Seattle's Sephardic Community Today

Home to one of the largest and most vibrant Sephardic Jewish communities in the U.S., Seattle is preserving the legacy and perpetuating the vitality of Sephardic life.

Sephardic Adventure Camp

During the mid-1940’s, a few energetic fathers and their excited children, the rich Sephardic tradition and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, all met to forge an extraordinary experience that was so positive, it had to be repeated. And so it was – every summer since!

The Sephardic congregations of Seattle, Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation and Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, recognized the value of these summer retreats and collectively created Sephardic Adventure Camp, an organization committed to preserving the Sephardic tradition, instilling values of our Jewish heritage, building moral character of our children and ensuring a summer of fun and memories to last a lifetime.

This commitment is woven into the extensive programming that fills each and every day of the camp’s two and a half week session. Activities include kayaking, archery, basketball, field sports, swimming, dance, drama, arts & crafts, Sephardic baking, Torah learning, Sephardic culture sessions and much, much more!  Moreover, all days begin with and include Tefilah (prayer service) in the Sephardic tradition, and each week culminates with the observance of Shabbat (the Sabbath), a very special experience at Sephardic Adventure Camp.

Today over 100 campers per year attend Sephardic Adventure Camp from all over the country and beyond. Children and staff travel from place such as Los Angeles, Alaska, New York, Vancouver BC, Florida and Israel to experience this unique modern orthodox overnight camp!

Seattle Sephardic Network

Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood

Los Ladineros

The members of Los Ladineros meet each week at Seattle Curtain Manufacturing Co. for a Ladino conversation class. The group entertains the community each year by reading stories during the annual Ladino Day event.

The Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington

Digital Library and Museum

The Sephardic Studies Digital Library and Museum is an online collection of hundreds of rare Ladino books, archival materials, family letters and photographs dating as far back as the 16th century.

International Ladino Day

Every autumn, Sephardic Studies commemorates International Ladino Day with a community event at the University of Washington featuring stories, songs and lectures about Ladino and Sephardic culture.

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