Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs at Wayne YMCA

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey


August lunch & learn interviews on Monday at noon:

Lunch & Learn is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Attendance is free and open to the community.

August 3: The Thoughts and Legacy of Hannah Arendt – Roger Berkowitz, Founder and Academic Director, The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities: Hannah Arendt was a famous and controversial thinker and writer. Through this interview we explore some of the history of Hannah Arendt, her writings, views and the work of The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities.

August 10: Jewish American Military History – Colonel Carl A. Singer Ph.D., Former National Commander Jewish War Veterans 2016-2017: Join Colonel Carl A. Singer as he does a presentation on Jewish American Military History and the history of the organization the Jewish War Veterans.

August 17: FDR, Rabbi Wise and The Holocaust – Dr. Rafael Medoff, Founding Director of The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies: Dr. Rael Medoff has been a prolific writer on Jewish History and revered academic. In his latest book, he explores the relationship between FDR and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise. He also goes into detail regarding FDR and his administration’s actions and inaction regarding the Holocaust and leading up to it.

August 17: Let There Be Light Books – Sheldon Haas, Author: In the last few years Sheldon Haas has been writing short books with his thoughts on Jewish history and challenging Jewish traditions. Learn about the person, philosophy and questioning behind these thought-provoking writings.

August 24: Humanistic Judaism in New Jersey – Rob Agree, Ceremonial Leader, Kahal Chaverim: Over the last number of years new sects and forms of Judaism have emerged for the many diverse Jewish identities in the United States and around the world. Humanistic Judaism began in the 1960’s and today a number of congregations exist including one in New Jersey. Learn about the history of this philosophy and about the New Jersey congregation.

August 31: Israeli Defense Comics – Joshua H. Stulman, Creator and Artist, Israeli Defense Comics: Since the beginning of American superhero comic books, there has been Jewish writers and influences in superhero comic books. Yet you will not find many comic book superheroes who identify as Jewish or have Jewish themed issues. Joshua H. Stulman talks about his founding of Israeli Defense Comics, his superhero Magen: The Shield of Israel. He also will speak about the Jewish Superhero Shaloman by Al Wiesner who helped inspire his work.

Watch informative and educational videos on the Metro YMCA of the Oranges YouTube Channel. You can click on this link to access the videos.

All Year Long:

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

Meet Dustin Hausner, our Jewish Outreach and 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 Bachelor's Degree at Hofstra University and received his Master's Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. Dustin is looking forward to offering fun and thought-provoking programming at the Wayne YMCA!

Annual Community Chanukah Festival & Menorah Lighting

Annual Purim Party



Tu B'Shevat Seder & Kids Program

Lunch & Learn Programs

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.