In the 1970s and 1980s, the national office of UJA participated with the government of Israel in many fundraising campaigns; fundraising for Israel was, after all, a large part of UJA’s mission. UJA offices in local communities, like UJA of Greater New York in our collection, participated in these campaigns, raising money from their local donors. As part of the Israel Education Fund, UJA of Greater New York solicited donors who could fund schools or classrooms in specific communities in Israel. The fundraising files of Henry C. Bernstein from about 1971 to 1981 indicate that many of these buildings and classrooms were for pre-kindergartens. In a striking connection with Israel’s commitment to early childhood education, Bill De Blasio campaigned for mayor of New York City in 2013 on a platform that included universal pre-K; this fall many new pre-K classrooms opened with city funding.
The images below are from one of Henry C. Bernstein’s donor files and are from about 1980 – Israeli children playing at their new school, funded by generous donors to UJA of Greater New York.