New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home
200 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
“Restore the sick to health and prolong their days in happiness and well-being.”

The home has received of the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

© 2010

Our Quality Care Team
Dr. Ahmet Dirican, Medical Director
Carol A. Trudeau, Administrator
Colleen LeBlanc, Director of Nursing
Rhonda Rego, Admissions Coordinator
/Director of Social Services
Norman Leblanc, Director of
Amanda Ponichtera, Activities Director
David Simon, Food Services Supervisor

History of the Home

Adapted from the original “History of the Home” by Estelle Shanbrun, one of the original charter members of the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, Inc. and the Home's first Administrator.

In the late 1950s, a group of local Jewish women who were members of the Fall River Jewish Home for the Aged became upset because there were no beds available for anyone from New Bedford.

To find a solution, the JCC sponsored a meeting of interested individuals that included Dave Lumiansky, who owned a large home on Hawthorn Street and was very interested in selling his house for a “home for the aged.” Although the site was approved by a nursing home inspector, it would cost over $200,000 to make it livable.

Meeting monthly the committee decided to form an organization and chose the name, New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home, Inc. People then and since have questioned the name, but the committee did not want “home for the aged” or “nursing home.” It was felt that the word convalescent implied a temporary stay. Our charter was approved April 26, 1961. Members were needed; dues were $5.00 per year. Dr. Burger was the first president, Louis Finger, Treasurer.

In 1964, the Lumiansky estate became available and it was decided to buy it, tear it down and build a proper facility. The members of the organization raised thousands of dollars with raffles, luncheons, etc. and found that money was available from Hill Burton funds. The government suggested that 40-bed facilities desirable-just what we wanted.

An architect was hired. With Dr. Portnoy as the second president, the architect's plan was approved. A fund-raising program was begun, with rooms and beds available for permanent plaques to honor the donors. Since we could not raise the entire amount, there was a good-sized mortgage.

On November 29, 1964, a groundbreaking ceremony was held. On January 16, 1966, a Dedication Dinner was held at Lincoln Park Ballroom with over 450 attending. An open house was held that afternoon.

The Home opened on March 14 1966, and we admitted seven residents that first day. By the end of June, we were full. In April 1867, the Home was approved as a Medicare Facility.

By 1969, we knew more room was needed for rehabilitation and social gatherings. An addition was planned, approved and built, and the dedication was held March 15, 1970. As the years passed, we realized that an 80-bed facility would be more feasible financially, and since there was always a need for beds, we decided to build a second floor. On July 31, 1977, the second floor was dedicated, but that was not the end. Later a large porch was built on the west end of the Home and the parking lot was enlarged.

There is always something more to be done. However, the motto remains the same: “Restore the sick to health and prolong their days in happiness and well-being.”

About Us

We continually a strive to meet the needs of residents of the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home. We are confident that we will continue to exceed your expectations in providing a homelike environment where you or your family member will receive the security and comfort, support and assistance. With the completion of a major renovation project, we take pride in having NBJCHraised our healthcare services to the next level of excellence.

In keeping with the tradition of the Home, all major Jewish holidays are observed, and residents are encouraged to participate. Members of the community high holiday services and a Sabbath meal is served every Friday evening preceded by the Kiddish – a blessing over the bread and wine. Clergy of all faiths visit the facility on a regular basis and provide our residents with spiritual support.

NBJCHFrom the moment you step into our Home, you will see that we have succeeded in creating a welcoming place for residents and their families to enjoy each other's company. From our new entrance, where families can gather in the comfortable sitting room, to our new activity and therapy rooms, our focus remains on caring for the whole person.

NBJCHDuring the warmer months, a walk outside into our professionally designed garden reveals lush blooms, a soothing water feature and inviting benches for bonding with nature. For cooler days, a screened-in patio helps resident maintain a healthy connection with the world outside our windows.

Board of Directors

The New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to the delivery of quality care. All are encouraged to become active members of the NBJCH family by getting involved in the organization and participating in fund-raising activities and volunteer programs.

A complete list of our board members is available upon request.


Contact us today for more information.

New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home
200 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740       508.997.9314       Fax 508.996.3664