Shabbat (Saturday) Afternoons at the 14th Street Y

Let the 14Y help you have fun and stay active, all in your own home!

PAUSE/PLAY invites you to hit the pause button in your busy lives and experience all that the our downtown community has to offer. We welcome everyone in our community to join us for a day of virtual relaxation and renewal.

Pause/Play: The BEST of the 14th Street Y
Shabbaton Atzmaut Edition

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
14th Street Y Facebook Live

The 14th Street Y is launching a new Virtual Membership starting May 1 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!

Virtual Fitness 

Pilates with Julie C | 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM 
Register here: 

Combines diaphragmatic breath sequences, balance, isometric abdominal holds, movements that stabilize the pelvis and strengthen the body’s powerhouse, and stretching, all using bodyweight exercises, a tall-backed chair, and a thick yoga mat.

Ask A 14Y Trainer: At Home Workout Edition | 12:10 – 1:00 PM 
Register here: 
Have a burning question about your at home workouts? Your 14Y Personal Trainers have the answers! Stop by for a lively Q+A session with one of our 14Y certified trainers.

Family Fit with Jacqueline | 1:10 – 2:00 PM 
Register here:   
Fitness and fun for the whole family with this all-ages, all-levels workout.

Virtual Youth Programs

Virtual After School Info Session | 12:10 – 1:00 PM 
Register here:
Come learn about our amazing After School program, where we work with elementary aged children to enrich their heads, hearts, and hands.

New Country Day Camp Presents: Mainstages Live! | 1:10 – 2:00 PM 
Register here:
Mainstages: Live! is a fun game show experience for kids ages 5 –11 and their parents!

At-Home Scavenger Hunt | 2:10 – 3:00 PM 
Register here: 
Join us for a fun scavenger hunt around your house! Appropriate for children ages 5–11.

Virtual Family Programs  

Toddler Playtime | 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM 
Join here:
Join Meredith W. and your 14Y friends for fun with water, crayons, shapes and, of course, plenty of songs. This is a toddler-sized taste of preschool from your own home!

Prelude to Preschool and Preschool Virtual Tours | 12:10 – 1:00 PM 
Join here:
Meet Admission Director Catherine Wenglowski and find out more about Prelude to Preschool and the 14Y Preschool

Storytime with Linda White | 1:10 – 2:00 PM
Register here:
Linda White, play curator, returns to Pause/Play with creative storytelling through creative books and interactive play in this inspired storytime.

Song Time with Maria and Abby | 2:10 – 3:00 PM 
Join here:
Preschool teachers Maria and Abby keep you singing!

Arts + Culture 

Making Something Out of Nothing: A Story and Project for Artists of All Ages | 11:10 AM – 12:00 PM 
Register here: 
We are living in a time where it is especially important for us to think creatively about how to make the most from what we have at home! Join artist and educator, LABA Fellow Ari Wolff, for a reading of Simms Taback’s “Joseph Had A Little Overcoat,” and a low materials collage project, to explore one way to make lots of little somethings from recycled paper!

Araq Tasting With Gil Grosman | 2:10 – 3:00 PM 
Register here: 
As we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, we are happy to host Gill Grossman, owner of the East Village bar Local 92, who will demonstrate cocktail making in action and will shed light on the cultural origins of Araq and and the role of alcohol in Israeli cuisine.


  • 0.75 oz lemon
  • 0.75 oz simple syrup (sugar and water 1–1)
  • 1.5 oz. Arak
  • 4–5 mint leaves

Hebrew Family Singalong | 3:10 – 4:00 PM 
Facebook Live 
Join us for an Israeli singalong the whole family can enjoy. Featuring classic Hebrew children’s songs, old-time favorites, and songs by Arik Einstein, plus song requests from our audience!


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

About Downtown Jewish Life

Downtown Jewish Life is a network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by the 14th Street Y. The goal of Downtown Jewish Life is to strengthen the fabric of Jewish life in lower Manhattan. Downtown Jewish Life welcomes people of every background, identity, age, family configuration, and religious affiliation (or none) who are interested in finding meaning, values, and community inspired by Jewish sensibilities. UJA-Federation of New York,  Covenant Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are proud to partner with Downtown Jewish Life.