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American Sephardi Federation

American Sephardi Federation
Established 1973
Location 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan, New York, USA
Public transit access Subway: 14th Street – Union Square
Website American Sephardi Federation

The American Sephardi Federation, a founding member of the Sephardic Jews, preserves Sephardic heritage, tradition and culture in the United States and assists in the publication of books and literature dealing with the Sephardic culture and tradition. The Federation also works to further awareness of the former existence of large Jewish communities in the Muslim and Arab world.


The Federation exists to 'promote and preserve the spiritual, historical, cultural and social traditions of all Sephardic communities as an integral part of Jewish heritage.' in the United States and serve as a cultural reminder of the Middle East and African roots of the movement.[2]

Its role in the Center for Jewish History is to serve as the only partner totally focused on the Jews of the Iberian Peninisula, North Africa, the Balkans, Middle East and Asia. In 2000, when the Center for Jewish History opened to the public, the Federation opened what was then the only dedicated Sephardic exhibition space in North America in the Center's new location.[3]

One of the most important functions of the Federation was its role in the lives of Sephardic youth. The first National ASF Youth Convention was held in Atlanta in November 1973 and was attended by more than 450. The federation's youth education programs also help to ensure the continued growth and vibrancy of the Sephardic culture.[4]

When the U.S. Senate began to look into the issue of Jews fleeing Arab areas in the Middle East,[5] the Federation was involved with their research about the more than 800,000 Jews that chose to leave their homes at the time.[6] In connection with a number of other groups worldwide,[7] the Federation has been involved with efforts to obtain information from those affected.


Although formed in 1952 as a branch of the [1][3] after which it was established as a national organization and received its 501c3 status in May 1974.

In 2002, the Sephardic House, which had been sharing space with the Federation at the Center for Jewish History joined with the Federation. The two now operate as one under the name, the American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House as a national Jewish organization with local chapters. With this merger, ASF/SH has focused its activities on cultural events, scholarly endeavors and book publishing.


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External links

  • American Sephardi Federation
  • Records of Sephardic House at the American Sephardi Federation, New York, NY
  • Records of the American Sephardi Federation at the American Sephardi Federation, New York, NY

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