Jewish Music in Today’s Chile - a presentation by Reuben Zellman

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States

Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street

Reuben Zellman spent a year in Santiago, Chile studying music and learning about Jewish life at the southernmost edge of the Americas. He will show video clips of Chilean Jews talking about music, language, and identity; teach some of the Ladino secular songs he learned there; and discuss some of the particular challenges, strengths, and trends of Jewish musical culture in today’s Latin America. He will also reflect on the globalization of Jewish music and its impact on a once very isolated community within a conservative Catholic nation still emerging from the shadow of a long dictatorship. 

Rabbi Reuben Zellman is the director of music at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley and a candidate for the Master’s of Music in choral conducting at SFSU. He most recently spent a year at the Instituto de Música of the Catholic University of Chile, where he studied Renaissance music theory and Latin American musicology, and the Instituto de Estudios Sefaradíes in Santiago, studying Djudezmo (Ladino) and music of the Sephardic diaspora. 

Program made possible, in part, by Rebekah and Chen Sapirstein. Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.