It was incorporated on April 3, A mass immigration from Salonica in the years helped to swell the organization's membership. A scholarship committee was set up in which continues to give out monetary awards. By , members were steadily leaving Harlem and so, in , the Brotherhood moved its offices to the Bronx in order to remain closer to its members. Perahia Funds for the Needy in honor of the man who had provided so much of the money to help out needy members during the Depression.
In , the Brotherhood needed more space and so it moved into new headquarters at Jerome Avenue, Bronx. This move allowed the Synagogue, the Junior League, which was established in , the Bronx Social Club, and the Brotherhood to have separate accommodations under the same roof. The same year, the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood was a founding member, along with several other Sephardic organizations, of the Central Jewish Community of America, Inc. More members began retiring to the greater Miami area in the years after World War II and some of these members helped to establish a benevolent society known as the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of Greater Miami.
The leaders of the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of Greater Miami requested to become part of the Brotherhood and, on April 20, , the Florida branch was established, with its own cemetery plot.
In , fundraising efforts began for a nursing home for Sephardim, the Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, also known as the Sephardic Home for the Aged, which opened in Although the Brotherhood is affiliated with the Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the Center has always been an autonomous organization.
After a fire destroyed the headquarters at Jerome Avenue in late , the Brotherhood temporarily moved into the Sephardic Jewish Center of the Bronx, Inc. Later the Brotherhood moved into property bought from the Sephardic Jewish Center at East th Street, Bronx, where ground was broken for a new community center in In , the Brotherhood's official publication, The Sephardic Brother, was launched to help keep members informed of the Brotherhood's activities.
Today there are branches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida offering death and monument benefits, scholarships and funds for the needy. Scope and Content Note The collection consists of notecards, membership and dues receipts, correspondence, drafts, address stencils, carbon copies, photocopies, membership booklets, membership and scholarship applications complete and incomplete , photos, receipts, gravestone drawings, grave rubbing, wills, newspaper clippings, court documents, a sound reel, a photoplate of the administrative committee, telegrams, passports, ketubahs, conversion certificates, death certificates, form letters, handwritten notes, bank statements, balance sheets, vouchers, letters of recommendation and academic progress, matching gift forms, committee and board meeting minutes, shareholder and stock information, deposit slips, academic transcripts, thank-you letters, acknowledgment letters, programs, invitations, Sephardic Brother newsletters, and letters to contributors and donors.
Much of the collection is made up of information about membership, burial, monument and sick benefits, academic scholarships given by the Brotherhood, financial assistance provided to needy members, and community events in the greater New York area and in Miami after a branch was established there in There is also some information about gravestones, funeral expenses, medical services, immigration and naturalization, marriages, conversions, social welfare, divorces, and other legal issues.
The materials in this collection date from with the bulk dating from The dates of the subseries for Series I and Series II refer to the dates of death and resignation or expulsion, rather than the dates of the materials in the folders.
For example, Series I, subseries 1 is Deaths , but the materials date from The majority of the collection is in English, although various official documents are in Spanish, Ladino, French, Greek, Italian, and Hebrew. The collection consists of 81 Paige boxes comprising 81 linear feet. Arrangement At the time of accession, the materials were arranged into five series with the death and resignation records organized into subseries by date of death or resignation.
The boxes containing the death and resignation records were originally arranged in loose alphabetical order, with all of the records for each letter or group of letters in the same box although the folders were not alphabetical within the boxes. These records have been alphabetized within each subseries. When there is more than one person with the same name, the folders are listed chronologically by date of death or expulsion.
The boxes containing records of applicants for scholarships were originally arranged in rough chronological order. These records have been arranged alphabetically by date. The Sephardic Brother newsletters have been arranged chronologically. Many of the family names in these records have multiple spellings, sometimes even within a single folder. Members with similar names, such as Moche, Mosche and Moshe, may or may not be from the same family. Some names have been changed on the folders, often making the names conform to each other more closely and these changed names are the folder titles used.
Folders are listed according to the name and date written on the folder, which is not always the same as all of the documents within that folder, both in terms of name and date of death. Members who changed their names are listed according to their newest name and previous names are written in parentheses.
Similarly, if the date of death is somewhat unclear, alternate dates are also in parentheses. For many of the resignation and expulsion records, the date of expulsion is not known. In these cases, the date of the last dated document is listed. Folders are arranged in chronological and alphabetical order.