Audios

Religious Prayer Song

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This song is a religious prayer for the “Nehila” portion of the Yom Kippur service sung in Hebrew as well as Judeo-Spanish, “Ladino”. It is sung by Heskia and Vida Franco. Heskia learned how to chant from his father, who was a religious leader (a “haham”) at the Kahal Shalom synagogue. This was recorded in 1966 in Los Angeles.

Blowing of the Shofar

1953 Board of Directors, edited

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This is a 1973 recording of a portion of the blowing of the shofar during Rosh Hashana and the prayers before it. It is from the synagogue services of the Jews who emigrated from Rhodes to Los Angeles, which was then called the Sephardic Hebrew Center. The person blowing the shofar is Morris Mizrahi (the “tokeah”), who was born in Rhodes in 1905. He attended the Kahal Grande synagogue in Rhodes as a child, and he emigrated to the United States in 1919. The sound of the shofar in a Rhodesli Sephardic synagogue is a raw spiritual sound which is louder and more pronounced than the sounds heard in most other synagogues.

Kol Nidre of the Yom Kippur Services

1953 Board of Directors, edited

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This is a 1974 recording of the Kol Nidre portion of the Yom Kippur services at the Sephardic Hebrew Center synagogue in Los Angeles of the Jews who emigrated from Rhodes.  This is chanted by Morris Mizrahi, born in Rhodes in 1905.

Auctioning of the Mitzvot

Marco Cohen

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This is a 1974 recording of “auctioning of the mitvot” of the religious services at the Sephardic Hebrew Center synagogue in Los Angeles of the Jews who emigrated from Rhodes.  This is by Marco Cohen.

 

Dr. Irvine Benveniste describing home remedies in Rhodes

Irvine Benveniste portrait

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This is an interview conducted on May 14, 1972 in Los Angeles of Dr. Irvine Benveniste by Aron Hasson. Dr. Benveniste was born in Rhodes and immigrated to the United States in 1914. This 1 hour interview is divided into two parts at 30 minutes each.

“Corazon” Ladino folk song by Jack Mayesh and Gabriel Yohai Ensemble

 

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This song was recorded in the 1940’s in Los Angeles.  Jack Mayesh singing and Gabriel Yohai on the “kannoni”.

 

“Mizerlu” sung in Ladino by Jack Mayesh and Gabriel Yohai on the “kannoni”

 

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This song was recorded in the 1940’s in Los Angeles.  Jack Mayesh singing and Gabriel Yohai on the “kannoni”.

 

Story in “Ladino” of the April 1944 Allied bombings which struck the Jewish Quarter

Allegra Levi Rosenthal

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This is a first hand account (in Ladino) by Alegra Levi Rosenthal of the Allied bombings which accidententally caused  destruction to the Jewish community of Rhodes.  Interview by Aron Hasson in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, 2002.

Story of the July 1944 Deportation

Diana Galante Golden

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This is an interview with Diana Galante Golden, regarding the detailed account of how the Jews of Rhodes were tricked, threatened and then deported by the Germans in 1944. She was 22 years old at that time, and is a survivor of the death camps. (This audio sound clip was recorded in Portland, Oregon by Aron Hasson at the Achavath Achim synagogue on February 1, 1997.)

Interview with Dr. Morris Capouya

Morris Capouya

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This is an interview with Dr. Morris Capouya, who was born in Rhodes in 1913.  This recording relates to his memory of life in Rhodes prior to immigrating to the United States.  This interview took place in Montgomery, Alabama by Aron Hasson on September 7, 1998.  (This is a 15 minute segment of a 50 minute interview.)

Ladino Recordings by Neil Sheff with Rhodeslis

“Vishita” in Ladino with the Benveniste family

This is a discussion/interview by Neil Sheff on February 23, 1982 in Los Angeles.  The people talking are:  Behora & Louie ‘Liachon’ Benveniste, Rae Benveniste, Rebecca Sheff, Neil Sheff and Victor Tarica.  As Neil explained: “…we were just sitting around one evening, as we used to do, during a “vishita” and “echando lashon” over coffee and biskochos.”  This recording is 41 minutes.

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Passover 1976

This seder service was recorded  by Neil Sheff during Passover on April 15, 1976.  The group consisted of Morris Levy (as the “leader”).  Others present were Bill Levy, Jack Berro, Victor Levy and families at the home of Jack and Sylvia Aboulafia in Los Angeles on the first night of Passover.   This recording is 33 minutes.

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“Songs and Joha Stories in Celebration of Purim”, Recorded in 1982

This was recorded on March 9, 1982 at the Los Angeles home of Neil Sheff and his mother, Becky and her husband, Victor Tarica.  Also present were Boulie Benveniste, Naomi Hazan and Jack Aboulafia.  This recording is 34 minutes.

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“Complas de Purim” (the Purim Poem), Recorded in 1983

This was recorded  by Neil Sheff during Purim on February 27, 1983 in Los Angeles.  The group consisted of Rebecca Amato Levy, Morris Levy, Selma Levy Mizrahi, Miru Alcana, Rebecca Sheff…  This recording is 4 minutes.

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