A History of Caring

1948: Janet Bing

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

At first, Janet’s mother and father thought their four-year-old daughter was simply more cautious than her siblings. However, she then stopped sleeping and began having extreme tantrums that only worsened. The Bing family was referred to the Jewish Board of Guardians’ Child Development Center, where Janet began individual counseling and psychological testing to help her case workers understand her underlying psychiatric struggles. Her clinical team was robust, including one of the first Freudian child psychoanalysts in the US. Janet began to show signs of improvement during innovative play therapy sessions offered in the Center’s nursery program.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Care

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