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About Us

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.

Sephardic Resources

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
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Hanuka Alegre from the Sephardic Brotherhood!

December 7 2023

Hanuka Alegere! Wishing you and the entire Sephardic Community a happy Hanukkah, filled with joy, celebrations, and love of our Sephardic traditions. As Hanukkah begins on the evening of Thursday December 7, we want to help make your family's Festival of Lights even more meaningful. We have included a number of Sephardic resources, including our printable Sephardic Hanuka Guide in Ladino, Hebrew, and English.

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International Sephardic Community Shabbaton & Gala

December 15-17 2023

Join the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America for a special International Sephardic Community Gala celebrating our collective Sephardic identity, culture, and community. The evening will feature delicious kosher Sephardic food, live Sephardic and Israeli music, special Sephardic guests of honor, dancing, and a whole lot more. The evening will be hosted at the beautiful Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and includes complimentary access to one of the Museum's featured exhibits. 

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. 

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Statement on the Situation in Israel, Sephardic Community Vigil

October 9 2023

By now, we have all seen the horrific images and videos coming out of Israel, with indiscriminate attacks, rapes, and murders of Israeli civilians, as well as the kidnapping of more than 100 people. This occured on the holiday of Shimini Atseret/Simhat Torah, known as Yom Simhatenu - the day of our joy in Hebrew.  Our joy has turned into sadness; our hearts are heavy in grief.

National Strategic Plan
Community of the Month 
Learn About Our Multi-year Plan Revolutionizing the Sephardic Community!
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Our Vision: To connect, support, and educate individuals, families and congregations of Sephardic Jews in the United States, to inspire and empower its members and to strengthen all Sephardic identities and communities throughout the country, to facilitate their vibrancy.

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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.

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