Jewish Life

At 14Y, we are committed to building an inclusive community where Jews, non-Jews, and interfaith families can come together to celebrate Jewish life.

As a Jewish community center, we provide a variety of opportunities for people to discover, explore, and connect with Jewish life and culture. Along with our partners in the Downtown Jewish Life Network, we curate a wide array of cultural programing, honoring the diverse viewpoints that make up the ever-evolving, multi-faceted perspective of the Jewish people. 

We are proud of the Jewish values that have informed and strengthened the Jewish community from generation to generation. Our programs are influenced by a desire to make the world a better place through acts of service, being there for each other in a time of need, and treating one another with compassion and empathy. We also recognize the importance of welcoming the stranger, engaging in lifelong learning, and appreciating the divine spark within us all.

Now more than ever, we openly embrace the joy that is an inherent part of the Jewish communal experience.

Spring Season of Jewish Culture

Discover 14Y’s Spring Season of Jewish Culture!

Explore and engage in Jewish life from a myriad of perspectives.

 

Yom HaShoah

Join 14Y and your Downtown Jewish Life community as we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with musical selections, prayer, and more.
Monday, May 6 | 7:00 PM | Brotherhood Synagogue
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Yom HaZikaron: Lentil Soup and Grief

Come together to create space, mourn, and heal. Guided by classical Jewish text study, music, and traditional mourning foods, including lentil soup, we’ll offer each other support and comfort.
Monday, May 13 | 7:00 PM | 14Y Theater
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Yom HaAtzmaut: 76 Minutes of Hope

Experience 76 minutes of transformation and renewal. A diverse group of international artists and community leaders will share eight stories of hope for these challenging times.
Thursday, May 16 | 7:30 PM | 14Y Theater
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

KUMAH: LABA and Kabbalah

Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer by studying kabbalistic text with artistic creative responses by LABA artists. Presented in collaboration with the New Shul.
Saturday, May 18 | 7:30 PM | 14Y Theater
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Broadway at 14Y:
A Conversation with the Artists from
Prayer for the French Republic

Broadway comes to 14Y!
Join us for a conversation with cast members from the 2024 Tony Award nominated Best Play, Prayer for the French Republic. Performers Betsy Aidem (2024 Tony nominee), Francis Benhamou, Ari Brand (LABA alum), and Ethan Haberfield will participate in a lively discussion about the play’s themes of Jewish identity, French culture, and Zionism in times of rising antisemitism. Moderated by New York Times reporter Marc Tracy.

Tuesday, May 21 | 7:00pm | 14Y Theater

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Broadway at 14Y: Rutka

Join us for an exclusive event hosted by the producers of the new musical Rutka, a contemporary rock musical based on the internationally acclaimed book, Rutka’s Notebook. At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear songs from the show and learn about the process of bringing Rutka’s diary to life on stage.

Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00 PM | 14Y Theater
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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


 

Upcoming Downtown Jewish Life Events

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The Greek Jewish Festival
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 – 6:00 PM |280 BROOME ST between Allen ST and Eldridge ST.
Learn more here

Celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of the Jews of Greece! Experience a feast for the senses including authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional dance performances with live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, Sephardic cooking demonstrations, and much more!


Lab/Shul

 

Learning Lab: PrayLab
Wednesday, May 22 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
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Drawing inspiration from the Storahtelling methodology, Naomi Less infuses artistic techniques to make meaning of our inherited texts, bridging the gap between ancient tradition and modern expression. You’ll never look at prayers quite the same way again.

 

Abitah: An Evening with Yosef Goldman
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM  | In-Person at the JCC Manhattan
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A night of sacred Jewish music and song, celebrating the recent release of Abitah, the latest album of renowned composer, singer, and Rabbi Yosef Goldman.


 

Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History Presents: White Noise – Documentary Film Screening & Discussion
15 W. 16th St., NYC 10011
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Join the Center for Jewish History for a screening of WHITE NOISE followed by a panel conversation with director and journalist Daniel Lombroso, Gavriel D. Rosenfeld, President of the Center for Jewish History and Professor of History at Fairfield University, and Anna Duensing, a historian specializing in evolving global politics of white supremacy across the 20th century. They will discuss the ideas the alt-right has unleashed and how the movement has succeeded in infiltrating mainstream political discourse and shaping the direction of the United States.