Treasures of Sephardic Song: a Free,Virtual Concert

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Touro Synagogue Foundation, in association with Congregation Shearith Israel in New York, will present a free, virtual concert of Sephardic music by Gerard Edery, to be streamed live on Sunday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

“Treasures of Sephardic Song” is the third in this year’s Judah Touro Series of virtual programs. The concert has been made possible through a generous grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A master singer, guitarist and leading musical folklorist, Gerard Edery is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in the music of the Sephardic Diaspora. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, he is a recipient of many awards and grants, including the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award. He regularly performs in concert halls and festivals throughout the world.

The first Jews who came to the New World in the 1630s were Sephardic –meaning from the Iberian Peninsula - and most had ancestors who were driven out of Spain and Portugal in 1492 or forced to convert to Catholicism by the Inquisition. These families scattered throughout Northern Europe, the Caribbean, and South America, but a small group of them learned of Rhode Island’s “Lively Experiment” in freedom of religion and ventured to Newport in search of a sanctuary from persecution.

The Sephardic music played in the concert stems from Spanish and Portuguese Jewish traditions, but is also influenced by Moroccan, North African, and Turkish culture. Edery will explain these influences during his presentation.

There is no fee to participate in this virtual concert, but reservations are required to receive the Zoom login information.

REGISTER via the "Event Website" link.

To learn more about Gerard Edery and his work visit his website:

(Photo of Edery by Gail Hadani)


The Touro Synagogue Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, nonsectarian organization, dedicated to maintaining and preserving Touro Synagogue, the colonial Jewish cemetery, Patriots Park, and to promoting and teaching religious diversity, colonial Jewish history, and the history of Touro Synagogue.

Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest surviving synagogue, is a National Historic Site located in Newport, R.I. The Touro Synagogue Foundation operates public programs in partnership with the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a project of Save America's Treasures. For more information, visit:

Event Date
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Event time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost / donation
Meryle Cawley:
meryle@tourosynagogu or (401)
847-4794 Ext. 207


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