A History of Caring

1944: Rita Auerbach

Jewish Board of Guardians

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.

Children’s Mental Health Services

The onset of WWII transformed 9-year-old Rita into the primary caregiver of her four younger siblings now that both her parents worked. Overwhelmed and affected by her parents’ worries about family in Nazi-occupied Poland, Rita began having tantrums, crying fits, and wetting the bed. The family was referred to a Jewish Board of Guardians community clinic in Brownsville for lower-income families. Rita was able to access child-focused mental health services, and her parents received services for their own trauma.

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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