Two of the most gratifying moments I’ve had working on the UJA-Federation of New York collection have been finding links to my own family.
I knew my dad had been president of Federation in Raleigh, NC for a few years in the 1970s or 1980s, but was surprised in 2012 while working in the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York (FJP) collection to find Dad’s name listed in a memo to Sanford Solender, then EVP of the FJP. A relative of Solender’s was moving to Raleigh and someone in his office had compiled a list of contacts at the synagogues and other Jewish organizations in the Raleigh area, including my dad’s name and phone number.
This week, more than a year later, we were finish up the processing of 73 boxes, including 20 boxes of UJA photographs from the 1940s to 1973. Most of the photographs, more than half the boxes, are fundraising events from 1969 to 1973, categorized by community, synagogue name, trade group or women’s division. Catching my eye were two folders in “communities”, from Mount Kisco. Before we lived in Raleigh we lived near Mount Kisco where our synagogue, Bet Torah is located. The date range was right, 1969 and 1970, so I pulled the folders and was thrilled to see some photographs in 1970 of my dad with other members of our synagogue at a UJA fundraising event there.
Receiving awards for leadership in the Northern Westchester Division were Harry E. Schacter and Samuel J. Resnick.