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Community Programs & Events 

The Brotherhood runs numerous programs and events throughout the year to both support our members and give back to the wider Sephardic Jewish community. Through these initiatives, we have not only continued to fulfill the mission of our founders and past leaders, but ensured that the next generations of Sephardim in the United States take pride in their unique heritage as well as engage with it in new and modern ways. 

Spanish & Portuguese Citizenship Program

Special 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. The Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America 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.

Henry J. Perahia Funds for the Needy

Annual Donations and Distributions 

The Henry J. Perahia Funds for the Needy distributes financial support to those members who face economic hardship. These funds have served as a lifeline to countless individuals and families in need around the country and continue to embody the mission of the Brotherhood.

The Sephardic Scholarship Program

Spring 2017

Our future rests with the youth of our community. To support the next generation and recognize the educational achievements of our young members, our Scholarship Committee awards over financial scholarships each year to High School, College, and Graduate students. These funds provide for students’ tuition support and help ensure their academic success. Generations of members have been supported through these scholarships and continue to give back to our community.

Sephardic Birthright Trip

Summer 2017

This past August, the Brotherhood ran its first ever Greek and Turkish Birthright Israel Trip! For 10 days, Sephardic Jews from all around the country were able to travel around Israel with other amazing people of Sephardic, Greek, and Turkish backgrounds, all while exploring everything Israel had to offer. They were able to ride camels in the desert, raft down the Jordan River, explore the Old City in Jerusalem, and a whole lot more.

Young Professionals Network

Monthly Network Programs and Events

As our communities continue to grow, the Brotherhood hopes to help foster a love of our heritage among the next generations of Sephardic Jews throughout the New York City area. We are thrilled to help host the Greek Jewish and Sephardic Young Professionals Network, a group of young Sephardic Jews in their 20s and 30s participating in social and professional events together. Events have included Hanukkah parties, Sephardic cooking classes, dinner discussions with leaders in the professional world, and Sephardic Shabbatons.

Greek Jewish Festival

May 2017

In May 2015, the Brotherhood was proud to help sponsor the second annual Greek Jewish Festival on the Lower East Side of New York. From 12pm - 6pm on May 31st, our partner Synagogue Kehila Kedosha Janina and its membership, along with other community partners celebrated the unique culture and heritage of the Greek and Turkish Jews on the Lower East Side. With great music, delicious kosher Greek food, dancing, synagogue tours, children's activities, and much more, the festival was a huge success. 


International Ladino Day

February 2020

A Festival to celebrate Ladino, the remarkable language also known as Judeo-Spanish. Celebrate Ladino in the company of highly acclaimed musicians and writers. Hear clarinetist Danny Elias; author Jane Mushabac's story, Seven Songs; composer Avi Amon's musical fantasy, Salonika; scholar Bryan Kirschen speaking on Ladino's rich culture; Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé on wisdom tales; and the Alhambra Ensemble's Songs of Courtship, Love, and Holidays with oud, violin, shawm, dumbek and voices. Light refreshments will be served.

Celebration of Judeo-Spanish

May 2020

Our Celebration of Judeo-Spanish in New York was a huge success! Nearly 75 people joined us for a series of history lectures, language seminars, our NY Sephardic Community Panel, and an Ora de Alegria with delicious Sephardic food, wine, music, and dancing. A special thank you to our partners at the Judaic Studies Department of the University of Binghamton and the Sephardic Jewish Center of Forest Hills for all their help in making this special day possible. We expect this year's event to be bigger and better than ever. Register now by clicking on the link below, email us at, or call 718-685-0080!

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