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

5901 Palisade Ave
Bronx, NY 10471
Derfner Judaica Museum And The Art Collection at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale


5901 Palisade Ave
10471 Bronx , NY
United States
Phone: 718-581-1596
New York US
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, the late Helen and Harold Derfner.

Facility Access Information

Accessible Entrance: 
The direct entrance to the Museum is through the main door of the Jacob Reingold Pavilion. Parking is available on a lower level, and from there the Museum is also elevator-accessible.
Café / Restaurant: 
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Service Animals: 
Sitting Area Location: 
Throughout the facility
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information: 
Group tours must be scheduled in advance. Call (718) 581-1596 to inquire about group tours. The Museum specializes in special needs and senior tours; subsidized tours from grant funds are often available.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Our Access Programs Use: 
Art-making activities
Hands-on classroom activities
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from:
Other Programs for Audiences with Diverse Needs: 
Special needs tours and workshops, Alzheimer's and dementia patients, seniors