Archie Rand – The Painted Shul: A Film by Amala Lane

Amala Lane’s film Archie Rand–The Painted Shul (2007) will be screened on Thursday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Biederman Library at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale located at 5901 Palisade Avenue in Riverdale, NY. 

This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Archie Rand: Psalm 68 and is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. at 718-581-1596 or

In the 1970s, Archie Rand painted over 8,000 square feet of murals in the sanctuary and study rooms of the Sephardic synagogue B'nai Yosef in Brooklyn. Located in a bustling and diverse neighborhood on Ocean Parkway, the murals’ cacophony of styles range from realistic to abstract. Their appearance gave rise to fierce debate about the appropriateness of such painting among rabbis and congregants because of the Second Commandment’s prohibition against graven images. 
In this film, Rand reflects on this complex journey, fomented by the clash of ideas and beliefs, and realizes that creativity and spirituality are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they nourish one another. Archie Rand's story, told with self-deprecating humor and compassion, reveals his passion for both.

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provide educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 11,000 elderly persons in greater New York through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call 718 581-1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours, or for further information please visit the website at

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