Associated raises record $22,566,000

June 16, 1994|By Frank P. L. Somerville | Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer

The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore announced last night that its 1994 campaign has raised $22,566,000 -- the most ever through the annual collection of funds for Jewish educational, development and charitable projects here and abroad.

The record total was announced at the annual meeting of what its supporters usually refer to as "the Associated."

The meeting, held at Center Stage, began with a reception for contributors and included a tribute to Baltimore's Pearlstone family, major benefactors of the theater on Calvert Street among other local cultural institutions.

Heading a list of guests of honor at the annual meeting was Baltimore developer and philanthropist Richard L. Pearlstone, who last month was elected national chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, the world's largest Jewish fund-raising campaign.

Mr. Pearlstone, 46, is a grandson of Joseph Meyerhoff, for whom the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's concert hall is named.

This year, 40 percent of the funds raised by the Associated's campaign will go to the United Jewish Appeal's projects in Israel and more than 40 other countries around the world. Of the approximately $22.5 million raised in the Baltimore campaign in 1993, more than $9 million went to the Jewish philanthropies abroad.

A four-year project of the United Jewish Appeal has been Operation Exodus, begun in 1990, which rescued and resettled hundreds of thousands of Jews fleeing from the former Soviet Union.

Baltimore donors contributed more than $41 million to the $910 million total for Operation Exodus, Mr. Pearlstone said.

At last night's meeting of the Associated, Harvey M. Meyerhoff, chairman emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Committee, and Marvin Lender, president of the United Jewish Appeal, praised Mr. Pearlstone's service to local, national and international Jewish causes.

In response, Mr. Pearlstone, who maintains homes in Baltimore and Aspen, Colo., said of Baltimore's Jewish leadership, "To have grown up in this community, nurtured by its values and instructed by its example, has given me an advantage that no one from any other Jewish community in America can claim."

To the tributes paid him, he said, "I'm simply overwhelmed. Really, I'm blown away by this."

He spoke of his admiration for his late parents, Peggy and Jack Pearlstone, and said the foundation he and his wife created in their memory is intended to perpetuate their work on behalf of Jewish continuity.

Mr. Pearlstone said that his grandfather, Joseph Meyerhoff, set an example for him as chairman of the United Jewish Appeal from 1961 to 1964. "As the Talmud instructs, everything he set his hand to do, he did with all his might," the grandson said.

It is the first time that a grandson has succeeded his grandfather to the chairmanship of the international Jewish campaign.

Last night, Richard M. Lansburgh, board chairman of the Associated, presented awards for leadership of the 1994 Baltimore fund-raising effort to Arnold I. Richman, its chairman, and to two women who worked with him.

They were Marcy K. Kolodny, who chaired the Women's Department campaign, and Terry M. Rubenstein, who chaired the Marketing Committee.

Mr. Lansburgh said the Associated in Baltimore is one of the most successful Jewish federations in the country and gave this reason: "It's the people in our community, people with a long history of tradition, a love of Judaism,and a clear understanding of what it means to be Jewish."

At the meeting, Mr. Lansburgh was elected to a second term as board chairman. Other officers elected for 1994-'95 included Vice Chairs Ben Katz, Barbara Himmelrich, Morton Macks and Rosalee Davison; Treasurer Louis Thalheimer; Assistant Treasurer Nancy Hackerman; Secretary Joseph Cooper and Assistant Secretary George Hess.

Each of the last six years, the sum raised by the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has exceeded the previous year's total. In fiscal 1992, the amount raised was about $21.1 million.

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