Philadelphia Orphan Asylum Leaders Meet

The Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum, AJC’s earliest predecessor and one of the first institutions of its kind in America, was founded in 1855 as the Jewish Foster Home Society in a house at 799 North 11th Street for the purposes of “providing a home for destitute and unprotected children of Jewish parentage.” Rebecca Gratz, secretary of the Philadelphia Orphan Asylum was among the founding members of the Jewish Foster Home Society.  Their first meeting was held on this day, the 7th of February, 1855.


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