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Rachel Doron Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25063

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence between Joachim Leser and Hendele bat Itzig. There are 30 letters present, 29 of which are dated between the couple’s engagement in October 1803 and their marriage in August 1804. All of the letters are written in Judeo-German. The majority of the correspondence is love letters between Joachim and Hendele, although letters written in the summer of 1804 also include discussions of arrangements for the upcoming wedding. The final letter, which is dated August 1806, is a letter from Hendele in Niederwerrn to Joachim, who is away on business. Also included with the letters is the engagement contract of Joachim and Hendele, which is dated October 19, 1803. The original Judeo-German letters are accompanied by German transcripts, which were created by Rachel Doron, great-great-granddaughter of Joachim and Hendele.

Also included in the collection is documentation of the history of Jews in Niederwerrn, including a timeline of significant dates pertaining to Jewish residents of the city; a list of Jewish families who lived in Niederwerrn from 1811 to 1936, including birth, death and marriage dates; and a photocopied excerpt on the history of Jews in Niederwerrn.

The final folder in the collection contains miscellaneous items, including two undated photocopied and transcribed poems; a receipt (1872); programs from Jewish youth theater in Berlin (1938); and a photocopy of a German-Yiddish newspaper about World War I.


  • 1803-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1803-1804

Language of Materials

The collection is in Judeo-German, German, and English, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

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

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Jochanan ben Elieser (1771-1850), also called Joachim Leser, and later Joachim Werner, lived in Niederwerrn.

Hendele bat Itzik (1779-1837), born Hendel Hammelburger, also called Henriette, lived in Bamberg with her foster parents Abraham Tachau and his wife Rila until her marriage to Joachim, from which point she lived in Niederwerrn.

Joachim and Hendele were married on August 8, 1804. They had one daughter and six sons: Sara (1810- ), Isaak (1812- ), Abraham (1815- ), Wolf Jonathan (1818-1818), Herz (1819- ), Hesslein (1823-1823), and Itla (1825- ). Wolf Jonathan and Hesslein did not survive infancy.

On January 31, 1843, Sara Werner married Abraham Kohnstamm (1794-1865) of Niederwerrn. They had two daughters: Recha (1843- ) and Hedwig (1846- ).

On November 20, 1866, Recha Kohnstamm married Abraham Gärtner of Niederwerrn. They had four children: Hugo (1867- ), Hedwig (1869- ), Flora (1870- ), and Emma (1872- ).


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The collection contains correspondence between Joachim Leser and Hendele bat Itzig from the period of their engagement between October 1803 and August 1804, as well as their engagement contract. In addition, the collection contains documents detailing the history of Jews in Niederwerrn, located in present-day Bavaria.


This collection is arranged in one series.

Processing Information

Materials donated by Rachel Doron were consolidated into this collection. Previously, some materials were in the Joachim and Henriette Leser Collection (AR 25063), Rachel Doron Collection (AR 11443), and Niederwerrn; Jewish Community Collection (AR 2169).

Guide to the Rachel Doron Family Collection 1803-2003 AR 25063
Processed by Joshua Shelly and Sarah Glover
© 2013
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 31, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States