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Accession number UP002759
Object Name Manuscript
Title Isidore Sobeloff Papers
Collection Isidore Sobeloff Papers
Date 1918-1997
Scope & Content *This collection is housed at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

The bulk of this collection deals with both personal and personal correspondence as well as various speeches written by Sobeloff for various organizations. The memory letters from Sobeloff's 97th birthday as well as the parody "That was the Week that Was" gives a more personal look at his legacy.

Arranged mainly in alphabetical order. Box 3 includes oversized items.
Admin/Biographical History Isidore "Soby" Sobeloff was born on August 30, 1899 in Baltimore, Maryland. In his early career, Sobeloff worked as a reporter and later city editor. In 1922, Sobeloff enrolled in the Jewish Welfare Board Training School. Upon completion of the course, Sobeloff became Executive Direction of the Jewish Community Center in New Jersey.

In 1932, Sobeloff married Edith Mozorosky and the Sobeloffs had one son, Jonathan.

From 1937 to 1964, Sobeloff was the Director of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit. During his tenure, he made the Jewish philanthropic campaign in Detroit among the most effective in the United States. Prior to Sobeloff coming to Detroit, the Allied Jewish Campaign had raised $350,690 from 9,908 contributor. In 1942, under Sobeloff's leadership, the Allied Jewish Campaign raised $900,000 and had over 22,000 contribution. During Sobeloff's tenure in Detroit, he raised more than $125,000,000. Sobeloff also served as Secretary of the Allotment Committee of the United Jewish Appeal (1942), President of the National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare (1944), and member of the Jewish Center Division Executive Committee, National Jewish Welfare Board, amongst other positions.

From 1964 through 1969, Sobeloff served as the Direction of Jewish Federation Council of Great Los Angeles.

Sobeloff died in November 1998, at the age of 99.
Extent of Description 2 linear feet (2 MB, 1 SB)
Credit line Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
Jewish Communal Services
Jewish Home for the Aged
Hebrew Union Congress
American Jewish Congress
People Sobeloff, Isidore
Sobeloff, Edith
Notes Photographs from this collection are housed at the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives in the Max. M. Fisher Federation Building.
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