Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

March Programs

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

The Great Israeli-American Songbook

Staying in town for Passover?  Join us for a free family-friendly public concert performed by Israeli performer, Gon Halevi.  This concert promises to be a thoroughly entertaining evening during the intermediate days of Passover.
Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm

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  5:00-7:00pm

FREE Community Event

Commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day
Monday, April 24 at 7:00pm

May Programs

FREE Community Events

Celebrate Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Memorial Day and Independence Day with other families complete with dancing, songs, falafel, soldier's stories and more!
Monday, May 1 from 6:00-8:00pm

New! Kabbalah:  Jewish Mysticism

Studying Kabbalah opens the door to inner reflection.  Join us as two Wayne Rabbis help us to unravel and bring to life some aspects of the ancient Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, the mystical interpretation of the Bible
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 12:00-1:00pm

Shalom Baby

Dropping off your child at Preschool?  New to town and looking to meet other young families? Join us for a "virtual trip to Israel." We'll learn about this fascinating country with water games (Mayim, mayim!), dancing, and a map sooo big, it might just be the exact size as Israel!
Thursday, May 11 at 9:15am

June Programs

FREE Community Event - Israel Day Parade

March down 5th Avenue in NYC as part of a huge crowd enjoying the Israel Day Parade.  Bus reservations from various locations will be available.
Sunday, June 4

Building Bridges-Building Friendships: Part 2

If you shared the experience of Building Bridges-Building Friendships last Spring, you know how fascinating it was learning about other religions, traditions and holidays that emphasized our similarities, not our differences.  Now, back by popular demand, we'll delve into more practices that illustrate our diversity and inclusiveness, at the same time.
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 at 12:00pm

Shalom Baby

Join us for the same program as May 11, only this time we will meet in the Atrium for a family picnic and we'll plant the seeds (literally) for our Y garden.  We'll have lots of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, games and giggles for the entire family!
Sunday, June 11 at 10:00am

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 and Knitting 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. 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, www.jfnnj.org for additional programs.