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News & Highlights

Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 7 the Y received a very special proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In honor of our centennial, June 8, 2017 will be known as "YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day" in the City of New York!

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Our Centennial Celebration with World-Renowned A Cappella Group the Maccabeats

Friday, June 02, 2017

In honor of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood’s 100th anniversary, internet sensation the Maccabeats will perform a special concert at the Y on June 18! The Y is able to book the viral YouTube stars as the result of being one of 22 Jewish community centers across North America to receive a Making Music Happen grant from JCC Association.

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Full-Day Pre-K for All at the Y

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Through an award from the New York City Department of Education, the Y Early Childhood Department is excited to be able to offer full-day, tuition-free Pre-K for All for four-year-olds beginning in the 2017-18 school year! This award was made possible through the efforts of many of our neighborhood families in partnership with the staff at the Y who worked together to meet a growing community need for high-quality pre-kindergarten programming.

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Be Me Welcomed the Australian Consul-General

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last week the Y's Be Me: After School Program was treated to a visit by the Australian Government! That's right, Nick Minchin, the Consul-General of Australia in New York stopped by the Y's gymnasium to check out Be Me's successful flag rugby program.

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The Birth of Solnechniy Krug at the Y

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Together with Genesis Philanthropy Group’s generous help and with guidance from the Jewish Education Project, we launched Солнечный круг @Y (transliteration: Solnechniy Krug @Y; translation: Sunny Circle at the Y), a unique program for young Russian-speaking families. The new program fulfills these parents’ desire to pass down Russian language, customs, and traditions to their young ones.

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No Seniors, No Budget

Thursday, May 04, 2017

On May 3, four members from the Center for Adults Living Well @ the Y participated in LiveOn NY’s 22nd Advocacy Day at City Hall with the aim of restoring funding for senior services. Their message: "The answer is simple. More funding leads to stable and balanced services, the result of which is healthy and happy seniors.”

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Inaugural Spring Break Basketball Invitational

Thursday, April 20, 2017

During the April spring break, the Y opened it's doors in a unique and unprecedented way. We hosted our first ever Middle School Basketball Invitational Tournament for six teams, bringing in nearly 100 youth from our community. Players, parents, school administrators, and members of our community raved about the opportunity and commended the Y for coordinating this opportunity for our community youth.

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A Night Different from All Other Nights

Monday, April 10, 2017

This year we got an early start to Passover. On Wednesday, April 5 PJ Library Cooks and Creates, Y Beginnings Parenting Center, Bubbie’s Kitchen, and Building Bridges co-hosted a family seder and it was one for the books!

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The Challenge and Blessing of Giving

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Last month when we celebrated Purim, our thoughts turned to “tzedakah" -- giving to the poor -- one of the traditions associated with the holiday, but how should we carry that sentiment with us throughout the rest of the year?

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Costume Change: A Purim Coin Drive

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For a holiday measured by costumes and general silliness, at the Y we take our Purim obligations pretty seriously. According to Jewish tradition, there are four primary observances to making a complete Purim. Four specific ways to internalize some of the hidden and revealed messages embedded within the holiday. When planning the Purim celebration at the Y, we decided to give extra attention to one of the four obligations that is often most overlooked: matanot l'evyonim, gifts to the poor. Tradition tells us this can be gifts of money, food and drink, or even clothing.

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