Sephardic Jewish American Research Study and Leadership Institute Team


Ty Alhadeff, Director of the Sephardic Leadership Institute  Ty Alhadeff is leading the development and launch of the Sephardic Leadership Institute. Utilizing a community-based coalition model, the national Sephardic Leadership Institute aims to serve as a democratic convener and hub that provides community building and leadership development opportunities to every single Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communal professional, lay-leader, and institution in the United States. The institute also aims to provide collaborative opportunities and support to Jewish agencies and leaders interested in building Jewish spaces that are inclusive of diverse Jews, including those of Mizrahi, Sephardic, and Israeli heritage.

Dr. Mijal Bitton, Director of Research  Dr. Bitton serves as a Scholar in Residence at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Rosh Kehilla (communal leader) and co-founder of the Downtown Minyan in New York City. Dr. Bitton received a BA from Yeshiva University and earned her doctorate from New York University, where she conducted an ethnographic study of a Syrian Jewish community with a focus on developing the field of contemporary Sephardic studies in America.  She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.

Sarah Levin, JIMENA Executive Director  As the Executive Director of JIMENA, Sarah Levin has conceptualized and developed a number of campaigns and programs for Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews to explore, preserve, protect, and share their heritage, identities, and experiences. In partnership with a multitude of organizations, universities, museums, and organizations around the world. Sarah is proud to continue leading domestic and international efforts to pursue acknowledgement, justice, and redress for Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews. In 2020 Sarah created, implemented, and oversaw the first phase of the Sephardic National Study.