The Sephardic Jewish
Brotherhood of America
La Ermandad Sefaradi
Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America
Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America!
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
Purim Gift Boxes - Mishloah Manot Now on Sale!
February 15 2023
Send your friends and family a unique Sephardic Purim Gift Box & fulfill the misva (commandment) of sending gifts on Purim! Mishloah Manot (lit. Sending of Portions) are gifts of food or drink that are sent to family and friends to help celebrate the holiday of Purim. his special box features unique Sephardic gifts including Rosewater, Turkish Delight, Turkish tea, grape juice, dried figs, Israeli halva, Sephardic Dulse (sweet jams), & a solid brass mortar & pestle!
Turkish Earthquake Emergency Fund
February 7 2023
In coordination with our partners at the Jewish Community of Turkey, the Sephardic Brotherhood is launching a Turkish Earthquake Relief Fund to directly assist the Jewish Community of Antakya and general recovery efforts via the Chief Rabbinate of Turkey and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), both reputable partners in the recovery efforts.
New Class! The Sepharadim of Romania
March 2 2023
Join the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America for our new three part series on the Sepharadim of Romania with Peninah Zilberman, exploring the untold story, history, and heritage of this unique Ladino-speaking community in Southern Europe. Born in Israel to survivor parents from Sighet Maramures and Bucharest, Romania; Peninah served the Toronto Jewish Community for over 40 years, Principal at Jewish Schools, Holocaust Museum Director, and Adath Israel Synagogue Sisterhood President.
Ladino Quote of the Week
Community of the Month
אה לה איסקולה קון באב׳אס אל פ׳יירירו קון בארב׳אס
A la eskola kon bavas, al fierrero kon barvas.
To school with drools and to the blacksmith with a beard.
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.
Etz Chaim Congregation
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.