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Sanford Solender (1914 - 2003)
Sanford Solender retired in 1981 after 11 years as Executive Vice President of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the UJA-Federation Campaign of New York. He continues his association with the social service network as Executive Consultant to UJA-Federation.
Mr. Solender previously was Executive Vice President of the National Jewish Welfare Board QWB) from 1960 to 1970, and Director of its Jewish Center Division from 1948 to 1960. Prior to this, Mr. Solender was Staff member and Executive Director of various community centers in the country.
His nearly fifty years in social service span local, state, and national levels. In 1975, he helped to organize the Task Force on the New York City fiscal crisis and served ' as its chairman for five years. Following disturbances in Crown Heights in1979, he served on the Council on Intergroup Relations established by the city.
At the national level, he served as chairman of a committee appointed by the Secretary of HEW in 1961 to study the nation's public welfare program. He served two years as a member of the congressionally authorized National Advisory Council on Public Welfare created m 1962. He was chairman of the National Committee, which brought about the merger of seven professional social work organizations to create NASW. Mr. Solender is former president of the National Conference on Social Welfare, the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, and the national Association of Jewish Center Workers.
He was also a member of the National Task Force on Government Funding of Independent Sector.
From 1952 to 1959, Mr. Solender was a member of the Board of Education of the City of Mount Vernon, New York, and served as its president in 1958-59.
Mr. Solender is presently a board member of the Jewish Museum, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, CLAL, and Welfare Research, Inc. (WRI). He serves also on the Middle East Watch, Helsinki Watch and Americas' Watch Committees, and on the Boards of Lavanburg Comer House and Hennan Muehlstein Foundation. He has been a frequent speaker and writer over many years having contributed articles to periodicals such as the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, PresentTense, Sh’ma, and the Jewish Week. He also wrote chapters for numerous volumes on general and Jewish fields of community service.
He received his BS degree from New York University in 1935, and his MS from Columbia University in 1937.