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News & Highlights

Lost (and Found) in Inwood

Friday, October 25, 2019

Author Talk Connects the Past to the Present



On a rainy October night, members of the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) @ the Y were captivated by old photographs projected onto the Y’s big movie screen. For more than an hour, they travelled back in time to when Nagle Avenue was the Nagle family farm.


“We’ve never worked on such a large screen,” said Cole Thompson, co-author of Lost Inwood, published earlier this year. As he and his research partner, Don Rice, usually present their popular history series on the first Tuesday of the month, at Inwood’s Indian Road Cafe, their CALW appearance was a special treat


L' Shanah Tova 5780

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Recently, I received the most beautiful Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur invitation that I can remember from a good friend, Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein. It was a general invitation, but it really spoke to the heart of this holiday season. The first half of the invitation gave the lineup of the different teachers and rabbis who would be leading the service.  But, the second paragraph was all about the participants.  He wrote, "More importantly, everyone in the room will teach, support, uplift, and goad each other to wakefulness, to hearing the cries of all anguished people, sentient beings, and the planet, present in the sound of the shofar, to turning to our best selves and the best that our ancestors have bequeathed us, while taking good, hard responsibility for our own transgressions and those of our ancestors in which we are still caught. That is our aspiration. Come join us. Your voice is precious."


Preparing Young Teens to be Career-Ready.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Y completed another successful year of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supporting 771  teens and young adults by placing them in job sites where they were not only able to earn some extra money during the summer but develop skills that will prepare them for their future careers. This year the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the City’s agency that funds SYEP, decided to take a new direction with Younger Youth in the program, where 14 and 15 year-old teens received a more hands-on, educational experience before they get placed at a job site. This fits well with the Y’s own philosophy of how we run our own SYEP, as we understand the unlimited potential a meaningful SYEP experience can provide for the youth we serve when they are given opportunities to learn and grow.


In Memory of Lou Yehuda Strauss (1921-2019)

Friday, August 02, 2019

Recently, the Y community was saddened to find out about the passing of long time Y member and Holocaust survivor, Lou Yehuda Strauss. Lou Strauss shared many wonderful memories here at the Y. His family members mentioned during his funeral how much he looked forward to having lunch with his friends every day at our senior center, Center for Adults Living Well (C.A.L.W), and participating in different activities at the C.A.L.W until his health no longer allowed him to.


Rocks, Water, Rainbows, Plants, and Insects

Friday, July 19, 2019

S.T.E.M Education at Footpaths Nursery Camp

(But Still Playing and Having Fun)

S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or S.T.E.A.M (S.T.E.M plus Art) has become a “hot” topic in the world of education but its applicability and relevance to the early childhood world is less well known. With a better understanding of how the brain develops, we now know that three year-olds are quite capable of understanding complex concepts and possess the critical thinking skills that are at the heart of the scientific process. At Footpaths Nursery Camp, STEM is not only recognized and acknowledged but embraced! Over the course of this summer, our campers have been investigating an array of interesting topics including the water and rock cycles, seed and plant growth and the world of insects.


Growing Children's Hearts and Minds in Be Me

Friday, April 05, 2019

As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, I was blessed with Mister Rodgers as the key television personality in my formative years of television watching. I still do remember the opening and closing songs. “It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive...” and while I can’t say that any one episode or sketch stood out for me, years later I can attest that the show laid out a blueprint for a healthy emotional intelligence that still might be unmatched in children’s television programming. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood probed the depth of children’s feelings and did not shy away from difficult topics such as love, divorce, and death. I sometimes wish Mister Rogers was required viewing for anyone audacious enough to raise children.


The Y Organizes Drive to Aid Homeless Mothers

Monday, April 01, 2019

The Y invited the community to help fellow New Yorkers by contributing to a collection benefitting Siena House. The week-long drive culminated at the Y’s Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 24 and today we delivered the boxes to the Bronx shelter.


With Rita Rosenthal's Passing, the Y Loses a Beloved Family Member

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Yesterday we lost a dear and beloved member of the Y family, Rita Rosenthal. In her 108 years she held many titles: Holocaust survivor, German immigrant, Washington Heights resident, wife, jewelry businesswoman, mother, and grandmother. The Y was fortunate to also call her board member, bookkeeper, volunteer, and member. We will remember Rita for her devotion to others, her fight against adversity, and her strength, to name a few of her inspiring traits.


Precision Irish Dancers Step in Time for CALW Cultural Program

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hands were clapping when the New York School of Irish Step Dance performed for the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) on Sunday, March 10. In Riverdance-style dresses, six of the troop's dancers explored both soft- and hard-shoe dances that had them leaping and balancing on their toes. Crowd favorites included toe-tapping reels and an acapella piece that sounded like a percussive conversation between the dancers.


A Community Coming Together for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22, 2018

On Tuesday, November 20, the Center for Adults Living Well @ the Y staff were grateful to have had the opportunity to provide 150 seniors in our community with a Thanksgiving luncheon. The wonderfully festive day and the take-home meals were made possible through contributions from CALW members, volunteers, Fairway Market, and Temple Emanu-El.


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