Sephardic Genealogical Journeys

Sephardic Genealogical Journeys Sephardic Genealogical Journeys helps Sephardic families build a family tree that will be treasured for generations to come. We also help Sephardic Jewish families apply for Portuguese citizenship.
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Specializing in Syrian Jewish and Sephardic families, Sephardic Genealogical Journeys can build your genealogy using family information and documents as a starting point, and then research and collect information from other sources. A member of the JewishGen Board of Governors, Sarina Roffé has an extensive history and passion for Sephardic genealogy. Born into Brooklyn’s Syrian community, Sarina realized the importance of chronicling her family’s history after the death of her grandparents. With 52 first cousins, it became easy to lose track of who was related to whom. Documenting the family history gave the family a written record that could be passed down through the generations. As the designated family historian, she soon became frustrated that records were not easily available from Syria, then part of the Ottoman Empire, where her family originated. During the past three decades, Sarina founded the Sephardic Heritage Project and completed genealogies for the following community families: Missry, Salem, Roffé, Labaton, Hedaya, Seruya, Beda, and Kassin. In 2002, Sarina completed Branching Out, the genealogy of Chief Rabbi Jacob Kassin z’l, which traced his lineage as a descendant in an unbroken chain of rabbis to 1492. A Distinguished Toastmaster Sarina has presented at numerous conferences including the World Congress of Jewish History and the International Jewish Genealogical Society. She is a frequent contributor to genealogical publications, encyclopedias, journals and magazines. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Maryland and an MA in Jewish Studies from Touro College.

Mission: With Sephardic Genealogical Journeys, community families will be able to have their family tree researched by professionals who will provide clients with a memorable family tree that will be treasured for generations to come.

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine
03/08/2020
Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine

My cooking tip of the day.

 Zap It!
For easy to peel garlic, zap the whole clove in the microwave for 20 seconds and it’ll slip
out of the skin.
Then again you can just smash it with the flat side of a chef knife!

Check out my new book! Over 90 recipes and amazing photography, it’s a book you want want to mess! I share family secrets and easy recipes. This book is all about tradition!

Backyard Kitchen The Main Course https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733186506/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_D09yEbGCQV73E

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine
02/16/2020

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine

Please support slate nine in the world Zionist election. Here is the link to vote. If you haven’t registered it cost seven dollars to register and then you can vote. I really appreciate it
http://www.zionistelections.org

I think its great the synagogue in Alexandria is being renovated and re-opened, a tribute to the Jews who lived there.
01/19/2020
Egypt renovates historic synagogue

I think its great the synagogue in Alexandria is being renovated and re-opened, a tribute to the Jews who lived there.

The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue, one of the largest in the Middle East, underwent restoration beginning in 2017 and will reopen in January

See the updated schedule of appearances by Sarina Roffe. She's going to Bogota, Columbia, among other places!
01/02/2020
Sarina Roffe - Upcoming Appearances

See the updated schedule of appearances by Sarina Roffe. She's going to Bogota, Columbia, among other places!

Sarina Roffé has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist and is a respected historian. she has spoken at conferences around the world and written hudreds of articles. Co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and a former member of the JewishGen Board of Governors, Sarina is the a...

Scenes From the Esnoga otherwise known as the historic Portuguese synagogue  in Amsterdam We were there Friday.
12/31/2019

Scenes From the Esnoga otherwise known as the historic Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam

We were there Friday.

Need a holiday Gift? Check out this book by Sarina Roffe Branching Out from Sepharad is a history of Sephardic Jews from...
12/12/2019
Branching Out from Sepharad

Need a holiday Gift? Check out this book by Sarina Roffe

Branching Out from Sepharad is a history of Sephardic Jews from Spain to Syria to the Americas, while following Chief Rabbi Jacob Kassin and his life. A great gift for history buffs!

Available on amazon.com at
https://smile.amazon.com/Branching-Out-Sepharad-Sarina-Roff%C3%A9/dp/069284502X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sarina+roffe&qid=1576187820&sr=8-1
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Beginning with the history of Jews in Spain, journalist Sarina Roffé discusses the 1492 Expulsion, the history of Jews in Syria, & their immigration to the Americas. Roffé traces Sepahrdic jews from Iberia to Syria to the Americans. She writes the 100-year history of Brooklyn's Syrian Jewish Comm....

Join Sephardic Heritage Project at the Center for Jewish History for an international conference - The End of Communal L...
10/29/2019

Join Sephardic Heritage Project at the Center for Jewish History for an international conference - The End of Communal Life in the Arab Lands, Monday 12/2 at the Center for Jewish History. This fantastic event features Dr. Norman Stillman, and a host of great speakers on life in Arab Countries as well as student presentation and a musical program.

Register and see the full program at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4333895

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative
09/18/2019

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

Historian Sarina Roffe will be speaking in Chicago this Sunday 9/15 on the Post 1492 Dispursion of Sephardic Jews and Se...
09/14/2019
Historian Sarina Roffe in Chicago and Philly

Historian Sarina Roffe will be speaking in Chicago this Sunday 9/15 on the Post 1492 Dispursion of Sephardic Jews and Sephardic Resources.

On Sunday, 9/22, she will be in Philly speaking about "Solving a Converso Mystery" and her book Branching Out from Sepharad, on Amazon

Sarina Roffe discusses Sephardic history and dipursion since the 1492 Expulsion from Spain, as well as what Sephardic resources are available for genealogy.

09/09/2019
Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Shamah

Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Shamah

Tribute to Rabbi Moshe Shamah shown at the Sephardic Institute and Synagogue Jubilee Gala Dinner, April 19, 2018.

Read the Latest Edition of Genealogy Detective and see where Sarina Roffe is speaking next!
08/30/2019
Vol 8 Issue 2 - Genealogy Detective

Read the Latest Edition of Genealogy Detective and see where Sarina Roffe is speaking next!

Portugal legislation grants citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who can show their name is of Sephardic descent. There are 2 parts to the process - getting a Jewish certificate - and then the civil part of obtaining citizenship.

This is part of a series of videos that I produced
08/29/2019
Just Released - Jews in Comedy - Joan Rivers

This is part of a series of videos that I produced

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative (BJHI, Inc) is a 501c3 organization incorporated in New York State and located at 3603 Quentin Road, Brooklyn, NY 11234  

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine
08/27/2019

Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine

Sarina Roffe is going active again! A new book will be out in January! Backyard Kitchen the Main Course! With entrees galore, you will love this book. Look forward to FB posts and blogs as Sarina's Sephardic Cuisine we gets ready to launch again!

08/23/2019
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

A New Release from Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

Brooklyn Jews in Comedy - Spotlight on Danny Kaye
With Joe Dorinson
brooklynjewish.com

Ten things you didn't know about Baghdad Jewry
08/17/2019
Ten things you didn't know about Baghdad Jewry

Ten things you didn't know about Baghdad Jewry

Did you know that the famous Baghdad rabbi Yosef Hayim was rescued from a well aged seven? That a woman, Rachel Hacham, founded the Baghdad...

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative
08/02/2019
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

In a candid interview with journalist Sarina Roffé, author Joe Dorinson talks about Jewish comedians from Brooklyn, what they have in common and how their Brooklyn upbringing affected their lives and careers.

In upcoming videos, Joe speaks of Mel Brook,s Alan King, Joan rivers, Woody Allen and Danny Kaye. These videos will be released once a month.

I’m here at the conference starts tomorrow morning. My session Syrian Jews a century of history, will be in Wednesday mo...
07/27/2019

I’m here at the conference starts tomorrow morning. My session Syrian Jews a century of history, will be in Wednesday morning at 10:30. If you’re coming to the conference please join our session

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative
07/25/2019
Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative

In a candid interview with journalist Sarina Roffé, author Joe Dorinson talks about Jewish comedians from Brooklyn, what they have in common and how their Brooklyn upbringing affected their lives and careers.

In upcoming videos, Joe speaks of Mel Brook,s Alan King, Joan rivers, Woody Allen and Danny Kaye. These videos will be released once a month.

Shehebar Sephardic  Center
05/02/2019
Shehebar Sephardic Center

Shehebar Sephardic Center

Rabbi Shlomo Kassin, grandson of Rabbi Sam Kassin, is the 201st Rabbi to graduate from the Shehebar Sephardic Center in the Old City of Jerusalem. Read his story

Historian Sarina Roffe - Panama presentation and Cooking Class - this week
04/28/2019
Historian Sarina Roffe in Panama

Historian Sarina Roffe - Panama presentation and Cooking Class - this week

Sarina Roffé, a respected expert on Sephardic history, will discuss her work solving a genealogical mystery that begins in Spain before the 1492 Expulsion. What happened to Senor Shlomo Kassin from 1492 to 1540 when he shows up in Aleppo? The author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Roffé solves th...

Mikve Israel Rabbi Gabbai Applauds Rabbi Kassin
04/15/2019
Mikve Israel Rabbi Gabbai Applauds Rabbi Kassin

Mikve Israel Rabbi Gabbai Applauds Rabbi Kassin

Since I received the Semikha from Rabbi Sam Kassin, I served Congregation Mikveh Israel, a wonderful congregation, for almost 30 years.

Noted Sephardic Historian Sarina Roffe will be appearing at Beth Torah Congregation on Wednesday, April 10 at 8 pm. Beth...
04/08/2019
Historian Sarina Roffe at Beth Torah Wednesday!

Noted Sephardic Historian Sarina Roffe will be appearing at Beth Torah Congregation on Wednesday, April 10 at 8 pm. Beth Torah is located at 1061 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, Dont miss it!

Sarina Roffé, a respected expert on Sephardic history, will discuss her work solving a genealogical mystery that begins in Spain before the 1492 Expulsion. What happened to Senor Shlomo Kassin from 1492 to 1540 when he shows up in Aleppo? The author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Roffé solves th...

04/07/2019
Upcoming Speaking engagements by Sarina RoffeBookings Now being accepted for 2019!
02/14/2019
Upcoming Appearances with Historian Sarina Roffe

Upcoming Speaking engagements by Sarina Roffe
Bookings Now being accepted for 2019!

Sarina Roffé, a respected expert on Sephardic history, will discuss her work solving a genealogical mystery that begins in Spain before the 1492 Expulsion. What happened to Senor Shlomo Kassin from 1492 to 1540 when he shows up in Aleppo? The author of Branching Out from Sepharad, Roffé solves th...

The latest issue of the Genealogy Detective has great tidbits and the latest info for your reading pleasure.
02/08/2019
Genealogy Detective - February 2019, Volume 8, Issue 1

The latest issue of the Genealogy Detective has great tidbits and the latest info for your reading pleasure.

Portugal legislation grants citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who can show their name is of Sephardic descent. There are 2 parts to the process - getting a Jewish certificate - and then the civil part of obtaining citizenship.

02/08/2019
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Community Completes Mikveh Restoration

The Jewish community of Florence recently announced completion of a major restoration of its mikveh. Said Rabbi Amadeo Spagnoletto: “Thanks to the support of many donors, including the Chulya organization in Brussels, Florence now has an accommodating and comfortable mikveh with the highest halachic standards recognized by eminent rabbinical authorities in the fields.” A special inauguration took place on the first day of Hanukah together with other events. More on the community here: https://www.sandpcentral.org/florence

New Jewish Documentation Center, Containing 100 Years of Jewish Life in Mexico City, Opens This Week - Tablet Magazine
01/25/2019
New Jewish Documentation Center, Containing 100 Years of Jewish Life in Mexico City, Opens This Week - Tablet Magazine

New Jewish Documentation Center, Containing 100 Years of Jewish Life in Mexico City, Opens This Week - Tablet Magazine

A catastrophic 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in Mexico City and destroyed the (back-then) Jewish neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa also left the archives of the Ashkenazi community in a state of complete disarray, stashed away in makeshift boxes in the damp and dark basement of the...

American Sephardi Federation
01/20/2019

American Sephardi Federation

The Surprising Sephardi Significance of Tu BeShevat, ASF's Latest Letter from the Land of Israel #AmericanSephardi #ASF #GreaterSephardi #Lebanon #AIU #Algeria #Classic_Sephardic_Judaism #Judaism #JewishHoliday #Holiday #Tubeshevat #Trees #NewYear - https://mailchi.mp/asf/tubeshevat2019

Sephardic Anusim
12/29/2018
Sephardic Anusim

Sephardic Anusim

“A new study examining the DNA of thousands of Latin Americans reveals the extent of their likely Sephardic Jewish ancestry, more widespread than previously thought and more pronounced than in people in Spain and Portugal today.”

The Origins of Italian Jewry
12/29/2018
The Origins of Italian Jewry

The Origins of Italian Jewry

Brief overview of the earliest settlement of Jews in the Italian peninsula, up to the first Roman-Jewish War.

Bayt Farhi and Sephardic Palaces of Damascus - Sat Dec 8 at 7:30 pm in ManhattanSounds like an event not to be missed!
12/02/2018
Bayt Farhi and Sephardic Palaces of Damascus - Sat Dec 8

Bayt Farhi and Sephardic Palaces of Damascus - Sat Dec 8 at 7:30 pm in Manhattan
Sounds like an event not to be missed!

Branching Out From Sepharad outlines the history of Jews in Spain, the 1492 Expulsion, the history of Jews in Syria, and follows them to the Americas.

12/02/2018

Baruch Dayan Emet Rabbi Shaul Anna Kassin

#samkassin #shehebarsephardiccenter

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So I am partway through the Portuguese Citizenship Project - anyone made it all the way through the process and have words of wisdom or willing to chat offline? thx
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Hi everyone! I am wondering if anyone has gone through the process for Sephardic Jews of Spanish heritage to receive citizenship? My grandparents and GGP are Sephardic Jews who lived in Spain before immigrating to Mexico. While I will go a synagogue on special occasions and for family weddings, I am not very religious - so obtaining a letter from a rabbi would feel strange for me, as I don’t know the ones at the synagogues I frequent very well. Any advice from folks who have gone about this process?
Wrote an article on Ladino, don’t want to do you guys a disservice! any feedback welcome!
интересуюсь выходцами из испании впоследствии имеющими фамилию зицерман
I like to search for possible sefaradies roots in my family father jose manuel Puceiro Fuentes mother: Maria del Carmen sanchez Suarez grandfather of mi father Jose Manuel Puceiro Cores Aurelia Fuentes Fernandez grandfather of my moyher Jose SAnchez Rodriguez Carmen Suarez Agra can you help e in my search or recomend any media for investigate my genealogical roots thanks for atend my solicitude. Sorry my english is horrible
Sephardic Citizenship Interviews: Dear all: I’m a cultural anthropologist and historian writing my dissertation on Spain’s Sephardic citizenship law. I have been interviewing potential applicants (both those who plan to apply and those who do not as well as those who have been accepted and those who have been rejected). I am still looking to interview more potential or current non-American applicants (especially from Venezuela, Turkey, Israel, and Argentina). Please share widely with anyone you think might be interested in a short (15-30 minute) interview. I can be reached at [email protected]. Thank you! More information on me and my research can be found here: https://newschool.academia.edu/CamMcDonald.
I received this note from a professor at the college where our institute is located. Does anyone have any info on this family? "I was recently in Zakynthos (A Greek island), they have an amazing story – the entire Christian population mobilized itself to save the Jewish population during the holocaust. I visited the Jewish Cemetery there and found a note there asking for information about an Isaac Samuel Gani and his family. He was born in Zakynthos the 8th of August 1858 and left his island for Egypt around 1875-1880. I know this is a long-shot, but would you perhaps have any information about this person or name?" Thanks! Adina
This document are from descendants of Anussim in the Caribbean Islands to be sold at auction.
How about in Los Angeles California or San Fernando valley CA area ??
LORD NIK MASON ESQ Vice Chairman at ROYAL ESTATE AGENCY LONDON REAL UK EPITAPH 1897 Sold by BOG KRUNA NAROD £133,000,000.00 Check Out on Website This will take you to lord-nik-mason-esq.myshopify.com Product Details RELIC DESCRIPTION The piece is carved on linden wood and gilded with nine layers of 24 carats gold . The gold color in the Byzantine and Renaissance tradition is symbol of the Kingdom and Glory. Dimensions : H 310cm x W 164cm x D 92 cm(lower part) and 83cm ( middle part). The decoration consists of high relief carving with architectural elements. The color is white denoting Purity and Resurrection of Christ . The cupola is decorated with vertical red vineyards, Byzantine symbols of the Blood and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. On the top , there is the light blue globe with the cross on it symbolizing the Christ’s World domination ,which is surrounded by golden leaves. The cupola stands on four–legged structure ,with carving based on Rococo and Neoclassical style elements. The red colored frieze consists of a high relief golden carving of a scroll with grapes (Byzantine and Neoclassical style). The four scroll legs have gold acanthus and lotus decoration. The rest of the white surface is carved in extremely detail with foliate and leaf scrolls ,which include at each corner a bird (Rococo-revival and Neoclassical style). The structure in turn stands above a console like table. The white wooden top is above a cameo-centered frieze with leaf garlands on imbricated scroll legs of lion-foot, finish symbol of power and of the King-Christ. The golden carving of the legs consists of rosette and palm foliage. This is a restored example of the epitaph/showcase which was purchased by the Metaxa family in 1897 and resides today with the family and is exhibited in churches during the holidays.