A surprising message from Federation Board of Trustees member Frank A. Weil to Rabbi Isaac N. Trainin:
The records indicate that Frank A. Weil was a member of the Distribution Committee and Trustee at Large of Federation’s Board of Trustees from 1965-1968. He was also Secretary of Federation in the mid-1970s. An attorney, he was a senior partner of the Washington law firm of Ginsburg, Feldman, Weil and Bress. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chief Financial Officer of Paine Webber, Inc. from 1972 -1977, and he headed the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce from 1977-1979.
Rabbi Trainin was hired by Federation in 1954 as an adviser on Religious Affairs. In his more than 30 years at Federation, Rabbi Trainin created the Department of Religious Affairs, the Committee on Religious Affairs and the Commission on Synagogue Relations. This letter was found in Rabbi Trainin’s correspondence in his files from the Religious Affairs Department. Later posts will delve into more detail on his work at Federation.