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Readers’ Choice 2016


Jewish Residence

The Jewish Home of San Francisco, opened in 1871 and situated on a nine-acre campus, serves older adults of all income levels, including some 260 residents, about 1,200 clients seeking short-term care and those in need of acute psychiatric care. Residents enjoy an array of social activities and Judaica classes, with a rabbi on staff. In the works are assisted-living residences.

Rhoda Goldman Plaza, an assisted-living community located within minutes of the city’s cultural offerings, provides made-from-scratch kosher meals, stimulating activities and such amenities as a beauty salon, fitness center and spacious apartments. It also houses a memory-care unit.

In the hills of Danville, the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living offers a continuum of care, including assisted living, memory care and short- and long-term rehabilitation. Pluses include a rabbi on staff, kosher cuisine and an award-winning art program.

San Jose’s Chai House, a kosher independent-living community, offers recreational and fitness activities for seniors, scheduled shopping trips, weekly public health clinics provided by San Jose State’s School of Nursing, and social services through Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley.

At Moldaw Residences, a retirement community that shares a campus with Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC, residents enjoy the fitness and swimming facilities, senior programs and excursions offered by the JCC as well as activities at the residence, which offers independent and assisted living and memory care.

Shalom House, a board-and-care facility in San Rafael, offers personalized assisted-living and memory care in a small, homelike facility. It provides home-cooked meals, a recreation program, medication and appointments management, and transportation.

San Francisco

Jewish Home

(415) 334-2500


Rhoda Goldman Plaza

(415) 345-5060


East Bay

Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living


(925) 648-2800


South Bay/Peninsula

Chai House

San Jose

(408) 947-1818


Moldaw Residences

Palo Alto

(650) 433-3600

North Bay

Shalom House

San Rafael

(415) 491-0604


Community Residence

San Francisco Towers, an Episcopal Senior Communities continuing care residence, is near the city’s many restaurants and cultural facilities, and some residents volunteer at the symphony, opera, ballet and the zoo. Wellness programs include aqua classes, tai chi, yoga, walking groups and lectures.

At the Heritage Pointe in Walnut Creek, the focus is on fitness. In this independent-living gated community set in landscaped surroundings, trainers offer classes and personal guidance. Other amenities include an onsite restaurant, transportation, a spa and pool, a beauty and barber salon, and technology centers.

Offering independent-living accommodations, the Magnolia of Millbrae is licensed throughout for assisted living so residents needing care can stay in their apartments. On the menu are restaurant-style breakfast and dinner, fitness activities, cultural activities and celebrations, including a Passover seder.

Brookdale, which has residences throughout the area, including Napa, Rohnert Park and Vallejo, offers independent and assisted living in Sonoma, with restaurant-style dining, weekly housekeeping and on-site salon services. The residence is close to restaurants, medical facilities and a shopping center.

San Francisco

San Francisco Towers

(415) 776-0500

East Bay

The Heritage Pointe

Walnut Creek

(925) 943-7427

South Bay/Peninsula

The Magnolia


(650) 697-7700


North Bay



(707) 996-7101


In-Home Care

The San Francisco-based JFCS Seniors At Home program, which also serves the Peninsula and the North Bay, has offered in-home care for 28 years, serving 16,000 clients annually by providing personal care and light housekeeping, cooking, shopping and companionship. The agency also offers palliative and end-of-life care, conservatorship services and caregiver support.

Home Care for Seniors, a program of JFCS/East Bay, launched in 2013 and provides personalized services in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. It offers culturally sensitive care that incorporates Jewish traditions. In addition to personal care, light housekeeping and companionship, the agency also provides geriatric social workers who make home visits, offering an extra level of oversight and advocacy.

Bay Area

JFCS Seniors At Home

(415) 449-3777

East Bay

JFCS/East Bay Home Care for Seniors

(510) 704-7475


Readers’ Choice 2016