A History of Caring

1960: Bea Levitch

Jewish Board of Guardians - Family Mental Health Clinic

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.

Blended Family Services

Bea Levich was widowed just after her daughter’s third birthday. Her first contact with The Jewish Board of Guardians came when a friend who was paying a shiva call told her there were services available for widows. Five years later, Bea had a new husband and baby, a challenging preteen, and a sense of overwhelming dread she couldn’t explain. Struggling, she accessed services for the remarried at the Family Mental Health Clinic in Manhattan to help her blended family find their footing.

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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