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
Special Initiative - Sephardic World Map
December 13 2019
We're excited to announce a new Sephardic World Map & Database initiative to connect our communities around the world together. Visiting another country? Looking to explore other Sephardic Communities with unique Greek, Turkish, and Balkan Sephardic heritage? Check out our global map of Ladino-speaking Sephardic Communities around the world!
International Ladino Day
January 12 2020
Join the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, the American Sephardi Federation, and the Sephardic Home for the Aged Foundation for our third annual International Ladino Day in New York at the Center for Jewish History, a special celebration of music, stories, language, culture, and more!
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.
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.
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.