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Jewish Programs

jewish interest programs


sponsored by jewish federation of northern new jersey




new this winter!  dinner and a movie series

"Deli Man"
A documentary presented by Cohen Media Group, and starring our most hungry Jewish foodie mavens.  Iconic Delis such as Katz's and 2nd Avenue Deli are highlighted as well as a man's quest to have the best deli in the world, in Houston, Texas.  Dinner catered by Kosh Nosh.
Sunday, January 29 at 1pm

"The Gett - The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"
This Israeli film on Orthodox divorce won spectacular acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival.  Insight into a culture where the husband has more power then the judges...A Must See!  Kosher Chinese dinner buffet.
Sunday, March 19 at 1pm

Members:                   $10
Community Members:  $15
Pre-registration is required.


new! Kabbalah series

A six-week series led by local Jewish clergy on a rotating basis.  Known as Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah answers questions like "Who Am I?", "Who is God?", "What is the World", and "Why Did God Create Me?".  Kabbalah is not a secret teaching, it is the teaching of a secret.
Dates TBD


December programs

Jewish Book Fair

December 8, 9 , 11

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Wayne Y!  We will be open Thursday, December 8 through Sunday, December 11.  There will be a great selection for all ages, with board books, easy readers, cookbooks and much more.  The fair will include a selection of Chanukah and other Jewish content books, as well as Christmas books.  The book fair is sponsored by the Y’s Goldman Library. We hope you will stop by!
Book Fair Hours:
10:30 am to 4 pm on Thursday
12:00 am to 6 pm on Friday
11 am to 4 pm on Sunday  
(Closed Saturday)
If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order online from December 3 to December 23.  Please note: Books ordered online will not ship until AFTER January 2nd.  The books ordered online will be delivered to your child’s classroom teacher or to Wendy at the Y if you are not a student here.  To order online and for more information, visit our very own Scholastic web page



Hanukkah Happening Event

Sunday, December 4
Join us for a multi-generational Hanukkah Happening event chock full of food, crafts, fun and games.  The holiday is really late this year, so let's start the celebration early!  First candle is on December 24th.


The December Dilemma

For the growing number of multi-faith families in the US, holiday celebrations are often a source of tension.  This year, when Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve, it presents itself as even more difficult, and potentially divisive, than in previous years.  Join us as we bring in professionals to offer suggestions about how to handle the holidays, how to speak to your children, how to speak to your parents/in-laws, so that everyone feels included, happy and comfortable with their decisions.


Wayne Township Candle Lighting

Tuesday, December 27 at 7:00pm
Join us for the Second Annual Wayne Township Menorah Lighting at Town Hall.  There will be music, dancing and of course, jelly donuts!


January programs

lunch and learn

A special program in recognition of Martin Luther King Day focusing on "Black-Jewish Relations:  Martin Luther King and Israel"
Monday, January 16


February programs

A tasty tu b'shevat seder

Known as the New Year for trees, or the Jewish Arbor Day, this holiday stresses our deep commitment to the environment.  We will discuss Tikkun Olam, Saving the World, as we feast on the seven species (wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranate, olive, date) as noted in the Torah.
Monday, February 13

march programs

hooray for the holidays, let's celebrate purim!

Come in costume, come ready to play games, win prizes, do arts and crafts projects, try to figure out how the magician does his tricks and, of course, to eat hamentashen!
Sunday, March 5  1:00-3:00pm
FREE and open to the community

adult model seder

Join us as we come together for a pre-Passover seder.  Full menu including chicken soup, gelfite fish, kugels, haroset and more!
Wednesday, March 29   1:00-3:00pm
Members:  $10
Community Members:  $15
Pre-registration is required.

april programs

cooking in the kitchen with shir ben-david!

You don't want to miss this tasty cooking demonstration by our emissary from Israel! Shir will showcase a typical Moroccan delicacy as we prepare for our post-Pesach celebration.
Monday, April 3 at 12:00pm

Have you heard of mimouna?

No?  It's a delicious way to celebrate the END of Passover.  Typically celebrated widely by indulging in leavened foods like pizza, bread, and cookies in Morocco, Israel, and most Sephardic communities, there's an actual holiday for that, called Mimouna.  Mark you calendars now, for the first ever community-wide Mimouna get together to celebrate the return of chametz!
Wednesday, April 19  (Evening program)


Ongoing programs


Book Discussion Group 

FREE for Members
Join this friendly group to discuss a book on a Jewish topic or by a Jewish author.  All are welcome whether they have read the book or not.  Book titles will be announced.

Date TBD
Members:  Free

crafts with Miriam

Make a special project with a Jewish theme.  Monthly during our Social Club.  Call for specific dates or check the bulletin board outside the library.
Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Members:  Free

Lunch and Learn

A lunchtime workout for the mind now in its 27th year!  Participants interact with and challenge guest facilitators in an informal setting.  Each session offers discussion on an aspect of Jewish tradition, history, modern Israel or a relevant contemporary Jewish issue.  Bring your own lunch or purchase one from the Tel Aviv Cafe. Coffee and tea served.

Every other Monday at 12:00pm.  (Alternates with Point Counter Point)

Members:  Free  

Yiddish Vinkle

Let's keep Yiddish alive!  Come hear songs, stories and jokes in Yiddish.  Check out this group led by Ray Fishler. 
Thursdays at 1:00pm

Free for Y Members



meet the Y's Jewish community outreach & program director!

Judy Weil lives in Wayne and has been a long time Wayne Y member. She is also an active member of Wayne’s Jewish community and was the Executive Director of the Summit Jewish Community Center for 12 years. 





community youth shlicha

Shir Ben-David works in the Wayne and surrounding Jewish communities as well as the Wayne Y to share her knowledge of Israel with our preschoolers, seniors and everyone in between!  






annual Community Chanukah candle lighting




Annual purim party



tzofim friendship caravan

Coming back in August 2017!  Stay tuned for exact date and time!




senior tu b'shevat seder


For more information about these events call Judy Weil at ext. 241. 

Go to Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey's website, for additional programs. 





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