While processing the UJA of Greater NY, Inc. files this spring, I noticed on the UJA campaign letterhead that one of the trustees in 1968 was a man named Barney Balaban.
The online archive of the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) produced a number of articles further linking Barney Balaban with UJA, and revealing how long his connection with UJA had lasted. Following are links to just 2 of the articles:
As president of Paramount Pictures for nearly thirty years, Barney Balaban was successful in soliciting large donations for UJA campaigns from other film industry executives, as well as getting entertainment stars like Eddie Cantor to make personal appearances and accept awards.
In 1956 as co-chair of UJA’s summer campaign, Barney Balaban was instrumental in raising $5,000,000.
And in a book entitled, “An Uneasy Relationship: American-Jewish Leadership and Israel, 1948-1957” by Zvi Ganin, there is a surprising mention of Barney Balaban in connection with President Eisenhower.