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 2020 Season of Jewish Culture, spanning the months of April through June, will include nearly 20 performances and events, making Jewish culture accessible and meaningful to a wider audience. Both in the beautiful, renovated Theater at the 14th Street Y and at well-regarded venues around Downtown Manhattan, The Season of Jewish Culture brings our neighborhood’s Jewish heritage into the future. Look out for more information this winter as we plan these special events.




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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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