Welcome to the Y at Home!

The Y is much more than a building. It's a place to learn, grow, stay healthy, enjoy each other's company, and have a good time. We're a community and a family. 

We're thrilled to launch The Y @ Home to provide you fun and meaningful online programs, during this time when we're unable to see each other in person. The Y @ Home includes (and will increasingly expand) some great free programs for all ages and populations open to the wider community, such as live cooking, programs for children, Jewish learning, resources for what to do at home, and even some interactive arts activities.

For those of you who are enrolled in our member programs, such as Nursery School, Be Me, our Center for Adults Living Well, and Toddler Exploration, we are proud to let you know that those programs are now offering a full array of online activities for you! You should have received notification from the program directors with specific information on how to access these programs.

At The Y @ Home, there is something for everyone! We invite you to stay connected with the Y and our community.

Join us from the comfort of your own home for the following online events. View our list of virtual events below, or click here for the Y's calendar

Events and Classes For the Public

We're here for you, and we're thrilled to be able to share some of the Y's best activities, events, and educational programs with you online as we face these uncertain times together. The following free events are open to all. Invite a friend to join you, too. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Special Series

The Y Beginnings Parenting Center and Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life present a very special, free Summer Parenting Workshop Series! 

New Moms Support Group
Friday, July 31, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Share your experiences, ask questions, or just listen, as we learn from each other in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors the unique path of each family, facilitated by Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.

Self-Care Retreat for Parents
Wednesday, August 5, 8:00 - 9:00 PM

Parents are invited to treat themselves to an hour "off duty" — precious time for self-care via guided imagery, sharing, brief meditation, and the creation of a tangible reminder of their power and resilience as parents to uplift them in stressful moments, facilitated by Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.

Managing Anxiety in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, August 11, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Supportive group to address parental stress and fears in these challenging times, facilitated by Meredith Elson, LCSW.

Cloth Diapering 101
Friday, August 21, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Explore cloth diapering as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable products and how to manage first steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed, led by Y Beginnings parent and volunteer, Andie Cortes Comerer.

Parenting with a Jewish Soul
Tuesday, August 25, 8:00 - 9:00 PM

Through the exploration of Jewish texts and wisdom, parents will discuss the responsibilities, relationships, and challenges during these unique times, led by Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director Rabbi Ari Perten.  

Click here to register on Zoom.

There is no cost to participate. For more information, please contact Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager Mara Bragg at mbragg@ywashhts.org.

Ongoing Events

Please review the events carefully for summer schedule changes. 

For Families
Bubbie's Challah Bake 
At the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
Thursday, August 6 and 20, 6:00 - 6:30 PM 
Join Bubbie in your home to make some delicious challah together.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Bubbie's Best Challah! ingredients: 1 package active dry yeast; 2 tablespoons sugar; 1 cup of warm water; 1/4 cup oil; 1/4 cup sugar; 2 eggs; 1/2 tablespoon salt; 4 - 4 1/4 cups flour (all-purpose or bread flour); 1 egg (to brush on top of braided loaves before we set them to rise); and poppy or sesame seeds for sprinkling on top.
Hummus Ingredients: 1 15.5 oz can cooked chickpeas; 1 large lemon; 1/4 cup tahini; 1 clove of garlic; 2 tablespoons olive oil, (more for serving); 1/2 teaspoon cumin; salt and pepper to taste; and 2 - 3 tablespoons water (if hummus is too thick).
We will be using a food processor or blender for this recipe.
Bubbie's Kitchen is generously funded by The Covenant Foundation and the Irma L. and Abram S. Croll Charitable Trust.
Contact: Cyndi Rand, Jewish Educator and Creator of Bubbie's Kitchen, crand@ywashhts.org 

For Kids
Ukulele Shabbat (for kids ages 0 - 5 and their families)
​Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM 
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org 

For Adults
Coffee Chat

Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM 
Grab a cup of Joe and meet members of our community who specialize in a wide-range of areas, including health and wellness, arts and culture, neighborhood happenings, and foreign languages.
Click here to register with Zoom
July 30, Meet Marcie S. Gitlin, CALW Director. 
August 6, A Virtual Tour of Dyckman Farmhouse. Visit inside an Inwood landmark remotely. 
August 13, How to Sleep in Sleepless Times, with Joan Altman from the Hospital of Special Surgery.
August 20, Planning for a Better End of Life, with David Leven, Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant at End of Life Choices New York.
August 27, Your Oral Health with Representatives from Columbia Dental School.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

Awakening Wisdom Experience with Tashi Chodron
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 
Click here to register with Zoom.
This class has been made possible through a generous discretionary arts grant provided by New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriquez.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

Chair Yoga*
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM 
Click here to register with Zoom
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

Inspired Movement*
Mondays through Fridays, 3:00 - 3:30 PM 
On Wednesdays, we welcome a very special guest -- Ruth Cunningham, a classically trained musician, sound healing practitioner, and founding member Anonymous 4. The music for Wednesday's class has been made possible through a generous discretionary arts grant provided by New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriquez.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

For Everyone
Magic with Gary Dreifus of Magic at Coney
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM 
Click here to register with Zoom.
This class has been made possible through a generous discretionary arts grant provided by New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriquez.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

Please check back for online programs that are available to all members of the community, as we will be updating this section soon.

Summer Camp


Summer is a time for exploration, growth, and lots of fun! Summer Arts Explorers is a 7-week virtual experience for children ages 3 – 5 that provides a nurturing environment for your child to explore and enjoy music, storytelling, drama, art, and ballet, with options to participate in one, some, or all of the electives. Learn More


This virtual summer camp experience for children grades K – 6 creates a space for our incredible community of families, campers, and staff to learn, grow, and have fun together all summer long. Summer in the Cloud is open to all JCC communities across the Five Boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island. Learn More

Summer in the Cloud is a partnership between Camp Twelve Trails, New Country Day Camp, and Camp Settoga.

For Members

We will continue to update this schedule with additional programs. If you have not already received online log-in credentials, please contact your program’s director. 

Y Beginnings (Mara Bragg: mbragg@ywashhts.org)
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM Ukulele Shabbat
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org

Nursery School (Susan Herman: sherman@ywashhts.org)
No summer activites.
Contact: Susan Herman, Director of Early Childhood Services, sherman@ywashhts.org

Be Me (Katherine Higuera-McCoykhiguera@ywashhts.org)
No summer activities.
Contact: Katherine Higuera-McCoy, Director of Elementary Programs, khiguera@ywashhts.org

Sunday Funday (Rebecca Schonbergrschonberg@ywashhts.org)
No summer activites.
Contact: Rebecca Schonberg, Inclusion Coordinator, rschonberg@ywashhts.org

Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life (Rabbi Ari Perten: aperten@ywashhts.org)
Thursday, July 23, 6:00 - 6:30 PM Bubbie's Challah Bake
Contact: Rabbi Ari Perten, Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director, aperten@ywashhts.org

Center for Adults Living Well (Ann Votaw: avotaw@ywashhts.org)
Mondays through Fridays, 3:00 - 3:30 PM Inspired Movement* 
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Chair Yoga for All with Briana Packen* 
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Awakening Wisdom Experience with Tashi Chodron 
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM Magic with Gary Dreifus of Magic at Coney 
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM Coffee Chat
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

Camp Twelve Trails (Adam Benmoise, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org)
Learn more about Summer in the Cloud -- an exciting virtual summer experience! 
Contact: Adam Benmoise, Camp Director, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org 

Solnechniy Krug @ the Y (Zhenya Lopatnyk, ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org)
No summer events.
Solnechniy Krug @ the Y is supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Jewish Education Project! Best for children ages 3 - 10 and their parents.
Contact: Zhenya Lopatnyk, ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org 

External Resources

While we look forward to seeing you online at our events, please check out some of the other amazing resources available to you now, while your doing your part to help prevent the spread of the virus by staying home:

For Kids
Go Noodle 
PBS Kids 
The Learning Station 

For Teens and Young Adults
BBYO On Demand

For College Students

For Parents
PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families 
Scholastic Learn at Home 
JumpStart Academy Kindergarten 

For Everyone 
New York Public Library -- E-books, Digital Collections, Online Tools, and More!
6 Second Hebrew -- videos by JCC Association

Free Home Workouts Courtesy of Les Mills

Arts & Culture
Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums, Travel and Leisure 
Nightly Met Opera Streams 

Coping with a New Normal by Talia Lebanon, co-founder and executive director of the Israel Trauma Coalition. Watch Video or Read Highlights

Resources for Challenging Times from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality 

Important Information

Health: Coronavirus Updates
Novel Coronavirus Hotline: 1.888.364.3065 or call 311 (NYC) or 211 (other counties) 

New York State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
World Health Organization (WHO) 
NYC Health in English  ·  Espanol  ·  Русский

Interest-Free Loans
The Hebrew Free Loan Society, a UJA-Federation of New York partner, is offering interest-free loans for anyone affected by the outbreak who lives in the five boroughs, Long Island, or Westchester. These loans are intended for lost wages due to being unable to go to work, childcare costs due to school closures, small business losses, canceled study abroad programs, related medical costs, and more. For more information or to apply,
click here

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*The Y strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. If you engage in this exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge the Y from any and all claims or causes of action.