Music and Apps

Sarah Aroeste, the creative New York Ladino composer and singer, has gone mobile. For app junkies, take along Aroeste’s music downloading the free mobile app. You’ll have there all her music, video, news and more. Just type in your smart phone’s browser and you’ll be able to download the app from there. Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Available for iPod touch and iPad. 

An old song from the Ladino repertoire, “Scalerica de Oro” (Staircase of Gold), featured in Aroeste’s latest album, Gracia, has joined today’s technology. It’s featured in the Music Monsters video game, available now for free through the Apple Store. As far as we know, it's the first video game to feature Ladino music. Read the interview with Aroeste in the Features section of this site, “Aroeste Rocks Sefardic Tradition,” in which she talks about her CD.


University calls for papers

 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is calling for papers for an International Conference to be held from May 20 to May 22, 2013 on the Elyachar family, regarding:

  • Their origins in Hijar, in the Spanish kingdom of Aragon, to their wanderings in Israel (Hebron, Safed, Jerusalem) as well as Amsterdam, Iraq (Bagdad and Bosra) and Tripoli
  • The books of Eliyahu Elyachar discussing coexistence
  • Manuscripts and publications
  • Travelogues on Jewish self-investigation
  • Religion and secularism in the East and the West

Proposals should be sent to before Dec. 15, 2012.

Steering committee: Prof. Israel Bartal, Avraham Harman Professor of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Prof. Haviva Pedaya, Dept. of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev; and Prof. Emeritus, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.