Shabbat at the Home

Embracing Shabbat

To embrace Shabbat among the diverse residents who live at the Home, we embarked on a process, engaging with staff, religious leaders and families with the goal of making Shabbat a day that all Hebrew Home community members eagerly anticipate, a day that is not defined by prohibitions but by opportunities to connect with family and community, to reflect and to joyfully experience the present.

We are happy to share with you the following changes to Shabbat at the Hebrew Home.


The River Café is now open seven days a week. Since money is not exchanged on Shabbat in the River Café and the Staff Cafeteria, pre-paid cards are available for purchase in the vending machine room throughout the week including on Saturdays. Vending machines and the ATM located outside of the Biederman Library remain open 7 days a week including on Saturdays

In addition, the Derfner Judaica Museum is now open from 12PM-4PM on Saturdays. Exhibits including the Yankees Dugout, Pickles and Egg Cream and the Trains are open on Saturdays beginning at 12PM. Resident activities will be offered on and off the neighborhoods.  Check schedules for details. There will also be an increased presence of volunteers to interact and assist residents on Saturdays

We continue to share Shabbat updates regarding activities and programming in the weeks and months to follow.


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