Jewish Culture

The Y proudly offers wonderful opportunities for members and participants of the Y to come and celebrate Jewish heritage and culture via special events featuring guest speakers, workshops, and ongoing activities. These programs run throughout the calendar year and mark the various Jewish celebrations with interactive and entertaining times to share together. Some of the these special events include a Rosh Hashanah luncheon, Sukkot workshop, Hanukkah celebration, Tu B'Shvat foods and planting, Purim Carnival, Passover Model Seder, and more.

We are reshaping the term “Jewish education.” Our experiential Jewish education aims to give children a sense of identity through cultural heritage by teaching the rich diversity of the world through a Jewish lens. Jewish education is open to all children -- you do not have to be Jewish to participate in, and enjoy, Jewish ed -- and give them the tools to open their minds and hearts to the world around them. Through stories and lessons taught by leading educators in their field, participants get a top notch cultural education. Whether its using music, nature, story-telling, puppets, or pottery, our participants are getting a hands-on experience of specially crafted lessons that teach them that their actions matter in the world. We believe firmly that these youngsters can make a profound impact on the people around them and ultimately their society. Come and see for yourself!

Jewish cultural awareness permeates various programs of the Y daily. For example, our nursery school kids enjoy Jewish holiday programming such as a Hanukkah party, Purim mask-making fun and our nursery's ever popular model seder. We encourage families to visit during our holiday celebrations or even to engage in Oneg Shabbat with a story or fun project. In Be Me: After School Program, our weekly Community Shabbat brings us together to reflect on our lives and what we're grateful for. The Bubbie's Kitchen activity replicates a Jewish grandmother's kitchen where language, recipes, music, stories, and activities can be preserved and passed on to the next generation.

For more information contact Rabbi Ezra Weinberg ( or 212-569-6200 x220) or Cyndi Rand ( or 212-569-6200 x249).