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Guide to the Papers of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo
1934 - 2003

ASF AR-8

Processed by Randall C. Belinfante

American Sephardi Federation

Center for Jewish History

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Machine-readable finding aid was created by Randall C. Belinfante as MSWord file in October 2003. Electronic finding aid was converted to EAD 2002 by Randall C. Belinfante in November 2003. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creators: Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo
Title: Papers of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo
Dates: 1934-2003
Dates: bulk 1950-1985
Abstract: The papers of Rev Abraham Lopez and Mrs. Irma Robles Cardozo Archives contain various materials reflecting the customs and habits of Sephardic Jews, and are particularly concerned with Hazanut and Sephardic philanthropic activities. The collection is made up primarily of brochures, off-prints, photocopies, and newspaper clippings related to their involvement in Congregation Shearith Israel (where Rev. Cardozo served for many years as Hazan) and a variety of charitable organizations in which Mrs. Cardozo took part. The collection is mostly in English, although some materials are in Hebrew, and some are in Dutch.
Languages: The collection is in English, Dutch, and Hebrew.
Quantity: 4.8 linear feet
Identification: ASF AR-8
Repository: American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish HistoryAmerican Sephardi Federation
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Biographical Note

Abraham Lopes Cardozo

Abraham Lopes Cardozo was born in Amsterdam, Holland on September 27, 1914. As the great-grandson of the Chief Rabbi of the Sephardim in Amsterdam (who preached the last sermon in Portuguese, and who was later decorated by the King of Holland), and as the son of Joseph Lopes Cardozo, leader of the boy's choir of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, it was fitting that he read his first Haftorah at the age of seven in that same synagogue. He attended Seminary Ets Haim in Amsterdam , and became active in Hagomel, a congregational youth society. In 1939 he was appointed by Queen Wilhemina to be rabbi of the Sephardic congregation in Paramaribo, capital of Surinam. On vacation in New York in 1945 he visited Congregation Shearith Israel in NYC and he liked it. It was mutual, for he was invited by the Congregation to become the Assistant Hazzan there in 1946, a position he held for forty years. In 1987, he released a book and accompanying cassette tapes entitled: Sephardic Songs of Praise. On June 7, 2000, he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of Holland.

Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo

Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo was born in Paramaribo, Surinam on February 25, 1924. Her father, Judah Robles, was president of the Sephardic congregation. She attended Hendriks School, and then began her long career of philanthropy by working for the Surinam war effort. She joined the army in 1943, and as Corporal Irma Robles she was sent to Washington, D.C. to work in the Pentagon with the Netherlands Marines. When the war ended, she came to New York to work in a branch of a Netherlands Bank. Starting out as a secretary, she worked her way up to become an important player in the organization. After she married, she felt constrained from holding a salaried position, so she filled her time working for a wide variety of different philanthropic organizations. Most notable among these was the Women's Division of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America, the Jaffa Institute, and the Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem. Her hard work led to her election as president of the Women's Division and to her receiving the Yedid Nefesh award from the Jaffa Institute in 1997. She also serves as co-president of the Sisterhood of Congregation Shearith Israel.

Robles Lopes Cardozo Family

As a youngster in Surinam Irma Robles became acquainted with Abraham Lopes Cardozo while he served as the rabbi of her father's congregation. When she came to New York, they met once again, and worked on a number of projects together, especially in the area of philanthropy. They were friends for six years before, as Mrs. Cardozo recalls, "Then on December 10, 1950 we had our first official date." They became engaged eleven days later, and were married on March 11, 1951. They have two daughters: Deborah, who was born in 1952 and Judith, who was born in 1955. Once married to the Hazzan, Mrs. Cardozo was obliged to give up her salaried work, but she continued to work diligently for a variety of philanthropic organizations.

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Scope and Content Note

The archival collection of Reverend Abraham Lopes Cardozo and Mrs. Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo relates primarily to the Cardozo's interest in the community of Congregation Shearith Israel in which they were involved so long, and in a number philanthropic organizations with which they were also involved. Their material is divided into five main groups. These include personal papers (composed of Abraham Lopes Cardozo's papers, Correspondence, Honors, and Newspaper clippings); materials from their long association with Congregation Shearith Israel; materials from the various organizations with which they have worked over the past forty years; materials dealing with personalities with whom they had contact; and communities with which they have had involvement over the past fifty years.

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Arrangement

This collection is subdivided into six subgroups. The first subgroup is divided into five series.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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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Related Material

Irma Lopes Cardozo was formerly President of the Central Sephardi Jewish Community of America, Women's Division, whose papers are also in the custody of the American Sephardi Federation Archives.

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Provenance

Gift of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo in September 2003.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo; ASF AR-8; box number; folder number; American Sephardi Federation at the Center for Jewish History .

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Container List

 

Subgroup I: Personal Papers of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo, 1958-1988.

The languages of the subgroup are English and Dutch.
2.0 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically with the files of Rev.Abraham Lopes Cardozo followed by various members of the family.

Scope and Content:

These series contain the personal papers of Reverend Abraham Lopes Cardozo and his wife Mrs. Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo. They are made up of speeches and events (i.e., Bat Mitzvahs) in the lives of the two Cardozos; correspondence received by the Cardozos as well some written to friends and relatives; honors received by the Cardozos (i.e., on anniversaries, etc.) and newspaper articles detailing the life of the Cardozos. The Cardozos' lives were inextricably bound up in the Congregation Shearith Israel Community of New York City, but also very significant is their reception of the "City of Peace" award, and Reverend Cardozo's knighting by the Netherlands government in 2000. Their personal papers continue to accumulate even as they are being processed.

Series 1: Cardozo, Abraham Lopes,  1960-2002.

13 folders
Scope and Content:

These folders contain speeches and events (i.e., Bat Mitzvahs, Erev Hazanut, etc.) from the life of the Reverend Abraham Lopes Cardozo. Included as well is information regarding the publication of Reverend Cardozo's book: Sephardic Songs of Praise and the Sephardic Program Resource Guide

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Cardozo, Abraham Lopes - Biography n.d.
1 2 Erev Hazanut-be-Nushah Sefarad (p.10); The Sephardic Program Resource Guide (p.43) n.d., 1992
1 3 Eulogy for Phil Fernandes 1966 Feb.17
1 4 Hebrew Practice Book n.d.
1 5 Holocaust - records and efforts to gain restitution for loss of parents 2000 - 2001
1 6 Holocaust - Victims - Lopes Cardozo family 1942 - 1945
1 7 News Release - Rev. Abraham Cardozo Publishes New Book Sephardic Songs of Praise; Invitation to reception for Sephardic Songs of Praise; Jewish Sacred Music : Shachar Avakesheha 1987 Dec.13
1 8 Sermon - Onze Gazanade n.d.
1 9 Sermon - "Our true Sephardic Heritage" 1962 Aug.4
1 10 Sermon - Shabbath Hagadol 1971 Apr.3
1 11 Sermon - Yom Kippur n.d.
1 12 Western Sephardi Liturgical Tradition - As sung by Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Pamphlet and Booklet 2004
1 13 Writings on Sephardic Music 1960
1 14 Writings on Sephardim n.d.

Series 2: Family,  1952-2003.

9 folders
Scope and Content:

These folders contain memorabilia mainly from the lives of the Cardozos' children : Deborah (born 1952) and Judith (born 1955), the husbands of each of the daughters, and the children born to each. Of particular note is Yossi Blum, Deborah's son from her first marriage to Jay Richard Blum: he was valedictorian at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University in 1999. He was married shortly thereafter, and became a Doctor of Medicine in 2003.

Box Folder Title Date
1 14 Blum, Jay Richard and Deborah Cardozo 1977 - 1980
1 15 Blum, Tzvia Nehama 1980
1 16 Blum, Yossi 1977 - 2003
1 17 David Cardozo Academy: Ideas - Rabbi Francis Nataf 2004
1 18 Cardozo, Deborah 1952-
1 19 Cardozo, Judith 1955-
1 20 Lopes Cardozo, Nathan T. - Thoughts to Ponder 2004
1 21 Smith, Earl and Deborah Cardozo Blum - Wedding Announcement 1989 Jul.9
1 22 Tenenbaum, Sidney and Judith Cardozo n.d.

Series 3: Robles-Lopes Cardozo Families,  1942-1985?.

17 folders
Scope and Content:

These folders contain a number of items associated with Mrs. Lopes Cardozo's life and career. They include a few writings, recipes, commendations and letters of recommendation dating from the time that Mrs. Cardozo came to America from Surinam at the end of WWII. They also include some correspondence on the death of her mother in March, 1966 as well as a small amount of material about the Robles family, its genealogy and heraldry. The collection also includes a number of letters of recommendation, as well as a petition - instigated by Mrs. Lopes Cardozo fighting the inclusion of women on the Board of Electors of Congregation Shearith Israel. Finally, the series includes articles and photos from the wedding of Miss Robles to Rev. Abraham Lopes Cardozo.

Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Robles - Correspondence 1947-1979
2 2 Robles, Ewald 1975
2 3 Robles Family: School Photocopies 1910-1930
2 4 Robles - Genealogy, Surname and Heraldry n.d.
2 5 Robles de Medina - Family History n.d.
2 6 Robles, Irma - Young woman n.d.
2 7 Robles, Juda - Memorial 1950
2 8 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Biography n.d.
2 9 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Commendation letter 1985?
2 10 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Death of Mother 1966 Mar.
2 11 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Eshet Hayyil - American Sephardi, vol.1, no.2 1967 Jun
2 12 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Letters of Recommendation 1942 - 1945
2 13 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Petition against including women on Board of Electors 1973 Jan.24
2 14 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Recipes n.d.
2 15 Robles Lopes Cardozo, Irma - Writings and Speeches - Tseniut, Mikveh n.d.
2 16 Robles - Lopes Cardozo - Tombstones 1999 Oct. 21
2 17 Robles Lopes Cardozo - Wedding 1951

Series 4: Honors and Newspaper Clippings,  1942-2000.

18 folders
Scope and Content:

These folders contain a number of items honoring Rev.Abraham Lopes Cardozo and his wife Mrs. Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo. Rev. Cardozo served as a Hazan at Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, NY for more than fifty years, while Ms. Cardozo was involved in many philanthropic institutions, in the U.S. and in Israel. They are honored both for their contributions in the field of hazanut, but also for their contributions towards the various philanthropic institutions. Most notable among the latter is Mrs. Lopes Cardozo's extensive involvement in the Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America's Women Division. Papers are arranged chronologically according to individual.

Box Folder Title Date
3 1 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Embarking for position in Surinam 1939
3 2 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Papers concerning Cardozo's earning Private Smichah 1956
3 3 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Shabbaton Invitation - In honor of Hatanim 1987 Oct. 17
3 4 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Meeting with Princess Margriet of the Netherlands 1991
3 5 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Shabbaton in honor of Rev. Cardozo 1996 Mar. 30
3 6 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Knighthood from Queen Beatrix of Netherlands 2000 Jun. 7
3 7 Abraham Lopes Cardozo - Knighthood from Queen Beatrix of Netherlands - Correspondence 2000
3 8 Irma Robles - Brigadier 1945 Apr.30
3 9 Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo - Women's Division of Central Sephardic Jewish Community - Annual Journal and Spring Luncheon - Congratulations from various sources 1977 Mar. 16
3 10 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L.Cardozo - 25th Wedding Anniversary 1976 Apr. 14
3 11 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L.Cardozo - 50th Wedding Anniversary 2001 May 20
3 12 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Reception at Shearith Israel: Invitation, Booklet 1984 Nov.11
3 13 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Tribute 1985 Feb.10
3 14 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - City of Peace Award - Dinner Invitation - Shearith Israel - Sephardic Home News - Rev. and Mrs. Cardozo to be Honored, vol. 38, no.11 - Congratulations from various sources 1985 Nov.
3 15 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Israel Bond in their Honor 1985 Dec.11
3 16 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Women's Division of Central Sephardic Jewish Community 1992 Mar.25
3 17 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Jaffa Institute: Yedid Nefesh Award 1997 Oct.19
3 18 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Yedid Nefesh - Photos 1997 Oct.19
3 19 Reverend and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo - Newspaper Clippings - Jewish Press - Vario Nederlands Dagblad 1979 May 25-1991 Mar.23

Series 5: Correspondence,  1934-2003.

32 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains a collection of some of the correspondence exchanged by Reverend and Mrs. A. Lopes Cardozo over a nearly forty year period. It consists partly of letters of acknowledgement and recognition sent to the Cardozos during this period, but there are also a number of letters from and to various members of the Cardozo and the Robles families. There are included as well, a large collection of letters gratefully acknowledging the Cardozos for their conscientious and generous giving of time and energy to various causes.

Subseries A: Business papers and personal Correspondence,  1934-2003.

Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Business Papers and Pre-World War II Correspondence 1934-1939
4 2 Chaplaincy and Army - Correspondence 1942-1943
4 3 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1939-1940
4 4 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1940
4 5 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1941
4 6 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1942
4 7 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1943
4 8 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1944
4 9 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1945
4 10 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1946
4 11 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1947
4 12 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1948
4 13 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1949
4 14 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1950
4 15 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1951
4 16 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1952
4 17 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1953
4 18 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1956-1960
4 19 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1960-1970
4 20 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1970-1980
4 21 Family and Friends - Correspondence 1980-2000
4 22 Family and Friends - Correspondence 2000-

Subseries B: Special papers and correspondence,  1950-2003.

Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Music of the Sephardim - Appreciation 1960
5 2 "Our True Sephardic Heritage" - Appreciation 1962
5 3 Sephardic Songs of Praise - Selected Sephardic Chants 1990-1992
5 4 Family - Greetings and cards 1951-1994
5 5 Funerals - Correspondence 1954-1990
5 6 Individuals - Thank you letters 1955-2003
5 7 Institutional - Thank you letters 1953-2002
5 8 Passover-Correspondence 1950-2002
5 9 Thank you for Bar Mitzvahs 1954-1977
5 10 Thank you for Weddings 1954-1969
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Subgroup II: Personalities in the lives of Abraham and Irma Lopes Cardozo, 1907-2000.

The predominent language of the Subgroup is English.
49 folders; 0.8 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically according to last name of personality.

Scope and Content:

This subgroup features information on personalities with whom the Cardozos came into contact during their more than 50 years of involvement with Congregation Shearith Israel in New York. It contains materials on such figures as the Haham Solomon Gaon, the Reverend Dr. Louis Gerstein, the Reverend Dr. David de Sola Pool, and Dr. Pool's wife: Tamar Pool. Dr. David de Sola Pool was the Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel when Reverend Cardozo became the Hazan there during the 1940s, while Dr. Louis Gerstein was the Rabbi there during the 1960s and 1970s. The Haham Solomon Gaon was a major figure in the Cardozo's community in N.Y. as well as a close friend of their family. There is a collection of photographs included in which the Central Sephardic Jewish Community mounted a plaque at Yeshiva U. in honor of Dr. Gaon. Though deriving from individuals familiar to the Cardozos, some of this material long pre-dates the participation and contact with their family. Some figures have been included moreover, merely because they appear to have made a major impact upon the lives of the Cardozos. They were important enough that the Cardozos felt that they wanted them to be included in their archives.

Box Folder Title Date
6 1 Abrahams, Yona - Bar Mitzvah 1999?
6 2 Affachiner, Rebecca Gertrude n.d.
6 3 Azran, Joseph 1941-
6 4 Bendheim 1971
6 5 Besso, Henry V. "Judaeo-Spanish - Its Growth and Decline" 1971
6 6 Cardozo, Benjamin Nathan 1995-1998
6 7 Cardozo, D.A. Jessurun - Two Sermons - Obituary - Personalities - Cardozo, I.- Correspondence 1962-1972 Sept.8-1940
6 8 De Sola, D.A. n.d.
6 9 Gabbai, Rabbi Albert E. 2003
6 10 Gaon, Haham Solomon 1968
6 11 Gaon, Haham Solomon - Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America - Presentation of Plaque 1995
6 12 Gaon, Haham Solomon - Memorial 1994
6 13 Gaon, Haham Solomon and Regina Correspondence 1972-1987
6 14 Gerstein, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. - 25th Anniversary 1987 Dec.13
6 15 Gerstein, Louis - Dedication of a plaque to Emma Lazarus 1969 Nov.2
6 16 Illan, Judith - Sombre Dagan (Dark Summoning) n.d.
6 17 Jung, Leo - Essentials of Judaism 1975
6 18 Lasry, Rabbi Haim - "Sephardic Education Project" Letter of Agreement with ASF and SH 1986 Aug.1
6 19 Laufer (neighbor) - Writings n.d.
6 20 Lehman, Marcus and Herbert (Governor-NY) n.d.
6 21 Lyons, Jacques Judah - Papers n.d.
6 22 Merkin, Daphne 1999 Apr. 26-1999 May 3
6 23 Moussaieff, Shlomo - A man of Good fortune n.d.
6 24 Nathan, Edgar J. Jr.; Nathan, Edgar J. III - 350 th Anniversary Dinner in honor of 1965, 2004
6 25 Pereira, Haham S. A. Rodrigues 1964
Box Folder Title Date
7 26 Pool, David de Sola - Sermons - The numbering of the people 1912
7 27 Pool, David de Sola - Sermons - Zionism as an Expression of Jewish Patriotism 1914
7 28 Pool, David de Sola - Sermons - The unchanging law 1916
7 29 Pool, David de Sola - Sermons - Traditional Code of Jewish Education 1924 Jun.-Jul.
7 30 Pool, David de Sola-Sermons - Jehuda Halevi's Defense of his faith 1925
7 31 Pool, David de Sola - Sermons - Genesis and Evolution 1926 Apr.
7 32 Pool, David de Sola - Sermon - Discipline 1942 Feb.14
7 33 Pool, David de Sola - 60th Birthday - Congregation Shearith Israel 1945 May 16
7 34 Pool, David de Sola - Service for Thanksgiving Day 1945 Nov.
7 35 Pool, David de Sola - My Spiritual Autobiography 1953
7 36 Pool, David de Sola - Two Sermons - Gevuroth - 80th Birthday
Inaugural Sermon
1965 May 15, 1907 Dec.21
7 37 Pool, David de Sola - The Jewish People-A definition n.d.
7 38 Pool, David de Sola - Song of Songs - Which is Solomon's - Includes Cover Photograph n.d.
7 39 Pool, David de Sola - Synagogue Jeshuat Israel n.d.
7 40 Pool Family - Correspondence 1981
7 41 Pool, Tamar - Homage to Tamar on her ninetieth Birthday 1980
7 42 Pool, Tamar - Letters 1970-1981
7 43 Salomon, Ivan - Obituaries 1972 Mar. 29
7 44 Seixas, Gershom Mendes - Thanksgiving Sermon - 1789 1977
7 44 Seixas, Gershom Mendes - Letters to his daughter Sarah (by David de Sola Pool) 1939
7 45 Toledano, Pinchas 1998
7 46 Judah Touro - 1775-1854 - By Dr. S. Joshua Kohn 1980
7 47 Wolff Family - Wedding - Rachel and Alton Wolff n.d.
7 48 Wolff Family - Bat Mitzvah of Erica Ashley Wolff 1994 Dec. 4
7 49 Yosef, Ovadia - Correspondence 1973 Nov. 8
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Subgroup III: Congregation Shearith Israel, 1892-1997 (bulk 1930-1981).

The predominent language of Subgroup is English.
35 folders; 0.8 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by project date.

Scope and Content:

This subgroup describes material dealing with Congregation Shearith Israel-The Spanish Portuguese Synagogue of New York City, NY. Reverend Cardozo served there as Assistant Hazan for more than 50 years. As such, the Synagogue has been extremely important in the lives of both Reverend and Mrs. Cardozo. This series goes beyond the Cardozo's contact with the Synagogue to describe some of the major events that have taken place there over the past 250 years. Thus, one finds information, authored by Rev. David de Sola Pool describing the Mill Street Building, the Crosby Street Building, and the 70th street building that belonged to Shearith Israel over its 300 year history. One also finds information on the 250th anniversary of the Synagogue, of its Tercentenary in 1954, and of the constitution of the Hevra Hesed Va-Emet in 1892. A variety of events are represented which may or may not directly involve the Cardozos.

Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Business papers and Correspondence - Dealings with Congregation Shearith Israel 1943-1997
8 2 Synagogue Booklets - Mill Street Synagogue - 2 editions 1930,1980
8 3 Crosby Street Synagogue 1934
8 4 70th Street Synagogue 1947
8 5 Congregation and its synagogue - Congregation - Pamphlet 1960
8 6 The Little Synagogue - Pamphlet n.d.
8 7 Prayer for the State of Israel - Pamphlet n.d.
8 8 Congregational Postcards n.d.
8 9 Gerstein, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. - 25th Anniversary 1987 Dec. 13
8 10 Hebrew Relief Society - By-laws 1926
8 11 Hevra Hesed va-Emet - Constitution 1892
8 12 Hevra Hesed va-Emet - Constitution 1901
8 13 Historical Celebrations - Part 1 - Consecration Service 1897
8 14 Historical Celebrations - Part 2 - 250th Anniversary 1905
8 15 Historical Celebrations - Part 3 - Yearbook 1908
8 16 Historical Celebrations - Part 4 - Rededication 1921
8 17 The Congregation Shearith Israel: An historical review by N. Tayor Phillips 1897
8 18 Ketubot - Marriage Contracts 1945-1950
Box Folder Title Date
9 19 Liturgy - Bendigamos ; Strange Odyssey of Bendigamos n.d.
9 20 Manhatten Eruv n.d.
9 21 Newsletters 1946-1985
9 22 Personalities - misc. n.d.
9 23 Personnel lists 1960
9 24 Polones Talmud Torah - Girls 1941
9 25 Shearith Israel League - Dinner Journal for Ephraim Berliner 1970 Mar. 28
9 26 Shearith Israel League - The Pirates of Penzance 1981 Mar. 21
9 27 Sisterhood - Centennial Celebration 1996
9 28 "Synagogue Events spark NY Area Campaign" - Jewish Week 1985 Nov. 22
9 29 Tarry, Victor - Photographs n.d.
9 30 Tax Exempt Certification 1971 Apr.
9 31 Tercentenary: Service of Re-consecration 1954 Sept.12
9 32 Bulletin-Shearith Israel - Tercentenary Opens; Tercentenary Pages - Pages 1954 Sept. 24
9 33 The Three hundredth Thanksgiving - Booklet 1954 Nov.
9 34 Tercentenary Journal - Booklet 1955 Apr. 21
9 35 Resolution of CSI Trustees to Sell Light and Easement of 21st Street Cemetery 2004 Jan. 12
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Subgroup IV: Organizations, 1974-2003.

The predominent languages of the Subgroup are English and Dutch.
0.6 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically according to name of organization.

Scope and Content:

Rev. and Mrs. Abraham Lopes Cardozo have long been heavily involved in a wide variety of philanthropic and non-profit organizations. On many, such as Alliance Israelite Universelle and the American Sephardi Federation, Mrs. Irma Cardozo served on the Executive and the Membership committees. With others Rev. and Mrs.Lopes Cardozo's service was distinguished with honors, such as the Yedid Nefesh Award given by the Jaffa Institute. With still others, such as the Women's Division of the Central Sephardic Jewish Community Mrs. Irma Lopes Cardozo ascended to the position of vice-president and president of the organization. Some of the papers retained from these experiences are included in this series.

Series I : General Organizations,  1974-2003.

27 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains a collection of materials from some of the various philanthropic organizations with which Rev. and Mrs. Cardozo worked. They include correspondence, informational brochures, and even the by-laws. Also included are a number of photos, memos, and clippings highlighting the activities of some of the organizations.

Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Alliance Israeliete Universelle - Correspondence 1976 June
10 2 American Sephardi Federation - By-laws n.d.
10 3 American Sephardi Federation - Correspondence 1974-2001
10 4 American Sephardi Federation - Executive Committee - Membership Committee 1978-1985
10 5 American Sephardi Federation - Second National Convention - Program 1975 Jun.1-2
10 6 American Friends of Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam - Bylaws - Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam - Postcard 1991
10 7 Chevra Kadisha - Women's n.d.
10 8 Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations - Memo - Kidnapped Israelis 2000
10 9 Dalton Community in Israel - Mrs. Louis Gerstein 1981 Oct. 15
10 10 Federation of Jewish Philanthropies - Booklet n.d.
10 11 Friends of Akim U.S.A - Mrs. Irma Lopes Cardozo - V.P. 1984
10 12 Jaffa Institute - Booklets n.d.
10 13 Jaffa Institute - Correspondence 1997 - 2003
10 14 Jaffa Institute - Gala Dinners 1994, 2001
10 15 Jaffa Institute - Newspaper Clippings and Bulletins 1999-2001
10 16 Joint Passover Association - Minutes of Board Meeting - Various Correspondence 1978 Dec. 7
10 17 Keren Or Inc. - Jerusalem Institutions for the Blind - Minutes and Correspondence 1979-1980
10 18 Or Ha-Chaim Girls College 1976-1977
10 19 Torah Ve-horah - The Educational Centre 1975-1977
10 20 Women's Division - Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America - Correspondence 1978-1983
10 21 Women's Division - Central Sephardic Jewish Community of America - Mrs. Cardozo - Pres. 1984 Apr. 4, 1987 Apr. 29
10 22 World Sephardic Congress 2002
10 23 World Sephardi Federation - Correspondence 1978 Sept. 27
10 24 Yad Vashem - "Zodat je zult gedenken zolang je leeft" (Dutch) n.d.
10 25 Yeshiva University - Correspondence 1977-1990
10 26 Yeshiva University - Jacob E. Safra Institute 1991
10 27 Yeshiva University - Sephardic Reference Room - Y.U. Library 1964-

Series II: American Friends of Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem,  1972-2003.

11 folders
Scope and Content:

This series describes material dealing with the American Friends of Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel. This hospital was originally founded in the late 1800s by Rabbi Isaac Askenazi, the son of the then Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael: Rishon-Lezion-Hacham Bashi Avraham Askenazi to serve as a women's maternity hospital. A new building was erected for the hospital in the mid- 1980s, as is detailed in some of the material cited here. The American Friends of Misgav Ladach Hospital were instrumental in the erection of the new building. Mrs. Cardozo served for a number of years as the President of the American Friends of Misgav Ladach hospital, and through her efforts, over $100,000 were raised to help in the construction. Playing such an important role in the organization, Mrs. Cardozo has collected a great deal of information about its history, by-laws, and correspondence.

Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Booklets on History of Misgav Ladach Facsimile - Certificate presented to Rabbi Avraham Askenazi on his appointment as Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael - Official stamp of Rabbi Isaac Askenazi 1976
11 2 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - By-laws n.d.
11 3 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Correspondence 1979-2002
11 4 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Finances 1978-1983
11 5 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Louis E. Rousso 1897-1985
11 6 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - News - News clippings and Newsletter 1979-1991
11 7 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Mrs. A. Lopes Cardozo - President - News clipping 1979 May 25
11 8 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Reports 1974, 1978
11 9 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Photos n.d.
11 10 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Sephardi World - Childbirth at Misgav Ladach Hospital 1984 Apr.-May
11 11 American Friends of Misgav Ladach - Medals 1987 May 27
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Subgroup V: Communities, 1866-2003.

The predominent languages of the Subgroup is English and Dutch.
0.8 linear feet, 33 folders
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically according to name of community.

Scope and Content:

Rev. and Mrs. Abraham L. Cardozo have traveled extensively and taken part in a wide variety of Sephardic Communities. From Rev. Cardozo's birthplace in Amsterdam to Mrs. Cardozo's birthplace in Surinam, there are numerous Sephardic Communities that have been significant in the lives of the Cardozos. In this subgroup, are included a number of the major Sephardic Communities with which the Cardozos have come into contact. A separate series contains materials describing the world of Surinam, where Mrs. Robles Lopes Cardozo was born and spent the first years of her life.

Series I : General Communities,  1866-2003.

25 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains a collection of materials from some of the various communities with which Rev. and Mrs. Cardozo have had contact over the past 60 years. The series contains materials extending from the installation of Rev. Prof. B. Artom at the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Synagogue in London in 1866 up to the Janina Sisterhood's 60th anniversary in 1992.

Box Folder Title Date
12 1 Aruba 1999 Oct. 27
12 2 Carribean 1970
12 3 Curacao - Review of I.S. Emmanuel's Precious Stones; Postcards;
Curacao's Jews have long rich history (Article)
Double Dutch Treat, Jewish Sentinel (Article)
n.d., 1998 Jan.23
12 4 Ethiopia - Music of the Falashas - Wolf Leslau n.d.
12 5 Finland, Jews of - by Reuben Kashani 1985
12 6 Janina - Sisterhood - 60 years 1992 May 3
12 7 Jerusalem - Beth Ha-Kenesseth Italiano n.d.
12 8 Jerusalem - Four Sephardi Synagogues n.d.
12 9 London - Spanish and Portuguese Jews Synagogue - Installation of Rev. Prof. B. Artom as Haham 1866
12 10 London - Spanish and Portuguese Jews Synagogue - Selected Readings n.d.
12 11 London - Spanish and Portuguese Jews Synagogue - Annual Meeting of Yehidim 2004
12 12 Netherlands - The Sephardim of Holland 1967
12 13 Netherlands - Speech on Jews of Amsterdam 1975
12 14 Netherlands - Sixth International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands 1991
12 15 Newport, R.I. Washington's Letter -Facsimile
"Jews of Newport in Pre-Revolutionary Days" by Dr. Morris A. Gutstein in Sephardic Home News
n.d., 1976 Mar.
12 16 New York : Meshadi Community - New York 2001-2003
12 17 Philadelphia : Congregation Mikveh Israel - Rabbi Jessurun Cardoza - Obituary Congregation Mikveh Israel - Dedication of new Synagogue at Independence Mal 1972 Sept. 8-1976 Sept. 12
12 18 Portuguese Inquisition - Para os 90 anos do Veneravel Senhor meu Pai 1971
12 19 Portugal - Serra da Estrela - Tour of the Ancient Jewries - The last Secret Jews of Sepharad n.d.
12 20 Recife - and Cardozo's role in preserving tradition n.d.
12 21 Sephardic Music n.d.
12 22 Sephardim in Israel 1983 Apr. 6-8
12 23 Syrian - Pizmon - Jewish Religious and Social Song n.d.
12 24 Vienna and Austria - Jewish Vienna - Heritage and Mission n.d.
12 25 West Indies n.d.

Series II : Surinam,  1890-2003.

9 folders
Scope and Content:

This series contains a collection of references and articles dealing with Surinam, a locale with which Rev. and Mrs. Cardozo have had contact throughout their lives. They include correspondence from a number of different organizations, informational brochures on a few organizations, and numerous articles from such publications as the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society. Also included are a number of photos, memos, and clippings highlighting the activities in Suriname. Granted independence on November 25, 1975, Suriname added an e to the end of the name of the territory, which was also known as Dutch Guiana.

Box Folder Title Date
13 1 Suriname- Popular press 1975-2003
13 2 Surinam - Articles - History 1975-2003
13 3 Surinam - Articles from Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 1890-1914
13 4 Suriname - Preservation of Antiquities 1981-2002
13 5 Suriname - 2 Issues of Suralco Magazine and Teroenga 1985-1986, 1950-1956
13 6 Suriname - Cemeteries and Tombstones
Including Compendium on some tombstones from the Jodensavanne in Surinam and documentation and Tombstones of Jodensavanne (Article)
1991, 1997, 1998
13 7 Suriname - Names (including Holocaust victims) n.d.
13 8 Suriname - Beracha veShalom Synagogue Restored - Photos 1972
13 9 Surinam - Newee Sjaloom Synagogue - Centenial 1837-1937
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Subgroup VI: Special Topics, 1973-1980.

The predominent languages of the component level are English and Dutch.
0.2 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically according to the title of the folder.

Scope and Content:

Mrs. Irma Robles Lopes Cardozo has attempted on several occasions to write the story of her life. The first of these two folders contains two such attempts. Mrs. Cardozo considers these attempts too sensitive and so has asked that they remain closed until after the parties involved or described herein are all dead. Mrs. Cardozo has promised that these efforts are to be replaced by a new autobiography on which she is currently working. The second folder contains correspondence involving the Cardozos which they have deemed too sensitive for public consumption. They have closed these two folders and wish them to remain closed until 25 years after their deaths.

Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Autobiographies n.d.
14 2 Correspondence 1973-1980
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