As a member of the American Association of Museums, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale is committed to publicly exhibiting its renowned art collections throughout its 19-acre campus, and to providing educational and cultural programming that benefits both its residents and visitors from New York City and its surrounding suburbs. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric center serving more than 3,000 elderly persons through its resources and community service programs.
The Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home was founded in 1982 when Riverdale residents Ralph and Leuba Baum donated their collection of Jewish ceremonial art to the Home. A refugee from Nazi persecution, Mr. Baum, and his wife, 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.
Programs for Seniors
The museum welcomes all senior groups, and through grants, often subsidizes tour fees and transportation costs. Specialized workshops are also available for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Tours and programs are tailored to the needs of the visiting group.
The museum has programs and workshops which can be tailored to suit groups of diverse age ranges, backgrounds and levels of cognitive skill.