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Jewish Senior Life is a member of the Alliance of Senior Care Communities, The Greater Rochester Chamber of CommerceLeadingAge NY, LeadingAge and a member of the National Nursing Home Advancing Excellence Campaign. We also have an affiliation with the Alzheimer’s AssociationAcademy for Leadership in Long-term Care and Project SEARCH. We are a member of the National Stroke Association’s Stroke Center Network (SCN). Jewish Senior Life works closely with partner organizations in the Jewish community, including: Association of Jewish Aging Services, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

Clinical Affiliations and Teaching Relationships

Jewish Senior Life serves as a teaching site for students of the following college programs:

  • Genesee Valley BOCES LPN program
  • Monroe Community College Human Services program
  • Monroe Community College Nursing program
  • Monroe #1 and #2 BOCES Medical Secretary program
  • Nazareth College Nursing, Creative Arts & Music Therapy, Occupational & Physical Therapy and Social Work programs; field work disciplines in sociology and psychology
  • Roberts Wesleyan College Social Work program
  • Rochester Educational Opportunity Center LPN and CNA programs
  • St. John Fisher College Nursing program
  • SUNY Brockport Health Care Administration,  Social Work and Therapeutic Recreation programs
  • University of Rochester Nursing and Geriatric programs

Accreditations, Certifications and Awards

In 2015, Jewish Senior Life was awarded accreditation by the Commission on  Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities and similar human services organizations. Jewish Senior Life met all of the requirements for CARF accreditation upon its first submission.

CARF Accredited Aspire to Excellence Gold SealJewish Senior Life earned a five-year term of CARF accreditation as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and for Adult Day Health Care, Assisted Living, Person-Centered Long-Term Care and Person-Centered Dementia Care programs. A three-year term of CARF accreditation was awarded for the Transitional Care program and Atkin Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation program. Both of these term lengths are the maximum allowable by CARF.

CARF accreditation demonstrates an organization’s quality, transparency and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. An organization receiving accreditation has voluntarily put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that it is committed to conforming to CARF’s accreditation conditions and standards. Furthermore, an organization that earns CARF accreditation is commended on its quest for quality programs and services.

Jewish Home of Rochester has been nationally recognized for excellence in care. For 2021-22 the organization has been nationally recognized for excellence in care for a fourth year, ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes Short-Term Rehabilitation. Of the 13,000 nursing homes throughout the nation, only 12% received the High-Performing rating for Short-Term Care.


The Jewish Home of Rochester has been recognized by Newsweek’s America’s Best Nursing Homes 2022. Only four percent of nursing homes nationwide received this distinction. To establish the ranking, analyzing over 15,000 nursing homes throughout the United States, Newsweek partnered with global data research firm Statista Inc. The award is based on information from two sources: a reputation survey of industry experts (including registered nurses, administrators, and physicians) as well as data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Jewish Home skilled nursing residence is licensed by the New York State Department of Health, and is both Medicaid and Medicare certified. Our assisted living facility, Wolk Manor, is licensed as an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR). This provides a higher level of physical assistance and support than traditional assisted living services to those residents who need it. Our independent living residence, The Summit at Brighton, is approved for Life Care by the New York State Department of Insurance. The Summit is Rochester’s only Life Care community, which means even if care needs increase, the costs will not.

Jewish Senior Life has been certified as a Great Place to Work® by the Great Place to Work Institute, the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, for the second year in a row. Great Place to Work evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job for employees across the Jewish Senior Life organization. The elements included employee trust in the organization, pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.