October 18, 2012

“Goals and Purposes of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York”

Filed under: found in the archives, interesting or noteworthy archival material — susanwoodland @ 4:46 pm

In March 1969, Federation’s Committee on Communal Planning (CPC)  sent a report to the Board of Trustees entitled, “Goals and Purposes of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies”.  Signed by Leonard Block as chair of the CPC, the document lays out for the members of the Federation Board options for the evolution of Federation’s goals and purposes in the coming decades.

Cover page for Leonard Block’s 1969 report

Leonard Block has many files of correspondence within the Federation archives; processed so far is correspondence found within the papers of Federation Presidents, Executive Directors and retired Executive Directors from at least 1967-1990.  In his oral history, Block discusses his role on various Federation committees and his disagreements with other leaders on the board as the needs of the Jewish community changed and Federation made decisions on how their funding would accommodate those changes.

The report begins with a brief history of the reasons for creating Federation in New York City.

Report page 1

Copies of record of this document can be found within the series on the Communal Planning Committee and the Board of Trustees.  The copy pictured here is located within the papers of Sanford Solender.  Solender had it filed within its own folder, and he has underlined a number of sentences on page two and elsewhere.

Report page 2

For this reason his duplicate copy will be retained.  Written in March of 1969, it was still relatively current when Solender began his tenure at Federation in 1970, and probably still very much under discussion.  On later pages Block enumerates the changes within the Jewish and general communities in New York City, goes on to list “some basic philosophical assumptions before formulating the goals and purposes of Federation for the foreseeable future” (including a section on sectarian and non-sectarian service), and ends with the committee’s suggested goals and purposes “for the next few decades”.


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