Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America
Welcome to the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America!
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
Celebrate Israel Parade - March with the Sephardic Community
Sunday June 4 2023
Join us on Sunday June 4th as we proudly march for the first time at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City! We'll be bringing together 5 different Greek Jewish & Sephardic community institutions on the first of its kind Sephardic Community Float up 5th avenue in Manhattan as we show our support of the State of Israel. Limited spots available, so be sure to register today!
Sephardic Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Sunday June 11 2023
The Scholarship & Education Committee of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America cordially invites you to join us as we recognize the academic achievement of our student Members in person. Felisitasiones - Congratulations to all our 2023 Scholarship Award Recipients from across the country! This year, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Devin E. Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington and a 5th generation Brotherhood member as the keynote speaker.
New Jersey Regional Greek & Turkish Shabbaton
Friday June 23 - Saturday June 24
Join us at our affiliate Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park, NJ for a special Greek & Turkish Shabbaton, featuring a delicious Kosher Turkish Dinner Friday night, special Torah thoughts on the Jewish Community of Salonika, Friday night and Shabbat morning Services, and a delicious Sephardic Community Kiddish. Friday night dinner $54 per adult and $20 per child ages 5-12. Register at EtzAhaim.org today!
Ladino Quote of the Week
Community of the Month
אה לה איסקולה קון באב׳אס אל פ׳יירירו קון בארב׳אס
A la eskola kon bavas, al fierrero kon barvas.
To school with drools and to the blacksmith with a beard.
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.
Etz Chaim Congregation
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.