Resident Life

Situated on an attractive nine-acre campus in San Francisco, the Jewish Home provides residents with on-site and off-site opportunities for enhanced living. Residents of the Jewish Home enjoy a wide range of recreational, cultural, intellectual, creative, and religious activities. The Jewish Home is committed to providing each resident with quality care of body, mind, and spirit.

The Happy(est) Home on Earth

That would be the Jewish Home of San Francisco and our promotional, Jewish Home-produced video involving our broad in-house community, choreographed to the Pharrell Williams’ song Happy. Although many other organizations and individuals have been inspired to do their thing to this song, we lay claim to our video being uncommon. After all, there’s no place quite like the Jewish Home, nor persons comparable to the special individuals who work, live, and serve here.


resident enjoying her meal

Nutritious and delicious. Residents attend monthly Food Forum meetings when menus and food preferences are discussed, and when compliments may also be passed onto the Home’s executive chef.

The Jewish Home pays special attention to the quality, preparation, and presentation of its meals, while meeting the complex dietary needs of our residents.

In-house dietitians plan menus, develop modified diets, and counsel residents on their nutritional needs. Kosher food is prepared under the supervision of the Home’s rabbi.

As an alternative to dining on their unit, residents can lunch at the garden café, which offers a variety of dairy items for light meals or snacks. Located by a tranquil garden patio and fountain, the café is a central gathering spot for residents, families, volunteers, staff, and visitors.

Special menus commemorate holidays, theme days, and other festive occasions. Throughout the year, residents’ birthdays are celebrated at an elegant monthly luncheon.


Programs are designed to promote the physical, social, and mental well-being of each resident. Both group and individual activities take place on each floor, and in the common areas of the Home.

A discussion group at the Jewish Home

From discussion groups to exercises, musical performances and excursions, the range of activities engage and stimulate minds and bodies.

The wide-ranging program of events and activities includes discussion groups, intergenerational gatherings, a regular resident newsletter, exercises, trivia games, the Council of Residents, and musical performances. Wheelchair-accessible outings to museums, the theater, films, and restaurants occur regularly.

A songwriting program, drawing on inspiration as diverse as the Book of Psalms to residents' daily lives, resulted in the release of a compact disc of original songs entitled “Island on a Hill,” co-produced with top local musicians and sound engineers.

Our acclaimed creative arts program enables residents to express their creativity in painting, drawing, crafts, and ceramics. Resident artwork is displayed throughout the Home, and is exhibited at different Bay Area venues.

The Jewish Home features an annual Summer Arts Festival. Focusing on aspects of Jewish life and culture, the series – which typically runs from June through September – includes lectures, films, concerts, and special outings.

Residents at the Jewish Home have many opportunities to lead active, vibrant lives.

Spiritual Life

shabbat candles in the atrium

Observing and celebrating holidays and customs enhance a sense of community.

The Jewish Home provides many occasions to enrich spiritual life through special celebrations and observances.

In recognition of the Home’s Jewish heritage, a full-time rabbi officiates at Friday, Sabbath, and holiday services. Rabbi Sheldon Marder brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing homes, hospitals, colleges, temples, and social services agencies, including director of the Rabbinic School at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.

Through an extensive program of services, classes, and one-on-one counseling, the Home seeks to expand the residents’ opportunities for spiritual reflection and inner healing.


When Stephen Heffner moved into the Jewish Home, he brought his collection of Norman Lear’s iconic 1970s’ TV series and his own jokes to share with his new community.

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From meeting room to resident’s room, PC to TV, new Surface tablets are changing the way they work and play in the Jewish Home’s Life Enrichment department.

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Our beauty shop is generously supported by a grant from the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Senior excursions are generously supported by a grant from the JCF Senior Mobility Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The Summer Arts Festival is made possible by the George & Dorothy Saxe Family Fund – a named fund at the Jewish Home.

Musically related endeavors, projects, outings and opportunities for Jewish Home residents are made possible with support from the Marcus Music Fund.

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