Jewish Senior Life Foundation

About Us

In 1920, five visionary women with a passionate cause went door to door, asking support from the Jewish Community to create a Jewish Home in Rochester. Their efforts were successful, and for more than 92 years, the Jewish Home of Rochester has provided premier services for seniors, emphasizing the values of caring, compassion, integrity and quality.

Over many years the needs of our senior population have increased dramatically and with this increase in need came the expansion of the services and programs that now make up Jewish Senior Life, to more accurately reflect the changes that we had been experiencing since the mid 1990’s.

In 1979, the Jewish Home Foundation was begun as a Supporting Foundation, to secure philanthropic support from generous individuals, families and businesses, to assist Jewish Senior Life in furthering its mission of improving the health, well- being and quality of life of area seniors.

Whether for general support or designated for a specific program or need, individual private giving makes a significant difference, allowing us to offer life-enriching programs and services, programs such as creative arts, physical therapy, music performances, progressive fitness programs and much more, to those served by Jewish Senior Life.

Private giving enables our Foundation to continue to seek innovative options to help people age in place safely and graciously, whether on the Jewish Senior Life campus or elsewhere. Our donors impact directly the people served by Jewish Senior Life each and every day.


Jewish Senior Life announces plans for a $100 million project to build long-term care Green Houses on our Brighton campus. Read more about this exciting project in a recent article published in the Rochester Business Journal.