Join us for an evening of great music and dance in an intimate style setting:

Chochmat HaLev
2215 Prince St, Berkeley

Sunday, December 7th
Show: 7pm,
Doors: 6:30pm
Tickets: $15

The program explores the connection between two musical traditions from Spain, Sephardic Ladino and Flamenco/ gypsy as they are expressed in dance, by the guitar, and in song. The two genres reflect the identities of dislocated cultures, that of the Sephardi Jews after their expulsion from Spain in the late fifteenth century, and the musical heritage of the gypsies as it was embraced in Spain in the early nineteenth century.
Both cultures have been subject to discrimination, persecution, and expulsion throughout the years and thus their suffering and cry for love and empathy is reflected in their music, as well as daily life, “fiestas” and coming together. They have turned to music to maintain their cultural heritage.

Rivka Amado, born in Israel in a Sephardic family grew up listening to her grandmother singing ladino lullabies. She has performed throughout the Bay Area, the East Coast, Australia, and Israel. She has lived in Berkeley since 2004.

Hilit Maniv is an acclaimed flamenco dancer/choreographer. She was born in Israel, mastered Flamenco in Spain and for the past few years lives in California and dances in the Bay area best venues with Flamenco’s premiere artists. Hilit creates traditional Flamenco with a touch of a modern flare.

Itamar Shapira is an acclaimed Flamenco guitarist visiting the Bay Area for a few months. Born and raised in Israel, Itamar has play with all Flamenco artists in Israel especially Remangar – The Israeli Flamenco Dance Company of Keren and Avner Pesach. This after studying Flamenco guitar in Seville , Spain for a few years.

For tickets info:

Israel Engagement Committee
invites you to a cabaret evening of
Israeli and Sephardic Music and Food

Sunday, June 2, 2013
4:30PM Cuisine
5:30PM – 7:00PM Concert
Congregation B’nai Shalom
74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Social Hall


RSVP before May 28, 2013, by calling Barbara at 925-934-9446
or directly via our web at
$18 for Members, $22 for Non- Members. Under 18 – Free
Tickets will be available at the door for $25

En la Mar Performed on Nov 12 2012  at Nexus Multicultral Centre, Adelaide, Australia., when I visited Australia. This clip was captured by an Ipad4 on one of the front tables.

Rivka Amado-Canter

Kat Stevens-Violin

Al Valodze-Guitar

Adrain Van Nunen-percussion

RivkaAmado-12Dec2012, Melbourne


University of Adelaide

Linguistics  and  Endangered  Languages  present:

Vanishing  Voices: Traditional  Ladino  (Judeo-­

Spanish)  Music


Ladino,  a.k.a.  Judeo-­Español,  is  a  severely  endangered  Jewish  language   that  is  a  fusion  of  Castilian  Spanish  (15th  century)  and  Hebrew.  It  dates   from  the  Spanish  Expulsion  in  1492,  after  which  Ladino  became  a   vernacular  among  eastern  and  Mediterranean  Sephardi  Jews  and   constituted  a  major  part  of  their  literary  and  folksong  culture,  as  well  as  a   daily  spoken  language.      Rivka  Amado  and  band  present  a  night  in  the  Gardens  of  Spain:  music   from  the  lost  homeland  of  the  expelled  Jews.

Further  particulars:

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We’re on the air! the Media Center will be broadcasting our show this Thursday on their channel 27 MC Studio Session show. Current dates:

Thu, Sep 20th 1:30am
Fri, Sep 21st 9:00pm
Sat, Sep 22nd 10:00pm

More dates are coming up- check their show schedule for additions. The Media Center also streams each channel as they broadcast it, so you can watch our show on your device of choice if you aren’t in the Bay Area.

Some of the tunes came out great, best we’ve done. We’re going to pull some favorites out as separate videos; more news when they’re available.