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Rae Alice Cohen Papers

Identifier: Mss 274

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of materials collected through Rae Alice Cohen’s volunteer work with the Southern Branch Women’s League of Conservative Judaism. Southern Branch began in 1958 as a “Branch in Training.” Eleven Sisterhoods participated in the first conference in 1959 where Phyllis Weinstein was leader. Women’s League officially accepted as a Branch at the 1960 Convention. In 2007 Southern Branch became Southern Region. Eleven Sisterhoods participated in our first conference in 1959 where Phyllis Weinstein was chosen to be our leader. Women's League officially accepted us as a Branch at Convention 1960 and Phyllis Weinstein became our first president. We continued to change, becoming Southern Region in 2007, and to grow, welcoming in 2008, our newest affiliate transferring from Seaboard Region, Beth David Sisterhood, Greensboro, North Carolina. Today, we encompass the great states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with 25 Sisterhood affiliates.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biographical / Historical

A native of Chicago, Rae Alice Cohen (1918-1997) moved to Atlanta when she married Bernard W. Cohen (1915-1997) in 1941. Coming from a classical reform background, Rae Alice immersed herself into adapting her life to Kashrut, establishing a kosher home, and raising her children in a traditional way. Rae Alice started a Jewish Girl Scout troop at Congregation Ahavath Achim and went on to be a trainer at the council level, teaching courses to train Girl Scout leaders. Rae Alice’s volunteerism led her finally in the direction of the Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, where she volunteered to do jobs others did not want. She used her organizational skills to set up Hebrew literacy programs and parent-child education programs (PEP). Rae Alice became active in the Jewish Welfare Federation and became president of the Southern Branch of Conservative Judaism. When Ahavath Achim became egalitarian, Rae Alice served as the first woman officer there. Her involvement with the Cuba Family Archives was perfect for Rae Alice. For thirteen years and countless hours, Rae Alice poured over the cherished items of members of the Jewish communities throughout Georgia and helped to preserve them and categorize them for posterity. She loved volunteering and her dedication and tireless efforts helped to make The Cuba Family Archives of The Breman a respected and often visited resource for countless numbers of researchers.


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Language of Materials



Papers consisting of honor, awards, certificates and memorabilia from school and camp activities, and files from the Southern Branch Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the Torah Fund of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Ahavath Achim Congregation Sisterhood.


File folders maintain original file names, maintained donor order, all files listed in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Related Materials

Mss 14, Ahavath Achim Congregation; Mss 21, Ahavath Achim Congregation; Mss 230, Southern Branch of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

Rae Alice Cohen Papers, Mss 274
Demece Harvey
December 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States