Jewish Life

Jewish Life at the 14th Street Y aims to provide experiences for our entire community to engage in activities built on Jewish values.

Our events and experiences across Downtown Manhattan offer something for everyone. Whether you’re a shul regular, seeking to reconnect with your heritage, or exploring Jewish culture for the first time—we welcome you.

The 14th Street Y is a beacon for Jewish life and culture for the East Village and the Lower East Side, the longtime center of American Jewish culture. Our innovative cultural programming features culture makers of all kinds — artists, performers, storytellers, writers.  Through our year long Seasoning of Jewish Culture which creates engagement opportunities year round for cultural celebration to our Season of Jewish Culture which specifically honors the holidays and events programmed in the spring, our take on Jewish Culture will always be inspired, artistic and enjoyable.

A Seasoning of Jewish Culture

Join us in groundbreaking, genre-breaking, heartbreaking and hilarious new ways celebrating Jewish Culture as a community. The 14th Street Y’s Arts + Culture flagship program, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, incubates new work with artists who transcend cultural and social borders through their engagement with Jewish thought, text and ritual. LABA Artists will season the year with unexpected programs that will enrich our community, celebrating Jewish in innovative and provocative ways. Be the first to know about our upcoming programs and cultural events by joining our mailing list, which you can find at the bottom of this web page. You won’t want to miss it.

A Season of Jewish Culture

The 14th Street Y has consistently worked with the Downtown Jewish Life network to present The Season of Jewish Culture, a series of innovative programs running from Passover to Shavuot highlighting culture makers of all kinds — artists, performers, storytellers and writers.  Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the need to isolate and maintain social distancing, all events will be reworked as virtual through an online platform.  Throughout the Season of Jewish Culture there will be performances and events that reinvigorate the vision of Jewish culture bringing the East Village and Lower East Side’s rich Jewish heritage into your own home.

The Season of Jewish Culture events and experiences offer something for everyone across Downtown Manhattan. Highlights include:

Pause/Play: Shabbaton Atzmaut

Saturday, May 2, 3:00 – 6:00 PM | 14th Street Y Facebook Page, Live Event

The 14th Street Y is launching a new Virtual Membership next week, and what better way to kick it off than with a digital reinterpretation of PAUSE/PLAY!

Join us for a fun-filled day of live-streaming classes, workshops, and entertainment via Facebook Live and Zoom. this virtual event will feature everything from fitness classes to sing-alongs the whole family can enjoy, and even a cocktail making class! There will truly be something for everyone!

PAUSE/PLAY, which is also part of our Season of Jewish Culture, we will be celebrating Israel’s birthday with special cultural lectures and artistic delights.

RSVP in advance to the classes you are interested in and follow us the day of through Facebook Live!

Tikkun: Into the Night

Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM – 12:30 AM | 14th Street Y Facebook Page, Live Event

The 14th Street Y and Downtown Jewish Life partners are proud to end our Season of Jewish Culture as we celebrate Shavuot on May 28 at 6:00 PM via the virtual 14th Street Y, with our own digital re-interpretation of a Tikkun.
Led by the Downtown Jewish Life Community, the evening will include artistic engagement, performances, and text study in Hebrew and English.
Let the mysteries begin and join us on the journey into the night.



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Ready to rethink how you spend those chilly winter weekends? Join us for Shabbat (Saturday) afternoons at the 14th Street Y. 

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Downtown Jewish Life

A network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by the 14th Street Y!

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