Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale

5901 Palisade Ave, Bronx, NY 10471 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:30 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m. (EST)

Museum closed Saturday; ticket valid Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018




Free Everyday

The primary mission of the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is to collect and display fine art and Jewish ceremonial objects and to interpret its collections for the public. The Museum, founded in 1982, and The Art Collection provide publicly accessible art programming under the auspices of Hebrew Home at Riverdale, whose cultural programs are a model of universal accessibility with a special focus on the elderly and persons with special needs. Structured tours and workshops are provided at little or no cost to visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and promote cross-cultural exchange.

The Hebrew Home Art Collection is comprised of 4,500 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints on display throughout the public spaces of the Hebrew Home's Riverdale campus. It includes such artists as Dine, Ferber, Mangold, Nevelson, Warhol, Rivera and Shahn, decorative and historic artifacts representing world cultures, and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Art Collection also includes a significant array of modern art from the Soviet Bloc, both dissident and official.

The Derfner Judaica Museum is a repository of Jewish ceremonial objects and serves as an educational resource about Jewish art, culture and lifestyle practices through permanent and changing exhibitions. The founding gift to the Museum was made by Leuba and Ralph Baum, European émigrés, who amassed a collection of more than 800 Jewish ceremonial objects. The permanent collection comprises over 1,400 objects of stylistically diverse fine art and decorative objects in wood, silver and ivory, dating, for the most part, from the 18th to the 20th century and originating primarily in eastern and central Europe, Asia, North Africa and the United States.

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus, including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provides educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. RiverSpring Health is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 18,000 older adults in greater New York through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718.581.1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours.


"Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine 1967–1970" will include 50 vintage images by the American documentary photographer. Freed (American, 1929–2006) is well known for his Civil Rights photographs and has been the subject of dozens of exhibitions; this is the first to place the Israel photographs of the late 1960s in their original context. This exhibition demonstrates to what extent the images supported the editorial point of view of the magazine, as well as reveals Freed's distinctive documentary strategy. Living in Amsterdam, Freed returned to Jerusalem just after the Arab Israeli War (Six Day War) in June 1967 to become the main photographer for “Israel Magazine” edited by Maurice Carr, nephew of the famed Yiddish writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Research for this exhibition has taken place at the Freed Archives in Garrison, NY, with the cooperation of the photographer's widow, Brigitte Freed, who printed many of his photographs.


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