New World during the 16th century. Many settled in Mexico City, and eventually made their way north to the regions which would become Monterrey and South Texas. In these areas, remnants of the Ladino language and melodies are still carried today in the traditions of families who are only recently becoming aware of their ancient Jewish ancestry.
Attendees will learn more about Ladino Song through the lecture by Ruth C. Friedberg given throughout the concert.
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