El Ponte: The Ladino Podcast about Bridging Cultures and Cultivating Connections

El Ponte is a podcast that explores stories, connections, and cultures of Ladino, the diasporic language of Sephardic Jews spoken throughout the world. Although currently endangered, Ladino thrives in the intersections of its many components like Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Turkish, Greek, Italian, French, Arabic, and more. As hosts, Max and Ivy discuss themes of place, home, diaspora, linguistic and cultural transmission, and community. In each episode, they interview guests from all over the world about their relationships with Ladino. If you’re curious about languages, the Spanish-speaking world, Jewish culture, or the many ways in which language, culture, and community intersect, we invite you to cross El Ponte and explore with us. Email: elpontepodcast@gmail.com Instagram: @elpontepodcast Logo design by Rebecca Daniel Mottley

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Episodes

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

We speak to Ladino luminary Rachel Amado Bortnick about growing up in Izmir, rediscovering Ladino in America, and building a virtual community.   If you want to subscribe to Ladinokomunita, the online Ladino-only forum, go to https://ladinokomunita.groups.io/ or send an empty email to: main+subscribe@Ladinokomunita.groups.io  

Saturday Jul 30, 2022

Bryan Kirschen talks to us about teaching Ladino in the 21st century & his hopes for the language.   For more information on some of the topics mentioned in this episode: Auctioning of mitzvot in Ladino - https://bit.ly/3vvUH0P Documentary, Saved by Language - https://bit.ly/3cN1Mnb ESefarad and Enkontros de Alhad - https://bit.ly/3OKPHfB Byran’s online Ladino classes - Ladino Linguist - https://bit.ly/3OLPGbe Documenting Judeo-Spanish and Solitreo - https://bit.ly/3OL3i6O Podcast Credits: Music by KJ. Logo design by Rebecca Daniel Mottley. Audio Post-Production Services provided by Stampede Studios, Inc.Audio Mixer – Oscar SalinasSenior Director, Sound – Mark Herscovitz Special Thanks to Ben Arnold.

Thursday Jun 02, 2022

Ivy and Max talk to Isaac Daniel, a native Ladino-speaker from Salonica, Greece, about his childhood, experiences during World War II and the Holocaust, and feelings about Ladino. He also shares some songs and Joha stories. Music by KJ. Logo design by Rebecca Daniel Mottley. Audio Post-Production Services provided by Stampede Studios, Inc.Audio Mixer – Oscar SalinasSenior Director, Sound – Mark Herscovitz Special Thanks to Ben Arnold.

Tuesday May 03, 2022

Max and Ivy introduce the podcast, cover some background history, and talk about their personal journeys with Ladino.     Music by KJ. Logo design by Rebecca Daniel Mottley. Audio Post-Production Services provided by Stampede Studios, Inc.Recording/Mixing Engineer – Oscar SalinasSenior Director, Sound – Mark Herscovitz Special Thanks to Ben Arnold.    

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