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.

April Commemorations and Celebrations

Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — Community Commemoration
Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Community Remembrance Wall
Thursday, April 8

Mount Sinai Jewish Center lawn at 135 Bennett Avenue

The Modern Face of Anti-Semitism Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Yom HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day — Celebration
Thursday, April 15, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

The Y and the field next door

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Ongoing Events and Programs

Israeli Cuisine @ Home
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 PM (Next Session)

Join Israeli Emissary Shani Aslan for this fun and delicious cooking series, as she brings traditional and modern Israeli cuisine into your own home. This event is co-sponsored with the Riverdale Y and will take place the third Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 
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Contact: Shani Aslan, Israeli Emissary,

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

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Ukulele Shabbat (for kids ages 0 - 5 and their families)
​Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM 
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PJ Library at the Y 2020 - 2021: Sharing Our Stories
Sunday, May 16, 2021
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Bubbie's Kitchen 
Thursday, April 8
Thursday, May 13
Thursday, June 10 

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My Child and Me: Fostering Positive Values in the Home
Tuesday, April 13, 8:00 PM (Next Session)

Instilling values in our children at an early age is important to help build character. Join us to learn practical steps in fostering moral beliefs and positive behavior based on the Y’s monthly values, like kindness, gratitude, justice, dignity, and more. This event will take place the second Tuesday of each month.
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Contact: Rabbi Ari Perten, Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director,
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. 

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

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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