Norman E. Alexander
Center for Jewish Life


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.

For more information, please contact Scott Taylor, Chief Program Officer by clicking here.


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

Programs for the whole community

Ukulele Shabbat

Join us on Friday mornings for song, blessings, and community.
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Bubbie's Kitchen is a welcoming place, and there's room for all at Bubbie's table.
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Solechniy Krug
@ the Y

For Russian-speaking families, but all are welcome.
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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.


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.