Envelope sent to Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner in care of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Europe from his son, Rabbi Barnett Brinker at the Hebrew Union College in Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio: 1947. Envelope or Cover. The elder Rabbi Brickner, the long-serving rabbi of Anshe Chesed Congregation in Cleveland was a well-known educator, orator and Zionist leader. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, often simply referred to as the Joint, was initially founded in 1914 to provide assistance to Jews living in Palestine under Turkish rule but soon broadened its mission to helping Jews in distress all over the world. Following World War Two, the Joint focused its efforts on taking care of Jews in displaced persons camps and assisting legal and illegal Jewish emigration from Europe. The elder Brickner traveled to Europe following the war to study the needs and problems of Jewish soldiers and assist with the Joint’s emigration and assistance efforts.
This cover was franked with three 5-cent U.S. airmail stamps (Scott C32) to cover the postage cost for delivery in France. By the time it arrived, the elder Brickner had relocated to Rome so a 15F French stamp (Scott #570) was applied by the committee to forward the letter to its offices there. A Rome receiving postmark was applied to the reverse upon its arrival. In nice shape. Very good. Item #009433
The younger Rabbi Brickner was dedicated activist who, after participating in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, went on lead support for legalized abortion. He also became involved in left-wing causes, meeting with and actively supporting the Viet Cong during Vietnam and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. A testament to post World War Two Zionist efforts to resettle European Jews in what today is Israel as well as a philatelically uncommon and desirable item.