Saluting Our Community HeroesFriday, May 15, 2020
Thank you! Gracias! Спасибо! 감사합니다! 謝謝! !תודהREAD MORE
Remembering VE DayFriday, May 08, 2020
Longtime Y Member Walter Kehr Shares His Experience of Serving in the United States Army in Germany When the Nazis SurrenderedREAD MORE
Caring For Our CommunityTuesday, May 05, 2020
Today is #GivingTuesdayNow — a global day of giving and unity. The Y is joining communities around the world to come together as one — to give, to help, to thank, to heal.READ MORE
GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO FEED HOLOCAUST SURVIVORSFriday, April 24, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) served what it thought were its last grab-and-go and delivered meals to neighborhood seniors, as New York City’s Department for the Aging was taking over all citywide senior meal provisions to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Within days, however, the Y realized some seniors didn’t receive the promised food packages; some of them couldn’t access the canned food, as they didn’t have the strength or tools to open it; and many of them would not be sustained by what was delivered.
The Y Continues to Provide Essential Services Amid City ShutdownSunday, March 29, 2020
Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, New York State ordered 100% of non-essential work to take place from home or close for the interim, in an effort to flatten the curve and help prevent the further spread of the disease.READ MORE
The Y @ Home Officially LaunchesFriday, March 27, 2020
For 102 years, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) has been a premier community center and human-service organization in northern Manhattan with the vast majority of its activities and services taking place in person. While in recent years the Y expanded the reach of its programs to other locations under the Y’s supervision, it continued to mostly focus on face-to-face programs.READ MORE
Irish Step Dancing Delight SeniorsTuesday, March 17, 2020
On Sunday, March 1, 2020, members of the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) were treated to a lively performance by the New York Studio of Irish Step Dance.READ MORE
Leading with Compassion in Uncertain TimesFriday, March 13, 2020
The YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) has been a pillar in our community for more than a century — a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can thrive. We educate the youngest among us, provide meals and companionship for those in their golden years, offer enriching activities for youth and their families, and so much more. We pride ourselves in the top-notch services we provide everyone who walks through our doors or attends any of the myriad of our offsite programs.READ MORE
The Y has a DreamMonday, January 27, 2020
To celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy, the Y hosted a series of events in the month of January culminating with a large event and service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.READ MORE
We Are Never Alone When We March For Justice and UnityThursday, January 09, 2020
With the rise in hate crimes all over the world and in the United States groups have been gathering to march to show their strength and perseverance. The hate crimes against the Jewish community in the past two years have increased and become more violent. Over the holiday of Channukah, multiple incidents of hate against the Jewish community occurred. This drastic string of events caused the Jewish community to stand up and organize a march.READ MORE
How The Y Helps the CommunityMonday, December 09, 2019
Two very different community members, one organization that helps all.
One family who suffered a major loss and with the Y's help was able to grieve, recover and move forward.
One senior who survived the Holocaust, Stalin's Police State and with the Y's help was able to find a home in Washington Heights' Wien House.
Please read both stories below as they demonstrate how the Y is there for its community as it always has been for the past 102 years, 365 days a year to provide help and care, joy and celebration, grief and support, inspiration and pride – all with kindness.READ MORE
Paying Tribute to the Tree of Life Synagogue one year laterMonday, November 11, 2019
Last month marked the one-year anniversary for the shooting at the Tree of Life Syagogue in Pittsbugh, the worst anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States. Twenty-one representatives from 16 different Jewish Community Centers (JCC) paid their tribute to mark this solemn event while providing support to supporters but still recognizing a sense of community and hope that has been built from this tragic event. A detailed description of this event can be found here in an e-mail message from Doron Krakow, president and CEO of JCC Association of North America.
Last year Martin Yafe, our Chief Program Officer, drove to Pittsburgh during the aftermath of this senseless and hateful shooting to pay our respects, while our CEO, Martin Englisher, provided his statement here.
On October 27th of this year Victoria participated in a deployment to Pittsburgh with 19 of her fellow Jewish Community Center (JCC) professionals from throughout the continent as part of JResponse, a program of the JCC Association of North America which brings the greatest asset of the JCC Movement, its people, to provide relief and recovery efforts after a crisis, disaster, or other time of serious need.
Victoria was among a team who staffed the JCC during the one year commemoration of the Tree of Life shooting, helping to answer phones, interact with community members, staff a blood drive, and do whatever else was needed so the local staff could be free to grieve and reflect with their community. Victoria’s poem reflects the deep impact the JResponse deployment had not only on the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, but on the JResponders themselves.
Lost (and Found) in InwoodFriday, October 25, 2019
Author Talk Connects the Past to the Present
On a rainy October night, members of the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) @ the Y were captivated by old photographs projected onto the Y’s big movie screen. For more than an hour, they travelled back in time to when Nagle Avenue was the Nagle family farm.
“We’ve never worked on such a large screen,” said Cole Thompson, co-author of Lost Inwood, published earlier this year. As he and his research partner, Don Rice, usually present their popular history series on the first Tuesday of the month, at Inwood’s Indian Road Cafe, their CALW appearance was a special treat
L' Shanah Tova 5780Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Preparing Young Teens to be Career-Ready.Wednesday, August 28, 2019
The Y completed another successful year of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supporting 771 teens and young adults by placing them in job sites where they were not only able to earn some extra money during the summer but develop skills that will prepare them for their future careers. This year the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the City’s agency that funds SYEP, decided to take a new direction with Younger Youth in the program, where 14 and 15 year-old teens received a more hands-on, educational experience before they get placed at a job site. This fits well with the Y’s own philosophy of how we run our own SYEP, as we understand the unlimited potential a meaningful SYEP experience can provide for the youth we serve when they are given opportunities to learn and grow.READ MORE
In Memory of Lou Yehuda Strauss (1921-2019)Friday, August 02, 2019
Recently, the Y community was saddened to find out about the passing of long time Y member and Holocaust survivor, Lou Yehuda Strauss. Lou Strauss shared many wonderful memories here at the Y. His family members mentioned during his funeral how much he looked forward to having lunch with his friends every day at our senior center, Center for Adults Living Well (C.A.L.W), and participating in different activities at the C.A.L.W until his health no longer allowed him to.READ MORE
Rocks, Water, Rainbows, Plants, and InsectsFriday, July 19, 2019
S.T.E.M Education at Footpaths Nursery Camp
(But Still Playing and Having Fun)
S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or S.T.E.A.M (S.T.E.M plus Art) has become a “hot” topic in the world of education but its applicability and relevance to the early childhood world is less well known. With a better understanding of how the brain develops, we now know that three year-olds are quite capable of understanding complex concepts and possess the critical thinking skills that are at the heart of the scientific process. At Footpaths Nursery Camp, STEM is not only recognized and acknowledged but embraced! Over the course of this summer, our campers have been investigating an array of interesting topics including the water and rock cycles, seed and plant growth and the world of insects.READ MORE
Growing Children's Hearts and Minds in Be MeFriday, April 05, 2019
As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, I was blessed with Mister Rodgers as the key television personality in my formative years of television watching. I still do remember the opening and closing songs. “It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive...” and while I can’t say that any one episode or sketch stood out for me, years later I can attest that the show laid out a blueprint for a healthy emotional intelligence that still might be unmatched in children’s television programming. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood probed the depth of children’s feelings and did not shy away from difficult topics such as love, divorce, and death. I sometimes wish Mister Rogers was required viewing for anyone audacious enough to raise children.READ MORE
The Y Organizes Drive to Aid Homeless MothersMonday, April 01, 2019
The Y invited the community to help fellow New Yorkers by contributing to a collection benefitting Siena House. The week-long drive culminated at the Y’s Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 24 and today we delivered the boxes to the Bronx shelter.READ MORE
With Rita Rosenthal's Passing, the Y Loses a Beloved Family MemberThursday, March 28, 2019
Yesterday we lost a dear and beloved member of the Y family, Rita Rosenthal. In her 108 years she held many titles: Holocaust survivor, German immigrant, Washington Heights resident, wife, jewelry businesswoman, mother, and grandmother. The Y was fortunate to also call her board member, bookkeeper, volunteer, and member. We will remember Rita for her devotion to others, her fight against adversity, and her strength, to name a few of her inspiring traits.READ MORE
Precision Irish Dancers Step in Time for CALW Cultural ProgramTuesday, March 12, 2019
Hands were clapping when the New York School of Irish Step Dance performed for the Center for Adults Living Well (CALW) on Sunday, March 10. In Riverdance-style dresses, six of the troop's dancers explored both soft- and hard-shoe dances that had them leaping and balancing on their toes. Crowd favorites included toe-tapping reels and an acapella piece that sounded like a percussive conversation between the dancers.READ MORE
A Community Coming Together for ThanksgivingThursday, November 22, 2018
On Tuesday, November 20, the Center for Adults Living Well @ the Y staff were grateful to have had the opportunity to provide 150 seniors in our community with a Thanksgiving luncheon. The wonderfully festive day and the take-home meals were made possible through contributions from CALW members, volunteers, Fairway Market, and Temple Emanu-El.READ MORE
Behind the NYT Neediest Cases Article: Overcoming Trauma Through a Supporting CommunityWednesday, November 21, 2018
Last week The New York Times published a moving article about Y member and Wien House resident Yana Gilchenok. The piece, part of the newspaper’s Neediest Fund series, manages to capture Yana’s unique Russian-Jewish experience and some of the deep losses she’s had to endure. I feel privileged to be able to further share how, for nearly three decades, the Y has been there beside her, helping to keep her going despite these challenges.READ MORE
Bigs in Blue: The Y Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the NYPDMonday, November 12, 2018
Last week the Y was thrilled to launch Bigs in Blue -- a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC) and the 33rd Precinct -- at our SONYC After School Program at Harbor Heights Middle School.READ MORE
In Response to the Tragedy in PittsburghSunday, October 28, 2018
The board of directors, staff, and members of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood express our deep sorrow to our brethren at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We are with them both in spirit and in person as our own Chief Program Officer Martin Yafe arrived there last evening to represent us all and offer support.READ MORE