The Y’s Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life supports and engages people of all backgrounds and life-stages throughout their personal Jewish journeys. Proudly partnering with local institutions, the Center serves as Northern Manhattan's hub of Jewish life, bringing together our community to explore Judaism and Israel through thought, experiential programs, social action, and fun.

Outdoor Community Shabbat Dinner
Friday, June 11, 2021

After more than a year away, we are hosting our first community Shabbat dinner on June 11, and you’re invited! All are welcome, whether your family gathers weekly or this will be your first Shabbat dinner.

5:30 PM Children's Song Program
6:00 PM Shabbat Blessings and Dinner
6:45 PM Adult Program

Field Next to the Y (54 Nagle Avenue) 

Plant-based dinner will be individually wrapped from the Riverdale Kosher Marketplace. 
Socially distant picnic seating. Bring your own picnic blanket.

Suggested Donation: $5/person or $20/family

Registration is closed, but some spots/meals may become available. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager,

This special Shabbat dinner is hosted by Shamayim Jewish Animal Advocacy, VegFund, PJ Library, the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, Camp Twelve Trails, and Bubbie's Kitchen.

PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children newborn to 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at

Ongoing Events and Programs

Bubbie's Kitchen 
Thursday, June 10 
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Ukulele Shabbat (for kids ages 0 - 5 and their families)
​Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM 
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Kesher: Intergenerational Friendship Initiative
Kesher is designed to pair seniors and non-seniors in a relationship-building program through weekly phone calls and regular letter writing. Participation is open to both individuals and family units. Tools will be offered to assist younger children in their participation. 
Learn More 

Hebrew Language Course with Shani in Cooperation with the Riverdale Y
Wednesdays, starts March 3

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Shaping Jewish Life in the Heights 

Share your input for the Y's new Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life and help us shape the future of Jewish life in Northern Manhattan.

Schedule a 30-Minute One-on-One Conversation Now

Join a Small Focus Group

Y Values

The Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, along with program directors and staff from both internal and external Y programs, began a collaborative project to define a specific educational and programmatic theme for the year, along with highlighted monthly values.

• September: Peoplehood
• October: Loving-kindness
• November: Gratitude
• December: Family
• January: Justice
• February: Human Dignity
• March: Freedom
• April: Remembrance
• May: Honor
• June: Pride
• July: Growth
• August: Friendship


Under the auspices of the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, the Y recently worked with community partners to expand the Washington Heights and Inwood eruv to include the Y. An eruv is essential to traditionally observant Jews, as it allows for the carrying of items, including keys, books, and even children, outside of the home on Shabbat. By expanding the eruv to include the Y, Shabbat-observant Jews can now access the Y building during the course of Shabbat.


Food prepared at the Y is under the supervision of Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein. 

For more information, please contact the Y's Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director Rabbi Ari Perten at