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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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Sephardic Studies Digital 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 >

The word 'Ladino' written in black Hebrew square characters against a parchment background with notebook lines.Learning Ladino

Explore digital resources to begin your Ladino language journey, and read reflections from students and faculty who have studied the language at the University of Washington and beyond. 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 International Ladino Day >

Digital Projects

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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 >

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Do you have an old wedding photo from Izmir, immigration documents from Istanbul, or a Ladino book from Salonica? Consider preserving and sharing your artifact with the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection. Learn more >

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Request a Translation

We can connect you with qualified translators for documents in Ladino (including those written in soletreo), Greek, Ottoman Turkish, French, and more. 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 >

Sephardic Treasures

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 coursework, independent studies, senior theses, master’s theses, and Ph.D. 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 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