Jewish Senior Life in New York

Jewish Senior Life in New York

It’s not surprising that New York City has lots of Jewish senior care services. Worldwide, the Big Apple is second only to Tel Aviv in its number of Jewish residents, and some of New York’s Jewish social agencies date back more than a century and a half. Today, care options range from Shabbat meal delivery and home visits to senior-centric fitness centers, award-winning skilled nursing facilities, and specialized assistance for the city’s aging Holocaust survivors.

Jewish home care choices

From friendly visits to old-fashioned medical house calls, senior New Yorkers who live in their own homes have lots of resources available. A few examples include:

  • Dorot partners with other local agencies to offer social and wellbeing visits, assistance getting to appointments, frozen kosher meals, and fresh Shabbat dinners, and wellness programs.
  • The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) offers similar help along with case-management and caregiver help, elder abuse prevention programs, and mental health care.
  • The UJA-Federation of New York helps low-income residents and Holocaust survivors with case management, home care, counseling, and cash aid.

Several of the city’s Jewish senior living facilities, including the Hebrew Home at Riverdale and Jewish Home Lifecare, also serve elders living at home.

Day programs for Jewish seniors in New York

Part of the joy of New York living is the never-ending list of places to go and things to see. That’s even truer for seniors who live alone and want social time, fresh learning challenges, or a change of scenery.

JASA operates two dozen senior centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and on Long Island. The centers’ offerings include art classes, health screenings, digital literacy training, and family style meals. Seniors with memory issues can take part in specialized JASA day programs that include dementia therapies and caregiver support. JASA also hosts lunch-hour talks on culture and history and offers college-level classes for older adults on topics like genealogy, creative writing, and technology.

Medical day programs are provided by several agencies, including the Brooklyn centers run by Metropolitan Jewish Health Services. These centers bring together certified nurse assistants, physical therapists, social workers, nutrition specialists, and other professionals. The main MJHS Adult Day Health Center campus offers care in English, Russian, Spanish, and other languages.

Assisted living and continuum-of-care communities

When round the clock help is a must, check out New York’s Jewish-affiliated assisted living and skilled nursing homes. Jewish Home Lifecare’s Bronx communities include Kittay House for independent living, a new University Avenue Assisted Living facility, and a skilled nursing center in Manhattan with a new cardiac rehab unit co-managed by NYU Langone Medical Center.

At the north end of the city, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale offers a full range of live-in services at its campus on the bank of the Hudson River. Ranked among the best nursing homes in America by U.S. News & World Report, the Hebrew Home offers kosher living, spa days, classes taught by Sarah Lawrence College professors, and field trips to destinations around the city–and as far away as Israel.

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Casey Kelly-Barton is an Austin-based freelance writer whose childhood was made awesome by her grandmothers, great-grandmother, great-aunts and -uncles, and their friends.


  1. Judah July 29, 2015 Reply

    Great article.
    We are pretty good too (and Jewish!)

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