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Jewish Languages Today: Endangered, Surviving, and Thriving

Hosted By: American Jewish University

Throughout history Jews have spoken many languages, such as Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Neo-Aramaic (Iraq-Iran), and Judeo-Malayalam (Southern India). Over the past two centuries, migrations and other historical events have led to the endangerment of these languages and the destruction of Jewish communities that kept them alive. At the same time, Jews are engaging with these languages in variety of different ways, such as through song and food, and new Jewish language varieties are developing, including Jewish English, Jewish Latin American Spanish, and Jewish Russian. Join Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor as she takes you through these historical developments and highlights why there is an urgent need for documentation and reclamation.

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