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Sunday, March 6 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Moroccan Sephardic Life Cycle: Customs and Songs

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Suzanne will take participants through a traditional Moroccan Sephardic life cycle, with traditional objects from her family collection, and illustrated by Judith singing Moroccan Judeo-Spanish songs in traditional style. Suzanne will add some short examples of songs in Moroccan Arabic often heard on these occasions. The ritual sword to keep evil spirits away from the newborn baby, displaying the trousseau, the henna night, dressing the bride - who might be a volunteer from among the participants! - in the elaborate wedding attire - the Quessua el Kebira or Berberisca - and more, will give participants an unusual window into traditional Moroccan Sephardic life, far from stereotypes of "Ladino songs."

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Suzanne Benchimol

Suzanne Benchimol was born in Meknes, Morocco, to an old Moroccan Jewish family; and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1964. She has been active in the community since that time, in both Sephardic and Ashkenazi contexts. She was president of the Sisterhood of the Petah Tikva... Read More →
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Judith Cohen

Dr Judith Cohen is an ethnomusicologist and singer specializing in Sephardic and related music; she has presented for LIMMUD Toronto 2015 (Gerineldo) and LIMMUD Warwick 2010.

Sunday March 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am EST