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History

We have a long and storied history as a not-for-profit mission driven community agency at the heart of which is the 5th Commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother so that thy days might be long upon the earth which I the Lord give thee”. Serving older people with Jewish needs was the original goal of the Ladies’ Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society when it was founded in 1922. With the purchase of land and a stately mansion in Jacksonville’s Riverside area in 1946, River Garden Hebrew Home was founded.

Since then the Home has been providing award winning care to Jacksonville’s senior community. In 1946 the Home opened with 4 residents. Dedicated and visionary lay leadership led fundraising and building drives in 1955, 1963, 1969 and 1985 that allowed the home to expand and serve a growing population. By 1969 its capacity had grown to 192 residents. The Home relocated in 1989 to its present location on a beautifully landscaped 40-acre campus in Jacksonville’s Mandarin area, where it currently serves 180 residents.

“In 1946 the Home opened with 4 residents.
Its capacity had grown to be able to currently serve 180 residents.“

Anchored by the nursing home, River Garden’s campus is now the center of River Garden Senior Services, a system of senior care programs and services. These services include: skilled nursing and short-stay rehabilitation, traditional long-term care, Alzheimer’s and memory care, adult day care, independent living apartments, geriatric assessment and case management, outpatient therapies, licensed home health care and the Albert Z. Fleet Geriatric Training Center.

The Home is the only eight-time recipient of Florida’s prestigious “Governor’s Gold Seal Award for Excellence in Long-Term Care” and is 5-Star rated by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

River Garden Hebrew Home is licensed by the State of Florida as a skilled nursing facility, and certified for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs .

To learn more about our community, please feel free to call us: 904-260-1818 or send us an email.