The Society for Sephardic Studies was established in 2009.
Until the year 2017 it had its administrative center in Hispania Judaica at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Presently the Society is administrated by the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The Society 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 Sephardic studies. The Society will also encourage publications in the field.
The definition of Sepharad 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 five divisions:
1. Medieval Sepharad
2. The Eastern Sephardic Diaspora (Djudezmo Studies)
3. The North-African Sephardic Diaspora (Hakitia studies)
4. Western Sephardic Diaspora
5. Jews and Modern Spain
You may join any of the Society’s three divisions. The founding members who participated in the first assembly decided that the membership fee will be for the time being 40 Euros, 50 US$ or 150 NS per annum (Graduate students: 20 Euros, $ 25, 100 NIs). The electronic elections held in January 2018, the registered members of the Society elected its new president and the new an executive Board consisting of four members. The elected president of the society is Dr. Eliezer Papo. The members of the new Executive Committee are (by alphabetical order of surnames): Prof. Tamar Alexander (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Prof. Ricardo Muñoz Solla (Universidad de Salamanca) Prof. Jose Tavim (Universidade de Lisboa).
All other communications should be addressed to:
Avishag Ben Shalom
Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture
Marcus Family Campus
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
P.O.B. 653 Beer-Sheva 8410501 Israel