The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America is the largest Sephardic benevolent organization of its kind in the United States. Our mission is to support the financial, social, educational, and religious welfare of Sephardic families who derive their lineage from the Ladino-speaking Jewish communities of Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. Through a host of services and programs, the Brotherhood is dedicated to caring for and strengthening our Sephardic community.
Founded in 1916 as the Salonician Brotherhood of America, Inc. by immigrant Jews from the city of Salonica (Thessaloniki) in modern day Greece, the Brotherhood has worked to serve the most needy in our communities and create a home for Sephardic Jews from around the world.
The Brotherhood prides itself on providing all different types of resources to our membership and the wider Sephardic community. In addition, on this website you can find introductory information on Ladino (Judeo-Espanyol) which is the traditional language spoken by Sephardic Jews.
Our new Sephardic Songs and Hazzanut Database can help anyone learn the traditional liturgy from Sephardic communities worldwide. Our partnerships with various academic institutions link rare manuscripts and educational resources to the wider Jewish world.
News & Announcements
Sephardic Scholars Program - Apply Now!
Applications for this year's Sephardic Scholars Program are now available. Our future rests with the youth of our communities. To support the next generation and recognize the educational achievements of our youngest members, the Brotherhood established its Sephardic Scholars Program to help them excel academically and ensure money will never be an obstacle to advancing an education. Applications are only open to active Brotherhood members and are due March 19, 2021.
Ladino 101 - New Beginner's Course
Begins December 16 2020
Join the Sephardic Brotherhood and the Ottoman Turkish Sephardic Research Center in Istanbul for a brand new-FREE five part introductory course on Ladino with world renowned Ladino language scholar and educator Karen Gerson Sarhon. This program will be conducted primarily in English and Ladino.
Sephardic Citizenship Program
Are you interested in obtaining Portuguese Citizenship based on your Sephardic Heritage? Sephardic Brotherhood can help! The Portuguese government have allowed for descendent of Sephardic Jews from the Iberian peninsula to reclaim their ancestral roots through formal citizenship. We are able to help provide supportive documentation for a person's application for citizenship based on their Sephardic heritage.
Ladino Quote of the Week
קין דואירמי נו אלקאנסה פישי
Ken duerme no alkansa peshe
The one who sleeps, does not get fish
Every week we highlight a Ladino Quote, a line of poetry, advice, or a common saying used in our Sephardic culture. The sayings are written in Ladino with Hebrew characters, Ladino with Latin characters, and in English. We hope this helps you learn more about the language and culture of our people.
Community of the Month
Congregation Ahavath Achim
Every month we highlight a specific Sephardic community in the United States or around the world, each one demonstrating the richness and diversity within our Sephardic communities. Here, you can find out more about specific traditions, history, and songs that are unique to this community.
Programs & Events
Learn more about our incredible Sephardic culture and traditions through some of our amazing community programs and events!
We believe that engaging with the next generation of Sephardic Jews is critical to ensure our community's ability to thrive. Through initiatives such as our Scholarship Program, Sephardic Birthright Israel Trip, and Young Professionals Network, we are able to help the youth of our communities reconnect with their roots in fun and meaningful ways.