our rich history

The Cedars has been an integral part of the Portland, Maine community since 1929, but it’s our ability to adapt, grow and keep up with change that makes The Cedars a stalwart senior living and retirement community.

Originally founded as The Jewish Home for Aged, The Cedars now offers independent living, assisted living, a rehabilitation center and skilled nursing care for seniors of all faiths and backgrounds on our beautiful, conveniently located 11-acre campus.

Jewish Home for Aged, a senior nursing home, opens its doors on Portland’s Eastern Promenade, with a mission to help the elderly.

The 34-bed Levey Pavilion is built and senior rehabilitation center services begin.

The Cedars Nursing Care Center, the new “home”, is built to provide senior nursing and senior rehabilitation for 102 residents.

The Atrium at The Cedars, a spacious 61-apartment senior living community, opens to offer the best independent senior living.

The campus is renamed The Cedars and adopts a new tagline—”Your Life. Your Community.” The Cedars now offers nursing care at The Skilled Care Center at The Cedars, rehabilitation for seniors at The Cedars rehabilitation center, and independent living at The Atrium at The Cedars. The continuum of senior living options is almost complete.

The Osher Inn at The Cedars, an assisted living residence of 30 private apartments, opens to complete the circle of elder care started over 75 years ago.

The senior rehabilitation center is completely renovated and expanded, and is rededicated as The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center.


View photographs from our Archives.

View the names on our memorial boards.