• Sephardic Studies

  • Programs

    Jacob E. Safra Institute of Sephardic Studies (JSISS)

    JSISS is the name given in 1981 to the existing Sephardic studies offerings that were established in 1964. This comprises undergraduate Sephardic studies courses that exist within the various undergraduate Jewish studies programs at Yeshiva College. In prior years, JSISS also produced the various Sephardic academic publications at Yeshiva including the Sephardic Journey Catalogue which was published in conjunction with the YU Museum Sephardic Exhibit in 1992. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

    Sephardic Community Program (SCP)

    This program focuses on spiritual, educational and cultural aspects of Sephardic communal life and is under the direction and leadership of Rabbi Moshe Tessone. The SCP develops and provides new and exciting Sephardic programming for community organizations and institutions in both the Sephardic and Askenazic world as well. This program historically and currently plays a vital role in assisting in the development of new emerging Sephardic communities and in supporting the growth of existing communities and their respective congregations and educational institutions in North America, Latin America, and Europe and beyond. For more information regarding this program or to organize a YU SCP event in your community please contact Rabbi Moshe Tessone at: tessone@yu.edu.

    Sephardic Rabbinic Training Program at RIETS

    This program trains Sephardic Rabbis through high level rabbinic training in Talmud and Halakhic Codes (Shulhan Arukh) under the tutelage of our esteemed Sephardic Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, who holds the Maxwell R. Maybaum Chair in Talmud and Sephardic Halakhic Codes. Rabbi Ben Haim oversees these students in their intellectual growth of advanced Torah studies and acts as a rabbinic mentor in their professional development. The Maybaum Sephardic Fellowship Fund provides limited scholarships and stipends for select Sephardic students who qualify and who are enrolled in the Sephardic Rabbinic Training Program at RIETS. These students, upon completion of their rabbinic studies plan to serve in the Jewish community as leading Rabbis and educators all over the world. For more information regarding this program please contact Rabbi Moshe Tessone at: tessone@yu.edu.

    Graduate Studies Program in Judeo Spanish history and literature

    The Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies (Judeo Spanish) at the Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies (BRGS). This program is an endowed graduate program in Sephardic studies under the leadership of Professor Ronnie Perelis, Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS). Dr. Perelis teaches Judeo Spanish history and literature, and history of Balkan Jewish Communities at both the graduate and the undergraduate level. Students may pursue this course of graduate studies and attain masters and doctoral degrees in their specific related field of interest. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

    Graduate Studies Program in Jews of the Middle East

    This program is a graduate program in Sephardic studies under the leadership of Professor Daniel Tsadik, Assistant Professor of Sephardic and Iranian Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Dr. Tsadik is a noted scholar of Jews Living in the Islamic Lands and Iranian Jewish history. He teaches courses both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Students may pursue this course of graduate studies and attain masters and doctoral degrees in their specific related field of interest. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

    Graduate Studies Programs in Sephardic Studies

    Bernard Revel Graduate School offers a rich and diverse selection of courses in Sephardic history and in the writings and philosophy of many of the great rabbinic figures of the Sephardic world during the medieval period and during more recent times as well. This includes courses in the history of various Sephardic communities as well as courses in the works of Maimonides, Nachmanides, Ibn Ezra, Ibn Gabirol, Yehuda Halevy and many more. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

    Institute of Yemenite Studies

    This program provides historical and cultural programs, exhibits, lectures and a library collection for the Yemenite communities. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

    Dr. Joseph and Rachel Ades Sephardic Outreach Program

    This program administers youth retreats, lectures and outreach programs to benefit the Sephardic community. For more information regarding this program please email sephardic@yu.edu.

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