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About B'nai Sephardim Synagogue

B'nai Sephardim represents the rich heritage of Spain & Portugal, the Middle East and North Africa.  Our liturgy and customs reflect a blending of Sephardic tradition, and our congregants hail from many backgrounds.

What does it mean to be Sephardic?

Sepharad is the Hebrew name for the Iberian Peninsula. Sephardim are those Jews who are descended from medieval Spain and Portugal. Following the expulsion of Jews from Spain (1492) and Portugal (1497), many Jews were scattered and settled in places from Morocco to Egypt in North Africa, from Italy to Holland in Europe, in Turkey and other parts of the Ottoman Empire, in the Middle East from Israel to Persia, and as far away as India. Some of these communities had existing Jewish populations, though all followed customs similar to the Sephardim. The pan-Sephardic world consists of all people from these communities.


The Sephardic heritage has always represented a tolerant and joyous expression of the Jewish experience. Whatever our individual level of religious observance, we believe that above all we are one people, Am Yisrael. There are no denominations in the Sephardic world, as Sephardic sages throughout the ages have been aware of keeping religious rulings in step with the modern world. We have a strong connection to the land of Israel and are committed to taking action to do our part to support its growth ­ through involvement, concerned giving, and special projects.

B'nai Sephardim is an affiliate of the American Sephardi Federation, the umbrella group for Sephardic culture in the US. We are also a member of the Union of Sephardic Congregations of America.

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