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.

14Y Partnerships

The New Shul | Kabbalat Shabbat

We’re excited to announce a partnership with The New Shul, who will be hosting their Kabbalat Shabbat gatherings in the 14Y Rooftop or Studio.

Join The New Shul’s musical and contemplative bi-weekly Friday evening gatherings, which lie at the heart of their practice. Bringing together traditional prayers, renegade poetry, meditation, discussion, and high caliber musicians, Kabbalat Shabbat is an experience simultaneously relaxing and energizing. With mystical, philosophical, and political guest speakers, they go in search of that age-old lover, Shabbat.

Upcoming Shabbats, which begin at 6:30 PM

Learn more about Kabbalat Shabbat with The New Shul. 


 

Celebrate Hanukkah with Downtown Jewish Life

Hanukkah begins the evening of Sunday, November 28! The 14Y wishes you and your loved ones a happy Hanukkah!

Many of our Downtown Jewish Life partners will be holding Hanukkah celebrations virtually and in person. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our Downtown Manhattan community.

Brotherhood Synagogue

Community Lighting of the Chanukah Menorah
Outdoors at Brotherhood!
Wednesday, December 1 | 5:30 – 6:00 PM

Join us outdoors at Brotherhood Synagogue for some Chanukah songs performed by the Brotherhood choir, Harmoni-AH!, a Chanukah song singalong, and to light the menorah together on the fourth night!
Learn more here.

East End Temple

Community Menorah Lighting with Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association
(In person in Stuyvesant Square Park – west side, by the statue).
Sunday, December 5 | 5:15 PM
Join East End Temple and the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association on the last night of Chanukah for a Community Candle Lighting. There will be songs, there will be snacks, there will be light!
More information can be found here.

JCP Downtown

NIGHT 1 | Sunday, November 28
Lighting via Instagram Live, 6:30 PM EST
Kick off the festive holiday with Rabbi Deena as she leads the first night of candle lighting via the JCP Downtown Instagram page.

NIGHT 5 | Thursday, December 2
Joint menorah lighting with Tribeca Synagogue, 6:30 PM EST
Join the communities of JCP Downtown and Tribeca Synagogue in person for a menorah lighting downtown. RSVP Form here.

NIGHT 6 | Friday, December 3
Join Rabbi Deena and Cantor Galeet (and some special guests) for a special Friday Evening Service and Hanukkah lighting via JCP Downtown Instagram page.

NIGHT 7 | Saturday, December 4 | 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Tot Shabbat | Location upon RSVP
Rabbi Deena and Rabbi Jacob will lead a special Tot Shabbat for Hanukkah! Get ready to sing and dance to your favorite Hanukkah songs and stories. Email rabbi@jcpdowntown.org if you are interested in joining.

NIGHT 8 | Sunday, December 5
Ice Skating | Location/timing available upon RSVP
Join the JCP community for a menorah lighting ceremony and outdoor ice skating to celebrate the holiday season!
Email rabbi@jcpdowntown.org if you are interested in joining and/or for more information.

Lab/Shul

Eight Nights of Candle Lighting with Lab/Shul
November 28 – December 5
Register here.
Grab your menorah and join Lab/Shul for eight festive nights of virtual ritual magic, led by the Lab/Shul Team + community leaders. We’ll gather for 20 minutes to light our candles, share blessings and light–home to home, screen to screen, heart to heart. All ages. Everybody Friendly.

The New Shul

Hanukkah Celebration
Saturday, December 4 | 3:30 PM
Register here.
An afternoon complete with music, art making , latkes and more at the Judson Memorial Church, located at 55 Washington Square South.

Town and Village Synagogue

Community Virtual Candle Lighting and Scavenger Hunt
December 2 | 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Register here.
Join us in your favorite PJs to celebrate together as we light candles, sing some songs, and see which family can find the most items in our scavenger hunt.  Fun prizes for the winner!

20s and 30s Gelt Together
December 2 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Register here. $15 in advance/ $20 at the door.
Light some candles, drink some wine, taste some latkes and have some fun with new and old friends.

Tot Shabbat B’yahad 
December 4 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Register here.
Join our monthly Shabbat Service for families with children 0-5, this time as we celebrate Hanukkah!

Family Hanukkah Extravaganza!
December 5 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Register here.
Celebration for the whole family with crafts, games, latkes, sufganiyot and fun.

33rd Annual Cantor Louis Moss Memorial Concert!
December 11 | 7:30 PM
Tickets available here.
A Night of music like no other! Cantor Shayna Postman prepared a menu of Jewish music and gathered formidable troops to join her, including the Town & Village Synagogue Choir, the Town & Village Junior Singers, accompanist-extraordinaire Dave Schlossberg and special guest Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell. We are delighted that this year’s audience has the option to attend the concert in person or virtually.

The Village Temple

Friday, December 3
5:00 PM: Chanukah Family Service
6:30 PM: Vodka and Latkes

Join us for a festive service and a celebratory treat!

To register, please email villagetemple@villagetemple.org.