Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs at Wayne YMCA

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

Save the Date

Monday, April 29, 5:00-7:00pm

This Moroccan holiday is a delicious way to mark the end of Passover, traditionally celebrated by indulging in leavened foods and sweet pastries.  Common in most Sephardic communities, we're bringing the Middle East to Wayne with this festive celebration!  Get ready to swivel with our belly dancer, indulge in amazing Moroccan delicacies, adorn your hands with incredible henna artistry and have fun with friends.

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-8:00pm

We are joining together as a community, in partnership with the local synagogues, to hear the heartfelt presentation of survival by Erwin Ganz.  This event is taking place at Temple Beth Tikvah located at 950 Preakness Avenue in Wayne


Tzofim Friendship Caravan    
August 14, 2019
Free for the community!

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 

April 1:  Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew

Join us to view this 2016 film which follows the backstory and personal journey of Mekonen Abebe, an African-Israeli Jew who was once a young shepherd in Ethiopia and is now a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces.  Film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.

April 8: The Confusing Knesset

The Israeli political system can be very complicated and fraught with turmoil. Hear from our resident Israeli Shlicha, Aya, as she explains this interesting political system and discusses the upcoming election.

April 15: The Seeing Eye

Founded in 1929, the Seeing Eye is the oldest, and one of the largest guide dog schools in the US. Hear from Sharon Kessel about her experience training these pups and meet her current dog in training!

April 22:  Jewish Superstitions - The Evil Eye

Learn about the Kabbalistic origins of this Jewish superstition from scholar Emily Schuman.

April 29:  Point/CounterPoint

Enjoy lively and thought-provoking discussion with Arnie and Paula Rogoff about news, current events, and other interesting topics.

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.