2014: Year in Review

A look back at another successful year at the Y

Monday, December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we can't help but to reflect on all that went on this year. We are so proud of all of the exciting and innovative programming we were able to offer the entire community. As we stand just 3 years from our agencies 100th birthday, we have gone to great lengths to stay up-to-date with our evolving community, providing Washington Heights and Inwood with top-quality programming that one would expect from a community center. We had a wonderful year with you, and we look forward to an even more successful 2015.

Below you will find a timeline of pictures of events from this past year. Thank you to everyone who participated and made these events possible.

Garrett Friedman spends time preparing for his becoming Bar Mitzvah Volunteering at the Y's Sunday Funday program with children with special needs.

 Our Y Kids participating in the 2014 New York Road Runners "Salsa Blues and Shamrocks" race, Promoting wellness and physical fitness.

Celebrating Purim Festival, Sharing our Jewish culture and holidays with the whole community.

 Partnering with the Manhattan Smoke Free Coalition to help make Manhattan a Smoke-Free city (picture from World No Tobacco Day at Times Square), Enhancing quality of lives of our residents and Educating youth.

 Earth Day, teaching our community members how to better Care for the Environment.

 Center for Adults Living Well Passover luncheon, Providing hot nurtitious meals to the older adults, Celebrating holiday of freedom.

 Y Nursery School Stepping-Up ceremony, Impacting young minds with creativity and self expression.

 Summer Youth Employment Program, Providing meaningful summer jobs to 400 local youth.

 Beacon Summer Program, Offering the only camp experience to  older adults of NYC.

 Camp Yomawha Summer Camp, where young people Build a sense of community, Realize new passions and skills and Foster identities rich in Jewish values, confidence, and collaboration. 

 Teen Travel Adventure Camp, Creating meaningful summer experiences for NYC teens.

 PJ Library challah making event, Inspring Jewish traditions in the home.

 Newly branded Be Me: After School Program, Fostering self expression and skill building in a warm and nurturing environment. 

 Brand new off-site SONYC after-school programs at Harbor Heights Middle School and Columbia Secondary School, Spreading our ideals to youth across the city.

 New integrated Jewish Caravan program, Teaching important Jewish traditions in innovative ways.

 Family Literacy Program kick-off event, Providing free literacy programming for local families.

Getting involved in our community with the Medieval Festival and Harvest Festival.

 Special Bat Mitzvah program in the Y's rooftop Sukkah, Passing on tradition from one generation to the next.

The Shabbat Project challah making and Havdallah concert, Inspriring local Jewish families to keep their first Shabbat in the home.

 Renovation begins! Stage 1: Nursery wing and locker rooms, Updating our building so our inside is as modern as the programs we offer.

 safEtea project, providing automatic shutoff kettles to seniors in memory of Eric Rosenbaum to Ensure older adults are safe at home

 Inspired by the work we do for youth with special needs, Matthew Kenvin Donates toys and games from his Bar Mitzvah to the Sunday Funday program.

 Chanukkah celebration with Fort Tryon Jewish Center, Eshel and Nehirim, Bringing the community together.


We hope you enjoyed this recap of our 2014 year. This is just a fraction of the work we do. None of this would be possible without the help of people like you. Please consider donating to the Y to help us continue to impact our community by providng high-quality programming. Donate Today.