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
Ladino Kids! Special Holiday Sing and Play
Begins Thursday September 17
Have your kids learn Ladino words, customs and songs through interactive music and games! Gather round and celebrate Sephardic holiday traditions and enjoy some Ladino fun in this 5-week series for the littlest kriaturas (kids). Join the amazing Sephardic children's educator Sarah Aroeste and Sephardic community members for a special 5-week series specifically designed to teach our Young Sephardic Families to get excited about our Sephardic customs with special songs for kids!
Anyada Buena i Dulse - High Holiday Resources
September 16 2020
For those of you who may be celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for the first time on your own, we have included a number of Sephardic resources, including a printable Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Dinner Guide in Hebrew, Ladino, and English, access to our database of Sephardic High Holiday Hazzanut through our Zemirot.org Initiative, a number of upcoming classes and programs through our Sephardic Digital Academy, and much more.
Spanish & Portuguese Citizenship Program
Are you interested in Spanish or Portuguese Citizenship? Sephardic Brotherhood can help! 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. We have been certified by the Spanish and Portuguese Foreign Ministries to help provide supportive documentation for a person's application for citizenship based on their Sephardic heritage.
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.