FLORY JAGODA
1923 - 2021
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JAGODA FLORY JAGODA Beloved "Nona" Flory Jagoda, 97, died peacefully on January 29, 2021 at Silverado Alexandria Memory Care Community. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1923 Flory Papo Kabilio Jagoda is known as The Keeper of The Flame for her commitment to continuing the rich musical heritage and Sephardic traditions in memory of her adored Altaras Family who were killed in Vlasenica, Bosnia during WWII. Flory, a remarkable singer, creative songwriter, mesmerizing performer and totally engaging storyteller was honored by countless organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the VA Foundation for the Humanities and was the proud recipient of a US Immigrant Achievement Award. A video interview at the US Holocaust Museum, two documentaries (The Key From Spain, Flory's Flame); a children's book, The Key From Spain and five CD recordings vividly retell her experience during WWII and the music that informed her extraordinary life. As a refugee in Bari, Italy, Flory fell in love with and married "BTO" Master Sargent Harry Jagoda in June 1945 and came to America, the country she loved for the rest of her life, in 1946. She dedicated herself to raising an American family and celebrated 4th of July (and most other holidays, and "just for the fun of it") with huge parties where everyone was welcome and guests came with musical instruments, folksongs and folk dancing. While her four children were growing up, Flory was a painter, as well as a teacher (guitar, accordion, and piano) and the house was always filled with the aromas of delicious beautifully presented food and all kinds of music - international, American folk music, Rock'n Roll, Bosnian Sevdalinkas and Sephardic songs. Acclaimed the world over for her Hanuka composition, Ocho Kandelikas, Flory became a featured concert performer and lecturer of Sephardic music as a soloist, with her children and with other musical colleagues. Nona Flory was a founder of the Jewish Folk Arts Society and Las Vijitas de Alhad, a monthly gathering of descendants of Sephardic Jews of the Old Ottoman Empire interested in speaking Ladino and preserving its traditions. Her life's work was "to continue" and have the world know the emotional beauty of the music and knowledge she learned from her own Nona and to preserve the Sephardic culture she so loved. Flory is predeceased by her dear Harry, her husband of 69 years and their son, Elliot, both of whom died in 2014. She will be remembered forever by all those who knew her but especially by her daughters, Betty Jagoda Murphy (Greg Murphy), Lori Jagoda Lowell (Jeremy Lowell), son, Andy Jagoda (Silvana Riggio), cousin, Berta Altaras Silverstein (Barry Silverstein) and daughter-in-law, Evie Jagoda. Nona will be held firmly in the hearts of her adored grandchildren: Josh Murphy (Meghan Murphy), Ian Lowell (Alysia Lowell), Ariel Lowell and Alec Lowell (fiancé Sasha), Aaron Jagoda (Justinn Jagoda) and Nathan Jagoda and stories about Nona Flory will keep her memory vibrant for her great-grandchildren, Liam and Flory Murphy, Cooper Lowell and Ellis Jagoda. All the members of her Jagoda Family, nieces and nephews, as well as her musical colleagues, Susan Gaeta, Aviva Chernik and Howard Bass foremost among them, will honor her memory every time they sing one of her songs or recount a story about Nona Flory. There is so much more to say about this extraordinary treasure of a woman who faced the world with determination and serenity and responded to all of life's questions with music and her whole heart... kun Salud I Byena Vida. A Zoom Funeral Service and Shiva Minyans will be announced. Donations in Flory's honor can be made to; Flory Jagoda Sephardic Music Fund Virginia Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903 Or via the internet link: https://virginiafolklife.org/give/flory-jagoda-sephardic-music-fund/ Services will be help at National Funeral Home and King David Memorial Gardens on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11 a.m., burial following immediately.Services will be help at National Funeral Home and King David Memorial Gardens on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11 a.m., burial following immediately.


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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 31, 2021.
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February 13, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Simone Taylor
February 4, 2021
Russell Nadel
Acquaintance
February 4, 2021
Flory was a true treasure, as a human, a wisdom-keeper, and a consummate musician. Her visit to our temple a couple of years ago was a tremendous thrill, and I will continue to think of her with great fondness and gratitude every time I sing or teach one of her wonderful songs.
Russell Nadel
Acquaintance
February 4, 2021
Flory was a true treasure, as a human, a wisdom-keeper, and a consummate musician. Her visit to our temple a couple of years ago was a tremendous thrill, and I will continue to think of her with great fondness and gratitude every time I sing or teach one of her wonderful songs.
Russell Nadel
Acquaintance
February 1, 2021
I offer my sincere condolences to the family of this remarkable woman, Flory Jagoda. I am blessed to have seen her perform, and to have sung her “Ocho Kandelikas” with the Washington Revels. So many of us will be ever grateful for her talent, determination and music. May her legacy and her memory be a blessing forever. And may her soul rest in eternal peace.
Celia Murphy
February 1, 2021
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February 1, 2021
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January 31, 2021
So grateful to have seen her in person in concert to hear her personal story of resilience and perseverance.As it is the jewish celebration of planting a tree.she planted the seed of Sephardic music to grow into the future..I will be forever grateful to play the CD ..Cheryl Coughlin
January 31, 2021
I adored her music and spirit and her lucky survival stories. What a legacy. A life well lived and a blessing to the world. I sing Ocho Kandelikas every Hanukkah and it will always remind me of her. Rest in peace, Flora!
Zipora Schulz
Acquaintance
January 31, 2021
Flory's Flame was featured at the 2016 Carmel Jewish Film Festival in Carmel, CA. Flory performed that evening with Bette, Susan, Howard, and Arielle. It was one of the best evenings ever.
Susan R Greenbaum
Friend
January 31, 2021
So sorry that we have lost a great Sephardic treasure. Hee musicwill live with ys forever.
Joe Halio. Family of Hank Halio,(Ladino Reveries) Florida
January 31, 2021
Great musician. Sephardic treasure forever!
Joe Halio
January 31, 2021
It was an honor to have met her at Silverado almost three years ago and to have learned her story. At that time she still loved to sing and dance and enriched all of the lives of those who met her. May her memory be a blessing.
Madeline Ramsey
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