Guide to the Evelyn Klapholtz Papers,
undated, 1911-2001
(bulk 1923-1950)


Processed by Michael D. Montalbano

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 548-4486



© October 2009. American Sephardi Federation. All rights reserved.
Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Michael D. Montalbano in October 7, 2009. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Sephardi Federation
Title: Guide to the Papers of Evelyn Klapholtz
Dates:undated, 1911-2001
Abstract: This collection contains the personal papers of Evelyn Klapholtz. The bulk of this collection consists of genealogical information and material related to her family. There is additional material related to the sephardic community in New York City.
Languages: The collection is primarily in English, but a few items are, or have content, in Ladino, Hebrew, Greek, and German.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet + 1 oversized box + 1 object in flat file
Identification: ASF AR 20
Repository: American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History
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Historical Note

The daughter of Greek immigrants, Menachem Joseph and Rachel (Matza) Joseph, Evelyn Klapholtz was an educator and editor in the New York Metropolitan Area specializing in business education. Her credentials include a BA from Hunter College, and an MA from New York University, both in Business Education. Additionally she earned Permanent Teacher Certification in the State of New York. Since her retirement she has remained active in the community and worked on her family genealogy.

What is known of her parents is that her father Menachem (Max) Joseph graduated from the Alliance School in Greece between the ages of 16 and 17. He was fluent in Greek, French, and Hebrew and understood Spanish. Her mother Rachel (Matza) Joseph was educated mostly in Greece, however upon entering the United States attended school for a short time before discontinuing her education in order to work.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the personal papers of Evelyn Klapholtz. It includes family documents, geneaology lists, correspondence, etchings, and copies of family photos.

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The collection was arranged so that additional material could be added at a later date. Therefore the categories of arrangement were imposed by the archivist processing the collection and did not derive from any pre-affixed arrangement.

Due to the small size of this collection there is no need to divide it into series for accessibility. Instead the contents have been foldered with like material and arranged in a alphabetical and chronological manner. There are several folders in this collection.

Container List:

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Access and Use

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

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Evelyn Klapholtz; (location); folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was received and inventoried by Randall C. Belinfante in 2001. The collection was arranged and encoded by Michael D. Montalbano in 2009.

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Access Points

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Container List


Papers of Evelyn Klapholtz, undated, 1911-2001

The collection is primarily in English, but a few items are, or have content, in Ladino, Hebrew, Greek, and German.
0.25 linear feet + 1 oversized box + 1 object in flat file.

The contents of the collection are organized according to item type and relation to Evelyn Klapholtz. These are arranged at the folder level alphabetically and chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series contains a variety of items related to the life and interests of Evely Klapholtz. Included in this colelction are a number of copies of family photographs, the originals are still in the possession of their owner, and a audio description of the contents of those photographs.

11American Sephardic Federation2001-2003

Correspondence and inventories relating to loans or gifting of various objects between Evelyn Klapholtz and the ASF.

12Audiocassette2001, March 12

Evelyn Klapholtz describing the family photos in the collection.

13Collected Articlesundated, 1950-1997

Angel, Marc D. “Sephardic Customs As Reflections Of A Religious Worldview,” The Jewish Press, December 28, 1990.

Invitation to the dedication of the Jacob A. and Jeanne E. Barkey Wing at the Sephardic Home, a geriatric facility, undated.

Krie Moed (Pesach), Prayers of Kol Israel Congregation of Sephardic Brother of America, Inc., Bronx, New York City, undated.

Maoz, Jason. “The Sephardic Experience in America: Profile: Spanish/Portuguese Spiritual Leader Rabbi Marc Angel,” The Jewish Press, December 19, 1997.

Sephardic Jewish Center of the Bronx. “Bulletin”, Vol. 1, no. 2, May 1950.

OS 1Flat File Location NeededFamily Documents (1 of 4)1931

This item is the Alef an illuminated birth certificate and amulet of Ezra ben Menahem Joseph. It is decorated with an assortment of inscriptions, symbols, and markings intended to protect the person from evil. It measures 28.5” x 39”

14Family Documents (2 of 4)1923-1942

Black and white photocopy of Alef found in the Family Documents folder 1.

Certificate of Services from the Junior Red Cross issued to Rachel Matza on June 27, 1923; original.

International Red Cross message describing the whereabouts of Solomon Matza to the father of Rachel Matza.

OS 21Family Documents (3 of 4)1923-1942

Visa in the name of Jessoua David Matza (Jesse David Matza) issued on February 23, 1920 to travel to the United States and ending on November 16th, 1921. Five American Consular Service Fee stamps affixed to back. Copy and original.

OS 22Family Documents (4 of 4)1923-1942

Father of Rachel Matza’s passport dated June 1920.


Four genealogical lists of families: Joseph, Malta, Matza related to Evelyn Klapholtz

16Oral History Transcripts2000-2001

Transcript of interviews with Rae Matza Joseph (Evelyn Klapholtz's mother) for the following dates:

2000, March 12

2000, April 2

2000, May 28

2000, June 18

2000, October 1

2000, December 4

2001, February 6

17Photographs (1 of 2)undated, 1911-1945

Copies of scanned photographs on 8x11 printer paper of Evelyn Klapholtz's family:

Chanula Malta Matza

Child of one of Max Joseph’s sisters

Menachem Joseph portrait

Menachem Joseph in front of fireplace

Mazalou Joseph and husband

Nissim Malta and Wife – Jerusalem, Israel

Rachel Joseph and Husband, portrait 1 of 2

Rachel Joseph and Husband, portrait 2 of 2

Family of David Maltza, circa 1911

Rachel (Rae) Matza and Max Joseph, wedding portrait, July 20, 1930

Stema Leon and Nissim Matza, wedding portrait, August 1932

Jack and Sarah Joseph Matza, Anne, David, and Ezra, portrait, circa 1934

Joseph Sisters, Esther, Rachel, and Mazalu (2 unidentified children), 1935

Note found on back of photo “Joseph Sisters, Esther, Rachel, and Mazalu (2 unidentified children), 1935”

Family portrait, 1937

Solomon and Jeanette Joseph, wedding portrait, December 24, 1939

Wedding Invitation to the marriage of Solomon Joseph and Jeanette Cabilli, December 24, 1939

David Matza; November 1944

Menachem Joseph and Wife, Rachel, After 1945

OS 23Photographs (2 of 2)undated, 1911-1945

Copy of photo titled: “Family of David Matza: Circa 1911” mounted for display.


Print 1: David and Goliath’s Head, caption reads “Engraved by Garavaglia after the Painting by Guercino.

Print 2: The Queen of Sheba

Print 3: Description for The Queen of Sheba print.

Print 4: Belshazzar’s Feast – Daniel interpreting the Handwriting on the Wall, includes a description on the back.

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