Sephardic Heritage INternational DC

SHIN DC —inspired by classic Sephardic appreciation of the humanities—builds intercultural bridges & understanding, while raising awareness of Sephardic Jewish heritage. With the goal of amplifying awareness of our heritage, SHIN-DC engages the world through innovative programs that connect the cultures, arts and history of the Middle East, North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula and Central & Western Asia. Through a focus on celebrating Sephardic heritage and its potential for cross-cultural bridge building, we engage in cultural diplomacy by bringing together members of the diplomatic community, members of Congress, and diverse communities, including affiliated and unaffiliated Jews and non-Jews.


SHIN DC is for everyone: Our motto is "The SHIN includes you, celebrating and building bridges with us." Our celebration spans cultural domains related to the origins, development, displacement, and diffusion of Sephardic heritage worldwide.  This includes cultural domains related to the Jewish, Muslim & Christian world, including historic Al-Andalus. 


Programs and events include guest speakers, celebrations, festivals, happy hours, community meals, films, and dance and musical performances. Our Moroccan-style DC-Mimosa-brunch tradition for Mimouna, Hanukkah's Extra Flame (raising awareness of humanitarian and refugee crises worldwide), and other events and programs are fun and educational. They also provide opportunities to connect with your diverse neighbors and the diplomatic community in DC and around the world.


We hope to see you at our next event and also look forward to connecting with you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Folks in our community have been gathering since January 2014.

The present board & fellow of SHIN consist of young professionals in DC:

We're both inspired by and jest about the fact that even though our own family heritages span the Middle East, North Africa, Western & Central Asia, the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America & Southern Europe, our Syrian parts add up to about 1.5 Syrians (a little more if you count the baby).


SHIN also has a diverse advisory board spanning the globe.


Sephardic Heritage

  INternational DC


Sephardic Heritage IN The Nation's Capital; Building Bridges


Come celebrate

& build with us!



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