Making lives wonderful for the elderly

Making lives wonderful for the elderly

History of Serving the Elderly in Bergen, North Hudson, and Rockland


Jewish Home Family Board approves launching of new eldercare agency for the elderly living at home ““ “Jewish Home at Home.” Geriatric Care Management will be initial program in 2010.

Jewish Home at Rockleigh (JHR) operated with an average daily census of 98%. A 5 star status was awarded to JHR by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Jewish Home Assisted Living (JHAL) filled to 86% capacity. JHAL was declared deficiency-free for the 2nd year by the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services.


Jewish Home corporate restructure established a parent entity (Jewish Home Family) for broad oversight of four subsidiaries ““ JHRC, JHR, JHF & JHAL.

JHR operated with an average daily census of 98.6%.

JHAL filled to 72% with projected 95% census in 2009.

Endowments enabled new initiatives: resident & employee recognition programs.

JH Family explored responding to unmet homecare needs of seniors in community.


JHAL facility opened in May 2007, expanding services to our elderly.

JHF Boneh Olam Annual Giving Program reached a record level, reinforcing its significance as the vehicle of support for the operational budget.

JHR looked to complete $3 Million Capital initiative to further reduce mortgage, complete capital improvements, and secure financial stability.


JHAL construction continued.

JHF looked at new community-based services designed to keep the elderly in their own homes.

JHF re-energized Endowment/Planned Giving Committee in order to build a significant endowment to secure future financial needs to meet the needs of the elderly.


Construction on Assisted Living project began.

Established a non-sectarian Congregational Nursing program with Federal funding through the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) program through efforts of UJA-NNJ.

Continued our relationship with Dominican College for training of nursing students.

JHR indebtedness reduced to $18.8 Million with major refinance package.

Gallen Adult Day Health Care Program’s average daily census rose to 44 clients.


The Assisted Living Facility’s plans completed.

First on-site training program for Certified Nursing Aides completed.

Expansion of outpatient services including medical, rehabilitation, adult day health care, and kosher meal program. Increased services in Rockland County.


JHR reached 99% occupancy before year-end.

Continued to provide Jewish community with Kosher Meals on Wheels at the JCC on the Palisades, Y-JCC in Washington Township, Teaneck Jewish Center, and the JCC in Bayonne.

Series of educational programs were hosted for members of the community.

Opened our synagogue to unaffiliated members of our Jewish community.


JHR was fully operational, providing kosher meals (under RCBC supervision) to the elderly in their homes and to facilities in Bergen, Hudson, Rockland and Passaic Counties, and providing sub-acute, hospice, long-term, rehabilitation care.


In November, JHR was licensed and opened to its first resident.

JHR took over kosher meal program in Bergen, Hudson, Rockland and Passaic Counties.


Capital Campaign for JHR eclipsed $23 million milestone.

Preliminary site plans for an Assisted Living facility in River Vale were developed.


Contracts for the Rockleigh facility were signed, and construction began.

Plans for Assisted Living facility on River Vale property proceeded. Market/financial feasibility studies completed, in cooperation with UJA-Federation of Bergen and North Hudson.


Capital Campaign for JHR gained momentum throughout the Bergen, Rockland and Hudson Jewish communities.


Recipient of “Certificate of Need for an Assisted Living Facility” in Bergen County.


The Patrons program-“Own A Day in Jewish Life”-was launched.

Affordable housing for the elderly fully occupied and was named Harwood Pavilion.

Expansion of River Vale Adult Day Care program, utilizing facilities of the YM-YWHA of Bergen County.


Affordable housing for the elderly opened and the first apartments were occupied.

First Golf and Tennis Outing was held at Edgewood Country Club, River Vale, NJ.


A 16-acre site, including a 160,000-square-foot building in Rockleigh, was purchased to be converted into a state-of the-art long-term care center.


UJC’s Task Force reaffirmed need for JHRC facility in Bergen County.


Personal Endowment Program was launched.

Bergen County expansion sites were considered.


Plans for affordable housing facility in Jersey City were implemented.

Relationship was developed with Rockland County Jewish Home for the Aged to provide longterm care services for the Jewish elderly within the Rockland County community.

Kosher Meals on Wheels was expanded to Bergen County sites.


Planning Committee identified need for added long-term care beds in Bergen County.


First Adult Day Care program in New Jersey was established at Jersey City facility.

Kosher nutrition site serving over 100 people per day in Jersey City.

Kosher Meals on Wheels delivered 80 meals/day to homebound elderly.

Outpatient Dental, Medical and Podiatry clinics and Rose Gross Center for Handicapped Children was established.

50-bed nursing facility was opened in River Vale, Bergen County.

Rehab & Skilled Nursing facility completed in Jersey City; name changed to JHRC.


Rehabilitation services were added.


Hebrew Home, now “Hebrew Home and Hospital,” began serving needs of the chronically ill from Bergen, as well as Hudson Counties. Joseph Gross Hospital Pavilion was built with 150 beds making it the largest specialized hospital in New Jersey. Totaling 325 beds.


Harry Yager long-term custodial and nursing care building was built.

David Kahn Infirmary was added to provide custodial and nursing care.


Number of elderly unable to care for themselves increased. Children’s cottages remodeled.

Institution’s name was changed to “Hebrew Home for Orphans and Aged of Hudson County.”


Small cottage on Stevens Avenue, Jersey City was purchased to house and care for Jewish orphans. Later formally incorporated as the “Hebrew Orphans Home of Hudson County.”

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