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Dates:  1932-1983

Creator:  Rabhan, Frances E., 1905-2003

Summary/Abstract:  Papers, clippings, and certificates relating to the Rabhan Family of Savannah, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: 4 folders

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 358, Rabhan Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  Gift of Frances E. Rabhan, 1996.

Custodial History:  The Rabhan Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Processed by:  V. Frey, 2003; N. Galler, 2004; L. Resnick, 2016.

Arrangement:  The folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  In 1869, businessman Nathan Rabhan (1840-May 24, 1938) and midwife Annie Latza Stang (ca. 1849-March 4, 1916) married in Austria. The couple left Europe for New York in 1884 with four sons- William, Isaac, Louis, and Harry. By the time the Rabhans reached Savannah, Georgia in 1907, Jacob, Gussie, Bessie, and Morris had been born as well.

Morris Rabhan (June 25, 1895-January 18, 1983) was the eighth and youngest child of Nathan and Annie. Morris married Frances Ehrlich (September 25, 1905-September 16, 2003), daughter of Joseph (1867-1926) and Rebecca Ehrlich (1876-1945) of Swainsboro, Georgia, on March 10, 1925. The couple had two children, Erwin David Rabhan (b. 1926) and Joan Ehrlich Rabhan Jacobson (b. 1927). Morris searched as a lieutenant in the Georgia State Guard and was a member of Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob.

Martin Maier Rabhan (b. 1920) is the son of Isaac Rabhan (1874-1960) and Fannie Ehrenfeld (1884-1957) who were married in New York on December 7, 1902. Martin Rabhan married South Carolinian Esther Rose Berger (1923-1994), with whom he had four children: Marilyn, Nathan Henry, Ida Zelda, and Fred Ehrenfeld. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Outstanding Bravery during World War II and served on many boards of organizations in the Savannah Jewish community.

Scope and Content:  This collection contains materials relating to Morris Rabhan’s community activity and the publication of his genealogy book, Our Family Story, in 1979. This includes a Jewish Educational Alliance Certificate of Appreciation for Scoutmaster of JEA Troop 2 presented in 1971 and a news clipping. Martin Maier Rabhan’s papers include two awards from the Savannah Hebrew School and the National Jewish Welfare Board, and one letter. Other materials in this collection include clippings and a wedding invitation.

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Martin Rabhan




Morris Rabhan




Wedding invitation, Fannie and Isaac Rabhan


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