Film Screening: Flory’s Flame

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021

This program was held on 2/10/21.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 1pm ET
Free with suggested $10 donation.
See “Ways to Watch” below for details on how to access the program

Join us as we screen the 2014 documentary, Flory’s Flame. The one-hour documentary weaves the life story of NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award winner, Flory Jagoda, with her 2013 Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress. The combined personal and musical overviews open a window on pre-Inquisition Spanish Jewish life. Flory’s roots go back to that pre-1492 era, then to the Balkans, Bosnia and Croatia. As the sole surviving Altarac family member, with most of her family killed during World War II, Flory’s life mission has been to continue her family’s cultural legacy through their music. Her strength of spirit shines through her challenging but ultimately triumphant story expressed in the context of the impactful music performed by Flory and 25 fellow musicians in the prestigious and inspiring Library of Congress Celebration Concert.

The screening will be followed by a short conversation with Betty Murphy (Flory’s daughter), Lori Jagoda-Lowell (Flory’s daughter), Susan Gaeta (Flory’s apprentice) and Jon Lohman (former Director Emeritus of the Virginia Folklife Program and friend of Flory). 

Flory Jagoda, also known as “The Keeper of the Flame” and “La Nona” (The Grandmother) passed away on Friday, January 29th, 2021, erev shabbat shira (sabbath of singing). May her memory be a blessing.

Information on the Documentary

Flory’s Flame was produced by Ellen Friedland and Curt Fissel. For more information, please contact them at Voices & Visions Productions, Ltd.

Ways to Watch

Facebook: Look for the LIVE post on the Museum’s Facebook page at 1 pm ET. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.

NMAJH website: A little before the program start time, the livestream will also be available at the top of this page. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Please note that you may need to refresh your screen and press “play” on the video—the static image will be replaced with the live feed before the program starts. Please note that audience Q&A is only available on Facebook and Zoom during the live program.

Zoom: Zoom registration is “sold out”. Please use one of the methods above. Thank you! Additionally, if you have already registered and have trouble accessing the Zoom, please watch the program on this web page (or on Facebook using the link above). 

This program is presented by The National Museum of American Jewish History with co-sponsorship from The Center for Cultural Vibrancy, The Virginia Folklife Program, the Ashkenaz Festival, and Voices & Visions Productions, Ltd.