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Derfner Judaica Museum

Derfner Judaica Museum
5901 Palisade Avenue

About Us:

The Derfner Judaica Museum occupies a 5,000-square-foot exhibition space in the Jacob Reingold Pavilion at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale. It is the focal point for a wide range of educational and exhibition programming for residents and visitors alike. Completion of the Museum was funded in part by a furnishings grant received from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. With approximately 250 objects, the inaugural exhibition, Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum, explores the intersections of Jewish history and memory. The stories of objects used in traditional Jewish practice are interpreted in light of the role of memory in shaping both individual and communal identities. Among the featured objects in the exhibition are a silver filigree vase, ca. 1911, and an early copper alloy Hanukkah lamp, both from the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts founded in Jerusalem in 1906. Other objects come from near and far, including a set of 18th-century German Torah implements, a handsomely illuminated 19th-century Italian marriage contract and a 2nd-4th century lamella amulet.

The Judaica Museum 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, Ralph Baum, 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 its benefactors, the late Helen and Harold Derfner.

Recent News

Virtual Exhibition - F11: Digital Paintings for Full Screen

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce its first virtual exhibition, F11: Digital Paintings for Full Screen “F11” refers to the function key that opens full screen viewing in most…

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Exhibition - Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine 1967-1968 at Derfner Judaica Museum

Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce its latest exhibition, Leonard Freed: Israel Magazine 1967–1968, on view at the Derfner Judaica Museum. The exhibition includes 50 black and white…

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Exhibition - From the Eastern Bloc to The Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection at Derfner Judaica Museum

The exhibition is part of the Derfner Judaica Museum’s 10th Anniversary celebration, which will include several events and activities throughout the summer. From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx tells the fascinating story of how the Grosvenor…

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Exhibition - Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth at Derfner Judaica Museum

The Jewish Art Salon’s exhibition was one of 26 exhibitions and projects from around the world that occupied multiple venues in Jerusalem this past fall. The Derfner Judaica Museum is honored to bring this exhibition to New York for its only…

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Exhibition - Vincent Hloznik : Between War And Dream

This exhibition features 20 Surrealist-inspired linocut prints by Slovak artist Vincent Hloznik (1919–1997) created in Czechoslovakia in 1962. They represent a turning point in the artist's career as his figurative motifs always related to the…

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Exhibition - Lithography in Leningrad

Lithography in Leningrad: Soviet Graphic Arts in the 1950s and 60s The exhibition features 37 lithographs created by nine official artists at the state-run Leningrad Experimental Graphics Workshop in the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and early…

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