Guide to the Papers of Sam Camhi,
1930-2008

ASF AR 14

Processed by Kaitlyn Medley

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD by Kaitlyn Medley in 2010.Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sam Camhi
Title: The Papers of Sam Camhi
Dates:1930-2008
Dates:bulk 1960-2008
Abstract: The Papers of Sam Camhi are comprised primarily of correspondence and newsletters from his involvement in numerous Jewish organizations, especially those related to Sephardim. Additionally, Sam Camhi conducted a great deal of research on Sephardic Jewry, which is represented by publications, clippings, and notes collected by Mr. Camhi.
Languages: The collection is in English, Hebrew, and Ladino.
Quantity: 9 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR 14
Repository: American Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Born on November 22, 1920 in Chicago, Sam Camhi grew up in Chicago and later New York City during his teenage years. As a young adult during the Depression, Camhi apprenticed in the textile trade. In 1942 Sam Camhi was drafted into the U.S. Army as a Private and served over seas in an administrative role following the end of the war. When he was discharged from his military position in 1946, he was serving as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force. Then in 1948 Camhi moved to San Francisco, where he still resides today, to find a job to make ends meet. A few years after making San Francisco his new home, Camhi was invited to join the Concordia-Argonaut Club, a primarily Ashkenazi Jewish institution dating back to the 1850s, and later he joined the Club's Board. As a member for some 40 years, Camhi has written numerous articles for their monthly publication "The Concordian."

The parents of Sam Camhi immigrated to the United States from Turkey in 1906. Ladino was the principal language spoken at home and while in Chicago the Camhis were part of a small Spanish-Judeo community. Growing up in a Sephardic family and community, Sam Camhi developed an interest and devotion to the study of Mediterraneon and history and Sephardim. He also developed a particular love for music from his father's mandolin playing in Camhi's youth. Sam Camhi was married for 37 years and later in life befriended a woman of Sephardic heritage from Aden, whose Jewish community is considered by some to be the oldest surviving community of Judaism. Many of these details of Camhi's personal life appear in his research and records found throughout this collection.

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Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Sam Camhi are largely comprised of materials related to Mr. Camhi's involvement and membership with numerous Jewish organizations. These materials primarily include correspondence, newsletters, and circulars but also include other multimedia such as compact discs, audio cassettes, and photographs. Some of the more prominent organizations in the collection include The American Sephardi Federation, the Congregation Shearith Israel-the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue of New York, and the Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA). Much of Sam Camhi's involvement with the Congregation Shearith Israel-the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue involvesx frequent correspondence with Rabbi Marc Angel. Also included are the notes and drafts created by Sam Camhi for written articles published in "The Concordian," by Concordia-Argonaut. These records make up the majority of Series I: Organization and Subject Files, but the series includes, in addition, records collected and created by Sam Camhi in his research on Judaism, especially Sephardic Jewry. Records worthy of noting included two folders within this series written in Rashi script and in the Ladino language.

Series II: Clippings includes both newspaper and magazine clippings collected by Sam Camhi that discuss a number of topics, including World War II, Jewish communities in a number of geographic locations, and the Catholic Church. These files are arranged by alphabetically by topic. Series III: Publications, includes books, smaller reports, and serials acquired by Sam Camhi through his affiliations with Jewish organizations and his research. The final series, Series IV: Ephemera, contains a few physical objects donated by Sam Camhi with the collection. These include silverware, coins, a handkerchief, and a few other personal items.

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Arrangement

Organized in four series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The 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

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Related Material

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sam Camhi Papers; DS 135.S7 A5 C34 2001; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation.

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Acquisition Information

The Papers of Sam Camhi were contributed to the American Sephardi Federation by Mr. Sam Camhi.

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Access Points

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Container List

 

Series I: Organization and Subject Files, 1950-2008

5.5 linear feet
Arrangement:

The following series is arranged in one alphabetical run by organization or subject.

Scope and Content:

These materials primarily include correspondence, newsletters, and circulars acquired by Sam Camhi through his involvement membership with numerous Jewish organizations. Some of the more prominent organizations in the collection include The American Sephardi Federation, the Congregation Shearith Israel-the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue of New York, and the Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA). Much of Sam Camhi's contact with the Congregation Shearith Israel-the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue involved correspondence with Rabbi Marc Angel, which can be found in the institution's correspondence listed below. Also included are the notes and drafts created by Sam Camhi for written articles published in "The Concordian," by Concordia-Argonaut. The organization records make up the majority of the series, but also included are records collected and created by Sam Camhi in his research on Judaism, especially Sephardic Jewry.These files are organized by subject matter. Records worthy of noting are two folders with documents in Rashi script and Ladino lanuage.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Address Books1950, undated
12American Association of Jewish Friends of Turkey1990-2004
13American Sephardi Federation: Circulars1978-2001
14American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2002-2004
15American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2005-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
151American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2008-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
16American Sephardi Federation: Correspondence2000-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
21American Sephardi Federation: Sephardic House1987-2008
22Art and Music1963-2002
23Bibliographies and Book Catalogs1963-2006
24The Caroline Israelite1959-1960
25The Caroline Israelite1960-1966
26Concordia-Argonaut1979, 1995-2000
27The Concordian1998-2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
31The Concordian2001-2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
152The Concordian2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
32The Concordian: "The 1989 Earthquake and the Concordian Club"1999
34The Concordian: "The Architect Who Designed the Concordia-Argonaut"1989-1998
35The Concordian: "California's 1st Jewish Governor -- Or Was He?"2003
36The Concordian: "Fr. Ronald Burke -- A Catholic Priest -- Our New Club Member"2000
37The Concordian: "The Jews of Ancient Rome and the Catacombs"2001
38The Concordian: "Kaddish"2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
41The Concordian: "Kol Nidre Night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia"2000
42The Concordian: "Memories of the Western Wall"2000
43The Concordian: "Opera Night at the Concordia"1998
44Congregation Emanu-El1981, 1988
45Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins2001-2003
46Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins2003-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
153Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins and Program Guides2008-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
47Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries1981-1999
48Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries1999-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
154Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries2008-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
51Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings1980-2002
52Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings2003-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
155Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings2009-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
53Congregation Shearith Israel: Correspondence1978, 1998-2005
BoxFolderTitleDate
156Congregation Shearith Israel: Correspondence2008-2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
54Congregation Shearith Israel: Recorded Music1985, 2003
  

Includes compact discs and audio cassettes

 
55Correspondence1957-2000
  

Includes photographs

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
61Correspondence2001-2008
  

Includes photographs

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
157Correspondence with Samuel Benveniste1998-2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
62Erensia Sefardi1994-2002
63Erensia Sefardi2003-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
158Erensia Sefardi2008-2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
64Events Related to Sephardim1981-2007
65Greek Jewry1982-2007
66The Israel Digest1961-1963
67Jewish Heritage Tours1986-2003
68Jewish Organizations1966-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
159Jewish Organizations1985, 2009-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
161"The Jewish Veteran"2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
69Kehila Kedosha Janina1995-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
162Kehila Kedosha Janina2008-2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
71Kol haKehila1999-2000
72La Lettre Sépharade1999-2003
73La Lettre Sépharade2004-2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
163La Lettre SépharadeOct 2007
BoxFolderTitleDate
74Ladino Texts1974
75Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)1990-2001
76Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)2004-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
164Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)2005, 2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
77Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"1997-2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
81Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2004-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
141Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2006
BoxFolderTitleDate
165Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2008-2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
82"Los Muestros"1993, 1999
83Magain David Sephardim Congregation1960-2001
BoxFolderTitleDate
166Magain David Sephardim Congregation2007-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
84Magain David Sephardim Congregation: Bulletins1990-2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
167Mechanics' Institute: Library Bulletin1998
BoxFolderTitleDate
85Notebook in Rashi Script with Correspondence from Rabbi Marc Angel1981
86Prayer Books1950-2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
168Recorded Music: Judy Frankel1984-1998
  

Comprised of audio cassettes

 
169Recorded Music: Sephardic Songs1999-2002
  

Comprised of compact discs

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
91Research on Sephardic Jewry and Ladino Texts1957-2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
1610Research on Sephardic Jewry and Ladino Textsundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
92Sephardic Educational Center: "Hamerkaz"2001-2003
93"The Sephardic Home"1978-2002
94"The Sephardic Home"2005-2008
BoxFolderTitleDate
171"The Sephardic Home"2008-2010
BoxFolderTitleDate
95Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel1981-1988, 2002
BoxFolderTitleDate
172World Jewish Congress: "Dateline -- World Jewry"2000-2001
BoxFolderTitleDate
96World Jewish Congress: "Dateline -- World Jewry"2001-2004
BoxFolderTitleDate
101World Sephardi Federation1958-1959
102World Sephardi Federation1960-1966
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Series II: Clippings, c. 1990s

1 linear foot
Arrangement:

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

Series II includes both newspaper and magazine clippings collected by Sam Camhi that discuss a number of topics, including World War II, Jewish communities in a number of geographic locations, and the Catholic Church.

BoxFolderTitleDate
103Africac. 1990s
104Catholic Churchc. 1990s
105Christopher Columbusc. 1990s
106Europec. 1990s
107Israelc. 1990s
108Italyc. 1990s
109Judaism: Generalc. 1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
173Judaism: General2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
1010Magazine Clippings: Generalc. 1990s
1011Newspaper Clippings: Generalc. 1990s
1012Notable Peoplec. 1990s
1013Obituariesc. 1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
111Sephardic Jewryc. 1990s
112Spainc. 1990s
113United Statesc. 1990s
114World War IIc. 1990s
115World War IIc. 1990s
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Series III: Publications, 1930-2005

1.25 linear foot
Arrangement:

The following series is arranged alphabetically by publication title or type (ie. serials).

Scope and Content:

Series III is comprised of publications, including books, smaller reports, and serials, acquired by Sam Camhi through his affiliations with Jewish organizations and his research.

BoxFolderTitleDate
116Conversations: Orthodoxy and Kelal Yisrael2009
BoxFolderTitleDate
175"Estudios: ¿Cuando Llegaron Los Judios A España?"2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
116Exploring Sephardic Customs and Traditions2000
BoxFolderTitleDate
121The Grandees1971
122History of Jews in Rome1941
123The Jews of Rhodes: The History of a Sephardic Community1998
124Jews and Synagogues: Venice, Florence, Rome, Leghorn1973
BoxFolderTitleDate
OSLa Vara, Vol. XXV, No. 3823 May 1947
  

For access to these materials please contact ASF.

 
OSLa Vara, Vol. XXV, No. 4511 July 1947
  

For access to these materials please contact ASF.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
131Lectures and Reports1958-1995
132A Sephardic Passover Haggadah1988
133Serials1969-1995
134Serials1995-2001
135"A Study of the Monastir Dialect of Judeo-Spanish Based on Oral Material Collected in Monastir, Yugo-Slavia"1930, 2005
136They Say Diamonds Don't Burn: The Holocaust Experiences of René Molho of Salonika, Greece1999
BoxFolderTitleDate
176"Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought"Fall 1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
137Yehuda Halevi1941
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Series IV: Ephemera, undated

0.25 linear foot
Scope and Content:

This series contains physical objects donated with the collection, which include silverware, a pen, coins, a handkerchief, and a few other personal items belonging to Sam Camhi.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14Ephemeraundated
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