A History of Caring

1915: Yakov Bernstein

Jewish Big Brother Association

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.

Mentoring Services and Probation Services

At 12, Yakov Bernstein found himself arraigned before a judge in Children’s Court for various petty crimes he had committed. Yakov’s parents, Jewish immigrants from Russia who spoke little English, had been struggling with Yakov for a few years. The court sent Avraham, a member of the Jewish Big Brothers, to Yakov’s home. Avraham started spending a few hours with Yakov each week, inviting him to his own home and work, encouraging Yakov’s love of music, and helping keep Yakov out of trouble.

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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