About Cedar Sinai Park
Interconnecting people of all faiths and backgrounds within a joyful environment of Jewish values and traditions.
Our mission is to provide residential and community-based care to our elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence, and dignity in an environment based on the Jewish values of love, honor, and respect.
Kulanu is a Hebrew word meaning “all of us together.” In that spirit, Cedar Sinai Park connects people of all faiths and backgrounds within an environment of Jewish values and traditions. One-quarter of our residents identify as people of other cultures and faiths, and each is woven into the tapestry that is our non-profit community. All people are appreciated for their individuality, which makes each person a unique part of the whole.
For almost 104 years, Cedar Sinai Park’s deep roots have firmly extended throughout the Portland Jewish community. In our second century, Cedar Sinai Park continues to enjoy a strong reputation of care. We are highly recommended and often one of the first places to which people provide referrals or turn to for their aging loved ones’ care. Our renown for the finest care is further reflected in our thoughtfully-designed apartment homes and private skilled nursing suites.
An intricate system of honor sustains the soul of Cedar Sinai Park. Each person is a trusted, respected, essential thread in the human tapestry that is Cedar Sinai Park. We encourage each resident, staff member, family member, and trustee to have a voice – to engage in regular discussion and dialogue regarding programs and services, as active members of our Cedar Sinai Park mishpocha (extended family), supporting the dignity and respect all elders deserve.
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Cedar Sinai Park’s roots are firmly planted within the Jewish community. The Jewish Women’s Endeavor Society and the Old Men’s Hebrew Fraternal Organization founded the Jewish Old People’s Home in 1920, with their first board meeting on January 4. Located at Southwest Third Avenue and College Street (a few blocks from the current mayor’s office), the 16-room Jewish Old People’s Home, in an old Victorian, was a place for older people in need, offering individual rooms, kosher meals, and a chapel.
The 11 wives of the men in the Old Men’s Hebrew Fraternal Organization organized the Sisterhood of the Jewish Old People’s Home, shopping for necessities and supervising the kitchen.
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Old Men’s Hebrew Fraternal Organization — later known as the Home’s Sisterhood — began taking a more direct and autonomous role, with complete responsibility for running and supervising the kitchen.
The Sisterhood asked for representation on the board but was denied.
Fundraising began for a new home to meet the needs of the community. Brothers Charles and Edward Robison, who ran a popular dry goods store, donated $53,000, in honor of their mother, Hannah Robison, a longtime member of the Home’s Sisterhood. The Sisterhood pledged $5,000 toward an infirmary, but when that feature was deferred, funds were used to furnish the kitchen.
The Board of Trustees purchased and broke ground on seven acres of farmland in southwest Portland on Boundary Street, where suburban neighborhoods were beginning to emerge.
On September 28, there were 15 residents between the ages of 77 and 107 who moved (their belongings fit into two automobiles!) into the new Robison Jewish Home for the Aged, a residential care community which was re-named the Robison Jewish Home in honor of Hannah Robison’s legacy and her sons’ generous gifts.
The Donor Luncheon was the Sisterhood’s biggest fundraiser.
The Sisterhood had raised $35,000 and ground was broken on a new 18-bed infirmary (skilled nursing). Shortly thereafter, plans were started for construction of the enlarged nursing department.
Funds were raised for residential and memory care wings.
A volunteer-run gift shop opened to sell sundries and showcase resident art.
The May Apartments on the south side of campus opened to provide elders independent living.
The board agreed to move forward with an assisted living community.
Cedar Sinai Park assumes the Robison Jewish Home name, so we became formally Robison Jewish Home dba Cedar Sinai Park.
Rose Schnitzer Manor Assisted Living opened with 151 apartments, the largest in Oregon at the time.
Adult Day Services program began. The board adopted a strategic plan to expand the mission and campus.
A fourth wing is added to Rose Schnitzer Manor Assisted Living.
Ten acres of beautiful woods are purchased behind Rose Schnitzer Manor, land adjacent to the former Alpenrose Dairy.
The Cedar Sinai Park Foundation is established to fundraise for the highest-quality care of residents on Medicaid.
Ground is broken on the Al Lewin Legacy Trail in the 10-acre woods on campus.
Sinai Family Home Care Services opens.
Acquisition of downtown affordable housing.
Kehillah House opens for adults with developmental disabilities who can live independently.
The Robison’s Sisterhood changes its name to Friends of Robison.
The Harold Schnitzer Center for Living, licensed for skilled nursing, opens for long-term care. The center allows 48 elders to live independently in a home-like environment, within four households of 12 residents.
The Robison Home is renovated as a state-of-the-art short stay rehabilitation and post-acute care center with 44 private suites, offering high-quality care to get people well and living at home again.
Marcy’s Bar opens, thanks to a generous gift from Marcy Tonkin. Cedar Sinai Park assumes full ownership of Home Care and changes the name to Sinai In-Home Care.
Months before Covid was declared a pandemic in 2020, we celebrated our 100th anniversary!
Cedar Sinai Park embarks on a path to sustainability.
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