The Society for Sefardic Studies incorporates scholars from all over the world whose research and interests are mainly concentrated in the history and culture of the Jews of Sefarad and their descendants in the east and in the west, in all fields and disciplines, including history, philosophy, mysticism, literature, languages, art, music, folklore, education, archeology, liturgy, halakhah, Biblical and Talmudic studies etc. The purpose of the Society is to promote and coordinate research, organize conferences and workshops, offer information on research, publications and academic activities in the field of Sefardic studies. The Society will also encourage publications in the field.
The definition of Sefarad for the society is the original meaning of the term, that is the entire Iberian peninsula, consisting of today's Spain and Portugal. The Society has three divisions:
1. Medieval and Modern Sefarad
2. The Eastern Sefardi Diaspora and Judeo-Spanish Studies
3. The Western Sefardi Diapora
The Society is affiliated to the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of the Jewish Communities in the East and has its administrative center in Hispania Judaica at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.