A History of Caring

1958: June Grafton

Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Delinquent Girls Program

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.

Intensive Individual Psychotherapy

By the time she was 16, June Grafton had never experienced a stable household. With an absent father and an overwhelmed mother, she was often reported for juvenile delinquency. The Children’s Court sentenced her to attend the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Delinquent Girls Program, which removed troubled youngsters from the crowded city to a calm environment with fresh air, sunshine, and structured, orderly living. While there, she received intensive individual therapy while learning skills that would keep her out of juvenile detention.

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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