Jewish Convalescent Home

Jewish Convalescent Home

View of the home today
View of the home today

Building began for the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home in November 1964 on the grounds of the Hawthorn Street estate of Edward D. Mandell. The first residents were admitted in March 1966. The New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home has established a “tradition of excellence.” In addition to regular services for Jewish seniors, the home offers Kosher meals for its residents as well as Kosher meals for the “Meals on Wheels” citywide program. Rubye Finger was the campaign coordinator of the Building Fund Campaign, responsible for this worthwhile project. She later served as Director of the home from 1971 to 1973. In 1966, the administrator was Mrs. Harvey Shanbrun. The first president was Melvyn A. Holland, assisted by vice presidents, Dr. Eli Nochimow and Dr. Irving Weinschel; Mrs. Harvey Kroudvird was recording secretary and Louis D. Finger was treasurer.

The stone wall of the original Mandell estate remains in front of the Convalescent Home today. To get to the home, from County Street, drive west up Hawthorn Street; the Convalescent Home will be on the left after Page Street.

Groundbreaking for the Jewish Convalescent Home, November 1964
Groundbreaking for the Jewish Convalescent Home, November 1964

Rubye M. Finger in 1981
Rubye M. Finger in 1981

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