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

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Address Books1950, undatedrequest_box
12American Association of Jewish Friends of Turkey1990-2004request_box
13American Sephardi Federation: Circulars1978-2001request_box
14American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2002-2004request_box
15American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2005-2007request_box
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151American Sephardi Federation: Circulars2008-2010request_box
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16American Sephardi Federation: Correspondence2000-2008request_box
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21American Sephardi Federation: Sephardic House1987-2008request_box
22Art and Music1963-2002request_box
23Bibliographies and Book Catalogs1963-2006request_box
24The Caroline Israelite1959-1960request_box
25The Caroline Israelite1960-1966request_box
26Concordia-Argonaut1979, 1995-2000request_box
27The Concordian1998-2000request_box
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31The Concordian2001-2003request_box
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152The Concordian2008request_box
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32The Concordian: "The 1989 Earthquake and the Concordian Club"1999request_box
34The Concordian: "The Architect Who Designed the Concordia-Argonaut"1989-1998request_box
35The Concordian: "California's 1st Jewish Governor -- Or Was He?"2003request_box
36The Concordian: "Fr. Ronald Burke -- A Catholic Priest -- Our New Club Member"2000request_box
37The Concordian: "The Jews of Ancient Rome and the Catacombs"2001request_box
38The Concordian: "Kaddish"2002request_box
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41The Concordian: "Kol Nidre Night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia"2000request_box
42The Concordian: "Memories of the Western Wall"2000request_box
43The Concordian: "Opera Night at the Concordia"1998request_box
44Congregation Emanu-El1981, 1988request_box
45Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins2001-2003request_box
46Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins2003-2008request_box
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153Congregation Shearith Israel: Bulletins and Program Guides2008-2010request_box
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47Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries1981-1999request_box
48Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries1999-2007request_box
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154Congregation Shearith Israel: Calendars and Diaries2008-2010request_box
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51Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings1980-2002request_box
52Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings2003-2008request_box
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155Congregation Shearith Israel: Circulars and Mailings2009-2010request_box
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53Congregation Shearith Israel: Correspondence1978, 1998-2005request_box
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156Congregation Shearith Israel: Correspondence2008-2009request_box
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54Congregation Shearith Israel: Recorded Music1985, 2003request_box
  

Includes compact discs and audio cassettes

 
55Correspondence1957-2000request_box
  

Includes photographs

 
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61Correspondence2001-2008request_box
  

Includes photographs

 
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157Correspondence with Samuel Benveniste1998-2009request_box
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62Erensia Sefardi1994-2002request_box
63Erensia Sefardi2003-2008request_box
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158Erensia Sefardi2008-2009request_box
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64Events Related to Sephardim1981-2007request_box
65Greek Jewry1982-2007request_box
66The Israel Digest1961-1963request_box
67Jewish Heritage Tours1986-2003request_box
68Jewish Organizations1966-2008request_box
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159Jewish Organizations1985, 2009-2010request_box
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161"The Jewish Veteran"2010request_box
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69Kehila Kedosha Janina1995-2008request_box
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162Kehila Kedosha Janina2008-2009request_box
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71Kol haKehila1999-2000request_box
72La Lettre Sépharade1999-2003request_box
73La Lettre Sépharade2004-2007request_box
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163La Lettre SépharadeOct 2007request_box
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74Ladino Texts1974request_box
75Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)1990-2001request_box
76Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)2004-2008request_box
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164Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA)2005, 2009request_box
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77Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"1997-2003request_box
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81Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2004-2008request_box
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141Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2006request_box
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165Los Angeles Sephardic Home for the Aging (LASHA): "Lashon"2008-2009request_box
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82"Los Muestros"1993, 1999request_box
83Magain David Sephardim Congregation1960-2001request_box
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166Magain David Sephardim Congregation2007-2010request_box
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84Magain David Sephardim Congregation: Bulletins1990-2003request_box
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167Mechanics' Institute: Library Bulletin1998request_box
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85Notebook in Rashi Script with Correspondence from Rabbi Marc Angel1981request_box
86Prayer Books1950-2003request_box
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168Recorded Music: Judy Frankel1984-1998request_box
  

Comprised of audio cassettes

 
169Recorded Music: Sephardic Songs1999-2002request_box
  

Comprised of compact discs

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

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
103Africac. 1990srequest_box
104Catholic Churchc. 1990srequest_box
105Christopher Columbusc. 1990srequest_box
106Europec. 1990srequest_box
107Israelc. 1990srequest_box
108Italyc. 1990srequest_box
109Judaism: Generalc. 1990srequest_box
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173Judaism: General2009request_box
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1010Magazine Clippings: Generalc. 1990srequest_box
1011Newspaper Clippings: Generalc. 1990srequest_box
1012Notable Peoplec. 1990srequest_box
1013Obituariesc. 1990srequest_box
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111Sephardic Jewryc. 1990srequest_box
112Spainc. 1990srequest_box
113United Statesc. 1990srequest_box
114World War IIc. 1990srequest_box
115World War IIc. 1990srequest_box
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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.

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116Conversations: Orthodoxy and Kelal Yisrael2009request_box
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175"Estudios: ¿Cuando Llegaron Los Judios A España?"2000request_box
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116Exploring Sephardic Customs and Traditions2000request_box
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121The Grandees1971request_box
122History of Jews in Rome1941request_box
123The Jews of Rhodes: The History of a Sephardic Community1998request_box
124Jews and Synagogues: Venice, Florence, Rome, Leghorn1973request_box
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OSLa Vara, Vol. XXV, No. 3823 May 1947request_box
  

For access to these materials please contact ASF.

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

For access to these materials please contact ASF.

 
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131Lectures and Reports1958-1995request_box
132A Sephardic Passover Haggadah1988request_box
133Serials1969-1995request_box
134Serials1995-2001request_box
135"A Study of the Monastir Dialect of Judeo-Spanish Based on Oral Material Collected in Monastir, Yugo-Slavia"1930, 2005request_box
136They Say Diamonds Don't Burn: The Holocaust Experiences of René Molho of Salonika, Greece1999request_box
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176"Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought"Fall 1995request_box
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137Yehuda Halevi1941request_box
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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.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14Ephemeraundatedrequest_box
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