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

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

For All

Refuge in the Heights: Migration, Memory, and Authoritarianism
Thursday, May 28, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

From "Frankfurt on the Hudson" to the "Little Dominican Republic", Washington Heights has often been defined by the immigrant groups who started new lives there. Don’t miss this fascinating program by the Leo Baeck Institute of New York and the Center for Jewish History. Hear from Y Chief Development and Social Services Officer Victoria Neznansky; Lori Gemeiner Bihler, associate professor of History at Framingham State University and granddaughter of German-Jewish refugees who settled in Washington Heights; Cynthia Carrion, director of Community Development at School in the Square and former deputy director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights; and moderator, Robert W. Snyder, professor of journalism and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark and Manhattan borough Historian.
Register with EventBrite to receive Zoom link.

Senior Magic Show with Gary Dreifus
Wednesday, June 10, 10:30 - 11:15 AM
After weeks of studying with The Y @ Home's online magic course, our senior magicians are ready to showcase the tricks they learned from Coney Island Magician Gary Dreifus.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org 

Ongoing Events

For Families
Family Literacy Program @ Home (for kids in PK - 2nd grade and their parents/guardians)

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 5:45 PM 
Because our commitment to instilling love of language and literacy will not be stopped by the Coronavirus, the Y’s Family Literacy Program, funded by the Brooke Jackman Foundation, is proud to invite you to join our new and free Family Literacy Program @ Home! Join us as we read stories, explore our feelings, discuss characters and plots, and create poetry. 
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Katherine Higuera-McCoy, Director of Elementary Programs, khiguera@ywashhts.org

Bubbie's Challah Bake 
At the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:30 PM 
Join Bubbie in your home to make some delicious challah together.
Click here to register with Zoom.
Ingredients list: 1 1/2 packages (1 1/2 tablespoons) active dry yeast;  1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup sugar; 1/2 cup vegetable oil, more for greasing bowl; 5 large eggs; 1 tablespoon salt; 8 to 8 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; poppy or sesame seeds for sprinkling on top.
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 (will not take place on 5/29)
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org 

For New Parents
New Mother’s Support Group (alternating weekly between New Mother's Group and Breastfeeding Cafe)
Fridays, 12:30 - 2:00 PM 
All are welcome!
Click here to register with Zoom.
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org 

For Adults
Coffee Chat

Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM (Starts 6/4)
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.
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 (will not take place on 5/29)
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 for All with Briana Packen*
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 Using Props*
Mondays through Fridays, 2:00 - 2:30 PM (will not take place on 5/29)
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

A Virtual Visit to Fort Tryon Park with Leslie Day
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28
We may be inside, but the world outside our window is changing. Let's learn about birds, trees, and blossoms with naturalist Leslie Day. Leslie is a CALW member and the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City, and Honeybee Hotel: the Waldorf Astoria's Roof Garden and the Heart of New York City
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 - 11:00 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

Let's Talk Torah (Over Lunch)  
At the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
Dates to come
What do we mean when we say the word Torah? This class will give adults a chance to connect to some of the different aspects of Torah. From biblical stories to rabbinic commentary, and even Torah rituals, join Reb Ezra in understanding the reasons behind our “obsession” with passing it on to the next generation.
Register with Zoom: To Come
Contact: Reb Ezra Weinberg, Jewish Life and Enrichment Manager, eweinberg@ywashhts.org 

Echoes of the Ancestors -- In Search of Wisdom (Adult Education)
At the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
Dates to come
Jews have lived through periods of uncertainty many times before. We had to make radical changes quickly in order to survive. As we look for inspiration to face the new Coronavirus pandemic, this class will look at some of the stories, heroes, and circumstances that forced us to be resilient during the most difficult times.
Register with Zoom: To Come
Contact: Reb Ezra Weinberg, Jewish Life and Enrichment Manager, eweinberg@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. 

Y Beginnings (Mara Bragg: mbragg@ywashhts.org)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM Toddler Exploration Class Gatherings*
Fridays, 9:30 - 10:15 AM Ukulele Shabbat
Fridays, 12:30 - 2:00 PM New Mother’s Support/Breastfeeding Cafe (alternating Fridays)
*Individual Toddler Exploration family meetings scheduled separately.
Contact: Mara Bragg, Y Beginnings Parenting Center Coordinator, mbragg@ywashhts.org

Nursery School (Susan Herman: sherman@ywashhts.org)
Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:15 AM Morning Meeting (30 minutes, by class)
Mondays through Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Afternoon Activities (30 minutes, by class)
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM Nursery Shabbat (30 minutes, by class)
Contact: Susan Herman, Director of Early Childhood Services, sherman@ywashhts.org

Be Me (Katherine Higuera-McCoykhiguera@ywashhts.org)
Mondays - Fridays, 3:15 - 4:45 PM Home Room and Enrichment Activities
Fridays, 4:00 - 4:45 PM, Be Me Shabbat
Contact: Katherine Higuera-McCoy, Director of Elementary Programs, khiguera@ywashhts.org

Sunday Funday (Rebecca Schonbergrschonberg@ywashhts.org)
Sundays, 10:00 - 11:15 AM Sunday Funday for children ages 5-16 with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parent Support Group with Autism Parent Connect
Contact: Rebecca Schonberg, Inclusion Coordinator, rschonberg@ywashhts.org

Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life (Reb Ezra Weinberg: eweinberg@ywashhts.org)
Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:30 PM Bubbie's Challah Bake
Let's Talk Torah (Over Lunch) (dates to come)
Echos of the Ancestors -- In Search of Wisdom (Adult Education) (dates to come)
Contact: Reb Ezra Weinberg, Jewish Life and Enrichment Manager, eweinberg@ywashhts.org

Center for Adults Living Well (Ann Votaw: avotaw@ywashhts.org)
Mondays through Fridays, 2:00 - 2:30 PM Inspired Movement Using Props*
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Chair Yoga for All with Briana Packen*
Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Awakening Wisdom Experience with Tashi Chodron
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Magic with Gary Dreifus of Magic at Coney
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:00 AM A Virtual Walk in Fort Tryon Park with Leslie Day (5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28)
Contact: Ann Votaw, CALW Health and Wellness Director, avotaw@ywashhts.org

Camp Twelve Trails (Adam Benmoise, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org)
Laila Tov for Camp Families
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 5:55 PM
Join us for 
songs, cheers, and celebration, similar to our Boker Tov sessions during the summer at camp. 
Contact: Adam Benmoise, Camp Director, adam.benmoise@camptwelvetrails.org 

Solnechniy Krug @ the Y (Zhenya Lopatnyk, ylopatnyk@ywashhts.org)
Solnechniy Krug @ the Y is supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Jewish Education Project! Best for children ages 3 - 10 and their parents.
Previous Events: Chagall’s World in Russian, Saturday,  April 25
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
Hillel@Home 

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

Fitness*
Free Home Workouts Courtesy of Les Mills

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

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

Spirituality
Resources for Challenging Times from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality 

Important Information


The Y is here for you
If you find yourself in need of access to food, mental health counseling, guidance with benefit enrollment, or other emergency services at this time, click here to request assistance

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.