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!

April Commemorations and Celebrations

Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — Community Commemoration
Wednesday, April 7, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Community Remembrance Wall
Thursday, April 8, 2:00 - 7:00 PM

Mount Sinai Jewish Center lawn at 135 Bennett Avenue

The Modern Face of Anti-Semitism Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Yom HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day — Celebration
Thursday, April 15, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Shamayim Challenge — Yom HaAtzmaut 
Thursday, April 15, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Learn More and Register

For Kids

PJ Library at the Y 2020 - 2021: Sharing Our Stories
Sunday, May 16, 2021: Songs & Sweets 
Enjoy live music from Tkiya, outdoors in Fort Tryon Park, plus an ice cream treat for the holiday of Shavuot and take-home activities. Best for families with children age 5 and under.
Learn More and Register

Wednesday, May 19, 2021: Parent Workshop: Talking with Young Children about Race and Identity
Learn about children’s understanding of race, and how parents can encourage healthy development and learning around race and identity through conversations, books and play. Facilitated by educator Aliza Plotkin, and designed for parents with children ages 5 and under.
Learn More and Register
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager, mbragg@ywashhts.org

Family Literacy @ Home at the Y
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 6:45 PM

Calling all Families with K-6th graders! This month, we will discover an array of topics that portray the Y's March Value, freedom. We will explore different elements of freedom from learning about historical figures to reading about how characters feel when they are free to be themselves and even the freedom of nature. Children will develop comprehension skills as we discuss stories, create poems, and letters. Family Literacy @ Home will be an opportunity to grow a love of reading together! 
Click here to register with Zoom.
For more information, email Sasha Bueno, sbueno@ywashhts.org.

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 

Cooking for Families and Individuals

Bubbie's Kitchen
Thursday, April 8, 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 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.

Shamayim Challenge: Plant-Based Cooking
Thursday, April 15, 5:30 PM (Next Session)

Join us for a special Rosh Chodesh and Pesach — New Month and Passover — edition of the Shamayim Challenge, as we make a special Sprout Salad!
Click here for registration and ingredients

Israeli Cuisine @ Home
Tuesday, April 20, 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 registration and ingredients.
Contact: Shani Aslan, Israeli Emissary, saslan@ywashhts.org

For Parents

My Child and Me: Fostering Positive Values in the Home
Tuesday, April 13, 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

Spring Parenting Series

Self-Care Retreat for Parents
Wednesday, May 26, 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, facilitated by Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager.
Click here to register with Zoom.

New Mom's Group
Fridays, April 9 - June 4 (except May 7), 12:30 - 1:30 PM

For moms with newborns through six months. Guided by weekly prompts, 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 Manager, mbragg@ywashhts.org 

For Adults

Hebrew Language Course with Shani in Cooperation with the Riverdale Y
Wednesdays, starts March 3

Learn More and Register

For Seniors

Israel Meets Washington Heights For Seniors
Monday, May 3, 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

Israeli Emissary Shani Aslan will meet with seniors on the first Monday of every month and present exciting discussion topics about Israeli culture. 
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Shani Aslan, Israeli Emissary, saslan@ywashhts.org

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.

Tech Tips for Saving Money
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:15 PM 

This intensive teaches privacy protection and managing your finances online. Taught by experts from Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), this class meets Mondays and Wednesdays through March 31.
Click here to register with Zoom.

Latin Dance For Seniors with Walter Perez*
Mondays, 3:00 - 4 PM 

Enjoy Latin-inspired dance moves with Walter Perez of Friends of Argentinian Tango. 
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

Inspired Movement*
Tuesdays 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

Strength and Balance with Peggy Levine*
Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 AM 
Click here to register with Zoom
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

Tai Chi for Arthritis*
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 AM 
Taught by our beloved instructor, Julio Cortes, this evidence-based program works gently on the joints to improve mobility and balance. For best results, attend class Wednesdays and Fridays, from February 17 - April 23.  
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

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

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.
April 8, Coffee Chat: Ask Nurse Aileen
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 
 
Vita Story Club For Seniors 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.
April 2 — Spanish
Email Ann Votaw for details and registration at 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)
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org

Center for Adults Living Well (Ann Votaw: avotaw@ywashhts.org)
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.