Wayne YMCA

Jewish Programs at Wayne YMCA

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

December Lunch & Learn Schedule (Mondays at Noon):

December 2: DUSTIN HAUSNER, JEWISH PROGRAM AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR WAYNE YMCA ~ Who is Dustin Hausner? : Come and officially welcome the new Jewish Outreach and Program Director. Dustin will be doing a presentation introducing himself and having Q & A about his previous work and his ideas for future programing.

December 9:  RABBI MEEKA SIMERLY, TEMPLE BETH TIKVAH, THE SPIRIT OF REFORM JEWISH LIFE ~ Havdalah: Havdalah means “separation,” a ritual that ends Shabbat, separating it from the start of the new week.  A beautiful brief ceremony, it uses four elements to mark the moment we sadly say goodbye to the beauty of Shabbat, and pledge to carry its gifts into the week to come. Join Rabbi Simerly as she demonstrates and explains the essence of this often overlooked ritual.

SPECIAL TIME: Monday December 16 from 12:00pm-2:00pm:  DAY AT THE MOVIES ~ Gentleman’s Agreement: American Drama Film from 1947 based on a bestselling novel. Journalist learns about antisemitism for an expose. The film won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. You must rsvp by emailing dhausner@metroymcas.org or calling 973-595-0100 ext: 241. 

December 23:  AYA ADUT, COMMUNITY YOUTH SHLICHA ~ Chanukah Education and Arts & Crafts: Did you know that Jews all over the world celebrate Chanukah a little different? In this session we'll talk about the meaning of the holiday and how it differs among the Jews in the world. Additionally, we will make candles for Chanukah.

Arts & Crafts: We will be doing some fun holiday arts and crafts in honor of Hanukkah with group discussion.

December 30:   DUSTIN HAUSNER, JEWISH PROGRAM AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR WAYNE YMCA , ~ Party & Potluck: With the end of Hanukkah and the start of 2020 on the horizon. Come and celebrate with food and music. Please feel free to bring food and drinks to the potluck for us all to celebrate together.  The food you bring must be kosher. Please rsvp by emailing dhausner@metroymcas.org or calling 973-595-0100 ext: 241.

December Events:

Jewish Book Fair
December 12, 13, 15
Finish up your Chanukah shopping at the Y's annual Scholastic Book Fair with books and gifts for all ages!

Annual Chanukah Celebration
December 15, 1-3pm
Join us for a free multi-generational Chanukah celebration full of carnival games, crafts, food, and fun!

Wayne Township Community Chanukah Candle Lighting
December 23
Please join us for the fifth annual Wayne Township Community Menorah Lighting at Town Hall. There will be music, dancing, and of course jelly donuts!

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 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.