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 continue The Y @ Home to provide you fun and meaningful online programs. The Y @ Home includes 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.

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 Events

Description:Shamayim Challenge
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 PM (Next Session)
Tu B’Shvat — Sheva Minim Fruit Salad and Blueberry Compote
As we celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions throughout the year, we will explore vegan — plant-based — cooking with delicious recipes and discuss compassion for animals from a Jewish perspective, as well as plant-based alternatives to avoid food allergies. Each session will introduce a theme with a new dish. Recipes will be shared in advance. This program is generously sponsored by Shamayim Jewish Animal Advocacy and VegFund.
Click here to learn more

Bubbie's Kitchen: Challah Bake
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 PM (Next Session)

Bubbie's Kitchen is a place where universal Jewish values are shared, holidays are experienced, foods are tasted, and we learn how mitzvot (good deeds) make our world a better place. Bubbie's Kitchen is a welcoming place, and there's room for all at Bubbie's table.
Click here for registration and ingredients.

Israeli Cuisine @ Home
Tuesday, February 16, 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. 
Click here for registation and ingredients.
Contact: Shani Aslan, Israeli Emissary, saslan@ywashhts.org

For Parents

My Child and Me: Fostering Positive Values in the Home
Tuesday, February 9, 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.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Rabbi Ari Perten, Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director, aperten@ywashhts.org

For Seniors

Exploring Social Media
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM 

10-week technology course for adults ages 60 and over with Senior Planet New York City, powered by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS).
To register, email Ann Votaw at avotaw@ywashhts.org.

Vita Story Club By Phone (Alternates in English and Spanish)
Tell your life stories in a group setting — on the phone! Perfect for people who do not have access to Zoom or prefer to connect by phone.
January 8 and March 5 — English
February 5 and April 2 — Spanish

Email Ann Votaw for details and registration at avotaw@ywashhts.org.

For Kids and Families

PJ Library at the Y 2020 - 2021: Sharing Our Stories
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Learn More and Register

Ongoing Events

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 Parents

New Mom's Group
Fridays, January 22 - March 19, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

For moms with newborns through six months. Guided by weekly topics, new moms are invited to share from their experience, 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, CLC, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org 

For Adults

Short Story Corner with the New York Public Library/Inwood Library
Mondays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM 

Listen to and discuss short stories by award-winning authors, read aloud by our favorite local librarians! Note: This exciting collaborative event sponsored by the New York Public Library/Inwood Library and the Y, accessible through Google Meet, also offers a call-in number for participants who prefer to engage by phone, rather than computer. 
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/dvz-pfes-emh
Phone Number: +1 361-317-2064 
PIN: 621 488 262#
Contact Isaiah Pittman at isaiahpittman@nypl.org, if you have challenges accessing the session.

Inspired Movement*
Mondays through Fridays, 3:00 - 3:30 PM 
(This event will not take place on December 30 and December 31.)

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

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

Ritmos de Latino America y el Caribe
Rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean
with Christine Hernandez

Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM (This event will not take place on December 30.)

En esta clase disfrutaremos de unos divertidos e interesantes ritmos de América Latina y el Caribe. En cada clase esperamos disfrutar de un pedazo del mundo juntos.
In this class, we will enjoy some fun and interesting rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean. In each class, we hope to enjoy a piece of the world with one another.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

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
January 28: Unicorns Via Zoom! Museum guide Helen Knapp leads a virtual journey to the Met Cloisters to explore the Unicorn Tapestries. 
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.

 

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. 

Sunday Funday (Lauren Summerhill, Inclusion Coordinator, lsummerhill@ywashhts.org) 
Learn More
Contact: Lauren Summerhill, Inclusion Coordinator, lsummerhill@ywashhts.org

Solnechniy Krug @ the Y (Zhenya Lopatnyk, ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org)
Click here for upcoming events
Solnechniy Krug @ the Y is supported by The Jewish Federation of North America, with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group! Best for children ages 3 - 10 and their parents.
Contact: Zhenya Lopatnyk, ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org 

Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life (Rabbi Ari Perten: aperten@ywashhts.org)
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM Ukulele Shabbat
Monthly, My Child and Me: Fostering Positive Values in the Home
Monthly, Bubbie's Kitchen: Challah Bake
Monthly, Shamayim Challenge
PJ Library
Contact: Rabbi Ari Perten, Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life Director, aperten@ywashhts.org

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

Center for Adults Living Well (Ann Votaw: avotaw@ywashhts.org)
Mondays through Fridays, 3:00 - 3:30 PM Inspired Movement* 
Mondays, 10:00 AM Short Story Corner with the New York Public Library/Inwood Library
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Strength and Balance* 
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM Magic with Gary Dreifus of Magic at Coney
Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Ritmos de Latino America y el Caribe / Rhythms of Latin America and the Caribbean
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM Coffee Chat
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

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

Be Me (Katherine Higuera-McCoykhiguera@ywashhts.org)
No online activites at this time.
Contact: Katherine Higuera-McCoy, Director of Elementary Programs, khiguera@ywashhts.org

Camp Twelve Trails (Adam Benmoise, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org)
Contact: Adam Benmoise, Camp Director, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org 

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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.