Welcome to the first digital exhibition on Sephardic life cycle customs! Using artifacts from the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection, we will guide you through four main phases of the life cycle -- birth, coming of age, marriage, and death -- by tracing the traditions and customs practiced by Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews from the Ottoman Empire to the Pacific Northwest.

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Projects created by the Sephardic Studies Program are unique because they feature grassroots contributions of family artifacts from community members like you. To learn about the kinds of artifacts we look for and how you can contribute your own piece of history to our collection, click here.