A History of Caring

1901: Moshe Shwartzman

The Society for Aid to Jewish Prisoners

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.

Transitional Housing and Job Placement Assistance

25-year-old Moshe had arrived in New York from Galicia, Poland, and had turned to pickpocketing as a way of getting by. Imprisoned at the penitentiary on Blackwell’s Island, upon his release, he had no means to support himself and no family to help. The Society for Aid to Jewish Prisoners provided him with free board and lodging, new clothing and shoes, and work as a cloth cutter at a Lower East Side clothing factory.

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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