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Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America

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Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America!

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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

The 6th Annual New York Ladino Day

January 29 2023​

Join us and our partners at the Center for Jewish History for the 6th Annual NY Ladino Day. This special celebration of Ladino Language and Sephardic culture features Tony and Grammy nominated Broadway star Shoshana Bean, A conversation with Michael Frank, author of One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World​, Judith Cohen, Sing Me a Story, on Sephardic Romansas, and a Musical Finale, Susana Behar and guitarist Michel Gonzalez.

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International Rhodes/Cos Memorial

January 22 2023

Join us for the annual International Rhodes/Cos Memorial commemorating the nearly 2,000 victims from the Islands of Rhodes and Cos murdered in the Holocaust. The program will feature a special set of Commemorative Presentations by Sephardic Community Leaders, Stella Hanan Cohen and Jo Mallel, of Zimbabwe and South Africa and will conclude with a traditional ‘Hashkavah’ memorial prayer for the Sephardic communities of Rhodes, Cos, Greece, and the Balkans.


New Sephardic Hanukka Guide

December 14 2022

This special booklet, a national collaboration between the Rabbis and lay leaders of our 12 affiliate communities, is an exciting new resource for our Ladino-speaking Sephardic Community, with step by step guidance on Hanukka the Sephardic tradition. The Booklet includes the specific blessings and prayers in Hebrew, transliterations, English translations, and Ladino translations. The booklet also features Sephardic recipes to help you enhance the Festival of Lights experience!

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.

Kehila Kedosha Janina
New York, NY

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. 

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