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Sephardic Consulting by Mr. Shelomo Alfassá

Shelomo Alfassá is a well known international advocate for the Sephardic Jews. To the media and those seeking statements, analysis, history or statistics on matters related to the Sephardic Jews, please feel free to contact Mr. Alfassá at the following email address. All emails will be responded to immediately. In the past, Mr. Alfassá has been contacted and has provided information to CNN, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Jerusalem Post World Net Daily, the Forward and several other news agencies. He has appeared on Fox News Live with Shepard Smith and live on MSNBC Dayside. Mr. Alfassá is available to comment on breaking news stories related to the Jewish community, Israel, terrorism, the history of Jews from Arab countries, and other topics.

Mr. Alfassá speaking for the American Sephardi Federation
at the Center for Jewish History upon the opening of his exhibition 'Jerusalem and the Jews of Spain'
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. in regard to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Shelomo Alfassá is a well known international advocate for Sephardic Jewry. Currently, he is Director of Special Projects for a national American Jewish organization. Mr. Alfassá has worked on four Sephardic cultural exhibitions, this includes developing and curating two of his own exhibitions, at the Center for Jewish History (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution) in New York City: Jerusalem and the Jews of Spain: Longing and Reality [in 2009] and Looking Back: Jewish Life in Morocco [in 2010]. Both of these exhibitions received the support of the New York Council for the Humanities and opened to a reception of several hundred persons respectively.

Mr. Alfassá is a consultant to the Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center in Istanbul and was the former Executive Director of the International Sephardic Leadership Council in New York. He served as former Director of Research and Development for Sephardic House in New York City and for four years he served as a vice-president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Sephardic Studies and Culture. He was a staff consultant to both the Sephardic Educational Center and the Shehebar Sephardic Center (Midrash Sefaradi) in Jerusalem. He is a member of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

In 2003, Mr. Alfassá traveled to Poland representing Sephardic Jews in the United States as part of Judéo-Espagnol A Auschwitz, a multi-national campaign that sought-and received-recognition for Turkish/Greek and Balkan Holocaust victims that perished at Auschwitz. In 2006, he successfully worked with the U.S. Congress to bring about greater representation for Sephardic victims of the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

From 2006-2009 he was U.S. Director of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries (JJAC) and involved full-time in Track-II diplomacy. There, he successfully helped promote H.Res.185, an historic resolution recognizing rights of Jews displaced from Arab countries which was unanimously approved by the U.S. Congress. In 2010, Mr Alfassá (I-NY) announced the formation of a Congressional Exploratory Committee for New York's 9th District, as a delegate for the 2012 seat in the United States House of Representatives.

Mr. Alfassá was the editor-in-chief of the award winning International Sephardic Journal and his essays and papers on Jewish history and politics have appeared in numerous media outlets. His books include Ethnic Sephardic Jews in the Medical Literature, (2005); Reference Guide to the Nazis and Arabs During the Holocaust, (2006); A Window Into Old Jerusalem, (2007); History, Politics & Loss, (2008); The Palm Tree of Deborah, (2009) and The Sephardic Anousim, (2010).

Mr. Alfassá's family is from the Ottoman island of Rhodes and Ottoman Edirne, Turkey.



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