Sephardim of the Next Generation (SONG) was created in 2007 by a group of passionate individuals with a clear mission to breathe new life into the Sephardi community, ensuring the preservation of their rich culture and traditions. SONG sought to honour the legacy of their families and to pass down their unique heritage to future generations.
Fast-forward to 2023, and SONG is experiencing a renaissance under the leadership of Sassoon Yehuda Sephardi Synagogue president Joanne Levy and Abraham Cohen. This dynamic duo makes up half of the shule’s committee, which has a vision to safeguard the Sephardi traditions for the next generation, making sure the community’s identity remains vibrant and cherished.
Levy said, “We are in the process of making sure that there is something to pass on to the next generation, through learning programs, through the events, but it’s the programs that are key. While services are important, synagogues should be offering more to their community.”
SONG encompasses the synagogue and its affiliated charity, Friends of Sassoon Yehuda.
While it is inherently Sephardi-focused, SONG welcomes all members of the Jewish and wider communities who share an interest in their rich traditions and the cultural background of the Middle East and India.
“It is only by preserving our traditions, that we can ensure a lasting legacy for future generations,” Levy said. “Our vision is to preserve, value, share and entrust our Sephardi traditions and cultural heritage.”
With a strong focus on education, SONG aims to offer diverse learning opportunities, from talks and lectures to exhibitions, cooking demonstrations, and musical performances. It is poised to usher in a new era of cultural appreciation, inspiring unity and fostering a stronger sense of identity within the Sephardi community.
More info: sephardivic.com/song