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HERBERT C. ZAFREN
From Hochschule to Judaica
Conservancy Foundation:
The Guttmann Affair
T
he
J
udaica
C
onservancy
F
oundation
came into being on
January
31, 1986,
when its Certificate o f Incorporation was filed
with the State o f New York. The Certificate spells out that the
use o f the corporation’s “funds o f real or personal property”
be “exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or
educational purposes . . . ” It proceeds to focus on the specific
reason for setting up the Foundation, namely, “To receive those
books, manuscripts, and other assets awarded to the corporation
by order o f the Supreme Court o f the State o f New York in
an action entitled Robert Abrams, Attorney General o f the State
o f New York v. Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. et al, Index No.
42255/84.”
Later, I will deal with the chronology o f this “action”; but
here it is enough to say that the incorporators were setting up
a corporation that would be ready to serve a purpose if certain
outcomes o f the “action” eventuated. T h e foresight o f the
founders was vindicated when the Court decided that “all rights,
title, and interest in all books and manuscripts sold at the Ju n e
26, 1984 [Sotheby’s] auction . . . shall and hereby do vest in
the Judaica Conservancy Foundation, Inc.”1
The first “organizational” meeting o f the T rustees took place
on November 6, 1986. The six trustees were elected officers
as follows:
H erbert C. Zafren, Chair (Hebrew Union College-Jewish In ­
stitute o f Religion); Menahem Schmelzer, First Vice-Chair (Jew­
ish Theological Seminary o f America); Albert Friedlander, Sec­
ond Vice-Chair (Leo Baeck College); Pearl Berger, T h ird Vice-
1. (Justice) Robert E. White,
Order,
August 14, 1986, p. 3.
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