Flory Jagoda had a happy youth spent with her Nona (grandmother) in the Bosnian village Vlasenica and with her parents in Sarajevo. After the horrors of World War II, Flory married Sergeant Harry Jagoda from Youngstown, Ohio, and moved to the United States. The songs that Flory Jagoda and her three children perform celebrate the life and traditions of the Bosnian Sephardim, a rich Jewish heritage that was kept alive by the Sephartic Jews forced out of Spain in 1492.
"Hamisha Asar" are the Ladino words (the Spanish Hebrew language spoken by the Sephardic Jews) for Tu Be'Shevat, a spring holiday that celebrates the time when sap begins flowing in the trees. For treble voices in three parts (SSA) and piano. Hebrew text.