International Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Summer School, July 28–August 12, Jerusalem

The First International Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Summer School will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from July 28 to August 12, 2024.

The intensive courses about Ladino (Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo, Spanyolit) the Sephardi language and culture will form a meeting point between Israeli and international students in the fields of Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Linguistics, Spanish, Musicology, Sociology, Anthropology and more. The courses include tours in Jerusalem, visits to Ladino collections, archival work and field work with Ladino speakers with origins in Israel, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans. 

*Limited number of students


6 credits (90 hours, official credits of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, taught in English):

  • Elementary Ladino or Advanced Ladino: Intensive language courses taught in two levels, in parallel sessions.
  • Readings in Ladino Printed Texts and Soletreo Manuscripts: Practical introduction to reading “soletreo” (the cursive Sephardi script), followed by reading a selection of Ladino press, responsa and printed texts. 
  • Sephardic Culture and Research Tools: Lecture series and a research seminar on the language, culture and history of Sephardi Jews, including archival work and fieldwork with Ladino speakers, visits to Ladino archives and cultural tours of Sephardic Jerusalem.


The courses will be conducted by Prof. David Bunis and Dr. Ilil Baum, as well as a lecture series by leading researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other institutions on Sephardic history, culture, language, music, art and literature. 

Apply by: May 1, 2024 (Late applications will be reviewed according to availability). For details and registration, visit our website Ladino International Summer School.

For questions about the curriculum, contact the program leader, Dr. Ilil Baum