Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

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.

Mondays at 12:00pm 
Members:  Free 

February 4: Spread the Wealth - Tzedakah in Judaism
Learn about the role of giving charity in Judaism.  Rabbi Mark from Shomrei Torah will show us how tzedakah is tied to our pursuit of justice in the world.

February 11:  Treasures of the 1st and 2nd Temple
The Temple in Jerusalem was the center of religious life for over a thousand years, but what did the Temple service actually look like?  Rabbi Gurkov of Chabad in Wayne will join us to illuminate the mystery surrounding this ancient topic.

February 18: Unknown Treasures: Modern Poets, Authors, and Thinkers Hidden in the Reform Siddur
Beautiful liturgy has the power to inspire people and uplift prayers. Join Rabbi Simerly from Temple Beth Tikvah as she shares some of the beautiful written works hidden throughout the Reform Siddur.

February 25: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
What do swashbuckling sailors and seder plates have in common? Learn about the lesser known history of Jewish Pirates as we dive into this fascinating topic!

New Program!
Basic Israeli Folk Dance
Wednesdays, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free and open to all


Meet the Y's Jewish Community Outreach & Program Director

Haley Chizever worked for the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh before coming to the Wayne Y in November.  Haley will be working with all ages groups on creating a variety of fun and interesting Jewish programs for all! 


Community Youth Shlicha

Aya Adut has recently joined us this fall!  Aya will work 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



Senior Tu B'Shevat Seder

For more information about these events call Haley Chizever at ext. 241 or email her at hchizever@metroymcas.org.

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