Norman E. Alexander
Center for Jewish Life

Vision

The Y’s Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life supports and engages people of all backgrounds and life-stages throughout their personal Jewish journeys. Proudly partnering with local institutions, the Center serves as Northern Manhattan’s hub of Jewish life, bringing together our community to explore Judaism and Israel through learning, experiential programs, social action, and fun.

Meet Our Team

Paulette Posner
Managing Director for Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
pposner@ywhi.org
(212) 569-6200 x219
Tamar Sharony
Director of Teen and Young Adult Engagement, Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life
tsharony@ywhi.org
(212) 569-6200

Values

At the Y, we believe that we are connected by our values. Through a monthly exploration of these universal values, the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life serves as an incubator of values that engage our neighborhood in community conversations. Our monthly values are interwoven into all of our Y programs, crafting meaningful growth opportunities for members and participants of all ages.

Our 2022 – 2023 values are:
    • September: Community
    • October: Loving-Kindness
    • November: Gratitude
    • December: Family
    • January: Justice
    • February: Respect
    • March: Equity
    • April: Learning
    • May: The Power of Words
    • June: Pride
    • July: Growth
    • August: Friendship

Upcoming Events

  • November 13th: Volunteer Now event: Backpacks to Ukraine Register here

Past Events

  • September 29th: L’Chaim to New Beginnings
  • October 12th: JLYC Opening Dinner in the Sukkah 
  • October 16th: Sukkot Family Event

Check out some of our ongoing programs:

Ukulele Shabbat

Yes, we're still gathering — online — with our friends on Friday mornings. All welcome!
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Bubbie's
Kitchen

Bubbie's Kitchen is a welcoming place, and there's room for all at Bubbie's table!
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PJ Library

Whether you’re a new parent, expecting a baby, or chasing a toddler, we’re so glad you found us! Welcome!
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Solechniy Krug
@ the Y

For Russian-speaking families, but all are welcome!
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Kashrut

We are proud to inform our community that, as of 2021, food prepared at the Y is under the rabbinic supervision of Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstein.

Eruv

Under the auspices of the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life, the Y recently worked with community partners to expand the Washington Heights and Inwood eruv to include the Y. An eruv is essential to traditionally observant Jews, as it allows for the carrying of items, including keys, books, and even children, outside of the home on Shabbat. By expanding the eruv to include the Y, Shabbat-observant Jews can now access the Y building during the course of Shabbat.

For more information, please contact Martin Yafe, Chief Program Officer at myafe@ywhi.org