On Tuesday, we spoke with Dr. Morton Teicher, via phone, about his recollections of working with the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. Dr. Teicher was the Dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University from 1957-1972. From his home office, he discussed the founding of the school at Yeshiva University, the history of Jewish-oriented social work and services education in New York City, and his cooperative and supportive relationship with the Federation, including receiving advice from Federation executives and assistance in finding field placements for his students at Federation agencies. Also, Dr. Teicher shared his understanding of the Federation’s structure and agencies, during his tenure as Dean, and how he became acquainted (and later friends) with prominent Federation executive staff members Maurice Hexter, Joseph Willen, Martha Selig, and Graenum Berger.
After his tenure as Dean at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, he became the Dean of Social Work at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and remained Dean there until 1985. (Credit for the photograph above goes to School of Social Work at Chapel Hill, which uploaded the image to Flickr. The full image can be viewed here.)
The archivists working on the UJA-Federation processing project would like to thank Dr. Morton Teicher for taking the time to speak with us. It was interesting and informative to learn about the cooperative spirit between the Wurzweiler School and the Federation during the 1960s and early 1970s.