Events in Jewish Life

Events in Jewish Life

The 14th Street Y is member of Downtown Jewish Life, a network of organizations who partner together to engage with and provide Downtown Manhattan with experiences that foster an inclusive Jewish community. Below are events and experiences that offer a variety of opportunity for individuals and families to connect with one another in ways that are personally meaningful.

We Remember: A Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Museum of Jewish Heritage
Wednesday, April 11 // 6:30 PM

Join Downtown Jewish Life in a special commemoration ceremony for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to honor all of the lives lost over 78 years ago. We’ll use music, light, and ritual to connect and remember those who were not able live their full lives, and we will hear from living witness, Paulette Singer Barrett, who will share her story of survival.
Free; advance registration recommended.


Yael Deckelbaum &
Prayer of the Mothers Ensemble

(le) poisson rouge
Wednesday, April 18 // 6:30 PM

Award-winning Israeli multi-cultural women’s ensemble Yael Deckelbaum & Prayer of the Mothers celebrates Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). Celebrating the great diversity of Israel at 70, Yael will be joined by Arab-Christian singer Miriam Toukan and other Israeli musicians living in New York.


Downtown Jewish Life presents
INTO THE NIGHT: a contemporary spin on Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, May 19 | 6:00 PM & into the night

More than 20 downtown community partners will join in the fourth-annual night-time journey through conversation, culture, and ritual.


This event is free and open to all!


Ready to rethink how you spend those chilly winter weekends?

PAUSE/PLAY invites you to hit the pause button in your busy lives and experience all that our Downtown Community has to offer. We welcome everyone in our community, Jewish or not, to join us for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and storytime to whiskey tastings and open swim, these events feature activities for the whole family.

This year, we are pleased to partner with the In[heir]itance Project! They will be engaging our community with art projects and workshops in preparation for a festival of plays, inspired by the book of Genesis, coming to our theater this May.

PAUSE/PLAY is open to all ages in our diverse downtown community.

Free for 14th Street Y members. Reservations are recommended. RSVP HERE!

Not a member? Click here for tickets.

PAUSE/PLAY is generously funded by the UJA Federation of New York, the Covenant Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.