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
Announcing Bivas - the Ladino High School Club of America
February 13 2024
We are thrilled to introduce Bivas - the Ladino High School Club of America, the newest Sephardic youth project of the Sephardic Brotherhood! Bivas is the first of its kind national Sephardic youth movement dedicated to building the next generation of Sephardic leaders in America. The program welcomes Jewish teens in grades 9-12 throughout the United States from all backgrounds, with the goal of empowering them to connect with Sephardic Judaism in a holistic way.
Sephardic Scholars Program - Applications Due March 17!
March 17 2024
Applications for this year's Sephardic Scholars Program are now out! Our future rests with the youth of our communities. To support the next generation and recognize the educational achievements of our youngest members, the Brotherhood established its Sephardic Scholars Program to help them excel academically and ensure money will never be a obstacle to advancing an education.
National Sephardic Essay Competition
March 22 2024
We are thrilled to announce Muestras Konsejas (Our Tales) the National Sephardic Essay Competition, a first of its kind writing contest in partnership with the University of Washington Sephardic Studies Program! Share an original, previously unpublished work of prose (fictional or memoiristic) that gives voice to the experiences of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jewish communities (whether from family lore, lived experience, community heritage, life stories, etc.).
National Strategic Plan
International Sephardic Community Gala Highlights
Learn About Our Multi-year Plan Revolutionizing the Sephardic Community!
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.
An Evening Dedicated to Building the Next Sephardic Generation
Our Biannual International Sephardic Community Gala & Global Summit brings together over 300 Sephardic Community leaders from hubs around the world, including Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Canadao, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Sephardic hubs from across the United States.
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.