Shabbat (Saturday) Afternoons at the 14th Street Y

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 the our downtown community has to offer. We welcome everyone in our community to join us for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and storytime to whiskey tastings and dance classes, these events feature activities for the whole family.

Open to all in our diverse downtown Community.

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

May 11 @ 3:00 PM6:00 PM

PAUSE/PLAY: Shabbaton Atzmaut

71 years young… 71 looks different from every vantage point—but whether you are 3 or 93 it is a cause for celebration! Come celebrate Israel’s 71st Birthday and appreciate it’s…

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Pause/Play Schedule

Featured Event:

Israel 2020: Is Israel more Jewish or Democratic? 
3:00 PM // Community Room

Israel 2020: in the current post-elections reality, is Israel more Democratic or more Jewish? How can these two values coexist? Join us for a panel, facilitated by Ophir Tal our Israeli Shaliach, that will provide three different perspectives on this core issue. Panel includes:

  • Ofir Dayan, President of Students for Israel in Columbia University
  • Johnathan Elkhoury , Minorities Project Coordinator for the NGO Reservists on Duty
  • Rabbi Amichai Lau Lavie, Jewish Educator and the founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul and Storahtelling


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM // Gymnasium, 2nd Fl
Come play the epic Israeli version of dodge ball.   The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing.

Suggested Age: Kids 5+

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth || TYA Dance Battle: The Haka Dance
3:00 PM // Theater, 2nd Fl
Sarah Sutliff, along with the assistance of one of the performers, will teach kids the vocabulary of the haka dance and will together create their own haka dance battle.

Suggested Age: Kids 5 and under

Celebrating Israel with Artist Linda White (for families)
3:00 PM // Lobby, 1st Fl
A workshop of arts and crafts for families with young children! Bring the visuals, and sounds from Israel to life with exciting forms of art.

Chill With Your Child
3:00 – 4:45 PM // Room 201
Take a seat, relax, and play with your child before or in between sessions.

Community Supportive Agriculture
3:00 – 4:45 PM // Lobby, 1st Fl

Learn about CSA (Community Supportive Agriculture) from helpful 14th Street Y Staff Members and try some Israeli recipes made from their products.

Resetting The Table
4:00 PM // Community Room, 2nd Fl

Following the Panel, dialogue sessions will take place that will enable to process, resettle and open your mind to new questions.

Israeli Folk Dancing (for all ages)
4:00 PM // Studio A&B, 1st Fl
Shake your hips and refresh your day by dancing it the Israeli way! With dance instructor Danny Pollock.

Yoni Vendriger- A theatrical reading of SOF TOV by Anat Gov 
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm // Community Room, 2nd Fl
A satirical staged reading of the Israeli Play Sof Tov by Anat gov, a story of an actress who copes with cancer.

Israeli Party (for all ages)
5:00 PM // Studio A&B, 1st Fl
Following Israeli Folk Dancing, finish it all up with an exciting Israeli dance party that grooves in Hebrew.


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.