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1 Av 5777 - 24 July 2017

Hannah Levy House

The Jewish Care Home In Bournemouth

There is a Jewish care home in Bournemouth, run by the HANNAH LEVY HOUSE TRUST.

Hannah Levy House has been established on the West Cliff in Bournemouth since 1956. The house was bought by Solomon Levy for the benefit of elderly Jews and is named after his mother.

It provides full time residential care for up to 34 persons over the age of 65 years. All the bedrooms are for single occupancy and many are en suite.

In addition to providing residential care, the home can provide short term care, day care and Kosher Meals on Wheels for housebound elderly Jews.

Although the home is run on strictly Orthodox lines, it is open to Jews of any religious practice. Both self-funded and Local Authority funded persons are accepted. The home is registered with Bournemouth and Poole Local Authorities as well as the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate.

Trained staff are employed on a 24-hour rota and there are 5 volunteer Trustees who meet monthly to oversee the operation.

The main objective of the home is to enable Jewish residents of Bristol (the Levy home town), Bournemouth and their environs to enjoy the optimum possible quality of life having regard to their age and state of health.

The Trust is a registered charity and is dependent on donations from the Bournemouth Jewish Community for its survival.

Contact Details: The Manager Tel: 01202 765361 Email: hlhtrust@btconnect.com

Background

In the 1950s, as a result of efforts by the then minister of Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation (BHC) Rabbi Jonah Indech, a gentleman named Solomon Levy left a sum of money to the then Trustees of the BHC for a home to care for the aged of Bristol and Bournemouth. The Home was to be in memory of his mother HANNAH LEVY.

The Trustees of BHC found a suitable property that Solomon Levy would have had in mind at 15 Poole Road, Bournemouth. They were of course faced with the question: how to run the Home?

It was thought that The Jewish Board of Guardians were the people to run it more efficiently and they were approached. After much discussion they agreed to run it from London through a local committee.

After many years The London Board of Guardians (which by now was the Jewish Welfare Board) wanted to liquidate the home and use the money raised in other ways . The BHC could not let this happen and Harry Ellis was asked to intervene. After negotiations and argument with the Jewish Welfare Board ( now Jewish Care) they agreed to allow the running of the home by Bournemouth.

A trust was formed with Harry Ellis as trustee and he approached Mrs. Susan Feld and Steven R. White who joined him as trustees. With the aid of a committee the continuity of the care home was ensured. In the late 1990s two more Trustees were appointed and there are now five.