Beth Midrash Eleazar

A Sepharadi educational center in the Caribbean

We invite you to study according to the Old Andalusian tradition.

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Hakham Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota

Hakham Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota

Dr. Hakham Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota ס״ט was born in Miami. He comes from a long line of Sephardic families from Spain, Portugal and North Africa, which established themselves in the Caribbean before migrating to the United States of America.

He began his rabbinic education under Hakham Yosef Benarroch ע״ה ,ס״ט, at the Sephardic Education Center of North Miami Beach (yore yore). After that, he studied the laws of shehitah with Hakham Abraham Bitton ס״ט, and was certified by Hakham Israel Levi Tytell. Thereafter, he continued his studies under Hakham Mordekhay Levi de Lopes ס״ט (yadin yadin). Moreover, H. Elazar-DeMota was certified in Israel as a mohel by Hakham Yoel Nissim Dayan.

Apart from rabbinic studies, H. Elazar-DeMota has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Florida International University and a PhD in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.
H. Elazar-DeMota is the author of numerous books and articles on Western Sephardic Jewry. He established his Beth Midrash in 2009 in the Capital, then in La Romana in order to strengthen the Sephardic Jewish identity therein.


Beth haMidrash Eleazar is a Non-profit Organization dedicated to the education of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews of the Dominican Republic, specializing in Sepharadi culture, rite and jurisprudence.

Social interaction

We seek to promote social interaction with the local populace in order to create a better society.


We hope to be the first to establish a vibrant and dynamic Jewish community in the Dominican Republic for generations to come.



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The Hakhamim of Our Intellectual History

Isaac Abendana
Isaac Aboab
Moseh de Gidon Abudiente
Isaac de Acosta
Moseh Rafael de Aguilar
Aharon Antunes
Isaac Atias
Isaac Cardoso
Isaac Cohen Belifante
Aharon Cohen Carillon
Hiyya Cohen de Lara
David Cohen de Lara
Abraham Cohen Pimentel
Samuel Cohen de Piza
Joseph Moses Corcos
Nahman Natan Coronel
Benjamin Dias Brandon

Abraham de Fonseca
David Franco Mendes
Shem tob Gaguin
Joseph Gallego
Jacob Juda de Leon Templo
Solomon Rafael Juda Leon Templo
Shelomo Levi Maduro
Isaac Lindo Mocatta
Moseh Lopes
Isaac Lopes D’Almeida
Jacob Lopes Cardoso
Jacob Lopes Da Fonseca
Isaac Lopes Pereira
Abraham de David Meldola
David Meldola
Rafael Meldola
Rafael de Hizqiyiahu Meldola

Aaron David Meldola de Sola
Aaron Mendes Chumaceiro
Shelomo Mendes Coutinho
Jacob Mendes de Sola
Aaron Mendoza
Moseh Israel de Mercado
Abraham de Meza
Moseh Mocatta
Elias Montalto
Joseph de Monteles
Sabato Morais
Saul Levi Morteira
Benjamin Musaphia
David Nasi
David Nieto
Shelomo de Oliveira
Isaac Orobio de Castro

Yoseph Pardo
Abraham Pereyra
Abraham Pereira Mendes
Judah Perez
Abraham Farar
Moseh Piza
Jehuda Piza
Jacob Rodrigues Moreira
Shelomo Salem
Jacob de Shelomo Hizqiahu Saruco
Jacob Sasportas
Shelomo Sasportas
Hizqiyá da Silva
David de Sola Pool

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