National Sephardic Community Gala
An Evening of Sephardic Community, Unity, & Celebration
Honoring the Past, Ensuring the Future
Sunday December 5, 2021 at 6:30pm - The 8th Night of Hanukkah
Join the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America for a special National Sephardic Community Gala celebrating our collective Sephardic identity, culture, and community. The evening will feature delicious kosher Sephardic food, live music, special Sephardic guests of honor, dancing, and a communal Menorah lighting in honor of the 8th night of Hanukkah. The evening will be hosted at the beautiful Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and includes complimentary access to one of the Museum's featured exhibits. The evening will also celebrate the 105th Anniversary of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood, and bring together participants from our communities throughout the United States and around the world.
Evening & Program
Our National Sephardic Community Gala will feature an evening of celebration, unity, family, and joy of our Sephardic identity. The program will open with an evening reception of delicious traditional appetizers and drinks as we explore an exclusive Museum exhibition, and will include a communal Menorah lighting for the 8th night of Hanukkah. This will be followed by a seated dinner and live Sephardic and Israeli music with plenty of dancing. The evening will also feature three special honorees who have contributed in extraordinary ways to American society and our community, elevating our collective Sephardic profile. Participants will join us from community hubs throughout the United States, including New York, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, and beyond.
Location & Venue
This year's Gala will be held at the beautiful Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, a stunning venue at the tip of Lower Manhattan in Battery Park City overlooking the New York City harbor. Gala tickets will include exclusive access to a Museum exhibition for the evening and a delicious Sephardic culinary experience throughout the celebration, with live Sephardic and Israeli music as well.
World Class Catering
The evening's Gala is catered by world renowned Chef David Teyf of the Madison & Park Hospitality Group. Chef David Teyf has won numerous awards and accolades for his innovative approach to Jewish cuisine. He personally prepares each and every menu for an evening he caters, and will be devising a specially themed Sephardic menu for the Gala Banquet based on our community's delicious foods from Greece, Turkey, and the former Ottoman Empire. All food is Glatt Kosher under Orthodox Union (OU) supervision.
We are keenly aware of the ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, and are closely tracking Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health, and local health guidance. In order to ensure the health and safety of all participants, we will be requiring proof of full COVID-19 Vaccination from all participants, without exception. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our community is of the highest importance to us.
Live Greek & Sephardic Music
Our Gala will feature the award-winning Greek, Sephardic, & Israeli music of Avram Pengas and the Noga Group. Avram Pengas is a master guitarist and bouzouki player in the Greek/Middle Eastern tradition. He has released numerous albums and his latest “Santorini ” pulsates with Greek and Turkish rhythms, Israeli pop, sinuous Arabic melodies, Latin beats, Armenian dance sounds- all done up in a fresh, crisp production. Pengas’ extreme virtuosity has garnered him accolades from among the best in the music community. He is a proud Sephardic & Romaniote Jew with heritage from Ioannina & Salonika.