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

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. 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. The Art Collection, Sculpture Garden & Grounds The Art Collection is comprised of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and works on paper by such artists as Salvador Dali, Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. These works are exhibited throughout the main public spaces of the Hebrew Home and elucidated by text panels and labels. The Art Collection & Sculpture Garden Hours: Daily, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Derfner Judaica Museum 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 by European Jews before the Holocaust. In 2008 The Judaica Museum was named in honor of the late Helen and Harold Derfner. It opened in a newly furnished space in June 2009 with a permanent exhibition of the collection entitled, Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum, that explores the intersections of Jewish history and memory. The Museum also features a rotating gallery space for modern art relating to Jewish life and culture. Museum Hours: Sun - Thurs, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

We are pleased that our new exhibition "Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection" is featured...
02/19/2020
Conjuring the Old World in a Time of Great Change

We are pleased that our new exhibition "Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection" is featured in the The Jewish Week's Spring Arts Preview! The show opens this weekend on Sunday, Feb. 23. Please join us for the opening reception! R.S.V.P. 718-581-1596 or [email protected]

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We were thrilled to receive a group of Mitzvah Clowns from Rosenbaum Yeshiva Of North Jersey in the Museum who came to t...
02/18/2020

We were thrilled to receive a group of Mitzvah Clowns from Rosenbaum Yeshiva Of North Jersey in the Museum who came to the Hebrew Home to visit residents! Elana Kaplan, Museum Educator, discussed our newest exhibition "Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection" to these lively seventh graders! Thank you, RYNJ!

Have a look at the online version of the exhibition brochure which includes selected images and an essay by Susan Chevlo...
02/11/2020
Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection

Have a look at the online version of the exhibition brochure which includes selected images and an essay by Susan Chevlowe, Chief Curator and Museum Director, for our newest exhibition "Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection" which opens on Sun, Feb 23!

Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection On view February 23–May 10, 2020 Text by Susan Chevlowe, Chief Curator and Museum Director As participants in some of the most si…

Great to have Applied Imagination on site this week! Our garden railway displays look amazing. Come visit!
01/30/2020

Great to have Applied Imagination on site this week! Our garden railway displays look amazing. Come visit!

While the Applied Imagination team was in town to dismantle the New York Botanical Garden train show, they also spent some time at the Hebrew Home sprucing up our year-round train exhibit. Their meticulous work replacing roofs, deep cleaning each piece, and putting it all back together has it looking better than ever. Be sure to stop by and check out their amazing work!

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

Image: Ilya Schor (b. Złoczów, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1904–d. New York, 1961), Jewish Wedding, 1950s, wood en...
01/28/2020

Image: Ilya Schor (b. Złoczów, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, 1904–d. New York, 1961), Jewish Wedding, 1950s, wood engraving with hand coloring, 8 15/16 x 12 in. (22.7 x 30.5 cm). Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection, gift of Estelle Reingold, HHAR 6354. © Mira Schor. Reproduced with permission.

This work is featured in "Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection" on view in the Derfner Judaica Museum from February 23–May 10, 2020.

We remember. Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. T...
01/27/2020

We remember. Today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This Torah scroll survived Kristallnacht in Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg, Germany, in 1938 when the synagogue was burned to the ground. In 1953 on a trip to Germany, Ralph Baum, who later founded what is now Derfner Judaica Museum, returned to his birthplace and this burnt Torah scroll, which had been kept at the local police station, was presented to him.

As Ralph's wife, Leuba, once recalled, it was their need to share the story of this Torah scroll and to preserve the memory of the Holocaust that inspired the Baums to donate their collection of ceremonial art as the founding gift to the Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale's cover photo
01/07/2020

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale's cover photo

Come see Leonard Freed's photographs taken in the aftermath of the Six Day War this Sunday. We're open 10:30 a.m. - 4:30...
01/03/2020

Come see Leonard Freed's photographs taken in the aftermath of the Six Day War this Sunday. We're open 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This Sunday, January 5 is your last chance to see the "Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine 1967–1968" exhibition at the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale! RiverWalk residents visited recently and highly recommend the experience.

The Museum is open today until 4:30 p.m. Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine, 1967-1968 is on view through Jan. 5. (Please no...
12/25/2019

The Museum is open today until 4:30 p.m. Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine, 1967-1968 is on view through Jan. 5. (Please note we are closed New Year's Day). Image: Leonard Freed, Jerusalem, Israel, 1967. Courtesy Brigitte Freed, Estate of Leonard Freed.

Happy Hanukkah! This pewter Hanukkah lamp on view now originates from late 19th-century Eastern Europe and is made up of...
12/22/2019

Happy Hanukkah! This pewter Hanukkah lamp on view now originates from late 19th-century Eastern Europe and is made up of nine small chairs, one for each of the eight nights of the holiday and one shamash from which the others are lit. The chairs hold oil and a wick in their seats. The Hebrew letters on each chair are a nun and het, referencing the first letters of "nes," miracle, and Hanukkah. We are open Sunday-Thursday, including Christmas Day, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed New Year's Day.

Check out this comprehensive review on ARTMargins Online of our recently closed exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the...
11/06/2019
From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from the Art Collection - ARTMargins

Check out this comprehensive review on ARTMargins Online of our recently closed exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx" that featured 35 artists from the permanent collection.

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from the Art Collection, Derfner Judaica Museum and the Art Collection at the Hebrew Home, Riverdale, New York (May 5-August 25, 2019) Writing in 2009, Polish scholar Piotr Piotrowski suggested that we recognize multiple, coexisting art historic...

Shana Tova! The museum will be closed for holiday observances on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22.Please visit our cu...
09/26/2019

Shana Tova! The museum will be closed for holiday observances on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22.
Please visit our current exhibition during regular museum hours Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Jan. 5 https://www.riverspringhealth.org/leonard-freed-israel-magazine-1967-1968/

Image: Shofar, Poland, 19th century, ram's horn: engraved. Derfner Judaica Museum, Ralph and Leuba Baum Collection.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale's cover photo
09/15/2019

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale's cover photo

Don't forget to stop by "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx" before it closes this Sunday, August 25! (Regular Museum ho...
08/21/2019

Don't forget to stop by "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx" before it closes this Sunday, August 25!

(Regular Museum hours are Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

On this gray day, enjoy the vibrant colors of this 1957 oil painting entitled "Blue Landscape (Modrá Krajina)" by Czech ...
08/13/2019

On this gray day, enjoy the vibrant colors of this 1957 oil painting entitled "Blue Landscape (Modrá Krajina)" by Czech artist Richard Fremund (1928-1969) featured in our current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx."

Fremund was part of a circle of young artists who rejected the official style of Socialist Realism and founded what was known as the May 57 group in Prague in the late 1950s. His series of brightly colored abstracted Czech townscapes represented the type of Unofficial art that was hotly debated in the Czech media. A Czech critic quoted in The New York Times in 1956, for example, extolled the virtues of young artists who continued to push Czech art forward, though described Fremund’s colors as perhaps “too hot.”

A 1956 trip to Paris where Fremund saw firsthand such modern masters as Picasso, Matisse and Dufy was pivotal to his approach to art. He also developed an awareness of contemporary art beyond the Eastern Bloc through his friend Jiří Siblík, a Czech art historian, who was able to travel abroad and owned books and prints by major international artists. Siblík’s home created a nexus for young Czech artists, including Fremund, who sought access to the contemporary Western art world.

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07/21/2019
News 12 The Bronx Features Newest Exhibit at the Derfner Judaica Museum

Thank you to News 12 The Bronx for this lovely coverage of our current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx!"

(To read more about the exhibition, have a look at the online catalogue here: https://tinyurl.com/y2lktj5p)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck8o4AuEI80&feature=youtu.be

Check out the latest exhibition at the Derfner Judaica Museum - From the East Bloc to the Bronx -- featured on News 12 the Bronx!

We are thrilled to have "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx" featured on the internationally renowned Russian Art and Cu...
07/16/2019
From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx | Exhibition | Russian Art + Culture

We are thrilled to have "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx" featured on the internationally renowned Russian Art and Culture! Don't forget to stop by the exhibition before it closes on August 25.

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx tells the fascinating story of how the Grosvenor Gallery in London promoted artists from Eastern Bloc countries and came to play a central role in shaping the Hebrew Home Art Collection.

Check out this fantastic coverage by the Riverdale Press about our current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bron...
07/02/2019
Discovering the east without leaving the Bronx

Check out this fantastic coverage by the Riverdale Press about our current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx!"

https://riverdalepress.com/stories/discovering-the-east-without-leaving-the-bronx,68959

It was thanks to her curiosity that Emily O’Leary brought the untold stories of Eastern Bloc artists to Riverdale. Back in 2010, the associate curator at Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale was learning about its collection of 4,500 artworks that are housed ...

On this hot summer day, cool off with a look at this snowy scene entitled "Winter Landscape" by Russian artist Moisey Fe...
06/26/2019

On this hot summer day, cool off with a look at this snowy scene entitled "Winter Landscape" by Russian artist Moisey Feigin (1904-2008)!

This oil painting from the early 1960s is executed in the Soviet Impressionist style, an approach to art that drew influence from French Impressionism while maintaining a socialist message. This style emerged prominently during the Thaw, a period of liberalization following the death of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin in 1953 when many hardline policies on the arts were relaxed.

(This painting is featured in the current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection" on view thru August 25, 2019)

05/28/2019
Write Me Commemorative Poetry Event

BronxNet Community Television's coverage beautifully conveys the essence of the poetry and preview film screening event we held earlier this month in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Internationally recognized writers and poets attended the Write Me: Commemorative Poetry Event in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Held at the Hebrew...

Entitled "Sunny Morning" (1959) by Mikhail Ivanov (Russian, 1926–2000), this painting is executed in the Russian Severe ...
05/23/2019

Entitled "Sunny Morning" (1959) by Mikhail Ivanov (Russian, 1926–2000), this painting is executed in the Russian Severe Style, a form of Socialist Realism—a representational style that glorified Soviet ideals. The Severe Style emerged during the period of de-Stalinization following the death of the Soviet Premier in 1953. The Severe Style intentionally lacked the pretension of the Stalinist era while still embracing socialist themes, exemplified in Ivanov’s painting of a figure within an urban landscape dotted with smokestacks that represent Soviet industry.

This painting is included in the Museum's current exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection" on view thru August 25!

The conservation of Sunny Morning was made possible by the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Full credit: Mikhail Ivanov (Russian, 1926–2000), Sunny Morning, 1959, oil on canvas, 23 x 26 1/2 inches, HHAR 1855

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for the reception of "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acq...
05/21/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for the reception of "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection!"

The exhibition will be on view in the Museum through August 25.

Have a look at the electronic version of the exhibition brochure for "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisit...
05/14/2019
From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection

Have a look at the electronic version of the exhibition brochure for "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection" here: https://artathhar.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/from-the-eastern-bloc-to-the-bronx-early-acquisitions-from-the-art-collection/

A printed copy is available free of charge. Please join us at the opening reception this Sunday, May 19, from 1:30-3 p.m.

From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection On view May 5–August 25, 2019 Text by Emily O’Leary, Associate Curator The Grosvenor Gallery in London promoted artist…

Thank you to Jordan Moss for the coverage of our exhibition opening this weekend, Sunday, May 19!https://bronxmatters.co...
05/13/2019
Eastern Bloc Artists’ Exhibit at Derfner Judaica Museum at Hebrew Home (in Riverdale/Bronx)

Thank you to Jordan Moss for the coverage of our exhibition opening this weekend, Sunday, May 19!

https://bronxmatters.com/2019/05/13/eastern-bloc-artists-exhibit-at-derfner-judaica-museum-at-hebrew-home-in-riverdale-bronx/

If you love art, you should get to know, if you haven’t already, the Derfner Judaica Museum, based at the Hebrew Home, in Riverdale. It’s free and wonderful to see. Here’s info on…

Read the full press release announcing our latest exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions fro...
04/29/2019
From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection - RiverSpring Health Nursing Home, Rehabilitation, and Managed Care

Read the full press release announcing our latest exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection" here:

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss on view in the Pauline and William Goldfine Pavilion Lobby Gallery from July 15–October 7, 2018.

Poet Deborah Kahan Kolb - Poet speaks eloquently about the upcoming poetry reading and preview film screening at the Mus...
04/25/2019
Face 2 Face with Deborah Kolb

Poet Deborah Kahan Kolb - Poet speaks eloquently about the upcoming poetry reading and preview film screening at the Museum on May 1 in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On this show we speak with Deborah Kolb, about organizing, WRITE ME: a poetry reading and film screening in observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust

Oscar Rabin (Russian, 1928–2018), Cats Under Crescent Moon, 1963, oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches, HHAR 1076, The ...
04/15/2019

Oscar Rabin (Russian, 1928–2018), Cats Under Crescent Moon, 1963, oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 43 1/2 inches, HHAR 1076, The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale

This work is featured in the exhibition "From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection" on view May 5-August 25, 2019.

Happy Purim! "Esther and Ahasuerus," ca. 1730, from the Museum's Ralph and Leuba Baum Collection.
03/20/2019

Happy Purim! "Esther and Ahasuerus," ca. 1730, from the Museum's Ralph and Leuba Baum Collection.

We are thrilled to be featured as a museum to "visit and savor" by ARTnews this month! There is no admission fee to visi...
02/26/2019
Five New York Museums to Visit, Revisit, and Savor While MoMA Is Closed -

We are thrilled to be featured as a museum to "visit and savor" by ARTnews this month! There is no admission fee to visit the Museum. We are open to the public Sunday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and welcome visitors. For more information, always feel free to call us at 718.581.1596.

It is time to taste the pleasures of the Nicholas Roerich Museum, the Alice Austen House, and so many more delights. Read More

We were delighted to receive this fabulous group of Mitzvah clowns from Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey after they vis...
01/31/2019

We were delighted to receive this fabulous group of Mitzvah clowns from Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey after they visited our Hebrew Home residents!

Welcoming our young friends from Woodlands Community Temple is always a pleasure!
01/23/2019

Welcoming our young friends from Woodlands Community Temple is always a pleasure!

Hebrew Home residents enjoyed a weekend visit from fourth graders attending Woodlands Community Temple in Ardsley. During their visit, the children sang for residents and toured the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

We are open tomorrow, December 25. Museum hours: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi closes soon. We ...
12/24/2018

We are open tomorrow, December 25. Museum hours: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi closes soon. We look forward to your visit!

Happy Hanukkah! This copper lamp representing Judah Maccabee purifying the Temple originates from the Bezalel School in ...
12/03/2018

Happy Hanukkah! This copper lamp representing Judah Maccabee purifying the Temple originates from the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, before 1929, and is on view now. We look forward to your visit!

We are thrilled to have "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" featured in Time Out New York as the #1 Critic's Pick of mus...
11/26/2018
Best art in New York: Critics' picks

We are thrilled to have "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" featured in Time Out New York as the #1 Critic's Pick of must-see art in New York City! Thank you, Time Out! Be sure to visit the exhibition before it closes on January 6, 2019.

Find the best art exhibitions and gallery shows in NYC this week, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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5901 Palisade Ave
Bronx, NY
10471

Subway (bus transfer necessary): 1 train to 231 Street stop or A train to 207 Street. Transfer to Bx7 bus (available at both subway stops) and ride to W. 261 Street. Walk west on W. 261 Street. toward the Hudson River. HHAR gate is on Palisade Ave on the right. MNR: Hudson Line to Riverdale. Walk north on Palisade Ave. HHAR Gate is on left.Express Bus: BxM1 or BxM2 to W. 261 Street. Check schedule for departure times.

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The Derfner Judaica Museum, Art Collection and sculpture garden are free and open to the public. For security purposes, all visitors must present photo I.D. to confirm identity at the front security gate.

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Monday 10:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 10:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 16:30
Thursday 10:30 - 16:30
Sunday 10:30 - 16:30

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