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
Brotherhood Crisis Fund - Donate Today
April 1 2020
As we are all aware of the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, many within our Sephardic community and across the United States are out of work, are facing emergency medical costs, and are in desperate need for support. Their ability to buy life's essentials like food and household goods or even paying their rent, is at threat. We have formed a Brotherhood Crisis Fund to support those who have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Sephardic Digital Academy - New Program Announcement
March 30 2020
We're excited to announce the launch of our Sephardic Digital Academy, a new national partnership to connect and educate our Sephardic community institutions, synagogues, Rabbis, educators, and members across the United States. We are partnering with more than a dozen affiliated synagogues and institutions to bring you new weekly classes and series on Sephardic Torah, Halakha, traditions and customs, Ladino language instruction, Sephardic cooking, and so much more.
Sephardic Scholarship Program - Applications Now Open!
March 20 2020
Applications for 2020 scholarships are now available! All applications must be received by March 20 2020 and are only eligible for Brotherhood Members and their families. To apply for the scholars program, check out more on our website about eligibility requirements along with our full application and guidelines.
Ladino Quote of the Week
פריסיפיו די סינסיאה איס די טיניר קריאינסה
Prisipio de sensia es de tener kreensa.
The beginning of knowledge is to believe.
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
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum
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.