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Guide to the Elli Kohen Papers

 Collection
Identifier: ASF AR 22

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the writings of Elli Kohen as they relate to Sephardic and Turkish Jews throughout history. In addition there is some correspondence related to the donation of these papers to the American Sephardi Federation and several diskettes containing his research files.

Dates

  • undated, 1999-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

American Sephardi Federation, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: ASFinquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

Elli Kohen, was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1930. Earning his medical degree from the University of Istanbul in 1954. He served in the Turkish Army before pursuing a Ph.D. in pathology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973. As an expert in photobiology and cell imaging using fluorescence microscopy he published numerous articles and books, and taught at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Biology and conducted research at the Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute. After serving the University of Miami community as teacher and researcher for nearly forty years he was named professor emeritus of the Department of Biology.

In addition to being a prolific researcher in his primary field of medicine, Elli Kohen found time to write on the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews, create, with his daughter, a Ladino-English dictionary, wrote a book on the history and myths of cats throughout the world, and even, with his daughter, a novel.

He passed away in December of 2007 and was survived by his wife Cahilde, daughter, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon, and son-in-law, Sean Gordon.

In addition to his works on photobiology, unlisted in this finding aid, here is a list of his works relating to other topics:
  1. Elli Kohen, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon. Ladino-English, English-Ladino: Concise Encyclopedic Dictionary (Judeo-Spanish). New York: Hippocrene Books, 2000.
  2. Elli Kohen and Dahlia V. Kohen-Gordon. La Concierge. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2001.
  3. Elli Kohen, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon, Jacques Ovadia, Joseph G. Hirschberg. Dr. Nissim Joseph Ovadia: A Pillar of World Sephardi Judaism and a Scholar: He Completed what Napoléon Started. Coral Gables, FL: Elli Kohen, 2002.
  4. Elli Kohen. World History and Myths of Cats. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.
  5. Elli Kohen. The Kohens del de Campavias: A Family's Sweet and Sour Story in the Ottoman and Republican Turkey. Istanbul: Isis Press, 2004.
  6. Elli Kohen. History of the Turkish Jews and Sephardim: Memories of a Past Golden Age. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007.
  7. Elli Kohen. History of the Byzantine Jews: A Microcosmos in the Thousand Year Empire.Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007.
The above material was pieced together from the following sources: Elli Kohen’s Curriculum Vitae The blog In My Heart – Jewish Memories has a copy of his obituary. And various tributes in University of Miami newsletters E-Veritas and the Spring 2008 College of Arts and Sciences magazine, Arts & Sciences.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Abstract

This collection contains the research of University of Miami professor of photobiology and medical researcher Elli Kohen. Professor Kohen was a prolific writer in a variety of topics ranging from photobiology to the history of cats to the study of Ladino and Sephardic Jewry. The bulk of this collection contains his notes and drafts of essays and book chapters on the history of Sephardic and Turkish Jews.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in alphabetical order by document type and then by subject.
  1. Folder 1: Contributions - Turkish Chronicles - Erensia Sefardi
  2. Folder 2: Correspondence wth American Sephardi Federation
  3. Folder 3: Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 16 - Mehmed IV
  4. Folder 4: Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 17 - Suleyman II
  5. Folder 5: Essays - Rediscovery of a Golden Age - The History of Turkish Jews - Chapter 18 - Ahmed III
  6. Folder 6: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Algazi
  7. Folder 7: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Danon
  8. Folder 8: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Ovadia
  9. Folder 9: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Tekin Alp
  10. Folder 10: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Biography - Yehezkal Gabay
  11. Folder 11: Essays - Turkish Sephardic Folklore
  12. Folder 12: Research Files - Diskettes

Related Material

The holdings of the American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History has an abundance of material related to not only Sephardic Jews, but also Turkish Jews and Turk-Jewish relations. These include the following of Elli Kohen’s works:
  1. Elli Kohen. History of the Turkish Jews and Sephardim: Memories of a Past Golden Age. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007.
    Local Call Number - ASF DS135.T8 K64 2007

  2. Elli Kohen, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon, Jacques Ovadia, Joseph G. Hirschberg. Dr. Nissim Joseph Ovadia: A Pillar of World Sephardi Judaism and a Scholar: He Completed what Napoléon Started. Coral Gables, FL: Elli Kohen, 2002.
    Local Call Number - ASF BM755 .O9 K63 2002

  3. Elli Kohen. History of the Byzantine Jews: A Microcosmos in the Thousand Year Empire. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007.
    Local Call Number - ASF DS135.M43 K64 2007

  4. Elli Kohen, Dahlia Kohen-Gordon. Ladino-English, English-Ladino: Concise Encyclopedic Dictionary (Judeo-Spanish). New York: Hippocrene Books, 2000.
    Local Call Number - ASF PC4813.4 .K64 2000

Creator

Title
Guide to the Elli Kohen Papers, undated, 1999-2002 ASF AR 22
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Michael D. Montalbano
Date
© February 2010.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
Edition statement
This version was derived from Kohen.xml

Repository Details

Part of the American Sephardi Federation Repository

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