Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs at Wayne YMCA

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

January Lunch & Learn Schedule (Mondays at Noon):

January 6: JEWISH LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning) JEOPARDY - Bianca Mayes, Garden State Equality: Come play an informative and fun game of jeopardy. The answers cover LGBTQ history, activists, diction culture and resources. A number of the answers will include facts about those who were Jewish and LGBTQ. Expand your knowledge for this fun and informational program.

January 13: ART OF AGING - Linda Poleyeff and Paula Rozner, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey: A self-reflection program for living life with resilience and joy. An Interactive discussion about issues that matter to us as we age. You must RSVP in advance by emailing dhausner@metroymcas.org or calling 973-595-0100 ext: 241.

January 20: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE JEWISH RESPONSES - Dustin Hausner, Jewish Outreach and Program Director Wayne YMCA: In honor of MLK Day, we will take a look at the relationship he had with the Jewish communities at the time and how the Jewish communities felt about MLK. Who supported him? Who was against him? Why is it important? Please come to this educational presentation and conversation about the history and legacy of MLK and the Jewish responses.

January 27: MILITARY SERVICE IN ISRAEL - Aya Adut, Community Youth Shlicha:  Come to an informational session about how Israeli citizens participate in military service. What are the challenges? What are the options for service? What is the experience like? What do individuals gain from the experience? Come to learn the answers to these and many other questions.

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.