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Anahory-Librowicz, Oro

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Author(s): Judith Cohen
Oro Anahory-Librowicz (b. 1948) is a professor at the Université de Montréal in Canada. A Moroccan-born author and professional storyteller,  she has written monographs and articles on Sephardic folk literature and is the founder-director of Gerineldo , a Moroccan Sephardic ensemble based in Montreal.Oro Anahory-Librowicz was born in Tetouan (Sp. Tetuán), Morocco, in 1948 into a traditional Sephardic family. She studied at the Université Paris–Nanterre (M.A.) and Columbia University in New York City, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Spanish…

Lévy, Solly

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Author(s): Judith Cohen
Solly Lévy (b. 1939), born in Morocco and now a resident of Canada,  is an author, playwright, actor, singer, and educator especially known for his work in the endangered minority Jewish language Haketía (Moroccan Judeo-Spanish).Solly Lévy was born in Tangier, Morocco, on November 1, 1939. He immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1968, with his wife, Madeleine Gavison Lévy, and their children Claire and Eddy, both also born in Tangier. Lévy holds an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies from l’Université de Bordeaux and a master…

Garfinkle, Bouena Sarfatty

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Author(s): Judith Cohen
Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle (1916–1997), born in Salonica, was a Greek partisan during World War II. Her memoirs and collections of songs, proverbs, and verses are valuable documents on Jewish life in Salonica. She and her husband immigrated to Canada in 1947.Bouena Sarfatty Garfinkle (November 15, 1916–July 23, 1997) was born in Thessaloniki (Salonica), Greece, to Simcha Halewa and Moises Sarfatty; the latter died when she was a small child. Bouena and her siblings were well educated, and she became fluent in French, Judeo-Spanish, and…