Hebrew Home University
Since 2000, The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale has been offering college level courses taught by faculty members of Sarah Lawrence College. Known as The Hebrew Home University, the classes stimulate the intellect, inspire expression, and maximize each person's potential for self-fulfillment. >> read more >>
Your pet is welcome to visit at The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale! Pet visits have proven to be therapeutic and enjoyable for residents, pets and owners. Our residents are always alert for visits by animals, and react with enthusiasm and love. Pets have proven themselves to be valuable companions to people, and we want to continue this relationship. >> read more >>
Spa Days are offered both in our long-term care facility and our adult day program on the Palisades at no extra charge.
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The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has striven throughout its history to not only provide the highest quality of care to older people, but to also actively contribute to the larger community. To that end, concern about the welfare of special ed students in an under funded, understaffed and overcrowded school system, prompted the Hebrew Home to develop the H.O.P.E program -- an intergenerational volunteer and vocational training program which provides at-risk youth with the opportunity to complete their education while receiving job training skills at the Hebrew Home for the Aged. H.O.P.E. stands for Healthcare Opportunities Providing Employment. The program was started in 2004, and since then, more than 200 students have gone through the program. >> read more >>
Grandparents’ Day, a national holiday created to honor and appreciate grandparents, originated at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale in 1961 under the leadership of the late Jacob Reingold. Seventeen years before Grandparents’ Day became law, Jacob Reingold was a participant in the 1961 White House Conference on Aging. Inspired by a speech concerning the “new image of the aged,” he focused on recognizing the role of millions of older Americans who are grandparents. That same year, on September 16, 1961, the first day specifically honoring grandparents was held at the Hebrew Home. By 1963 it became an official holiday in the borough of the Bronx. And in January 27, 1987 the Congressional Record affirms Jacob Reingold’s pioneering efforts to gain recognition for grandparents as well as a national day to celebrate them. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed Grandparents’ Day a national holiday.
Each year, the Home celebrates grandparents and their significant role in their families’ lives. The entire community comes together at the Hebrew Home for the occasion as children and their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents gather to enjoy dancing, music, singing, food, and other creative and playful activities.