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Branching Out From Sepharad

Backyard Kitchen: The Main Course

Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads 

Available on Amazon and Kindle

Proceeds benefit the Sephardic Heritage Project.

Branching Out From Sepharad

Traces Community History and Selected Rabbinic Dynasties


After 15 years of research, Sarina Roffé has completed Branching Out From Sepharad (New York: Sephardic Heritage Project, 2017). Roffé outlines the global journey of selected rabbinic families from Iberia to Syria to the Americas.

With the Foreword written by Dr. Walter Zenner A’H, 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. Biographies and genealogies of rabbinic families include the Kassins and Labatons, as neighbors in Vallodlid, and Hedayas, as well as genealogies of their related families (Attia, Dabah, Mizrahi). The book is footnoted and can be used as a source for research.

Branching Out From Sepharad has a complete biography of Rabbi Jacob S. Kassin A’H, Chief Rabbi of the Brooklyn community for more than half a century, and includes many documents outlining his life work and accomplishments. Kassin’s life is divided into three areas – his early time in Jerusalem, his rabbinic accomplishments, and his family life. Genealogies are also provided along with primary source documents.

The book includes over 100 photos and as many documents and letters. In addition, chapters include research on the term Sephardic Jew, Genealogy in the Torah, and Sephardic Naming Practices. In the chapter on Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish Community, Roffé writes the 100-year history of the Brooklyn community, discussing the sociological impact of careers, philanthropy, traditions, and educational beliefs as they changed over a century.

Branching Out From Sepharad and Backyard Kitchen: Mediterranean Salads are available on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the Sephardic Heritage Project.






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