A History of Caring

1924: Millie Waxman

National Desertion Bureau

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.

Tracing Missing Husbands

Chaim Waxman, a chauffeur by occupation, struggled to support his family. In March 1923, Chaim deserted the family without warning, leaving his wife Millie to care for their infant child. Because of Chaim’s irresponsibility, Millie had long relied on her own income from garment piecework and sewing, but her meager pay alone wasn’t enough. She went to the National Desertion Bureau for help tracking her wayward husband down and forcing him to pay child support.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Care

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