A History of Caring

1890: Michael Murphy

Hebrew Technical Institute for Boys

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.

Occupational Training

Michael Murphy grew up in Five Points, Manhattan, the son of Irish immigrants. His father was a dockworker, and his parents aspired to a better, more stable job for their son. When Michael was 15, his parents enrolled him in the Hebrew Technical Institute for Boys, which actively enrolled both Jews and non-Jews. He was trained in mechanical drawing and woodworking, as well as English and Mathematics. Upon graduation, Michael attained a position as a draftsman at the New York Central Railroad Company, helping design rail lines, stations, and bridges.

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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