Lawrence A. Kobrin visited us today at the American Jewish Historical Society to review and discuss his donation of records from his time as a member or chairman of various committees at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in the 1970s and 1980s and, after the merger of the United Jewish Appeal and the Federation, into the 1990s and 2000s. Mr. Kobrin was Chairman of the Distribution Committee, the Communal Planning Committee and the Committee on Jews in the Inner City, as well as a longtime Trustee-at-Large and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Mr. Kobrin recounted his understanding of how the Federation was organized between lay leaders and professional staff, the structure and relationship between the Distribution Committee, Functional Committees, and the member agencies, and the merged UJA-Federation of Philanthropies of New York. Also, he described his activities that took place after his 1985 oral history, which included work on the Long Range Financial Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and his time as member and Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Week.
We were able to show him our progress on the project and where his donation of archival materials had been processed and incorporated into the records of the Distribution Committee, Communal Planning Committee, and other committees.
Susan, Vital (the photographer), Marvin, and I want to thank Mr. Kobrin for his time and generosity in visiting and talking with us today and his donation of bound volumes and papers.