Manchester Jewish Museum

with Ana Silvera & PJ Library
Learn Ladino Music



Learning Studio


£6 full, £5 concession & £4 children (or £4.50 each for families of 4+)


Join songwriter and storyteller Ana Silvera as she teams up with PJ Library to discover the magic of Ladino music in this interactive workshop for families, inspired by Debbie Levy’s book ‘The Key From Spain’.

‘The Key from Spain’ is a children’s book about families, migration and music. It tells the story of Ladino singer Flory Jagoda whose ancestors fled Spain, and her own family’s escape from Europe in World War II to begin a new life in the USA. When all you can carry with you is your music, how do you keep it alive?

Ana will be telling this beautiful story, singing songs in Ladino and sharing her own family’s history in this family friendly workshop.

Ladino is the Judeo-Spanish language, sometimes spoken among Sephardi Jewish communities.

Image from ‘The Key from Spain’ by Debbie Levy and illustrated by  Sonja Wimmer, distributed by PJ Library.

Did you know?

Flory’s ancestors include the influential Altaras family. In our synagogue you can see an enormous stained glass window above the ark, dedicated to the family.

What you need to know

This event is suitable for children aged 5-10 years old – siblings welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event involves music, singing and storytelling.

Tickets must be booked in advance so we can safely manage distancing and capacity. We can’t guarantee that we will be able to accommodate latecomers.

About PJ Library

PJ Library (PJ for pyjamas!) gives away high-quality Jewish books to families with children from birth until eight years old each month. The award-winning, non-denominational books celebrate Jewish culture, values and traditions through a wide range of stories and beautiful illustrations. PJ Library books are posted directly to children so they can build their own Jewish bedtime libraries.

About Ana Silvera

Ana Silvera is an English alt-folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose folk and bluegrass-tinged tunes are lyrical and emotive, works of ‘magical story-telling’ (The Guardian). Her songs are vignettes, poignant snapshots in time that weave poetry and melody to magical effect. In recent years, she has begun to explore her own Sephardic roots by reinterpreting songs from the Ladino tradition.

About Tsitsit Fringe

Tsitsit is a feast of Jewish music, theatre, comedy and family entertainment. Running over 40 events throughout October at venues all over the country and online, Tsitsit aims to celebrate the full diversity of Jewish culture.

‘If it’s Jewish enough for you, it’s Jewish enough for us’.

Related Events

This event is now sold out. Ana Silvera will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes as she follows her family’s journey from Portugal to Aleppo before finally arriving in Manchester. Part of Tsitsit Festival.