The Season of Jewish Culture

Making Jewish culture accessible and meaningful to all


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.

The 2019 Season of Jewish Culture, spanning the months of April through June, includes 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.

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The Season of Jewish Culture Event Series

Saturday, April 20 at 6pm (Judson Memorial Church)

Lab/Shul partners invites communities, families and individuals to
come together for a catered and programmed feast, led by partners in
the pursuit of justice and liberation: faith and civic leaders, artists and
activists. Our theme is the urgent need to welcome refugees, immigrants,
and asylum seekers into our homes and hearts.



MIMOUNA – A Muslim Jewish Moroccan Celebration

Sunday, April 28 at 6pm (14th Street Y)
A Jewish-Moroccan festival of music and food—an immersive experience.




Wednesday, May 1 at 7PM (Manny Cantor Center)

The DJL community joins together on this somber occasion in a ceremony
commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day on the Lower East Side. We
remember the past and vow to not make it prologue.




Tuesday, May 7th (Various times and locations)

Downtown Jewish Life remembers fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of
terrorism with a variety of events.

Coming Soon


YOM HAATZMAUT – Hatikvah 6 at SOBs

Monday, May 13 at 7:30 pm (SOBs)

DJL celebrates 71 years of the State of Israel. Come see electrifying
Israeli Band Hatikvah 6 and after party with DJ Omri Anghel.


Saturday, May 11 from 3:00 to 6:00pm (14th Street Y)

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 through
the diverse flavors and cultures of Israel from hummus making to Israeli
dancing, gaga to sing-a-longs.




Thursday, May 23 at 7:30pm (The Theater at the 14th Street Y)

LABAlive III features music and performances by fellows—plus a
fascinating teaching session from Liel. Reception following with
refreshments. $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Celebration

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM – The Night World (Family Programming)

Join us for an interactive performance as your children travel together with Fantastical Puppeteer of MAPS, Rachel, as she ushers them from Mordicai Gerstein’s children’s book, The Night World, into their own magical dreamscape.

They will be helped along the way by celebrated animals including Sylvie the cat, from The Night World, as their imaginations run wild. Each performance is highly personal and roughly 15 minutes long. It will help each child explore the sublime and the nocturnal in an intimate setting of 10 kids at a time.

RSVP Times: 3:00pm, 3:45pm, and 4:25pm. Each performance is roughly 15 minutes long and will accommodate 10 kids. Parents can sit in theater if they’d like. While waiting, parents and children will be ushered into an adjacent room to be immersed in artwork from students at the 14th Street Y Preschools as they read The Night World and other wonderful PJ Library books.

Thank you to the Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library for providing this exciting adventure.


6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Celebration from Dusk Into the Night

Join a flow of inspirational encounters filled with intrigue, magic, angels, music, ghost images, ancient and contemporary text, Hebrew, English, Aramaic surrounded by the  aromas of Ethiopian coffee on our downtown Tikkun. Create your own narrative, your own journey, learn and question and then dance it off on the roof.

Led by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture artists and teachers, with Bina, The Israeli Artists Project, Dirty Laundry Theater Company and so much more. The evening will include art installations, performances on land and water, text study in Hebrew and English and music. The evening will end with a Rooftop Party brimming with cheesecake… and a little celebration of the last 10 years of LABA and the upcoming sabbatical of its artistic director Ronit Muszkatblit.

Let the mysteries begin and join us on the journey into the night.


The 14th Street Y is a vibrant community center grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection, and learning for the individuals and families we serve throughout downtown Manhattan. We focus on health and fitness, education and enrichment programs, and innovative arts and cultural programming.

We serve more than 26,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, whose network of community centers also includes the Center for Recovery and Wellness, the Manny Cantor Center, the Sirovich Center, and Educational Alliance Community Schools.


Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.



Sponsored By

Mr. Arnold S. Penner

Froma and Andrew Benerofe