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News & Highlights

In Response to the Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The board of directors, staff, and members of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood express our deep sorrow to our brethren at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are with them both in spirit and in person as our own Chief Program Officer Martin Yafe arrived there last evening to represent us all and offer support.

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Introducing Table for You! with PJ Library

Friday, September 07, 2018

Washington Heights and Inwood families raising Jewish children now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded to the Y by PJ Library, a flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free books to families raising Jewish children all over the world.

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Strengthening Camp Twelve Trails' Jewish Identity From the Ground Up

Monday, July 02, 2018

This summer Camp Twelve Trails, the Y’s day camp for children 5-16 years old in Pearl River, launches a new fellowship program aimed at positively influencing camp’s Jewish identity.

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Creating a Culture of Service at Columbia Secondary School

Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the fourth year of the Y’s SONYC program at Columbia Secondary School, we’ve rallied our program around the theme “Better Together.” As a campus with multiple schools, we jump at the opportunity to stretch this concept to foster building-wide community. One collaboration we’re particularly proud of is with Book Mentors, one of our SONYC electives, and P.S. 125’s literacy program for kindergarteners (also funded and staffed by the Y).

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Finding Our Story in the Passover Story

Thursday, March 22, 2018

One of the most ironic aspects of the Passover Seder is the supposedly simple command of Passover: retelling the Exodus story. The whole point of Passover, we are told, is that every single person participating, in every generation, should see themselves as if they are the ones living the Exodus from Egypt. Everyone at the Seder – the ceremonial feast held at the start of the holiday which includes readings, stories, and song – should experience that liberatory moment of a status change from slave to free person. Yet the Seder line up does not actually include the full story we’re supposed to tell.

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Successful Drive to Aid Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

Friday, March 16, 2018

Following Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to Puerto Rico, island residents are facing a long road to recovery. The Y and Upper Manhattan synagogues joined forces, resulting in collecting 20 boxes worth of items that are still desperately needed on the island.

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Hudson Cliffs Baseball League and Sports for Youth

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Last year the parent of a former Hudson Cliffs Baseball League player and a Twelve Trails camper addressed UJA-Federation of New York to share the impact their Sports for Youth initiative has had on her family. This is what she had to say.

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The Y Partners with The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund to Keep One Man Connected

Thursday, December 28, 2017

For 106 years The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has provided direct assistance to those who are struggling. The Y is pleased that for another year, through our partnership with UJA-Federation of New York, we were able to secure funding so we could support a member of our community. Here’s the story behind the The New York Times story.

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The Endurance of the Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hanukkah is considered one of the top three most observed Jewish holidays in the United States. Yet, for a seemingly significant holiday in the American multicultural landscape, Hanukkah is barely made mention in the ancient rabbinic sources. The Talmud, one of Judaism’s central texts on Jewish law with rabbinic commentary, has little to say about the holiday. In its limited conversation, it starts off with a question, “Mai Hanukkah?” which translated to “What is Hanukkah?” What a strange opening, as if to say "we don't really know what Hanukkah is about, but we're about to figure it out." If I was writing my own guide to Hanukkah, I would start with a different question, "When is Hanukkah?" More specifically, "How were the dates of Hanukkah chosen?"

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Budding Green Thumbs: Gardening at the Y Nursery School

Monday, November 27, 2017

Have you ever seen preschoolers in a garden? At that age, it is a truly magical time of exploration and investigation where young children see, touch, and taste herbs, tomatoes, and other delicious fruits and vegetables. This is what the 3 – 5 year olds at the Y Nursery School experience each week during their gardening and permaculture specialty classes in our rooftop garden. Our greening and gardening programs are sponsored, in part, by Con Edison in their support for environmental sustainability education for children of all ages.

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