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The history of Jewish Blind & Disabled

It is over 50 years since Cecil Rosen first started to realise his dream that neither physical disability nor impaired vision should be allowed to interfere with an individual’s right to an independent lifestyle. Today we continue to fulfil this dream as we look forward to the opening of our eighth development of state-of-the-art mobility apartments.

Photo of the late Cecil Rosen

Jewish Blind & Physically Handicapped Society was formed by Cecil Rosen

Exterior of Cavendish House . JBD pilot project.

Opening of pilot project, Cavendish House, in Dulwich offering 20 flats at a cost of only £100,000

Cecil Rosen & Margaret Thatcher opening Fairacres

Fairacres, in Finchley, opened by Margaret Thatcher and Cecil Rosen, with 32 flats


Cherry Tree Court opened in Kingsbury with 40 flats


Our founder, Cecil Rosen, passed away prior to the opening of Cecil Rosen Court in Wembley and John Joseph MBE became Chairman and Malcolm Ozin MBE became the organisation’s President


The original Cecil Rosen Court was opened in Wembley with 29 flats by HRH Duchess of Gloucester. Due to a decline in demand for this area, this building was subsequently sold in 2010 with remaining tenants being relocated to our other buildings.

Chief Rabbi Sacks meeting tenant at the opening of Milne Court

Milne Court opened in South Woodford with 57 flats

Entrance Hilary Dennis Court

Hilary Dennis Court opened in Wanstead with 35 flats

Exterior-- Aztec House

Aztec House opened in Redbridge with 42 flats


Frances & Dick James Court opened in Mill Hill offering 42 flats including a number of two bedroom apartments to accommodate couples or parents and children.


Jewish Blind & Disabled rebranded


Young JBD established to welcome young professional supporters to the charity


Opening of Cecil Rosen Court by HRH Duchess of Gloucester in Bushey Heath offering 41 mobility apartments

Lounge at Cecil Rosen Court

The Dyna & Fala Weinstock Wing of Cecil Rosen Court opens with 19 one and two-bedroom apartments in Bushey Heath

Tenancy Support Advisor advising tenant on Aids & Adaptations

Our Golden Jubilee Year: celebrations include the launch of our Independent Living Advisory Service taking our expertise in independent living to people living out in the community for the very first time.


After years of looking for our next development, we have purchased a building which will take our current number of developments to eight. The building is in the heart of Mill Hill East

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