News Archive

The Heart of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What is at the core of Rosh Hashanah? Yes, it is one of the most widespread Jewish holidays celebrated in the United States. Most people know the food associated with it and some of the symbols, but far fewer know what the holiday is really about. Before we get to the heart of it, let’s start with an easier question: When is Rosh Hashanah?

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Our Thanks to Clifford Alarcon for Twenty-Five Years of Service

Friday, September 15, 2017

Twenty years ago when gang violence and drugs were running rampant through Washington Heights, one young man named Miguel found a safe haven in the Y. Clifford Alarcon, a security guard, took Miguel under his wing, kept him safe and connected. This week Cliff, who still welcomes you at the door with a smile, celebrates 25 years at the Y. We thank him for still making a difference in our community.

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An Enriching Summer for Campers of All Abilities

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Camp Twelve Trails’ inclusion program focuses on meeting the needs of all our campers by providing a supportive and caring environment. Teen Adventures, our teen program, is a perfect example of how inclusion not only benefits the campers who need additional support, but how inclusion leads to a richer experience for all campers and staff, benefiting the entire camp community.

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Thank You to the Volunteers Who Make Programs Possible

Thursday, August 17, 2017

One August evening dozens of volunteers convened in the Y's newly renovated auditorium for a dinner in their honor. 

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The Y Receives Inclusion Champion Award

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to ensure that all children, regardless of ability or background, are given the exposure to meaningful opportunities to participate in all programs. The Inclusive Recreation Resource Center recognized that commitment by honoring us with their Inclusion Champion award!

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My Time at the Y as a Social Work Intern

Monday, July 03, 2017

I’ve had an invaluable experience as a social work intern at the Y. Not only was I lucky enough to have two assignments, in the preschool and at a local high school, I was also welcomed into the community of the Y. 

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Mayor de Blasio Proclaims June 8, 2017 is the Y of Washington Heights & Inwood Day

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 7 the Y received a very special proclamation from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In honor of our centennial, June 8, 2017 will be known as "YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood Day" in the City of New York!

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Our Centennial Celebration with World-Renowned A Cappella Group the Maccabeats

Friday, June 02, 2017

In honor of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood’s 100th anniversary, internet sensation the Maccabeats will perform a special concert at the Y on June 18! The Y is able to book the viral YouTube stars as the result of being one of 22 Jewish community centers across North America to receive a Making Music Happen grant from JCC Association.

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Full-Day Pre-K for All at the Y

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Through an award from the New York City Department of Education, the Y Early Childhood Department is excited to be able to offer full-day, tuition-free Pre-K for All for four-year-olds beginning in the 2017-18 school year! This award was made possible through the efforts of many of our neighborhood families in partnership with the staff at the Y who worked together to meet a growing community need for high-quality pre-kindergarten programming.

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Be Me Welcomed the Australian Consul-General

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last week the Y's Be Me: After School Program was treated to a visit by the Australian Government! That's right, Nick Minchin, the Consul-General of Australia in New York stopped by the Y's gymnasium to check out Be Me's successful flag rugby program.

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The Birth of Solnechniy Krug at the Y

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Together with Genesis Philanthropy Group’s generous help and with guidance from the Jewish Education Project, we launched Солнечный круг @Y (transliteration: Solnechniy Krug @Y; translation: Sunny Circle at the Y), a unique program for young Russian-speaking families. The new program fulfills these parents’ desire to pass down Russian language, customs, and traditions to their young ones.

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No Seniors, No Budget

Thursday, May 04, 2017

On May 3, four members from the Center for Adults Living Well @ the Y participated in LiveOn NY’s 22nd Advocacy Day at City Hall with the aim of restoring funding for senior services. Their message: "The answer is simple. More funding leads to stable and balanced services, the result of which is healthy and happy seniors.”

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Inaugural Spring Break Basketball Invitational

Thursday, April 20, 2017

During the April spring break, the Y opened it's doors in a unique and unprecedented way. We hosted our first ever Middle School Basketball Invitational Tournament for six teams, bringing in nearly 100 youth from our community. Players, parents, school administrators, and members of our community raved about the opportunity and commended the Y for coordinating this opportunity for our community youth.

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A Night Different from All Other Nights

Monday, April 10, 2017

This year we got an early start to Passover. On Wednesday, April 5 PJ Library Cooks and Creates, Y Beginnings Parenting Center, Bubbie’s Kitchen, and Building Bridges co-hosted a family seder and it was one for the books!

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The Challenge and Blessing of Giving

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Last month when we celebrated Purim, our thoughts turned to “tzedakah" -- giving to the poor -- one of the traditions associated with the holiday, but how should we carry that sentiment with us throughout the rest of the year?

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Costume Change: A Purim Coin Drive

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For a holiday measured by costumes and general silliness, at the Y we take our Purim obligations pretty seriously. According to Jewish tradition, there are four primary observances to making a complete Purim. Four specific ways to internalize some of the hidden and revealed messages embedded within the holiday. When planning the Purim celebration at the Y, we decided to give extra attention to one of the four obligations that is often most overlooked: matanot l'evyonim, gifts to the poor. Tradition tells us this can be gifts of money, food and drink, or even clothing.

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Gloria Clavijo Turns 80, Celebrates with her Students

Thursday, January 12, 2017

“Amazing!” exclaimed Gloria Clavijo, a member of the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW), the Y's program for ages 60 and older. As staff rolled a giant pink birthday cake with a matching potted hyacinth into her yoga class, she leaped into the air -- an impressive move for anyone. But Gloria, a silver-haired runner and yoga instructor, had just turned 80.

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Hanukkah and Washington Heights: These are Two of My Favorite Things

Friday, December 23, 2016

There has been a convergence of local fame brewing in the neighborhood and it is time to recognize this special moment in history. And it all revolves around Hanukkah! If you are a lover of Broadway, Hanukkah, a cappella, Washington Heights or any combination of silly, inspiring, or creative music, this music video is a must-view.

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Renovations for Improved Services

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This past summer, the Y broke ground on its next phase of renovations. This includes a gut renovation of our kitchen, and significant work in our auditorium and connected meeting space. 

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Why I Love Sukkot

Thursday, October 13, 2016

There is no other holiday on the Jewish or Gregorian calendar that combines child-like adventurism with semi-pro carpentry, alongside radical hospitality all shaded by an emotional imperative. Just as the weather gets colder and the skies begin to get darker earlier, this holiday, deep in symbolism around the preciousness of life, comes to push pause on our lives for eight days.

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Why Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah?

Monday, October 03, 2016

I always remember my bubbe’s challah from when I was a little boy. Throughout the year she would braid the oblong loaf six times; the act of braiding signified the unity of everyone coming together to celebrate Shabbat and six represented the six days of the week. But for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, she would braid the challah differently: into a circle.

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Remembrance and Goals for the New Year

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are just fresh off of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Olympics represent many different things for different people: pride, celebration, hard work, and success. Winning medals is not just all about an individual athlete’s solo performance during the Olympics itself, but about the time and effort spent training for that performance, and about the goals set, met, and surpassed.

Like the world’s Olympians who now have the opportunity to step back and evaluate their time in Rio, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, encourages us to reflect on the goals we set for ourselves last year to see if we met them, and to see where we can improve. The High Holiday is also akin to training for the Olympics. It is a time to think deeply and introspect, and see where we want to go from here. Establishing goals to work towards is the first step to getting where we want to go, both on an individual level and on a communal level.

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SYEP Program Grows Nearly 20%

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

We successfully closed out the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for 2016! We enrolled an additional 100 youths this summer bringing our enrollment allocation to 650 participants.

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Bubbie's Kitchen on the Go

Monday, August 08, 2016

While technically they never leave the grounds, the campers taking the Bubbie’s Kitchen activity at Camp Twelve Trails are transported across the globe as they discover new foods and cultures. Over the weeks they’ve jetted off to Israel to mix up Israeli salad (students took home the ingredients and recipe so they could make this with their families at home!), visited Morocco to taste cumin scented carrot salad with golden raisins (recipe at the end of this article), and explored Russia as they made apple and beet slaw -- you may be surprised to learn that Twelve Trails campers don’t have an aversion to beets, they loved the slaw!

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Introducing the Y at WHEELS!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood is proud to present its newest addition to the Youth and Family Department: the Y at WHEELS

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