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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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About Sephardic Studies

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The Fourth Annual International Ladino Day Celebration Video

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

We are pleased to share our video recording of the November 30, 2016 International Ladino Day celebration in Seattle.

  • Théodore Chasseriau, Esther se parant Eugène Delacroix, Mariée juive à Tanger pour être présentée au roi Assuérus, 1841

From Rhodes to Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading the Tragedy Esther

June 9th, 2017|0 Comments

What can a quote from Racine's play Esther tell us about what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in 20th century France?

Reimagining Sephardic Çanakkale and its Ties to Seattle

May 1st, 2017|2 Comments

Stroum Center Opportunity Grant winner Ozgur Ozkan reflects on the ties between Çanakkale, Turkey, and Sephardic Seattle.

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 >

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 >

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 >


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 Sephardic Studies events by year. Learn more >

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