Virtual Jewish Life

14Y Virtual Jewish Life

Finding New Ways to Connect with Jewish Values

Jewish Life at the 14th Street Y aims to provide experiences for our entire community to engage in activities built on Jewish values. Our philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning.

Though we can’t congregate in person, the 14Y, together with our Downtown Jewish Life partners, is proud to offer an array of virtual offerings for everyone. Whether you are a shul regular looking for alternative ways to worship, seeking spiritual connection during this uncertain time, or exploring Jewish culture for the first time — we welcome you.

The Queer Jewish Arts Festival

Tuesday, June 1 – Sunday, June 13
Learn more here

The Queer Jewish Arts Festival is a new series of programs celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories and experiences through film, theater, music, literature and dance. This festival will highlight local and national queer Jewish artists who are making art with Jewish content. The events will amplify intersectional identity and creative expression.

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“NAME GAME” Premiere by LABA artists Sara Felder and Yehuda Hyman
Sunday, June 13 // 7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 // Get tickets here
A cross-country performance (Oakland and NYC) collaboration between veteran performance artists/ writers Sara Felder and Yehuda Hyman on naming, Jewish identity, re-inventing/claiming yourself, and how to do that crazy dance in the Zoom box.

This collaboration is part of the 14Y’s new artist residency program, which was made possible with funding from CANVAS and generous public donations. Learn more about our residency program here.

Previous Events

Yom HaShoah

Wednesday, April 7 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM

The Downtown Jewish Life community will gather in remembrance of the many lives lost in the Holocaust. Through song, stories and prayer, community leaders will create a space to ensure that future generations never forget the past while paving a future with unity and hope.


LABA Presents: Grandfather Visit
A dance testimony piece in the memory of Prof. Kalman Perk

Friday, April 9 | 5:00 PM | Watch the recording here

LABA Fellow Doron Perk talks about his grandfather Kalman and shares fragments of his solo dance performance inspired by his many visits with him, the stories he told, the things they talked about, and the way they sat and had tea.

In July of 1944, in a crowded cattle wagon headed to the death camps, 14-year-old Kalman was chosen by his family to survive by escaping through the narrow window. As his grandchild, Doron chooses to keep his memory alive by using his moving body as a vessel for feelings and sensations he remembers having while being together.


Letters (Hi)story

Sunday, April 11 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Watch here 

This virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut event is a filmed journey through personal letters by Israeli writers and poets, from the public to the personal on the day of the creation of the state of Israel.

Join us on a unique and personal experience from the past to the present through the eyes of artists’ responses guided by the artistic directors of the Gnuzim project within the treasures of the personal and historical archives inside Beit Ariella.

Experience new work by Victoria Hanna, Merav Shacham, followed by a live conversation with Zvi Sahar (Ensemble Itim) and Anat Safran (Pacha Kucha Israel), and Ronit Muszkatblit (LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture)
Gnuzim is an artistic project where Israeli creators from different disciplines are invited to react to an old letter from the writers’ archive in Tel Aviv. The letters and the artistic reactions (video arts, songs, performances, etc.) are all gathered in the project’s website:

Letter (Hi)story is a collaboration between Gnuzim and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, a program of the 14th street Y.


Season of Jewish Culture

A series of innovative programs running from Passover to Shavuot highlighting culture makers of all kinds—artists, performers, storytellers and writers.

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DAWN: A Cosmic Reunion

An all-night cultural arts festival celebrating the Jewish holiday Shavuot

Sunday, May 16 – Monday, May 17 | 9:00 PM – 9:00 AM 

Join Us

Downtown Jewish Life

A network of downtown Jewish organizations and individuals hosted by the 14th Street Y!

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Jewish Life Resources

The 14Y is compiling a list of helpful resources for individuals and families during COVID-19, which will be updated as new resources become available. This is a list of resources from Jewish organizations; click here for our full list of COVID-19 resources.

Institute for Jewish Spirituality: A collection of Jewish mindfulness practices for challenging times. Live and self-guided options available. They are offering free resources such as meditation and Torah study.

PJ Library: PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. They are offering free resources to quarantined families.

Met Council Kosher Food Network: The largest network in the country providing that is providing kosher food to food pantries.

Judaism Under Quarantine: A roundup of Jewish-themed activities, entertainment, and study options you can do at home, as well as a look social justice issues through a Jewish lens.

Union for Reform Judaism: A collection of COVID-19 resources for congregants, educators, clergy members, youth leaders and more to help you prioritize your community’s safety and spiritual wellbeing.

USCJ Coronavirus Resources: Resources from USCJ and their partners for clergy, lay leadership, educators, and community members to stay healthy and well-informed.

UJA Federation: Virtual volunteer opportunities from UJA Federation’s network of partners, including the Educational Alliance, to help reduce social isolation for high-risk and quarantined individuals.

Repair the World: Both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities infused with Jewish sensibilities. Those looking for in-person, Jewish-focused volunteer opportunities in Brooklyn can find more information here.

14Y Blog

Ideas and Resources to Stay Connected to Your Jewish Community

Into the Night Until DAWN

Kendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | THU, MAY 06, 2021

This past year has been (a) _____ . I don’t know what pithy adjective or noun to place in the blank space, but whatever I would choose, it would be…

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The Jew Without Memory

Kendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | MON, DEC 07, 2020

Hanukkah begins this week, and the 14th Street Y and our partners at Downtown Jewish Life are hosting virtual events throughout the holiday! There’s something for everyone, including sing-alongs, candle…

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“Emily in Paris” is much like Ophir in New York

Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | SAT, NOV 14, 2020

Today I won’t write about the lockdown, nor will I elaborate on the mass protest, which is taking place against the Israeli government. Instead, I’d like to embrace the spirit…

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On Caves, Commemoration, and Veterans Day

Kendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | WED, NOV 04, 2020

I have been to a lot of funerals in my lifetime. It isn’t that my past is strewn with innumerable losses — thank goodness! Rather, my parents and their church…

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Hanging in the Balance

Kendell Pinkney, 14th Street Y/LABA Rabbinic Fellow | MON, OCT 12, 2020

הושע נא.תְּלוּיָֽה עַל־בְּלִימָֽה – Please save; [all of life] is hanging in the balance… – From 5th circuit of the Hoshana liturgy Artists don’t get down to work until the…

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LABA Arts + Culture presents: Clamor in the Desert (Kol Koreh Bamidbar)

Mirta Kupferminc, Argentinean Multidisciplinary Artist and Director of LABA Buenos Aires | FRI, OCT 09, 2020

In 2020, COVID-19 arrived, which locked us all in our homes, in our cities and countries. In Argentina, where I live, even today, since March, it is not possible to…

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Why I’m in Favor of the Second COVID-19 Lockdown in Israel

Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | SUN, SEP 27, 2020

Much of what has been said about the second COVID-related lockdown in Israel is enduring. With all its attached hardships, I believe it’s the essential step Israel should take, even…

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Homecoming Isn’t a Walk in the Park

Ophir Tal, Cultural Educator from Israel | Emissary of the Jewish Agency and the UJA Federation of New York at the 14th Street Y | WED, SEP 09, 2020

I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed by the sudden shift from a crippling quarantine to an intense new reality in Tel Aviv. So many people want to reunite with me, check in…

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