Solitreo refers to the Hebrew-based cursive script once used by Sephardim; it is the cursive variety of the Rashi alphabet. This site deals with Ladino documents written in this script. You can learn how to write this alphabet here as well.
This site “explores and documents the hidden histories of the Sephardi Jews, who came to England during the 17th century and who remained to enrich England’s culture.” It provides information about the Novo Cemetery and notable Sephardi Jews.
Organization of Damascus Jews from Syria Living in Israel
This Hebrew language site provides information about the organization and the history and customs of Syrian Jews from Damascus. Of particular interest is the genealogical information including lists of family names.
Located in Bat Yam in Israel, this Hebrew language site of The "Or Shalom" Center for the Preservation and Heritage of Libyan Jews contains articles and photographs about the community in Libya, examples of their folklore and customs, their newspaper Aada, and a museum detailing aspects of their lives there.
“Diarna, “Our Homes” in Judeo-Arabic, is a project dedicated to virtually preserving Mizrahi (“Eastern”) Jewish history through the lens of physical location. Satellite imagery, photographs, videos, oral history, and even three-dimensional models offer a unique digital window onto sites and communities disappearing before our very eyes.” The site in English, French, Hebrew and Arabic includes video tours and 3-D reconstructions of Jewish sites in the Middle East.
“HARIF is a UK association representing Jews from North Africa and the Middle East, and dedicated to promoting their history, culture and heritage.” The site provides a list of videos and some relevant links.
Through this searchable site in English and French named after a spicy Tunisian condiment, you can learn about the history, religion, customs, arts, food, and music of the Tunisian community. There are also ads, a chat room, photos, and a hypertext list of Tunisian cities.
The aim of iraqijews.org is to perpetuate the history, heritage, culture and traditions of Babylonian Jewry. The site features biographies and information about the Iraqi community in the United States.
“This site is dedicated to the Jews of Iraq who left Baghdad during the 1960's and 1970's.“ It provides a collection of links to personal stories and articles. The site does not appear to have been updated since 2010.
Jimena: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa
“JIMENA seeks recognition for the nearly one million Jews indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa who were displaced from their country of origin.” The site is providing a comprehensive overview of Jewish life in 11 different Sephardi Jewish communities, personal stories and relevant links.
The goal of this site is to represent the interests of Jews from Arab countries by recognizing and recording their legacy. The site offers narratives of Jewish life by country and has documents In English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and Arabic.
“Founded in 2003 in Istanbul, the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Cultural Research Center is the hub for information about the Jewish communities of Turkey. The Center collects, archives, and documents Sephardic cultural productions to promote the survival, celebration, and academic study of religious and secular traditions, food, music, and the Judeo-Spanish language.“ The website has material in Turkish, English and Spanish.
Devoted to the history and culture of Sephardic Jews, this site in French provides information about the Association des Amis de la Lettre Sépharade and its activities. It also has material about the history, culture and genealogy of Sephardic Jews.
A project from Centropa entitled “Jewish Witness to a European Century,” this site seeks to preserve the heritage of Jews from Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Turkey and the Balkans. You can view information about people and towns along with pictures and documents about them. The site also contains films, recipes, essays and travel stories.
Sephardi Voices is an audio-visual archive that documents and preserves life stories and photographs from around the world. Interviews are conducted in three major languages, Hebrew, French and English, as well as Judeo-Arabic, Ladino and Haquetia.
This site serves as a hub of communal information about Western Sephardim, the Jews of Spain and Portugal around the world. The site includes information about their food, customs, texts, melodies and communities.
A multimedia archive of ballads and other oral literature in Judeo-Spanish collected from 1957 to 1993 by Samuel G. Armistead (University of California, Davis), the late Joseph H. Silverman (University of California, Santa Cruz), and Israel J. Katz. You can search the archive by words and phrases, view the tapes by date and place of recording, and listen to the recordings.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture
This organization seeks to preserve the Ladino heritage of the the Sephardic communities of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Europe and the U.S. Its site offers information about the history and genealogy of Sephardic Jews, academic papers on these topics, and information and samples of Ladino.
“Telling the story of the more than 850,000 Jewish refugees expelled from North Africa and the Middle East. The Mizrahi Project is a series of short films that features a member of the Mizrahi Jewish community, telling that story to the world. “
Created by Yossi Perry, this Hebrew language site is devoted to recording the customs and traditions, stories, proverbs, recipes, biographies of rabbis and cities in Tunisia. There is a list of chief rabbis and a library of Torah books written by the Tunisian rabbis.
Rick Gold, a US Foreign Service Officer with extensive experience in Morocco has created a site offering a virtual tour of the country. He provides many links to real places and online resources about the Jewish community there. While the site is rather old, it is still a useful resource.
“Voces de Ḥaketía has been created in 2007 with the purpose of keeping the Ḥaketía language alive, while exploring and introducing the history and culture of Moroccan Jewry. Ḥaketía is the Judeo-Spanish vernacular spoken primarily in Northern Morocco (Ladino being the liturgical language). “
“The Worldwide North Africa Jewish Heritage Center, is a unique center of culture based in Jerusalem. It offers the general public with permanent and temporary exhibitions showing the extraordinary history and heritage of the Jews communities of North Africa. The crown of the center is an audio-visual presentation, that include documents, movies, music, bibliography, and pictures telling the thrilling narrative of the Jewish communities in Morocco, Algeria and Tunis.” While the site is in English, French and Hebrew, most of the material is in Hebrew.
Describing itself as “the most widely circulated Sephardic monthly in the world,” this US site provides access to the issues of the magazine that you can download as pdfs or read online. There is also a directory of synagogues, schools, gemachs and organizations.
This site is devoted to the liturgical traditions of the Middle Eastern Sephardic Jewish communities, with a particular emphasis on the melodies and rules of Syrian hazzanut. The site is browsable by category and provides many examples of cantillations in mp3 format.
Information about the events and publications of this organization that “preserves and promotes the history, traditions, and rich mosaic culture of Greater Sephardic communities as an integral part of the Jewish experience.“
This organization is devoted to the preservation of the heritage of the Jews of Egypt. The website in English, French and Portuguese provides information about the community registers, synagogues, cemeteries, documents and artifacts of the Egyptian Jewish community as well as a set of relevant links.