Summer 2020 at the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life

For Kids and Families

Bubbie's Challah Bake and Appetizers
Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:30 PM 
August 20
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Ukulele Shabbat (for kids ages 0 - 5 and their families)
​Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM 
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For Parents

The Y Beginnings Parenting Center and Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life present a very special, free Summer Parenting Workshop Series! 
New Moms Support Group
Friday, July 31, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Share your experiences, ask questions, or just listen, as we learn from each other in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors the unique path of each family, facilitated by Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.
Self-Care Retreat for Parents
Wednesday, August 5, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Parents are invited to treat themselves to an hour "off duty" — precious time for self-care via guided imagery, sharing, brief meditation, and the creation of a tangible reminder of their power and resilience as parents to uplift them in stressful moments, facilitated by Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.
Managing Anxiety in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, August 11, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Supportive group to address parental stress and fears in these challenging times, facilitated by Meredith Elson, LCSW.
Cloth Diapering 101
Friday, August 21, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Explore cloth diapering as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable products and how to manage first steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed, led by Y Beginnings parent and volunteer, Andie Cortes Comerer.
Parenting with a Jewish Soul
Tuesday, August 25, 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Through the exploration of Jewish texts and wisdom, parents will discuss the responsibilities, relationships, and challenges during these unique times, led by Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director Rabbi Ari Perten.  

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There is no cost to participate. For more information, please contact Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager Mara Bragg at mbragg@ywashhts.org.


The Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is excited to launch two inaugural cohorts this summer -- Machar Summer Fellows and Manhigut Institute: A Summer Internship in Leadership Development

Machar Summer Fellowship

The Machar Summer Fellowship, generously funded by UJA-Federation of New York as part of its effort to promote internship opportunities for youth, is designed for students ages 21 to 25 focusing on Jewish Studies to explore and help co-create the "Tomorrow" of Jewish communal programs.

Fellows will intern for 75 hours between Monday, July 27, and Friday, August 28. Upon successful completion of 80 hours during this timeframe, as scheduled and supervised by the Y, fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend. 

Fellows will work (virtually) together and with the leadership of the Y to explore, imagine, and design innovative, content-rich Jewish programming for groups of diverse ages and backgrounds. Fellows will participate in regular virtual group seminars, weekly mentorship meetings, and small group preparation sessions.

Manhigut Institute: A Summer Internship in Leadership Development

The Manhigut Institute, generously funded by UJA-Federation of New York as part of its effort to promote internship opportunities for youth, is designed for students, ages 14-17, looking to further enhance their leadership skills.

Interns will participate in 50 hours of programming between Monday, July 27, and Friday, August 28, 2020. Upon successful completion of 50 hours during this timeframe, as scheduled and supervised by the Y, interns will receive a $700 stipend. 
 
Interns will work (virtually) together and with the leadership of the Y to learn practical leadership skills, benefit from high-quality leadership training provided by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, practice and develop these skills interning for the Y’s Summer in the Cloud virtual camp program, and work towards designing and executing a community-based social action project for the end of the summer.
 
For more information, please contact the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director Rabbi Ari Perten at aperten@ywashhts.org.