Writer Tim Morton prepared a JFS timeline, tracing the roots of the organization to 1865 through 2003. Although it cannot fully represent the countless deeds of loving kindness committed, this timeline is a testament to the longstanding history of JFS and its predecessors as a beacon of hope for the citizens of Hampton Roads.
In 1902 nine women in Norfolk establish the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society, merging two groups, to care for unmet needs in the community. Mrs. Fannie Brenner presides for over 25 years. Dues are set at 25 cents a month.