Clara Nehab House
13-19 Leaside Crescent, Temple Fortune, NW11 0DA
Medical dates:

Medical character:
1965 - 2018

Clare Nehab House officially opened on 19th September 1965 to provide care accommodation for elderly Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust.

The 4-bedroomed semi-detached house had been donated to the Leo Baeck Lodge by Mr Eric Jacobi.  The care home was named after the building's former occupier, Clara Nehab, who had been an active member of the Lodge.

In 1968 the Lodge acquired the semi-detached house next-door.  The buildings were connected together, thus doubling the size of the care home to 20 beds.

By 1985 the care home had expanded into the adjacent two semi-detached houses.  Following conversion, the home then had a ground floor lounge, and a dining room capable of accommodating all the residents and their guests for Friday nights, festivals and High Holy Days.  The large attractive garden, accessible by a ramped walkway, was furnished with hardwood garden furniture.

At the beginning of 1990 the Otto Schiff Housing Association took over management of the care home on behalf of the owners, the Leo Baeck Housing Association, while the Association of Jewish Refugees dealt with applications.

Two bungalows, used as sheltered accommodation, were added at the back of the care home, thus increasing the bed complement to 25.  Each single room was equipped with an en-suite WC, washbasin and shower unit.  A lift was installed.  As well as 24-hour residential care, the home offered physiotherapy and respite care.  Entertainments and activities for the residents were arranged throughout the week, both collectively and individually.

In 2018 the Leo Baeck Housing Association decided to close the home.  The investment needed to meet updated Fire and Health & Safety regulations was considered too much in the light of the buildings being unsuitable for patients with complex care needs.

Present status (July 2020)

The property is vacant and currently offered for sale by Glentree.

N.B. Photographs obtained in October 2019

Clara Nehab House
The care home eventually occupied four semi-detached houses.

Clara Nehab House
The main entrance.
References (Accessed 15th July 2020)

(Author unstated) 1965 Home of Leo Baeck Lodge.  AJR Information 20 (10), 8.

(Author unstated) 1990 Residential care.  AJR Information 45 (5), 8.

(Author unstated) 1992  Volunteers' meetings.  AJR Information 47 (8), 9.

Falk FE 1968 Silver Jubilee of Leo Baeck Lodge.  AJR Information 13 (6), 7.

Toberman B 2016 Revealed: the secret life of a 50-year-old care home.  
The Jewish Chronicle, 2nd September.

Toberman B 2018 Golders Green care home to close.  The Jewish Chronicle, 8th June.

Toberman B 2019 Golders Green care home sale to Charedi shul brings windfalls for 11 charities.  
 The Jewish Chronicle, 21st June.

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