About Beth Yoles
Beth Joles is a retirement home established more than 50 years ago by the IOH (Irgun Olei Holland – The Israeli Dutch Immigrants’ Association) and the Joles Foundation. Beth Joles supports and helps you regardless of your circumstances.
We offer you spacious and fully equipped apartments facing a green wadi and in the distance the Mediterranean Sea. An ultra modern state-of-the-art assisted ward with well-trained and experienced staff to cater to your needs with professionalism, warmth and homeliness. Values which we treasure and have lived by during the many years of our existence.
Our unique attributes
- Provision of help and support at any age, in any condition and at any time of day.
- Skilled and experienced members of staff to provide for the residents’ needs with professionalism, efficiency, warmth and homelyness.
- A homely and familial ambience.
- A management policy permitting the residents of the assisted living ward to participate in all the social and other activities offered by the home insofar as their condition allows them to do so.
- The home is located in the Central Carmel [Merkaz HaCarmel] area, which contains a wide variety of culture and shopping centers, concert halls, the Haifa Municipal Theater, movie theaters, restaurants and cafes.
- A supermarket, a hairdresser, a post office and frequent public transportation routes are nearby.
History of Beth Joles
The history of the Beth Joles retirement home in Haifa actually begins in 1944. During this year, and while the holocaust was still raging throughout Europe, 222 Dutch Jewish prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp were exchanged with a group of German Templers living in what was then called Palestine. Their arrival in Palestine called the founders of the IOH (Irgoen Olei Holland – Israeli Dutch Immigrants’ Association), Leev and Mirjam de Leeuw, to action. Their intention was to establish a home in which to receive the Dutch-speaking seniors in a Dutch-Jewish environment which would make them feel at home.
Only the “Beit Zkenim” fund in Groningen and the “Joles Jewish Hospital” fund in Haarlem agreed to provide a significant amount of funds to this end. Haarlem provided the largest share of the funds that were used for establishing the Haifa-based Beth Joles Company Ltd. in 1953.
Beth Joles accepted its first residents at 9 Tel Mana Street, Haifa in July 1956.
An additional wing was built in 1964.
During the 1970s, the Israeli government began to investigate the issues relating to the treatment of its senior citizens in earnest. At the time, Beth Joles was in need of expansion and modernization. Perceiving the needs of its residents, the home’s management began to plan the construction of an assisted living ward long before its new complex was built, based on the understanding that long-time residents should not be forced to leave the home in the twilight of their lives.
In 1979, supported by donations and by the proceeds from selling the retirement home at 9 Tel Mana Street to the Clalit Health Fund (Kupat Cholim Clalit) – which was at the time engaged in the construction of the Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center (Carmel Hospital) – Beth Joles moved to a new building in Kikar Ha’Rakafot. A new, 36-bed, state-of-the-art assisted living ward was opened in 2008.
The home currently has 65 residential units for independents and 36 beds in the assisted living ward.