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Collage of old photographs and Soletreo writingSephardic Studies

Research, Teaching & Community

Partnering with community leaders, the Sephardic Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington is a world-renowned program for the study, teaching, and perpetuation of Sephardic culture and the Ladino language.

The Program has energized student, faculty, and community involvement in Sephardic history and culture through innovative research opportunities, courses, and lectures. Learn more >

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Seattle’s Fifth Annual Ladino Day Breaks Tradition and Hosts Sold-Out Concert with Yasmin Levy

November 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Yasmin Levy sings Adio Kerida with Seattle's Ladineros on Nov. 11th's Ladino Day Concert On Saturday, November 11, Seattle celebrated its fifth annual International Ladino

Remembering Nona: The life of Rachel Tacher (née Levy) in Ladino

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Ashley Bobman's moving Ladino tribute to the life of her grandmother Rachel (Levy) Tacher.

Sephardic Studies Chair Devin Naar Launches East Coast Book Tour

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Upcoming lectures by Devin Naar about his award winning book "Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece."

Sephardic Studies Collection at UW Libraries

View digital versions of original Ladino books and other documents composed in Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew and French, and listen to audio of classic Sephardic ballads and folk songs. Learn more >

International Ladino Day

International Ladino Day is an annual program celebrating the Sephardic language Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) through the performance of stories and songs and through short lectures. Learn more about past programs by year >

Digital Projects

  • Estrea Chiprut, Matilda Barkey & Diana DeLeon

Sephardic Ballads Collection

A collection of over 140 audio recordings gathered by Dr. Rina Benmayor in Seattle and Los Angeles during the 1970s.

A Sephardic Lighthouse Museum Exhibit

Enter the world of Albert D. Levy (1896-1963), one of the leading Sephardic thinkers of 20th century, and explore writings, photographs, and documents.

  • David Bunis Writes Soletreo Letters

Write Soletreo

Devin Naar and David Bunis teach viewers how to write in Soletreo and discuss the history of the Sephardic script.

Support Sephardic Studies

Make a gift to support Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington and its wide range of projects and programming. Learn more >

2016 National Jewish Book Awards Winners and Finalists

In the News

The UW Sephardic Studies Program has captured the attention of local media, national news outlets, and international venues from the UW Daily to The Jerusalem Post and Spanish radio.   See recent stories >

Sephardic Treasures

Crossing the Red Sea in Ladino: A Rare Sephardic Passover Ballad

April 14th, 2017|0 Comments

A rare Ladino ballad for the last day of Passover sung by Mr. Leo Azose a native of Mármara.

“Who Knows One?” in Ladino: The Power of Oral Tradition at the Sephardic Passover Seder

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

To enrich your Passover experience, explore how Sephardic communities developed a variety of lyrics and melodies for their Ladino adaptations of the song Ehad Mi-Yodea.

Dancing and jumping or laughing and singing? Sephardic Purim songs and customs

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Ty Alhadeff shares one of the many forgotten Sephardic songs for Purim.

Student Research

Ashley Bobman at Ladino Day

Both graduate and undergraduate students engage in a wide range of original research projects in Sephardic Studies through course work, independent studies, senior theses, masters theses, and PhD dissertations. Read More >


Holocaust Conference participants

The Sephardic Studies Program hosts a variety of events exploring Sephardic culture and history and the Ladino language. View past events by year >

Dr. Devin Naar, Sephardic Studies Program Chair & Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies

Devin NaarDr. Devin E. Naar is the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and faculty at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Naar graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University. His forthcoming book with Stanford University Press, Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, based on his prize-winning dissertation, explores the impact of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Greece during the 19th and 20th centuries on the Jews of Salonica (Thessaloniki).

In recognition of the contributions he has already made to the study of Sephardic history, Dr. Naar was recently elected to the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History in New York. He is the only assistant professor to receive this prestigious post, where he will represent the American Sephardic Federation.

Read more about Professor Naar at his Jewish Studies faculty page.

Sephardic Studies Founders’ Circle

Our program is deeply grateful for the support of the Sephardic Studies Founders’ Circle:

Ike Alhadeff Foundation Eli & Rebecca Almo Joel & Maureen Benoliel
Harley & Lela Franco Richard & Barrie Galanti Marty & Sharon Lott