About the American Sephardi Federation

Mission Statement

To promote and preserve the spiritual, historical, cultural and
social traditions of all Sephardic communities as an integral part of Jewish heritage.

About Us

We represent the heritage of all Sephardim from the Iberian Peninsula and the Balkans, to the Jews of North Africa and Muslim lands including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Ethiopia and Bukharian Jews.

Our Vision

• To ensure the continuation of the Sephardic legacy, heritage and traditions through educational programs and archival preservation.
• To advocate for Sephardic communities around the world and foster strong lines of communication with American Sephardim.
• To celebrate the contributions of Sephardic Jews to America.
• To strengthen Sephardic interaction with other American Jewish communal organizations.
• To be the central address for Sephardim in America.
• To educate about the legacy and traditions of the Sephardic people.
• To further awareness of the former existence of large Jewish communities in the Muslim and Arab world.


The American Sephardi Federation was officially organized in 1973. Sephardic House was founded in 1978. In 2002, the American Sephardi Federation and Sephardic House, then sharing space at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, merged in order to create one stronger organization.