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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 120 West 76th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam. Prayers and classes take place on the 1st floor (Beit Midrash) of the West Side Institutional Synagogue.

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

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:


Ari Afilalo - President
Itai Azulay - Vice-President
Yehuda Avitan - Founder

Please feel free to approach them with ideas or comments.

Baal Kore - Benjamin Mizrahi
Chazzan - Sacha Ouazana

Operations Manager - Anais Mizrahi

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 Sephardic Synagogue welcomes you. 
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Contact Us

West Side Sephardic Synagogue
120 West 76th Street
New York, NY 10023

You can leave us a voicemail at 754-282-0351

Checks can be sent to:

West Side Sephardic Synagogue
120 West 76th Street
New York, NY 10023

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