As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale 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 provide 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. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 7,000 elderly persons through its resources and community service programs.
The Art Collection is comprised of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and works on paper by such artists as Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell, Ben Shahn and Andy Warhol. The collection is exhibited throughout the public spaces of the Hebrew Home. The sculpture garden features large-scale sculpture by such artists as Herbert Ferber, Joel Perlman and Menashe Kadishman.
Changing exhibitions are mounted in the Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery, and feature works on loan from artists, museums and galleries throughout the United States. The exhibitions range from thematic group shows to a major outdoor sculpture invitational, and feature a diverse array of media, including printmaking, photography, works on paper, painting and tabletop sculpture. Every exhibition features an opening reception and artist's talk which is free and open to the public.
The Art Collection, Sculpture Garden and Gilbert Pavilion Gallery Hours:
Every day, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Judaica Museum was founded in 1982 when Riverdale residents Ralph and Leuba Baum donated their collection of Jewish ceremonial art to the Hebrew Home. A refugee from Nazi persecution, Ralph and his wife, Leuba, had an intense desire to preserve and pass on to future generations the memory embodied in the objects they collected, the majority of which were used primarily by European Jews before the Holocaust. In 2008 the Judaica Museum was named in honor of benefactors Helen and Harold Derfner. It opened in a newly furnished space in June 2009 with the ongoing exhibition, "Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum," which explores the intersections of Jewish history and memory. It is hoped the active engagement of visitors will re-animate the objects presented there.
Derfner Judaica Museum Hours:
Sun - Thurs, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm