A History of Caring

1874: Solomon Rowensky

Hebrew Benevolent Fuel Society

The Jewish Board’s rich history is woven from countless lives. As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, we’re sharing stories of the people we might have served over the decades through our myriad predecessor organizations. We hope that glimpses of these imagined lives — which have been inspired by original historical research — will give you a vivid snapshot of what 150 years of caring for New Yorkers was like.

Charitable Gift of Coal

Home for Solomon was a 300-square-foot apartment off the Bowery that he shared with his wife, Fanny, and three small children. Unable to afford coal for the winter, Solomon attempted to scavenge some wood and half-burnt coals from the ash barrels of wealthy homes to no avail. Without heat or warm food, his children became sick. One evening, there was a knock on the door. It was a representative of the Hebrew Benevolent Fuel Society, with a load of coal for the family.

Join us in looking back at those we served and meet more of the New Yorkers we supported in the last 150 years.

Celebrating 150 Years of Care

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