Our history

1774
Sir Moses Montefiore, the man after whom Montefiore is named, is born in Italy. After moving to England, he proves to be an astute businessman and rises to prominence. He devotes his time and resources to community and civic affairs, and to the welfare of the Jewish people.

1889
The Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home (‘the Home’) opens its doors on October 27 in South Dowling Street, Moore Park. It is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) and provides aged care services.

1924
The Home moves to Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill. It cares for 18 residents.

1927
The Home is incorporated by a Private Act of the NSW Parliament.

1939
Due to the growth of the Jewish community and its aged population, Montefiore moves and reopens in Hunters Hill. It caters for 26 adults.

1940 – 1946
The Army occupies the Hunters Hill campus. The Jewish population of Sydney doubles and expansion of the Home is an urgent priority once again.

1946 – 1996
Hunters Hill undergoes a series of upgrades and expansion leading to its current configuration (low-care hostel, high-care nursing home and dementia-specific accommodation). Today it is home to 334 residents.

1991
Montefiore officially opens its second residential aged care facility in a heritage building at Woollahra. Today Woollahra is home to 50 residents in a low-care hostel environment.

2002
Montefiore acquires Camelot Nursing Home (now known as Maroubra Shores), an 80-bed high-care facility in Maroubra which services the wider community.

2006
Montefiore officially opens stage 1 of its new Randwick Campus providing accommodation for 276 residents (107 low-care hostel places, 109 high-care nursing home places and two 30-bed dementia-specific units).

The Burger Centre seniors’ day centre moves to the Randwick Campus and becomes a joint venture with JewishCare, joining Montefiore’s Club Monte day centre at Hunters Hill in offering social support to people living in the community.

2010
Montefiore launches its Home Care service, now known as Help at Home by Montefiore, bringing the organisation’s expertise in clinical and allied health care to support older people living independently in the community.

2018 and beyond
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home officially becomes Montefiore to better reflect our comprehensive, ongoing commitment to aged care and how we are adapting to meet the changing needs of our community.

Our Randwick, Hunters Hill and Woollahra campuses are given their own brand, Residential Care by Montefiore.

Montefiore continues to expand with our newly launched retirement living development, M by Montefiore, due to begin construction on our Randwick Campus in mid-2018.