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George W. Rabinoff, papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-58

Scope and Content Note

This Collection contains Rabinoff's correspondence, reports, and other materials relating to his work with the Jewish welfare federations of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago; and as a field representative of the Jewish Welfare Board in Texas during the First World War.

It also includes: correspondence from his professional social work groups--the largest volume of this material relates to the National Social Welfare Assembly, of which he was the Assistant Director, and the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, of which he was the director of the New York Training Bureau; extensive material on the Australian Jewish Community, where he served as a Fulbright Lecturer in the Dept. of Social Studies of the University of Queensland in 1962, and as a consultant to the Australian National Red Cross; diaries; speeches; published material; reports; and general correspondence.

This Collection is particularly valuable to researchers concerned with: Jewish charities, Jewish communal service, Jewish federations, Jewish social welfare, Jewish soldiers, and World War I.

Types of material include: addresses, announcements, annual reports, articles, brochures, bulletins, correspondence, diaries, drafts, handwritten notes, itineraries, lecture notes, meeting minutes, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, notebooks, obituaries, outlines, pamphlets, photographs, programs, publications, reports, resolutions, scrapbooks, sermon outlines, speeches, and tributes.

Dates

  • undated, 1912-1971

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English./language>.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

George W. Rabinoff (1893-1970)

George W. Rabinoff was an internationally known social work executive and educator, as well as the first executive director of the Jewish Family Service of Greater Hartford. Rabinoff graduated from the City College of New York and entered social work in 1914. After completing his studies at the New York School of Social Work he worked at the United Jewish Charities in Hartford.

Rabinoff was one of the first professionally trained social workers in the United States, and played a prominent role in the development of Jewish federations and welfare funds. During his social work career, Rabinoff founded and served for 15 years as the executive director of the Bureau of Social Research, as well as the associate executive director of its successor agency, the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds (CJFWF) (now the national association of Jewish Federations of the United States and Canada).

As associate director of the Bureau for Jewish Social Research, Rabinoff was responsible for the establishment of the CJFWF, and served as its Executive Director from 1932 to 1935. When the Bureau for Jewish Social Research merged under the CJFWF, Rabinoff became the Council's Associate Executive Director, a position he served in until 1943.

Rabinoff brought to the Council the insights he gained from his service in the Federations of Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Hartford. After leaving the CJFWF, he continued his leadership with distinction as Acting Executive Director of the Chicago Jewish Federation, and with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) in Europe. Rabinoff was also Director of the Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service (1947-1951); Associate Executive Director of the National Social Welfare Assembly; a Fulbright scholar; teacher and consultant in Australia; and director of social services of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), from which he retired in 1967.

According to a document of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, Rabinoff was one of the nation's outstanding Jewish and general communal services leaders. To all of his positions, he brought a creative mind, a ceaseless discontent with the status quo, standards of the highest excellence, and great personal warmth.

Rabinoff died at age 77, incapacitated by arteriosclerosis. He was survived by his wife, Jennie, and by two daughters.

References

Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, Inc. George W. Rabinoff Collection, P-58, Box 8, Folder 4.

Chronology

February 22, 1893
Born in New York City
1913
Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of the City of New York
1914
Certificate from New York School of Philanthropy (now New York School of Social Work)
1914-1918
Superintendent, United Jewish Charities of Hartford, Connecticut
1918-1919
Staff Consultant and Field Representative, National Jewish Welfare Board
1920-1921
Director of Case Work Department, Cincinnati United Jewish Social Agencies
1921-1928
Superintendent, Indianapolis Jewish Federation and Welfare Fund
1928-1943
Associate Director and Director of Field Service, Bureau of Jewish Social Research and Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds
1943-1945
Assistant Director, Chicago Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund
1945-1946
Director of Welfare Division, London, European Regional Office UNRRA
1947-1950
Director, New York Training Bureau for Jewish Communal Service
1951-1961
Assistant Director, National Social Welfare Assembly
March-November 1962
Fulbright Lecturer in Social Work Training, Department of Social Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
December 1962
Consultant on Program, Australian National Red Cross
January 1963
Consultant, Australian Jewish Welfare and Relief Society, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1963-1967
Social Planning Consultant, Department of Social and Community Services, New York City Housing Authority
February 7, 1970
Died

Extent

6.75 Linear Feet (13 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence, reports, and other material relating to both Rabinoff's work with the Jewish Welfare Federations of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago; and as a field representative of the Jewish Welfare Board in Texas during the First World War. It also includes correspondence from the professional social work groups Rabinoff served in various capacities, most relating to the National Social Welfare Assembly of which he was the Assistant Director, and the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service of which he was the director of the New York Training Bureau; extensive material on the Australian Jewish Community, where he served as a Fulbright Lecturer in the Dept. of Social Studies of the University of Queensland in 1962, and as a consultant to the Australian National Red Cross; diaries, speeches, published material, reports, and general correspondence.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. George W. Rabinoff, 1968-1970 and Jennie Rabinoff, 1971.
Title
Guide to the Papers of George W. Rabinoff (1893-1970), undated, 1912-1971   *P-58
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Marvin Rusinek
Date
© 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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