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The Cohen Family Trees Collection, Morocco

24.11.2011

Raphael and Georgette Cohen Family Trees Collection from Meknes, Morocco


An outstanding Jewish genealogical collection from Meknes, Morocco, compiled by Mr. Raphael Cohen was generously donated to the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beit Hatfutsot. The index of this outstanding Jewish genealogical collection from Meknes, Morocco, contains over 22,000 individual names organized in family trees, and is now available at SephardicGen.com. Jewish genealogists and especially Jews with ancestry from Meknes, Morocco, owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Mr. Raphael Cohen for this labor of love that took decades of hard work to compile.


Mr. Raphael Cohen, a native of Meknes started his career as an educator and teacher at the Julien Weill Alliance Israelite Universelle School in the city.  After studying in Morocco and subsequently in Paris, he worked for a number of state companies in Morocco. In the late 1960s, along with his family, he settled in Canada. During the 1990s, Mr. Cohen devoted much of his time and effort to documenting and preserving the rich heritage of the Jewish community of Meknes. He succeeded in amassing an impressive collection of family trees, the result of many years of dedicated research which has been conducted in collaboration with many relatives and friends in Morocco, North America, France and Israel.  


Raphael and Georgette Cohen have most kindly agreed to donate their collection of family trees to the database of the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People.


Beit Hatfutsot also wishes to thank Dr. Jeff Malka of SephardicGen for his kind assistance 

 

The wedding of Sol Elhadad (Raphael's cousin) and Samuel Sebbag, Meknes, Morocco 1950's.
Beit Hatfutsot, the Visual Documentation Center, the Raphael and Georgette Collection