Flory Jagoda: Ocho Kandelikas

Written by Joshua Breitzer


In category: Song of the Day

Published December 26, 2019

Jewish communities can be found all over the world and can be heard speaking many different languages. Ladino is the vernacular favored by many Jews of Sephardic (Spanish) descent. Also called “Judaeo-Spanish,” it contains elements of Hebrew, Greek, and various Balkan dialects as well. The Bosnian-born songwriter Flory Jagoda brings us this infectious, sultry ode to the festival of lights and of various fried, sticky-sweet delicacies!

“Ocho Kandelikas” (Eight Candles) by Flory Jagoda

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Joshua Breitzer is cantor and music director of Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Considered one of his generation’s leading talents, Cantor Breitzer has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Concert Hall. For the past several years, he has appeared with NYFOS in our annual “A Goyishe Christmas to You!” program, and has coached several NYFOS’s Emerging Artists on Jewish repertoire.


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