In 1919, Lena Goldberg founded a Chevra Bikur Cholim –a Society for Visiting the Sick – and built a small wood-framed house on Lafayette Ave in Chelsea, MA for elders in need of care. Her philosophy was simple: to combine a warm, inviting, heimish atmosphere with kind, compassionate caregiving. Today that single home has grown into several, resulting in Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, one of New England’s leading healthcare organizations. With homes in Chelsea, Winthrop and Peabody, MA the organization offers residences and services for seniors and those living with disabling conditions. Take a look at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s long and evolving history. While there has been extensive growth and expansion throughout years, one thing never changed: the organization’s unwavering commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate care in a “real” home setting.

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Chelsea Jewish Lifecare

  • 1919 Mrs. Lena Goldberg founds a “Chevra Bikur Cholim”(Society for Visiting the Sick) and opens House for the Aged on Lafayette Avenue in Chelsea
  • 1945 Opening of Jewish Home for the Aged in Lynn
  • 1963 Expansion of Lafayette Avenue house to 60-bed nursing facility; renamed “Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home”
  • 1972 Opening of Jewish Rehabilitation Center in Swampscott
  • 1980 Opening of Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health in Swampscott
  • 1982 Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home completes major expansion and renovation (now Katzman Family Center for Living)
  • 1994 Opening of Cohen Florence Levine Estates, the organization’s first assisted living residence, on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea
  • 1996 Opening of Manuel R. Grell Home Care Agency (now Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency)
  • 1997 Opening of Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody (now Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates)
  • 2002 Opening of Florence and Chafetz Home for Specialized Care, a memory care residence connected to the assisted living, on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea
  • 2006 Opening of Legacy at Woodbridge Memory Support (now Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates)
  • 2007 Opening of Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz Hospice (now Chelsea Jewish Hospice)
  • 2010 Opening of Leonard Florence Center Living, the country’s first urban model Green House® skilled nursing facility with specialties in long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and care for individuals with ALS and MS, on Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea
  • Two Organizations Become One
  • 2014 Jewish Rehabilitation Center (now Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living) moves to the newly built Waldfogel Health Center in Peabody
  • 2015 Opening of Feldman Seaside Apartments, a 40-apartment independent living facility, in Winthrop
  • 2017 Major renovation of Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home (now Katzman Family Center for Living) into the first Green House Legacy skilled nursing home
  • 2019 Chelsea Jewish Lifecare celebrates its 100th year anniversary!
  • 2019 Chelsea Jewish Lifecare becomes a founding member of Legacy Lifecare, a new organization dedicated to serving its not-for-profit affiliates.