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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1931 - 1996

Creator:  Rae Alice Cohen

Summary/Abstract: Papers consisting of honor, awards, certificates and memorabilia from school and camp activities, and files from the Southern Branch Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Torah Fund of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood.

Quantity/Physical Description: 5.5 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:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 274, Rae Alice Cohen, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Oversize Materials Amundsen Junior High School Diploma Nicholas Senn High School Diploma.

Related Material:  Mss 14, Ahavath Achim Congregation;  Mss 21, Ahavath Achim Congregation;  Mss 230, Southern Branch of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

Processed by:  Demece Harvey, December 2013

Arrangement:  File folders maintain original file names, maintained donor order, all files listed in alphabetical order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rae Alice Cohen moved to Atlanta when she married Bernard Cohen in 1941. Coming from a classical reform background, Rae Alice immersed herself into adapting her life to Kashrut, establishing a kosher home, and raising her children in a traditional way. Rae Alice started a Jewish Girl Scout troop at Congregation Ahavath Achim and went on to be a trainer at the council level, teaching courses to train Girl Scout leaders. Rae Alice’s volunteerism led her finally in the direction of the Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, where she volunteered to do jobs others did not want. She used her organizational skills to set up Hebrew literacy programs and parent-child education programs (PEP). Rae Alice became active in the Jewish Welfare Federation and became president of the Southern Branch of Conservative Judaism. When Ahavath Achim became egalitarian, Rae Alice served as the first woman officer there. Her involvement with the Cuba Family Archives was perfect for Rae Alice. For thirteen years and countless hours, Rae Alice poured over the cherished items of members of the Jewish communities throughout Georgia and helped to preserve them and categorize them for posterity. She loved volunteering and her dedication and tireless efforts helped to make The Cuba Family Archives of The Breman a respected and often visited resource for countless numbers of researchers.

Scope and Content:  The collection consists mainly of materials collected through Rae Alice Cohen’s volunteer work with the Southern Branch Women’s League of Conservative Judaism.  Southern Branch began in 1958 as a “Branch in Training.”  Eleven Sisterhoods participated in the first conference in 1959 where Phyllis Weinstein was leader.  Women’s League officially accepted as a Branch at the 1960 Convention.  In 2007 Southern Branch became Southern Region. Eleven Sisterhoods participated in our first conference in 1959 where Phyllis Weinstein was chosen to be our leader. Women's League officially accepted us as a Branch at Convention 1960 and Phyllis Weinstein became our first president. We continued to change, becoming Southern Region in 2007, and to grow, welcoming in 2008, our newest affiliate transferring from Seaboard Region, Beth David Sisterhood, Greensboro, North Carolina. Today, we encompass the great states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with 25 Sisterhood affiliates.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 30 Years of Southern Branch Notes No date
2 Ahavath Achim 1994 – 1996
3 Ahavath Achim Attendance Policies and Discipline 1990
4 Ahavath Achim Board of Trustees Report 1996
5 Ahavath Achim Bulletin 1981 – 1994
6 Ahavath Achim Code of Practice 1986 – 1992
7 Ahavath Achim Constitution & By Laws Committee 1978 – 1983
8 Ahavath Achim Education Committee 1966 -1971
9 Ahavath Achim Faculty Responsibility No date
10 Ahavath Achim Important Occasions 1982 -1933
11 Ahavath Achim Religious School 1958 – 1968
12 Ahavath Achim Religious Schools Bio’s No date
13 Ahavath Achim School Self Study 1990
14 Ahavath Achim Second Century Committee 1987 – 1988
15 Ahavath Achim Seating Committee 1985 – 1986
16 Ahavath Achim Sisterhood 1980 – 1996
17 Ahavath Achim Sisterhood Deposit boos 1985 – 1995
18 Ahavath Achim Sisterhood Invitations 1979 – 1994
19 Amundsen Junior High School 1933
20 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1975
21 Atlanta Jewish Federation – Jewish Heritage Center Archives Committee 1989 – 1994
22 Atlanta Professional Chapter Theta Sigma Phi 14th Annual Publicity Clinic 1971
23 Avotaynu 1994 – 1995
24 Awards and Certificates 1951 – 1995
25 Badges and Membership Cards No date
26 Beverly Vista School (L.A.) 1931 - 1933
 
Box File Description Date
 
2 1 Biographical Data 1969 – 1991
2 Cedar Showers 1937
3 Cohen, Gregory.  Brit Milah, Bar Mitzvah, Graduation 1974 – 1993
4 Cohen, Jennifer, Bat Mitzvah 1982
5 Cohen, Perry 1968 – 1984
6 Cohen, Rae Alice 1932
7 Cohen, Rosalie, Gat Mitzvah 1985
8 Creating Community Exhibition 1992
9 Creating Community Jews of Atlanta 1945 to the Present 1993
10 Devar Torah 1957 – 1980
11 Devar Torah 1974 – 1989
12 Education Committee & Pep Materials 1974
13 Essays – Does God Yet Live on Campus No date
14 Hanukkah Institute 1964
15 Hebrew Literacy Marathon 1991
16 Heritage Museum Collection Committee 199 – 1996
17 Heschel, Dr. Abraham Joshua 1971
18 Jewish Birmingham 1994
19 Jewish Theological Seminary 1976 – 1983
20 Jewish Theological Seminary 1993 - 1994
Box File Description Date
3 1 Jewish Theological Seminary of America Bulletin 1995
2 Jews and Georgians A Meeting of Cultures 1983
3 Kol Ha Daron 1974 – 1996
4 Leadership Course 1970 – 1985
5 Light of Torah Awards 1989 – 1995
6 Metropolitan Atlanta Jewish Population Study: Summary of Major Findings 1985
7 Miscellaneous Papers 1936 – 1996
8 National Patrons Society of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America No date
9 Newspaper Clippings 1978 – 1979
10 Parashat NaShavua with the chancellor Rabbi Ismar Schorsch 1993
11 Passover Workshop 1965
12 Personal from Branch Files & Other 1979 – 1998
13 Ramah Darom 1994 – 1996
14 Sedar for Tu Bishevat 1982
15 Senn High School Memorabilia 1933  1936
16 Southeast Branch, Southern Branch in Training 1959
17 Southern Accent 1971, 1975, 1994
18 Southern Branch History No date
19 Southern Branch Beginnings 1962 – 1990
20 Southern Branch Budgets 1988 – 1993
21 Southern Branch Conference Programs 1968 – 1993
22 Southern Branch Conference Policy No date
23 Southern Branch Directories 1965 – 1996
Box File Description Date
4 1 Southern Branch Education Committee 1964 – 1990
2 Southern Branch In Training 1958 – 1960
3 Southern Branch National Women’s League of United Synagogue of America 1967 – 1972
4 Southern Branch National Women’s League of the United Synagogue of America 1960 – 1968
5 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1974 – 1975
6 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1974 – 1976
7 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1977 – 1978
8 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1978 – 1980
9 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1979 – 1981
10 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1982 – 1983
11 Southern Branch Nominating Committee 1982 – 1984
12 Southern Branch Nominating Committee Slate and Letters 1976
13 Southern Branch Spring Conference No date
14 Southern Branch Spring Conference Jewish Family Living Workshop 1970

15 Southern Branch Spring Conference President’s Report, 1976 1976 - 1977
16 Southern Branch Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Archival and Branch 1987 – 1993
17 Southern Branch Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Board Assignment 1996 – 1998
18 Southern Branch Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Spring Conference 1995
19 Southern Jewish History 1981 – 1991
20 Speakers Training for Branch Personnel No date
21 Speeches 1967 – 1991
22 Torah Fund 1972 – 2000
23 Torah Fund Correspondence 1978 - 1995
24 Torah Fund Invitation 1988 – 1991
25 Torah Fund Ledger Book 1979 - 1990
Box File Description Date
5 1 Torah Fund Residence Hall Campaign 1975 – 1986
2 Torah Fund Sisterhood 1987
3 Torah Fund Special Gifts Committee Sample letters and Publicity 1971 – 1989
4 United Synagogue of America, Southeast Region 1974 – 1977
5 Videotaping on Shabbat No date
6 Volunteerism 1975
7 Workshops & Colloquiums 1986
8 Women of Achievement Oral History Project 1982 – 1989
9 Women’s League for Conservative Judaism – Leket Divray Torah 1992
10 Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Leadership Training 1974
11 Words to Live By various
12 Photographs, slides and prints


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