The collection consists of materials collected from Cohn's school days until his death. Included are correspondence; over
2000 sermons; plays; personal documents; photographs and materials relating the various congregations he served. There are
scrapbooks and newspaper clippings regarding both Cohn and his wife Sally and current events, index cards, pamphlets, research
notes and plaques.
Rabbi Morton Jacob Cohn was born January 12, 1910 in Detroit, Michigan and was ordained as a reform rabbi in 1934. After serving
pulpits in various cities, he enlisted as a Navy Chaplain during World War II with the Southern Pacific Fleet and continued
in the Naval Reserve for many years. In 1946 he settled in San Diego where he became rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel and
remained there until 1964 when he left to found Temple Emanu-El, whose religious school bears his name.
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.