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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Riverdale Y! Welcome New CEO

The Riverdale YM-YWHA is pleased to welcome Deann Forman as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 22nd

 “Everyone involved with the Riverdale Y is excited that Deann will be our Chief Executive Officer,” said Bradd Gold, President of the Riverdale Y!’s Board.  “Deann’s experience, knowledge and energy will be hugely beneficial to the Y in the near and long term. “

Forman comes to the Riverdale Y! with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit management, the majority of which has been in the Jewish communal field.  Early in her career, Deann spent several years working at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a UJA-Federation of New York affiliated agency.  Directing the continental benchmarking initiative at JCC Association of North America followed.  Forman consulted with lay and professional leadership on business operations, directed mission impact and staff and member engagement.   Most recently, Deann has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of an $18 million Jewish Community Center.

Although she now lives in Teaneck, NJ with her husband and three children, Deann is a former resident of Riverdale and is happy to be returning to the community in a professional capacity.

When asked how she feels about joining the team at the Riverdale Y!, Deann says, “Riverdale is an extremely special place, one that is home to a robust, diverse and vibrant Jewish community.  I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to join the Riverdale Y and to help the organization reclaim its rich legacy.  To me, the magic of a Jewish community center is its ability to be home to every person who identifies in any way with the Jewish community, and its simultaneous ability to welcome and engage the larger community.  My vision is that the Riverdale Y! will become the agency of choice for excellence in cultural, educational, recreational and physical wellness for everyone in the Bronx.”

PRESS:  Please contact Nic Strahl, Director of Marketing for any additional information nstrahl@riverdaley.org

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Happy Jewish New Year from the Riverdale Y!

The Riverdale Y! wish all of our members a Shana Tova and Happy Jewish New Year.


We are excited to bring in the new year with lots of positive changes to our agency: our new CEO, Deann Forman, as well as new Directors of Early Childhood (Milissa Finkel) and Sports & Rec (Daniel Pena).

The Jewish new year is one of Judaism's High holidays, and as a result we will be closed from 5:30 New Year's Eve (Wednesday, September 24th) through Saturday (September 27).  We will open on Sunday at our regular time.

Starting  October 3rd, the Y! will begin closing Fridays at 5:30 PM.

Swiftly on the heels of Rosh Hashana comes the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.  On the weeks of October 8th and 15th, the Y! will again close on Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM and remain closed through Saturday.  For a full list of Jewish holidays and Y! hours, please click here.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Visit the Riverdale Y! at the Johnson Avenue Festival!
The Riverdale Y! is proud to be part of the:

Johnson Avenue Block Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014
12:00pm to 4:00pm
Johnson Avenue, 235th-236th Street, Bronx, NY, 10463.
The Riverdale Y! is hosting a booth with two hours of face painting and two hours of crafts.  Come on over, say hello, and spend some time with us!
Also at the festival:

12:00 p.m. Riverdale Children's Theatre

12:30 p.m. Riverdale Music Studio Students

1:00 p.m. The Alma Micic and Rale Micic Quartet

2:00 p.m. Super Hi Fi

3:00 p.m. Marni Rice

Don't forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food drive!

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Friday, June 13, 2014
Blueberry/Plum Cake

Hanna Wolkun’s Blueberry/Plum Crumb Cake

As told to: Karaan Papo  SAR Student, 10th Grade

Hanna made this recipe for her four grandchildren when they were in camp during the summertime because that is when blueberries are the best. She still enjoys bringing the cake with her, and shared this recipe at the bridal shower of her eldest granddaughter.

Blueberry/Plum Crumb Cake


2 eggs, ½ C Oil, ½ C Sugar (Mix)
2 t Orange Juice, 2C flour, 1t Baking Powder (Mix)
Take one pint of blueberries separately (or equivalent weight rinsed, peeled and sliced plums), add a 1/4 C of flour
Put mixture in a 10 inch spring form pan with margarine and put blueberries/plums on top.



 Mix ½ stick of Margarine with ¼ C Sugar, ½ C Flour and Cinnamon to taste.


 - This post is part of our "Seniors Serve Up Memories" Series.  Recipes, stories, and other lessons members of the Riverdale Y! Senior Center have learned and wish to share with us. -

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Friday, May 30, 2014
Recipes of love

"I grew up in an immigrant family, the youngest of four children. My mother was a stay-at-home mom. She did all the cooking without measuring spoons, cookbooks, or written recipes. Everything was cooked in one a large pot: soup, stew or other meals for our large, poor family.

I was her helper since I came home from school first. I cut and washed the vegetables.

Mom and I did all our talking about my sad and happy moments while she cooked, looking straight ahead, and me looking straight down at my vegetables. It was so easy to talk when I didn’t have to look into her eyes.  Years later, when I had my own children, a friend told me the best way to have children talk about their inner feelings is to have them do a little job, without you, so they do not have to look directly at you.

My mom had no formal education and reading and writing English was not her strong point, but she knew a great deal about loving her children.  There were no formal recipes for me to write down, but I think I would call all my mom’s recipes “Recipes of Love”.

Mom, thank you for your soup, stew, etc. and for your big cooking pot, but most of all for your love."

 - This post is part of our "Seniors Serve Up Memories" Series.  Recipes, stories, and other lessons members of the Riverdale Y! Senior Center have learned and wish to share with us. -

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Memorial Day Chicken Soup

- This is the first post in our series "Seniors Serve Up Memories", recipes, stories, and other lessons members of the Riverdale Y! Senior Center have learned and wish to share with us. -

Chicken Soup
(or "How I Made Chicken Soup in a GI Helmet")

by George Dillon
Second Force Bomb Group
US Air Force, WWII

During World War II, my group moved from Tunisia, North Africa, to a base in Southern Italy (Foggia).  It took a few days before our kitchen equipment arrived.  We were fed with C & K rations.

I always had watched my mother when she was cooking, so I thought I would make something from the provisions for me and my buddies. Somthing that would resemble the taste of home.  I asked one of the local Foggia residents who used to hang around the camp to get me a chicken, and an onion.  I would make chicken soup.

There were no pots or pans yet in our camp, so I used 2 helmets.  In those days they were just metal- no padding - and perfect as toureens.  My fire came from 100 octane gasoline.  

I cut up the chiclen and onion, and put it in the water as boiled.  A wonderful aroma permeated the air as it cooked.  It smelled so delightful, I never bothered to taste it.  My buddies brought over their canteen cups, and I poured it piping hot.  

Our first sip ended in a simultaneous spit.  My delicious soup tasted like soap!

We regularly used our helmets as wash basins - the soap residue no longer rinsed out.  

That was the end of my first cooking experience in the field!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Inaugural Rose Dialogue Series Event is a Success!

Highlights from Last Night’s “Israel vs. Iran –
Is War Imminent?” Discussion

Thank you to the friends and guests of the Riverdale Y — especially Dr. Ronen Bergman, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, and Richard Joel — for making the inaugural event of The Rose Dialogue Series a success! More than 200 people came out to listen to and discuss the past, present and future of relations between Israel and Iran.

The evening was full of thought-provoking conversation with global Jewish leaders and community members alike. After drinks and dining with friends, guests made their way to the Riverdale Y theatre for the main panel event.

Renowned Israeli journalist and political expert Dr. Bergman, Riverdale’s own Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel engaged in an enlightening discussion about the past, present, and future of the conflict between Israel and Iran, taking into particular account the legacy of the Holocaust on the psyche of the modern Israeli state and global attitudes toward Israel.  Some of our favorite quotes from the evening include:

“The good news is that in the last three to four years, Israeli intelligence has gained the upper hand in the clandestine war against our enemies. The bad news is that, in spite of a series of Israeli army successes, the situation with Iran has deteriorated.” – Dr. Bergman

“Israel’s success depends on 1) The ability to penetrate the enemy 2) The ability to translate information into operational capabilities and 3) A willingness to authorize the intelligence community to take on risky operations.” – Dr. Bergman

“Israeli soldiers go to work every day with a sense of a mission…2011 was the quietest year in the last twenty years, and this is thanks to the achievements of the Israeli intelligence community.” – Dr. Bergman

“Syria becoming a nuclear state would be catastrophic to the Israeli mindset, the Israeli spirit.” – Dr. Bergman

“The Holocaust has a very direct impact on what we do in Israel today.” – Dr. Bergman

“I think that Iran is creating a bomb to have an insurance policy, so that they can do whatever they want without fear of consequence or retribution.” – Dr. Bergman

“If there’s anything we’ve learned from our history, it’s to take people seriously when they say they want to destroy Israel.” – Rabbi Greenberg

“It has been less than seventy years since the Holocaust, and that fact has to guide our understanding of this issue. …No prime minister who feels responsible for the fate of the Jewish people could simply stand by and do nothing.” – Rabbi Greenberg

“There are profoundly important American interests here too; starting with the fact that Arab nations will start a nuclear arms race once Iran develops a nuclear bomb…There is also a moral responsibility. In the past, the abandonment of the Jews has meant the abandonment of our shared values.” – Rabbi Greenberg

“The main lesson of the Holocaust is that you have to have the power to protect yourself. Groups that feel oppressed learned that they can’t count on the general goodwill.” – Rabbi Greenberg

“I agree with those that claim that even if the Palestinian dispute was off the table, there would still be hatred toward Jews and Israel” – Dr. Bergman

“I don’t think the Iranian leaders are crazy. They work from a different set of interests.” – Dr. Bergman

Like all compelling conversations, the Dialogue left room for questions and provided fodder for discussion long after we left the theatre. We hope the event sparked your curiosity and that you will join us for future installments of The Rose Dialogue Series – stay tuned, and we’ll see you soon!

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
The Rose Dialogue Series Inaugural Event is Near!

Ronen Bergman, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg and Richard Joel Participate in the First Dialogue Event on May 1

Here at the Riverdale Y, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the event that will kick off our brand new Rose Dialogue Series: 'Israel vs. Iran – Is War Imminent?' This fantastic new series will contain provocative and thought provoking discussions, addressing relevant subjects and hot button issues impacting individuals worldwide.

This Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30pm, community members and Jewish leaders will come together at the Riverdale Y to enjoy stimulating conversation about the historic and present-day relationship between Israel and Iran. The discussion between Dr. Ronen Bergman, senior political and military analyst for Yedioth Aharonoth, and Riverdale’s own Rabbi Irving Greenberg will be moderated by Yeshiva University President Richard Joel. This is event is sure to spark conversations at the dinner, the reception afterward, and in car rides home.

The Dialogue will address questions like: How do Jews—and how does the international community at large—perceive Israel in terms of the escalating tension with Iran? If Iran attacks Israel, what is Israel’s defensive capability against such an offensive? What are the repercussions of an attack?

Are there other questions you want to ask these intellectual leaders? Audience participation is encouraged, so come to this exclusive dinner event with probing questions and an open mind.

Tickets to the dinner, discussion, audience Q&A, and dessert reception are still available online. We are extending a 50% discount to students and seniors…email cgalik@riverdaley.org. We look forward to seeing you at the first installment of the Rose Dialogue Series!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Welcome to The Riverdale Ys New Blog!

Welcome to The Riverdale Ys brand new blog! We are excited to share community news, tell you about whats going on at the Y and engage in interesting discussions that impact Riverdale residents.

Each week, we will bring you commentary from the people who work at the Y as well as local residents if you want to write a guest blog, let us know! We hope to have a dialogue with you about whats going on in the community, what issues are on your mind and what youd like to see from your local Y.

We know that Riverdale is a hub of interested, committed individuals who care about issues that affect all of us domestically and internationally. We hope this blog will help foster a sense of community where people throughout the Greater New York Area particularly the Bronx, Westchester, New Jersey and the Upper West Side of Manhattan will be able to come together to express their views and obtain insights that will broaden their awareness and thinking on critical issues. We are committed to this cause and look forward to welcoming Riverdale and non-Riverdale residents into our community.

A little more about us: The Riverdale YM-YWHA is a multi-generational agency providing informal education, leisure time activities, and social services to meet the recreational, social, and cultural needs of the Jewish and the general community. The services, programs, and facilities of the Y are available to all residents of the community regardless of race, color, religion, or sex.

You can also check us out on Twitter and Facebook for more news, announcements and great discussions within the community.

We hope you enjoy the blog!

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