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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1938-1975

Creator:  Rabbi Nathan Kohen

Summary/Abstract:  Rabbi Nathan Kohen was the spiritual leader of Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation in Fitzgerald, Georgia for 25 years. His papers include correspondence, newsletters and programs from the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation and sermons.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1 linear foot

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 68, Rabbi Nathan Kohen Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Revisions: Finding aid revised to EAD format by Jeremy Katz (April, 2013)

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (September, 2002) 

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rabbi Nathan Kohen (1908-1975) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His first rabbinate was at Keneseth Israel in Monessen, Pennsylvania.  In 1945 he accepted the pulpit at the Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation in Fitzgerald, Georgia where he stayed for the next 25 years.  Rabbi Kohen’s unique ministry included the Jewish population that resided in over 30 small, rural towns whose closest spiritual center was the Fitzgerald synagogue.  Jewish families or perhaps just one individual would travel 40 or 50 miles to worship or for activities that were held by the congregation. The Holidays attracted people not only from the neighboring towns of Ocilla, Tifton, Cordele, Douglas and Hawkensville, but from Macon and Atlanta.  Elaborate Hanukkah productions were performed; Passover community seders were held; and Confirmation services were conducted.  Fitzgerald resident Abe Kruger assisted the Rabbi and performed as Cantor. In 1966 the congregation awarded Rabbi Kohen and his wife Beatrice with a trip to Israel.  On his death in 1975 he bequeathed his extensive library to the University of Georgia.

Scope and Content Historians studying the paper of Rabbi Nathan Kohen will gain greater insight into southern Jewish religious life. Of special interest are the sermons that shed insight into the man who led a small town Jewish pulpit in the Deep South for over 25 years.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 B’nai B’rith – Southwest Georgia Lodge No. 1338 1950
2 Certificates and programs 1960-1973
3 Correspondence 1938-1971
4 Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation – newsletters 1947-1973
5 Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation – programs, invitations, calendars 1949-1974
6 Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation – scripts Undated
7 Independent Rabbinate of America – directory Undated
8 Keneseth Israel, Monessen, Pennsylvania – newsletters 1943-1945
9 Newspaper articles 1942-1976
10 Obituaries and memorial 1975
11 Sermons and speeches 1940-1941
12 Sermons and speeches 1941-1945
2 1 Sermons and speeches Ca.1940-1945
2 Sermons and speeches 1946-1949
3 Sermons and speeches 1949-1950
4 Sermons and speeches 1950-1953
5 Sermons and speeches 1953-1956
3 1 Sermons and speeches 1957-1972
2 Sermons and speeches Undated
3 Sermons and speeches – incomplete Undated
4 Sermons and speeches – incomplete Undated
5 Sermons and speeches – incomplete Undated
6 Sermons and speeches - incomplete 1948-1949
7 Southeastern School of Fine Arts and Creative Education 1978


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