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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1931-1988

Creator:  Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen Family

Summary/Abstract: Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen was the spiritual leader of Congregation Or-VeShalom for more than thirty years. The papers consist of death, birth and marriage records of members of Congregation Or VeShalom, records of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, 1969-1978, and records from various organizations in which Rabbi Cohen was active.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  Container 1 Folder 19 – Conversations is closed to researchers.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, MSS-65, Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (May, 1995)

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rabbi Joseph I. Cohen (1896-1981) was born in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey.  His parents traced their ancestry back to the Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492.  Rabbi Cohen served in the third division of the Turkish Army in World War I, in the Gallipoli Peninsula Campaign and, also, in the Palestine Campaign, and was held as a prisoner of war in Damascus, Syria.  He later worked for the British Government in Jerusalem. Rabbi Cohen received his training for the rabbinate in Turkey, and accepted his first pulpit in Havana, Cuba in 1920 where he was spiritual leader of the Congregation union Hebraic de Cuba.  In 1934, Rabbi Cohen moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and was installed as Rabbi of Congregation Or VeShalom three days after his arrival.  In addition to his rabbinical duties, he served as the teacher and principal of Or VeShalom’s Hebrew School.  Rabbi Cohen was also active at the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education, the Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, and was first president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association.  Rabbi Cohen officially retired in 1969, but remained active at both the synagogue and in the community until his death in 1985.

Scope and Content:  The historian interested in the growth and development of the Sephardic Jewish community in Atlanta will find this collection of special interest.  The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 American Sephardic Federation – First National Youth Convention 1973
2 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1946-1977
3 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1955
4 Atlanta Jewish Community Council 1949
5 Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund 1941
6 Atlanta Rabbinical Association 1969-1972
7 Atlanta Rabbinical Association 1973-1975
8 Atlanta Rabbinical Association 1976-1978
9 Bar and Bat Mitzvah correspondence and invitations 1940-1981
10 Bar and Bat Mitzvah speeches Ca. 1934-1970
11 Bar Mitzvah–officiated by Rabbi Cohen Undated
12 Bloch Publishing Co. 1965-1979
13 B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge Ca. 1959-1969
14 Brotherhood Week 1939-1970
15 Cards, invitations and programs 1962-1984
16 Certificates 1969-1988
17 Circumcision records 1969
18 Civil Rights 1958
19 Conversions (CLOSED FILE) 1965-1979
20 Correspondence 1945-1981
21 Death Records – eulogies 1962-1980
2 1 Death records – headstone inscriptions 1951-1958
2 Death records – headstone inscriptions 1959-1964
3 Death records – headstone inscriptions 1965-1981
4 Death records – headstone inscriptions (loose pages) 1954-1981
5 Death records – memorials 1934-1968
6 Divorce Records 1946
7 Education 1970 and undated
8 Holidays – Hanukkah 1950
9 Holidays – Passover 1949-1971
10 Holidays – Purim 1952-1969
11 Holidays – Rosh Hashanah 1953-1968
12 Holidays – Shabbat Undated
13 Holidays – Shavuot 1949-1971
14 Holidays – Sukkot 1930-1972
15 Holidays – Yom Ha’atzmau 1949
16 Holidays – Yom Kippur Undated
17 Individuals – Cohen, Luisa 1969-1987
18 Individuals –Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. 1963-1974
19 Individuals –Feldman, Rabbi Emanuel 1973
20 Individuals –Geffen, Rabbi Tobias Undated
21 Individuals –Ichay, Rabbi S. Robert 1968-1970
22 Individuals –Palachi, Marco 1943-1947
23 Individuals – Papo, Joseph M. 1979
24 Individuals – Rothschild, Rabbi Jacob M. 1949-1975
25 Individuals – Sugarman, Rabbi Alvin 1971
26 Israel 1941-1969
27 Israel Bonds – State of 1965-1973
28 Israel Bonds – State of, Dinner of Honor 1978
29 Jewish National Fund of Atlanta – Bringer of Light Award 1970
30 Marriage records 1931-1974
3 1 Marriage records – invitations and correspondence 1944-1979
2 Newspaper clippings 1955-1986
3 Obituary 1981
4 Publications – “La Vera” 1947-1948
5 Rabbinical Association of America 1956-1960
6 Retirement 1969
7 Schools – The Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta 1974-1983
8 Schools – Sephardic Hebrew School 1939
9 Schools – Yeshiva High School 1971-1976
10 The Southern Israelite – Correspondence and holiday messages, 1935-1977
11 Special services 1938-1965
12 Speeches, sermons, writings 1936-1974
13 Speeches, sermons, writings –various authors 1933-1975
14 Stamp collection 1972-1973
15 Synagogues – Ahavath Achim Congregation 1961
16 Synagogues – Congregation Beth El Undated
17 Synagogues – Congregation Beth Jacob 1943-1980
18 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – birth records 1933-1968
19 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – building 1947-1971
20 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – general records 1948-1976
21 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – history 1935-1956
4 1 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – kashrut (kosher) Regulations Undated
2 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – Golden Anniversary Banquet 1964
3 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalo – membership 1934
4 Synagogues – Congregation Or VeShalom – sisterhood 1934-1988
5 Synagogues – Congregation Shearith Israel, New York, New York 1956-1972
6 Synagogues – Congregation Shearith Israel, New York, New York 1956-1972
7 Synagogues – Temple Sinai 1972-1973
8 Synagogues – The Temple 1942-1986
9 Testimonials 1959-1978
10 Torah 1974
11 Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 1942-1964

 

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