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At Rabbi Maury Kellman’s weekly Orthodox conversion class on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the students are a mix of seekers, gentiles in relationships with Jews and one-time Reform or Conservative converts seeking Orthodox conversion.
(Uriel Heilman) Attitude toward conversions performed by other denominations: Not good enough.
Filmmakers Curt Fissel and Ellen Friedland of Montclair, N.
J., do more than hone in on Jagoda’s fascinating life story in their hour-long documentary.
Flory’s Flame, an evening celebrating Jagoda, Saturday, January 31, p.m., Northern Virginia JCC, features the documentary screening, an appearance by Jagoda and a tasting of Sephardic cuisine.
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In fact, Jagoda continues to teach students: “I want to share …
I’m doing what my nona [grandmother] was doing, what she taught me” – passing on her traditions.
On Saturday, Flory’s Flame returns for a screening and evening with Jagoda at the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center.
Over the last seven years, approximately 1,275 conversions have been certified by conversion courts affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, but plenty of Orthodox conversions take place outside the RCA’s system.
Ritual: Approval by a three-judge religious court comprised of three Orthodox men (usually rabbis), male circumcision (or, for circumcised men, symbolic drawing of blood at the place of circumcision) and ritual immersion in a mikvah.
During five centuries of wandering, much was lost, but much, too, was preserved: the Ladino language – a rich admixture of Judeo-Spanish that preserves ancient Castilian and is often said to sound Shakespearean for modern Spanish speakers.
A long-time Northern Virginia resident, Jagoda has been honored as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. 22, the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress screened Flory’s Flame, a compelling documentary that not only tells Jagoda’s story filled with both hardships and joys – from her beginnings in Sarajevo and the Bosnian countryside, where she learned the harmonika or accordion and Jewish songs from her grandmother, to an escape to Italy during the Holocaust, and her immigration to the United States as a war bride.