Our History


  • 1916 – The Hebrew Sheltering Home of Atlantic City opens its doors.
  • 1923 – The founders open a larger Hebrew Old Age Home to meet the growing needs of the elderly.
  • 1928 – Construction begins on a new, larger facility that can better meet the community’s needs.
  • 1934 – The Hebrew Old Age and Sheltering Home of Atlantic City opens with dormitory style accommodations
    for 20 residents.
  • 1951 – The Hebrew Old Age and Sheltering Home acquires the former Cosmopolitan Hotel at Atlantic City’s
    southern end.
  • 1970s – The home was renamed Seashore Gardens Living Center, becoming licensed as a skilled nursing center
    with 151 beds. At the same location, the Cosmopolitan Retirement Residence opened in 1987 as a 70-bed
    residence center, offering senior services for independent living.
  • 1990s – The Board began to work on a state-of-the-art residence for future generations.
  • 2002 – Seashore Gardens Living Center opened in Galloway on a 20-acre campus with a 125,000 sq. ft. home that includes a skilled nursing
    center, rehabilitation, a Comfort Care Alzheimer’s wing, and an Assisted Living Residence all under one
  • 2012 – Seashore Housing opens on the Seashore Gardens Living Center campus serving residents 55+ with special needs.

In 1916, a group of local Jewish businessmen opened the Hebrew Sheltering Home of Atlantic City. The Home provided kosher meals and temporary housing for the poor in a small house on Columbia Place in Atlantic City’s inlet section. But the home’s founders quickly realized another need.

Long before Social Security and Medicare, these enterprising citizens put together a plan to care for the elderly, as the Hebrew Old Age Home of Atlantic City. They couldn’t know it at the time, but their legacy would live on in a century of caring.

From the inlet section to Georgia Avenue to the Lower Chelsea neighborhood and Atlantic Avenue, the Hebrew Old Age Home continued to expand in size and services. A new name was chosen, Seashore Gardens Living Center, to better reflect the new era of care.

By the late 1990’s, it was clear that there would be a need for another expansion. The administration took the innovative approach of assembling a volunteer committee comprised of staff from different departments and board members to travel around the country to research the different models for long-term care and assisted living buildings.

The result is a state-of-the-art building with a homelike atmosphere incorporating elements that enrich quality of life. The home’s theme is Atlantic City of the 1920’s and at its core is an expansive lobby area decorated as the Boardwalk, complete with a working Boardwalk Café. Residents and their families also may enjoy a putting green that’s wheelchair accessible, a beauty parlor, theater, and gift shop. Nursing home administrators have visited from as far away as Japan to study the design and try to duplicate the Seashore Gardens Living Center model.

Come visit us today!

The Simon & Sylvia Zisman Seashore Gardens Living Center is an independent, nonprofit home for the aged with over 100 years of service. Back in 1916 we started as a little house in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We’ve grown in services and location. Today we are on a 20 acre campus in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Come visit us today.

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