A History of Caring

1980: Ephraim Dardashti

Refugee Assistance Services

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.

Mental Health Services and Integration Support

Ephraim, 52, loved his Jewish community in Tehran. When the Islamic Revolution came to Iran, uncertainty about his future prospects in his home country led him to emigrate to the US. Arriving in New York City, Ephraim fell into a deep depression, grieving the loss of his home, career, and close community. He was referred to The Jewish Board’s Refugee Assistance Services through mental health counseling and integration support. Ephraim’s depression eased, and he found a new community.

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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