September 7, 2012

Federation comes to the aid of the American Jewish Historical Society

Filed under: found in the archives, interesting or noteworthy archival material — susanwoodland @ 4:43 pm

Another link between Federation of New York and the American Jewish Historical Society!

Sanford Solender’s correspondence continues with 2 letters to him from the American Jewish Historical Society in 1978.  Copies of Solender’s communication with AJHS are not in the file; it is possible it was by phone and not by letter, as his assistants through his tenure as Executive Vice-President of FJP were dedicated and consistent filers.

It appears that Bernard (Bernie) Wax, then Director of AJHS, had contacted Solender for his “aid and expertise” in obtaining support from “the organized Jewish community as well as individual foundations.”  Mr. Wax’s thank you note dated January 30, 1978 sums up their conversation:

Bernie Wax of the American Jewish Historical Society, thanks Sanford Solender for fundraising ideas

It is surprising that AJHS would have contacted FJP of New York, since they had already been located for many years on the Brandeis campus in Waltham, MA, a long way from greater New York.

A few days later, David R. Pokross, President of AJHS, sent a follow-up letter:

AJHS President David R. Pokross also thanks Sanford Solender

It is unclear from this fragmentary correspondence how AJHS was able to benefit from Federation’s help.  But fundraising has always been the Society’s lifeline to its projects and no doubt Federation’s expertise in that area had some lasting effect.

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