Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs at Wayne YMCA

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

February Lunch & Learn Schedule (Mondays at Noon):

February 3: Jewish Veg - Jodi Graber, East Coast Engagement Manager: The mission of Jewish Veg is to inspire and assist Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of Jewish values. Come learn about the Jewish basis for a plant-based diet and what leading nutrition studies say about the benefits of eating this way. We'll discuss what steps we, as individuals and collectively, can take to adopt healthy habits and help move our precious planet onto a more sustainable path.     

February 10: Tu BiShvat Seder – Dustin Hausner, Jewish Outreach and Program Director Wayne YMCA & Aya Adut, Community Youth Shlicha: A lovely tradition celebrating the New Year of The Trees!!! We will be having a seder with healthy traditional foods, readings and discussion about the holiday. You must RSVP in advance by emailing dhausner@metroymcas.org or calling 973-595-0100 ext: 241.

February 17: NAACP History & Activism – Pastor Kenneth Clayton, President of the Paterson Branch NAACP: The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States. It was founded by a diverse group of leaders including Jewish leaders. Come learn the history of this civil rights organization and the local, state and national issues they are working on

February 24: Jewish Initiative For Animals – Devora Kimelman-Block, Representative of JIFA: The Jewish Initiative for Animals provides educational programing, consultation, and resources to treating farm animals with compassion and making healthy eating choices. Come learn about the JIFA programs and resources that can be helpful to you.

Save the Date!  Purim Celebration, Sunday, March 8 from 1-3pm

All Year Long:

Basic Israeli Folk Dancing
Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30pm

Meet Dustin Hausner, the Y's new Jewish Community Outreach & Program Director


Dustin Hausner has been fortunate enough to work in a diversity of capacities. Dustin has worked for two New York State Assemblymembers and for multiple organizations such as the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education, the Rabbinical Assembly and the American Society for Yad Vashem. Dustin has been honored on a number of occasions including as a recipient of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation Forty under 40 Award and the Nyack Branch NAACP Award for Social Justice work. Dustin graduated with his Bachelors Degree at Hofstra University and received his Masters Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. Dustin is looking forward to offering fun and thought-provoking programming at the Wayne YMCA!

Community Youth Shlicha

Aya Adut - Community Youth Shlicha

Aya Adut 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! 


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Annual Community Chanukah candle lighting

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Annual Purim Party

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Senior Tu B'Shevat Seder

Senior Tu B'Shevat Seder

For more information about these events call Dustin Hausner at ext. 241 or email him at dhausner@metroymcas.org.

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