The Sephardic Legacy Series Institute was founded in 2007 by Yehuda Azoulay for the purpose of educating and inspiring Sephardic Jews through knowledge about their heritage. The institute aspires to become the future home of publications, networking, lecture series, articles, documentary films, and other programs for English speaking Sephardic communities across the world. To that end, it seeks to pool intellectual resources by building a network of accomplished Sephardic scholars and educators to produce a large corpus of quality literature covering a wide range of topics relevant to Sephardic Jewry. One of the Institute’s current points of focus is the lives and legacies of leading Sephardic sages. It has already published several volumes of extensively-researched biographies, documenting the history and teachings of the spiritual pillars of Sephardic Jewry, preserving this crucial aspect of Sephardic history and allowing contemporary Jews to draw inspiration from these extraordinary figures. Mr. Azoulay has invested countless hours researching and writing the material, without remuneration, driven by a sincere, passionate desire to preserve Sephardic history and to connect contemporary Sephardic Jewry with their glorious past.
This ambitious undertaking was borne out of the realization that much of contemporary Sephardic Jewry is unacquainted with Sephardic history, literature and customs, and knows little about Sephardic Rabbis and their scholarly writings. The English-speaking Sephardic population is growing rapidly, along with its thirst for knowledge about Sephardic culture. The Sephardic Legacy Series Institute has therefore taken upon itself the mission to educate English-speaking Sephardic communities across North America and around the world about their roots and rich ancient heritage, thereby ensuring its preservation and transmission to future generations.
The Sephardic Legacy Series Institute represents the heritage of all Sephardim from the Iberian Peninsula and the Balkans, to the Jews of North Africa and Muslim lands including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Bukharian Jews, ensuring that the legacy of these ancient, glorious communities is preserved and cherished for generations to come.
Benefactors of the Institute’s projects are directly involved in this vital endeavor
to preserve Sephardic history, and to celebrate, honor and nurture the growth of Sephardic culture, traditions and heritage. With their assistance, the Sephardic Legacy Series Institute will continue producing the literature and educational programs that are needed to ensure the perpetuation of Sephardic Judaism.