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
Sepharadim Vote! Sephardic Jews in American Politics
October 29 2020
Let's get out the Sephardic Vote! Join the Sephardic Brotherhood and our partners around the country for a special conversation with Prof. Devin E. Naar and former (Sephardic) US Congresswoman Shelley Berkley on history, activism, and the importance of voting. Not sure how to vote where you are? Make sure to visit iwillvote.com to find out where and how to vote in your State!
Industry Leaders Series - Young Professionals
Begins October 22 2020
We're excited to launch a new Industry Leaders Series through the Sephardic Digital Academy specifically for our Young Professionals Community! Over the next few weeks, we're going to have special conversations with various Sepharadim throughout the United States who are leaders in diverse industries including tech, politics, business, architecture, and beyond!
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
קין דואירמי נו אלקאנסה פישי
Ken duerme no alkansa peshe
The one who sleeps, does not get fish
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
Congregation Ahavath Achim
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.