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A Sephardic Hanukkah

Today is the first day of Hanukkah. 

KBCS spoke with Dr. Devin Naar, University of Washington Sephardic Studies Program Chair and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies about Hanukkah celebration rituals in Sephardic Jewish culture.

Listen to an interview about Sephardic Hanukkah delicacies like bunuelos, a Ladino song titled Ocho Kandelikas and other details about Hanukkah in the Sephardic style.

Flory Jacoda, composer of Ocho Kandelikas, performing the song

Ocho Kandelikas rendition sung by Idina Menzel.

Producers: Yuko Kodama and Lucy Braginski

What Distinguishes Sephardic Jewish Communities?

The new graphic novel, We Are Not Strangers, is a story about the relationship of a Japanese American family and a Sephardic Jewish family leading up to and after WWII. 

The book’s author, Josh Tuininga, Densho Founder, Tom Ikeda and Dr. Devin Naar, University of Washington, Associate Professor of History & Jewish Studies will speak about the parallels and relationships between these communities on Monday, October 23rd at Third Place Books.

Dr. Devin Naar speaks about the characteristic culture of the Sephardic Jewish  group, largely from Mediterranean regions in the Jewish diaspora , in comparison to the Ashkenazi Jewish groups from Central and Eastern Europe.

Producers: Lucy Braginski and Yuko Kodama

Photo: Naar standing beside fragments from the Jewish cemetery of Salonica built into the old city walls (2014) | Photo by Argilo Mitilinou


Malikah Fashion Festival: Muslim, Jewish and Sikh Wear

The fashion of modest Muslim, Jewish and Sikh men and women is the inspiration of the Malikah Festival held this weekend. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama interviewed Chema Oh, organizer for the Malikah Festival and Owner of Boutique Al Firdaws located in Redmond’s Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) building this week. They discuss the power of the hijab.

The Malikah Festival is hosted in partnership with the City of Redmond and Zena Consulting. The event is this Saturday, May 6th at the Redmond Senior Center from 4pm to 8pm. It’s free and open to all.