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Welcome

We are the leading resource for books of prayer and traditions for
Jewish Syrian-Sephardic Communities worldwide.

 

About Us

Sephardic Heritage Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization focused on facilitating the religious and cultural observance of the Jewish Syrian-Sephardic Communities. We have been producing prayer books for over 50 years, catering to the Syrian Sephardic Communities around the world including the U.S, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. By distributing publications, Sephardic Heritage Foundation strives to perpetuate the venerated prayer, sacred traditions and valued customs of one of the oldest uninterrupted Jewish Communities of the world, the Community of Aram Soba (Aleppo, Syria). Our work is influenced and inspired by our late founder, Mr. Sam Catton, may he rest in peace.

It is our mission to carry on these sacred traditions through our publications and services to Syrian-Sephardic Communities worldwide.

For any questions, comments or concerns about our publications please feel free to contact us.

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Sephardic Heritage Foundation was founded in 1972 by Mr. Sam Catton a"h..

 

The most impactful projects usually start from a specific need and Sephardic Heritage Foundation is no different. Sephardic Heritage Foundation was born during the High Holidays in the early 1970's when Mr. Sam Catton a"h was praying in Shaare Zion Congregation, the main synagogue for Syrian Jewry outside of Syria.  It was at that moment that he realized that the prayers were not as unified or cohesive as they could be or should be. There were several different prayer books being used by the Congregants and as a result people were confused as to what was being prayed and when. Mr. Catton realized that our Community needed a unified set of prayer books so that our prayers can elevate to the Almighty with one voice. Mr. Catton recruited Ezekiel Albeg to help him with this project and a short while later the Shelom Yerushalayim mahzorim for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were born. When interviewed later in life, Mr. Catton proudly exclaimed that the proudest and most fulfilled moment of his long and well accomplished life was the first Rosh Hashanah when he looked up from his seat in Shaare Zion and saw the entire kahal praying as one nation and with one voice to the Almighty on the holiest day of the year with every single person holding his brand new Shelom Yerushalayim mahzor for Rosh Hashanah.

This success fueled the next 35 years of growth for Sephardic Heritage Foundation with Mr. Sam Catton as it's leader and inspiration.

Our Story

Our Books

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DAILY

Books for daily use in Hebrew & English

SHABBAT

Books for Shabbat in Hebrew & English

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HOLIDAYS

Books for all Holidays in Hebrew & English

COMMUNITY

Books other than Prayer

 

Perpetuating Jewish Syrian-Sephardic Traditions though Prayer and Song

SEPHARDIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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Kol Yaakob is the official Syrian-Sephardic Daily Prayer Book based on the customs of Aleppo, Syria.

The Kol Yaakob App features a full Table of Contents and is complete with all prayers for the year including prayers for Weekdays, Holidays, Marriage Ceremony as well as many other Special Occasions and Various Blessings.

It is strictly forbidden to pray from, operate or reference the Kol Yaakob App Siddur on Shabbat and all the other religious observant Holidays.