Alternative Spellings



  • adj. or noun describing a person or practice (including music and ritual) of Middle Eastern Jewish origin. Lit. "Eastern," "Oriental."

Example Sentences

  • "there are strong communities of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews on both coasts of the United States, as well as in Canada and Latin America" (Religion and American Cultures, by Gary Laderman, Luis D. León)

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew



Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger
Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
Ethnic: Jews whose Jewish identity is primarily ethnic


North America




Plural noun form: Mizrachim / Mizrahim (מזרחים, Jews of Middle Eastern origin). The groups of Jews from the Middle East are referred to as Adot HaMizrach / Edot Hamizrach (עדות המזרח). Especially common in reference to the modern music of Middle Eastern-origin Jews, especially in Israel. Note that "Mizrachi" also refers to a religious Zionist political party founded in Eastern Europe in the early 20th century.

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