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
Spanish & Portuguese Citizenship Program
September 1 2019
Are you interested in Spanish or Portuguese Citizenship? Since 2015, the Spanish and Portuguese governments have allowed for descendent of Sephardic Jews from the Iberian peninsula to reclaim their ancestral roots through formal citizenship. The Sephardic Brotherhood has been certified by the Spanish and Portuguese Foreign Ministries to help advise and provide supportive documentation for a person's application for citizenship based on their Sephardic heritage.
Sephardic Birthright Trip 2019 Recap
August 1 2019
40 young Sephardic Jews from New York, Seattle, Miami, California, Detroit, and even Istanbul are traveled throughout Israel for our third annual Sephardic Birthright Trip with the Sephardic Brotherhood! They explored everything Israel has to offer, all while connecting with their Sephardic heritage, Ladino language, and community customs.
New Initiative - Zemirot.org
April 17 2019
The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America is proud to announce the launch of our newest international initiative, Zemirot.org, a global online database of Sephardic liturgical recordings from our collective communities. This project, more than two years in the making, will help to revolutionize the way we teach our liturgical traditions to the next generation and preserve them for years to come.
Ladino Quote of the Week
Community of the Month
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.
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.