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

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, 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 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 12,000 elderly persons 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

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 Sever...
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, Th...
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.

Leonard Ursachi, "What a Wonderful World," 2018, carved styrofoam covered with styrocrete mixture, pigments, paint, 23-k...
11/14/2018

Leonard Ursachi, "What a Wonderful World," 2018, carved styrofoam covered with styrocrete mixture, pigments, paint, 23-karat gold leaf mounted on painted steel base, 9 feet high (with base) x 4 feet diameter. Courtesy the artist.

This sculpture was created for "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" which is on view through January 6, 2019 in the Derfner Judaica Museum.

We were thrilled that Riverdale Press covered our current exhibition "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" in this beautif...
10/30/2018
An artist ruminates on earth in the balance

We were thrilled that Riverdale Press covered our current exhibition "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" in this beautiful article. Thank you, as always, to Tiffany Moustakas!

The exhibition is on view through January 6, 2019.

Every 15 minutes, an island sinks like Atlantis into water — all within the confines of the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Thrilled to see that Blouin Artinfo has featured our exhibition on their website! The exhibition is on view through Janu...
10/08/2018
‘Erosion’ by Leonard Ursachi at Derfner Judaica Museum | BLOUIN ARTINFO

Thrilled to see that Blouin Artinfo has featured our exhibition on their website! The exhibition is on view through January 6, 2019.

Derfner Judaica Museum, New York, is showcasing the stunning works of Romanian-born artist Leonard Ursachi is an ongoing installation exhibition. “Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi,” is currently on view, through January 6, 2019.

Less than a week to RSVP and make your plans to attend our Reception and Artist's Talk for "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ur...
10/02/2018

Less than a week to RSVP and make your plans to attend our Reception and Artist's Talk for "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" on Sunday, Oct 7, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Museum.

Check out these gorgeous pictures of "Rise and Shine" with the Hudson at sunset!

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting Mexican artist Yishai Jusidman (b. Mexico City, ...
09/27/2018

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting Mexican artist Yishai Jusidman (b. Mexico City, 1963), who is represented in the Art Collection by Astronomer XXIV (1989). The sculpture is from the series The Astronomer (1987-1990) consisting of painted globes that the artist describes as "spherical landscapes."

Jusidman says of his work: "In 1668 Johannes Vermeer finished The Astronomer, a painting that provokes what it represents—the entrancing coupling of sight, imagination, and understanding. In the role of spectators, we undergo this coupling as we engage with the painting. Between 1987 and 1990, I produced a series of spherical landscapes based on the masters of naturalist landscape painting. Somewhat in the spirit of Vermeer, my Astronomer series seeks to trigger a distinctive way of thinking about pictorial space, engendering an experience that is thoroughly integral to vision and yet seemingly contradictory, a sort of painterly counterpoint harmonics. The sphere’s physical convexity presents itself in opposition to the depicted landscape’s visual concavity, and resolves the pictorial dimension as a plane that—pace Clement Greenberg—cannot be assimilated to the support. The resulting ambivalence, I hope, literally brings viewers to their senses, and shakes the foundations of their assumptions about painting’s purported two-dimensionality."

Visit the artist's website at YishaiJusidman.com to learn more about his work.

Image: Yishai Jusidman (Mexican, b. 1963), Astronomer XXIV, from The Astronomer, 1989, pigment and varnish on wood ellipse mounted to metal rod stand, 79 in. high x 4 1/2 in. diameter, HHAR 5810. Gift of The Foundation, To-Life, Inc.

Shana Tova! The Museum will be closed on in observance of the holidays: Sept. 10, 11, 19, 24, 25, Oct. 1, 2.Watercolor p...
09/06/2018

Shana Tova!
The Museum will be closed on in observance of the holidays: Sept. 10, 11, 19, 24, 25, Oct. 1, 2.
Watercolor painting by Mordechai Avniel from the collection.

09/02/2018

We will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all!

In conjunction with the Reimagine project, we are pleased to announce that Brenda Zlamany's "100/100" project comprising...
08/28/2018

In conjunction with the Reimagine project, we are pleased to announce that Brenda Zlamany's "100/100" project comprising 100 watercolor portraits of Hebrew Home residents created last summer during the artist's residency at the Hebrew Home will be shown at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan from September 4-December 16, 2018. Visit the JCC's website below for further details:

https://www.jccmanhattan.org/arts-ideas/laurie-m-tisch-gallery/

A wonderful new book by Susan Schwalb, a master metalpoint artist whose work has been exhibited at the Museum multiple t...
08/26/2018
Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium (Paperback) - Routledge

A wonderful new book by Susan Schwalb, a master metalpoint artist whose work has been exhibited at the Museum multiple times and who is represented in the permanent collection by a print. Congratulations, Susan!

Silverpoint, and metalpoint more generally, is the practice of marking with soft metal on a specifically prepared drawing surface. Practiced for centuries, the artform is experiencing a resurgence in recent years, with contemporary work exploring…

Erte is represented in the Hebrew Home's Art Collection by 80 prints.
08/20/2018
Erté at Glyndebourne | Russian Art + Culture

Erte is represented in the Hebrew Home's Art Collection by 80 prints.

This summer Glyndebourne will celebrate the designs of Art Deco artist Erté with a dedicated exhibition. The original set and costume designs created for the 1980 production of Der Rosenkavalier is on display from 19 May.

Jay Moss's sculpture is on view through October 7 in the Gilbert Pavilion Lobby Gallery. Read the review from the Riverd...
08/07/2018
Moss sculpts war history using weapons of artistry

Jay Moss's sculpture is on view through October 7 in the Gilbert Pavilion Lobby Gallery. Read the review from the Riverdale Press. Looking forward to your visit!

As a 20-year-old combat engineer, Jay Moss saw death, destruction, and the horrors of war. But he ’s turned those memories of the battlefield into art.

Jay and Jordan Moss and other visitors at the opening reception for "Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss" to...
07/15/2018

Jay and Jordan Moss and other visitors at the opening reception for "Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss" today. On view through October 7.

Read the exhibition brochure for our latest exhibition "Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss" online!The open...
07/05/2018
Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss

Read the exhibition brochure for our latest exhibition "Swords into Ploughshares: Sculpture by Jay Moss" online!

The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Sunday, July 15, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Goldfine Pavilion Lobby Gallery. (See our events for more information.)

Leonard Ursachi, "What a Wonderful World," 2018, carved styrofoam covered with styrocrete mixture, pigments, paint, 23-k...
07/01/2018

Leonard Ursachi, "What a Wonderful World," 2018, carved styrofoam covered with styrocrete mixture, pigments, paint, 23-karat gold leaf mounted on painted steel base, 9 feet high (with base) x 4 feet diameter. Courtesy the artist.

This sculpture was created for "Erosion: Works by Leonard Ursachi" which is on view through January 6, 2019 in the Derfner Judaica Museum.

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale's cover photo
05/30/2018

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

Don't forget to stop by the Museum this Sunday, May 27 for one last peek at "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" before ...
05/24/2018

Don't forget to stop by the Museum this Sunday, May 27 for one last peek at "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" before it closes!

(The Museum is closed every Friday and Saturday, and will also be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.)

Also home to our sprawling sculpture garden! The perfect time of year for families, friends, and community members to vi...
05/10/2018

Also home to our sprawling sculpture garden! The perfect time of year for families, friends, and community members to visit the grounds.

Love our view of the Hudson River! #springhassprung

In celebration of #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth, we are highlighting this rosewood, silver and parcel-gilt Torah shield f...
05/09/2018

In celebration of #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth, we are highlighting this rosewood, silver and parcel-gilt Torah shield from our collection by American silversmith Bernard Bernstein (b. 1928). Bernstein studied with Ludwig Wolpert at the Tobe Pascher Workshop at the The Jewish Museum in New York in the late 1950s and completed an MFA at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1963.
This Torah shield from 1992 suggests a stylized musical staff and notes. As the artist has explained, he originally set out to create a mezuzah for the daughter of a friend who was a musician, but he changed his mind while working on it.
The Hebrew inscription translates: "And the Almighty Be Thy Treasure" (Job 22:25).

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to the exhibition "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" where Elaine Langerm...
04/17/2018

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to the exhibition "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" where Elaine Langerman, one of the 30 artists whose work is on view, combines poetry and image in the painting "Watershed." #nationalpoetrymonth

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale
04/02/2018
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale

PLAY BALL!!! The Hebrew Home is excited to launch a new interactive scent component to our Yankees Dugout, thanks to our collaboration with International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. #scentsofthegame

Thank you to Tiffany Moustakas for this lovely article in Riverdale Press about our current exhibition "Jerusalem Betwee...
03/25/2018
Jewish art at a watershed moment

Thank you to Tiffany Moustakas for this lovely article in Riverdale Press about our current exhibition "Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth" on view through May 27!

When the word “watershed” comes to mind, one might think of an area that divides water to different rivers. But it means a lot more than that for Ori Z. Soltes.

The Museum’s 18th Century Torah ark valance is featured in this small, but engaging and exquisite exhibition "A Memory...
03/21/2018

The Museum’s 18th Century Torah ark valance is featured in this small, but engaging and exquisite exhibition "A Memory is a Memory is a Memory? Judaica from Kriegshaber Synagogue and the Surrounding Area" at the former synagogue through June 17. The valance can be seen in the center of the case along the right side of the room, in front of the windows. Images © Jüdisches Kulturmuseum Augsburg-Schwaben/Franz Kimmel.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're highlighting a painting in our permanent collection by Armenian artis...
03/08/2018

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're highlighting a painting in our permanent collection by Armenian artist Mariam Aslamazian (1907-2006) entitled "Still Life with Aubergines" (executed sometime before 1964).

Aslamazian worked in Soviet Armenia when Socialist Realism was the only style permitted and artistic expression was very restricted. Despite these conditions, her career flourished and her work earned her official accolades. This allowed her to travel frequently, a freedom afforded to only select Soviet citizens. This was unusual at the time, and even more so since she was a woman. Although she was an Official artist, her still lifes reflect hints of modernism. Rendered in bright, saturated colors, she explored formal composition through her treatment of fruit and textiles. This was also most likely influenced by her work with ceramics, a medium for which she was highly regarded.

To learn more about Mariam Aslamazian, visit The Gallery of Mariam and Eranuhi Aslamazyan Sisters, a museum dedicated to her and her sister in Gymuri, Armenia near their birthplace. Be sure to have a look at Gallery's Facebook videos for rare documentary footage of the artist at work and traveling. #internationalwomensday #armenianart #painting #womenartists

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5901 Palisade Ave
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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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Tuesday 10:30 - 16:30
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Thursday 10:30 - 16:30
Sunday 10:30 - 16:30

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