Flory Jagoda

Photo by Tom Pich

In 2005 Virginia Humanities established the Flory Jagoda Sephardic Music Fund, named in honor of Flory Jagoda, a remarkable woman and talented musician who made it her life’s work to preserve the songs and stories of Sephardic culture. Known as the “keeper of the flame” for preserving the Ladino music of Sephardic Jews in the United States, Flory Jagoda is an internationally recognized singer, songwriter, and composer.

The Flory Jagoda Sephardic Music Fund was established in 2005 with initial gifts from Flory and Harry Jagoda, Frances and Philip Feltman, and Susan Gaeta, a talented Sephardic musician who was Flory’s apprentice in the inaugural class of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program in 2002.

The Flory Jagoda Sephardic Music Fund provides operating income and special assistance for projects related to Sephardic music, including the sponsorship of apprentice musicians, the gathering and recording of pertinent stories and music, and the creation of documentary materials about Sephardic music and the life and work of Flory Jagoda.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation or contact us for more information on this fund.