Welcome to the West Side Sephardic Synagogue.
Our community is a vibrant, diverse, and energetic mix of Jews from all over the world, representing no fewer than 7 languages (Hebrew, English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, & German) and no less than 13 countries of origin (Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, France, Spain, Italy, America, Syria, Libya, Canada, Russia, Argentina). All of our services are Orthodox and in the Sepharadic tradition, and our Synagogue is open to Jews of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. All official speeches, sermons, and announcements are made in English, and whatever your own native language, chances are we can find you a translator among our ranks.

Our Synagogue is located on 270 West 84th Street, between Broadway & West End Avenue. Prayers and classes take place on the 3rd floor (Beit Midrash) of Congregation Ohav Shalom.

Please browse the site, leave us your feedback, and feel free to ask our Rabbi any questions that you may have about Sepharadic traditions in particular or Jewish Law in general. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Rabbi Eitan Bendavid


Rabbi Eitan BendavidRav Eitan Bendavid is a graduate of Columbia University, served in the
IDF, received his rabbinic ordination from RIETS during which he was
the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and holds a Masters in
Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University.

He has extensive experience in congregational life and as an educator. Most recently he served on the Rabbinic Staff of Lincoln Square Synagogue. Prior to that he spent two years in South Africa where he was the Rosh Kollel of Torah Mitzion - Yeshiva of Capetown, as well as the congregational rabbi of Beit Midrash Morasha. Currently, in addition to serving as WSSS Rabbi, he is a member of the Judaic Studies Faculty at North Shore Hebrew Academy where he teaches Tanakh and Halakha.

Rav Bendavid loves to teach Torah, debate ideas, and connect with Jews. What he loves most about WSSS is the warmth of the community. In fact, WSSS is more
than a community, it's one big family. So Welcome home!

You can reach Rabbi Bendavid anytime - rabbi@wsssynagogue.com


Rabbanit Etta Bendavid


 Etta grew up in Toronto and moved to New York  nine years ago. In addition to being a        Rabbanit, Etta works as a pastoral care chaplain  for patients in hospice, psychiatric, and stroke  rehabilitation units. She is a member of the  National Association of Jewish Chaplains.  Etta completed dual masters degrees in  Midrash and Jewish Education as Wexner  Graduate Fellow and a bachelors degree in theater  arts and vocals. Beginning in  September  2015, Etta will be working as a  chaplain for  veterans with mental illness at the  VA. 

 Etta teaches classes at WSSS, mentors Kallahs  who are preparing for marriage, and is always available to connect and talk about life over a cup of coffee. 

Etta can be reached at ettabendavid@gmail.com 

About the Congregation



Originating in 1990, the West Side Sephardic Synagogue (WSSS) WAS established for the purpose of maintaining and conducting a Sephardic synagogue in the Upper West Side, with respect to the Maghrebi traditions and prayers. Over the last two decades, the WSSS has morphed into a full-service location not only offering regular services (Shabbat, holidays…) but also various classes, events and programs for youths & adults.

The West Side Sephardic Synagogue affirms its dedication to the following principles:

  • Instilling a true and devoted reverence for orthodox Judaism
  • Fostering Jewish knowledge and learning
  • Promoting the welfare of the members of the congregation
  • Assisting the Jewish community of the UWS in every way possible
  • Participating in activities which benefit the Jewish people as a whole
  • Conducting its services and functions in a manner designed to inspire love and respect for the Maghrebi Jewish tradition

These aims shall not be changed as they form the basis on which the WSSS was founded and will continue to exist.

We invite you all to join us in our journey of promoting the Maghrebi Jewish tradition!

Our Board:

David Serraf
Aaron Levy
Itai Azulay
Ilan Benhamou
Mickael Sabban

Please feel free to approach them with ideas or comments.

Chazzan - Sacha Ouazana

Hospitality with West Side Sephardic Synagogue

Jews from all over the world visit New York for a wide variety of reasons. Whether visiting family, coming to town for a conference, or just seeing the sites, West Side Sephradic Synagogue welcomes you. 
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Contact Us

West Side Sephardic Synagogue
270 West 84th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10024

Checks can be sent to:

West Side Sephardic Minyan
c/o Mickael Sabban
100 West 89th street, Apt7F
New York, NY 10024

General Email: info@wsssynagogue.com

To sign up for an event, please visit our Upcoming Programs & Events section

Rabbi: Eitan Bendavid

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