News Archive

Bigs in Blue: The Y Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the NYPD

Monday, 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. 


In Response to the Tragedy in Pittsburgh

Sunday, 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.


Introducing Table for You! with PJ Library

Friday, September 07, 2018

Washington Heights and Inwood families raising Jewish children now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded to the Y by PJ Library, a flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free books to families raising Jewish children all over the world.


Strengthening Camp Twelve Trails' Jewish Identity From the Ground Up

Monday, July 02, 2018

This summer Camp Twelve Trails, the Y’s day camp for children 5-16 years old in Pearl River, launches a new fellowship program aimed at positively influencing camp’s Jewish identity.


Creating a Culture of Service at Columbia Secondary School

Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the fourth year of the Y’s SONYC program at Columbia Secondary School, we’ve rallied our program around the theme “Better Together.” As a campus with multiple schools, we jump at the opportunity to stretch this concept to foster building-wide community. One collaboration we’re particularly proud of is with Book Mentors, one of our SONYC electives, and P.S. 125’s literacy program for kindergarteners (also funded and staffed by the Y).


Finding Our Story in the Passover Story

Thursday, March 22, 2018

One of the most ironic aspects of the Passover Seder is the supposedly simple command of Passover: retelling the Exodus story. The whole point of Passover, we are told, is that every single person participating, in every generation, should see themselves as if they are the ones living the Exodus from Egypt. Everyone at the Seder – the ceremonial feast held at the start of the holiday which includes readings, stories, and song – should experience that liberatory moment of a status change from slave to free person. Yet the Seder line up does not actually include the full story we’re supposed to tell.


Successful Drive to Aid Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

Friday, March 16, 2018

Following Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to Puerto Rico, island residents are facing a long road to recovery. The Y and Upper Manhattan synagogues joined forces, resulting in collecting 20 boxes worth of items that are still desperately needed on the island.


Hudson Cliffs Baseball League and Sports for Youth

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Last year the parent of a former Hudson Cliffs Baseball League player and a Twelve Trails camper addressed UJA-Federation of New York to share the impact their Sports for Youth initiative has had on her family. This is what she had to say.


The Y Partners with The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund to Keep One Man Connected

Thursday, December 28, 2017

For 106 years The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has provided direct assistance to those who are struggling. The Y is pleased that for another year, through our partnership with UJA-Federation of New York, we were able to secure funding so we could support a member of our community. Here’s the story behind the The New York Times story.


The Endurance of the Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hanukkah is considered one of the top three most observed Jewish holidays in the United States. Yet, for a seemingly significant holiday in the American multicultural landscape, Hanukkah is barely made mention in the ancient rabbinic sources. The Talmud, one of Judaism’s central texts on Jewish law with rabbinic commentary, has little to say about the holiday. In its limited conversation, it starts off with a question, “Mai Hanukkah?” which translated to “What is Hanukkah?” What a strange opening, as if to say "we don't really know what Hanukkah is about, but we're about to figure it out." If I was writing my own guide to Hanukkah, I would start with a different question, "When is Hanukkah?" More specifically, "How were the dates of Hanukkah chosen?"


Budding Green Thumbs: Gardening at the Y Nursery School

Monday, November 27, 2017

Have you ever seen preschoolers in a garden? At that age, it is a truly magical time of exploration and investigation where young children see, touch, and taste herbs, tomatoes, and other delicious fruits and vegetables. This is what the 3 – 5 year olds at the Y Nursery School experience each week during their gardening and permaculture specialty classes in our rooftop garden. Our greening and gardening programs are sponsored, in part, by Con Edison in their support for environmental sustainability education for children of all ages.


Birth of "Be Baby: Discovery Zone"

Thursday, November 02, 2017

At the Y, we love to welcome neighbors of all ages – from expectant families with babies on the way, to adults celebrating birthdays age 100 and better. At the Y Beginnings Parenting Center, we focus on babies and toddlers. Now, thanks to a new partnership with PJ Library, we're excited to announce Be Baby: Discovery Zone, designed especially for babies between 6 and 12 months, along with their parents and caregivers.


The Y's Kitchen is Back in Business

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In order to meet the needs of our patrons, last year the Y began renovations on our kitchen and auditorium. To the delight of all, that work is now complete and representatives from the Mayor's Office, the Department for the Aging, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Jewish Communal Fund, and UJA-Federation of New York joined us to celebrate.


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?


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.


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.


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. 


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!


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. 


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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