Skip to main content

Jacob Raphael Cohen collection

 Collection — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: Consolidated Box P3, Folder: P-118
Identifier: P-118

Scope and Content Note

Contains the original and the true copy of the will of Jacob Raphael Cohen (1810-1811) and the inventory of his estate (1812). Of special note in the will are his requests regarding the manner of his burial and the furnishing of oil for the eternal light in the Mikveh Israel Synagogue in Philadelphia.

Also included is a photocopy of the Record book begun by Cohen and continued by several others, among them Benjamin Nones (1757-1826), Dr. Alexander Wertheim (d. 1830), Lewis Allen, Jr. (1793-1841), Zalegman Phillips (1779-1839), and Abraham Hart (1810-1885); records of circumcisions, marriages and deaths, in Hebrew and English, of more than 500 individuals in Pennsylvania, New York, and Quebec where Cohen served as a Hazzan; special prayers for synagogue donors; memorial prayers; a prayer for the 1782 dedication of the first synagogue of Congregation Mikveh Israel; Cohen's translation of a marriage contract; and a Halitzah document.

A detailed, annotated study of the Record book was published in the American Jewish Historical Quarterly, v. 59.

Dates

  • undated, 1776-1843

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection is primarily in English, with some materials in Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

The executors of Cohen's estate were Samuel Hart and Isaac B. Phillips; an appraiser of the estate was Jacob I. Cohen.

Extent

1 Manuscript Boxes

.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

Contains the original of Jacob Raphael Cohen's (1810-1811) will, of and the inventory of his estate (1812). Of special note in the will are his requests regarding the manner of his burial and the furnishing of oil for the eternal light in the Mikveh Israel Synagogue in Philadelphia.

Physical Location

Collection is located in Consolidated Box P3.

Acquisition Note

Gift, in part, of the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Foundation 1979
Title
Guide to the Jacob Raphael Cohen collection, undated, 1776-1843 P-118
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by marc2ead_ajhs.xsl
Date
© 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • April, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States