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News & Highlights

Renovations for Improved Services

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This past summer, the Y broke ground on its next phase of renovations. This includes a gut renovation of our kitchen, and significant work in our auditorium and connected meeting space. 

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Why I Love Sukkot

Thursday, October 13, 2016

There is no other holiday on the Jewish or Gregorian calendar that combines child-like adventurism with semi-pro carpentry, alongside radical hospitality all shaded by an emotional imperative. Just as the weather gets colder and the skies begin to get darker earlier, this holiday, deep in symbolism around the preciousness of life, comes to push pause on our lives for eight days.

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Why Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah?

Monday, October 03, 2016

I always remember my bubbe’s challah from when I was a little boy. Throughout the year she would braid the oblong loaf six times; the act of braiding signified the unity of everyone coming together to celebrate Shabbat and six represented the six days of the week. But for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, she would braid the challah differently: into a circle.

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Remembrance and Goals for the New Year

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are just fresh off of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Olympics represent many different things for different people: pride, celebration, hard work, and success. Winning medals is not just all about an individual athlete’s solo performance during the Olympics itself, but about the time and effort spent training for that performance, and about the goals set, met, and surpassed.

Like the world’s Olympians who now have the opportunity to step back and evaluate their time in Rio, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, encourages us to reflect on the goals we set for ourselves last year to see if we met them, and to see where we can improve. The High Holiday is also akin to training for the Olympics. It is a time to think deeply and introspect, and see where we want to go from here. Establishing goals to work towards is the first step to getting where we want to go, both on an individual level and on a communal level.

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SYEP Program Grows Nearly 20%

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

We successfully closed out the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for 2016! We enrolled an additional 100 youths this summer bringing our enrollment allocation to 650 participants.

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Bubbie's Kitchen on the Go

Monday, August 08, 2016

While technically they never leave the grounds, the campers taking the Bubbie’s Kitchen activity at Camp Twelve Trails are transported across the globe as they discover new foods and cultures. Over the weeks they’ve jetted off to Israel to mix up Israeli salad (students took home the ingredients and recipe so they could make this with their families at home!), visited Morocco to taste cumin scented carrot salad with golden raisins (recipe at the end of this article), and explored Russia as they made apple and beet slaw -- you may be surprised to learn that Twelve Trails campers don’t have an aversion to beets, they loved the slaw!

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Introducing the Y at WHEELS!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood is proud to present its newest addition to the Youth and Family Department: the Y at WHEELS

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Honoring the Hands That Help us Serve

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

In June the Center for Adults Living Well @ the Y held its annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

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The Y's Centennial Celebrations Have Begun

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In 1917 the Y opened its doors and nearly 100 years later the Y is thriving as it serves the local community. July 1 marks the beginning of our new fiscal year, so as we enter FY17 we’re entering celebration mode. And we have so much to celebrate and be proud of!

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Shavuot at the Y

Sunday, June 12, 2016

On June 12 and 13 the Y will observe the Jewish Holiday, Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, also known as Hag Matan Torateinu (the Festival of the Giving of Our Torah).

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