Vulnerable Languages and Linguistic Varieties in Serbia

The Sephardic Jews and Judeo-Spanish

Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) is the language of Sephardic Jews, a Romance variety originally spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. In Serbia and wider in the Balkans, Judeo-Spanish is vulnerable and even severely endangered, as the few fluent speakers belong to the older generation. Even if we cannot hear Judeo-Spanish on the streets of Belgrade any longer, these days we can find out more about the Sephardic Jews during two events: the exhibition “The Fashion World of the Kalef Family” (hosted by the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade, June 11-July 2, 2022) and the annual conference of the Society for Sephardic Studies “Sephardic Jews between Religious, Ethnic, and National Identity” (which will take place at the Belgrade University and the Jewish Cultural Center in Belgrade, June 28-30, 2022).