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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Riverdale Rapids win with amazing coach Susan


Since 2012, you can usually find Susan Murray in the pool at The Riverdale Y, conducting practices as head coach of her successful Riverdale Rapids Swim Team or working out her adult clients on her Masters Team. Murray, it seems, is happiest when surrounded by water.


“[The Rapids] are part of the Westchester-Fairfield Swim league, a league of 13 to 14 teams in the area of Westchester, Connecticut, Tarrytown, White Plains,” Murray said while sitting in her small office at The Y, located at 5625 Arlington Ave. “We’re one of those teams in the league.”


Read the whole article here.

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Monday, February 8, 2016
Cafe Europa Concert

Cafe Europa monthly gathering - Holocaust survivors enjoyed a nice concert, good food and schmoozing with friends at Riverdale Y Senior Center - CEO Deann Forman participated at the February event.


Check out photo album on the Senior Center's facebook page.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Indoor Triathlon

Indoor Triathlon - kids working out and having fun on their day off from school on Martin Luther King Day - next Tri will be on Presidents Day... 



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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Chanukah Party Season
Chanukah gatherings and menorah challenge
Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015


The Y was an even more happening place this Chanukah than usual. We had candle lighting every evening, and held several Chanukah parties this year - for children, the IHouse Israeli community, seniors with the participation of local politicians, as well as an inter-generational and an interfaith Chanukah party with local Muslim and Christian groups.


One of the highlights was the Chanukah Menorah Challenge: each department at the Y has crafted a menorah that represents the department. They were on display in our lobby and folks voted. The winner was the Maintenance Department - followed by the Early Childhood Department's Lego Menorah (on the picture).


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Friday, September 25, 2015
Community Sukkah Welcomes You
Celebrate your holiday at the Riverdale Y - our community sukkah welcomes you and your family at times when our building is open and the Y doesn't have any other events scheduled (Wednesday and Thursday evening). 
No need to reserve your spot you could just show up! 
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
High Holiday / Fall Food Drive

Give food to the needy - drop off cans of fruit, vegetables, soup, tomato sauce raisins, prunes, or dried fruit - don't forget to check expiration dates.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Building Renovations and Greening

We are changing and improving our building every single day. Our Facilities Manager Will Reynoso and his dedicated team pulled together an incredible amount of renovations these past 10 months. Now we have a brand new play deck in front that children enjoy every day. The community came together in May for the Riverdale Run to raise funds matched by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz to fund to build a barrier-free playground designed to provide free-roaming fun for children irrespective of physical handicaps. Deann Forman, Chief Executive Officer said, “I hope the playground, which will be the first of its kind in the Bronx, will be the first of several initiatives for children with special needs.” Future projects could include an indoor play space with soft equipment and special swim lessons.

The seniors planted an organic garden this spring behind the Y. In an intergenerational encounter toddlers from the Early Childhood Center helped them take good care of the plants that now we have ripe tomatoes and sweet smelling herbs. Can't wait for our outstanding kitchen chef Ian Nerwen to use some of the herbs in our meals!


Renovation of the Ladies room, the hallways and the stairways had been huge improvements providing a nice experience when viewing the exhibitions in our renewed Gallery 18 space, enjoying high-end jazz performances in our theater, or going for a swim in the heated indoor pool. One of the largest improvements was the renovation of our Fitness Center that not only got a make-over with new carpet and freshly painted walls, but also brand new equipment.


Our offices and the children’s classrooms on the 2nd floor were painted and got new carpeting. One of the most visible features is the façade of the building: with the support of Sen. Jeff Klein we replaced the aging glass bricks with brand new windows providing better insulation saving energy in the summer as well as the winter.

“We did all renovations in accordance of Greening principles”, Will Reynoso said, continuing the Y’s legacy serving as environmental leaders in the Riverdale and Westchester. In the New Year ahead we are hoping to renovate our indoor salt water pool, applying energy-saving lightbulbs everywhere, and reintroducing composting again.


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Open House

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Friday, May 29, 2015
The Traveling Jewburys come to the Sunday Market

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market is excited to host The Traveling Jewburys for a free family concert on June 28th at 12:30 PM. The Traveling Jewburys are regular performers at Riverdale and Bronx events, including RiverFest and street fairs. You can learn more about the band at http://travelingjewburys.blogspot.com/



Don't forget! The Riverdale Y! Sunday Market is open Sundays through November from 9 AM to 2 PM at MS/HS 141 on Independence Avenue and W 237 St.  Read all about the market and our vendors at riverdaley.org/market

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Riverdale Y Initiative builds Jewish-Muslim ties

More than 60 teens, college students and community members representing  the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths came together to learn about and help beautify the shared space inside the Islamic Cultural Center on Westchester Avenue on Sunday, April 26th - a joint community effort led by Riverdale Y. Read more about our successful program at the Riverdale Press.

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Tom Chapin FREE Children's Concert coming up at Riverdale Y Sunday Market

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market is pleased to announce that 3-time Grammy-award  winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin  will perform at the popular free family concert on Sunday, June 21st.


Tom Chapin’s performances appeal to all ages, his songs tell the stories of our times. As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. Chapin presents a lively, interactive and fun-filled performance. His witty, life-affirming original songs convey positive messages about family, good food and the green Earth. Lend your voice, sing a round, learn a song in sign language and discover the music of a didgeridoo. www.tomchapin.com/

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Springtime Organic Garden Planting


It is springtime: Morris Friedberg, Riverdale Y Senior Center Advisory Council President started planting tomatoes and other vegetables. Children from the Early Childhood Center will take good care of the plants and plant new bulbs in the fall. Can't wait for our outstanding kitchen chef Ian Nerwen to use some of the herbs in our meals.


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Riverdale Y is Putting the J Back!

The Riverdale Y is putting back the “J” into its programming – and also into its physical space. 

We are now displaying a large Star of David that was crafted by a local stained glass artist, Ron Zwerdling using the copper foil method of stained glass making. Each of the perimeter glass is made of a different textured clear class all tied together with reinforcing bar backing and a bent zinc frame.


Ron lives in Riverdale and periodically holds stained glass workshops at The Riverdale Y.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Women's-Only Post-Holiday Training!

Modest Muscles — led by Yonit Yermish-Seadano, the Y!’s newest personal trainer for women’s only small-group training. Yonit trained at Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports where she focused on injury, prenatal and postnatal physical training. A mother of two, she understands the struggles of full-time work and family while trying to fit in a workout. Training starts after the Sukkot holiday.
Contact Lisa Bruskin lbruskin@riverdaley.org to learn more and sign up.

Women's-only Interval Training — Led by our newest group fitness instructor, Hillary, this class will incorporate cardio, functional training, and core work. Class starts at the end of October.
Free for members!

Girls'-only Zumba! — Come join the fun with our amazing instructor Isabella. Specifically designed for young ladies 9 to 14 years old, we'll get you dancing and getting fit in this fun 1-hour class on Tuesday evenings. 5 to 6 PM. Class starts October 21st. Special rates for Y! family members.  
Email lbruskin@riverdaley.org or registration@riverdaley.org to learn more and register!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The Y! is hosting a flu shot drive!

Assemblyman Dinowitz, Montefiore Medical Center, Walgreens Pharmacy Sponsoring Flu Shots at Riverdale YM-YWHA on October 24


Assemblyman Dinowitz (D-Bronx) is pleased to announce that he is sponsoring a second day of flu shots for members of the community in the 81st Assembly District. Flu shots will be administered on October 24 at Riverdale YM-YWHA on 5625 Arlington Avenue between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This service is also sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center, Walgreens Pharmacy, Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, and Council Member Andrew Cohen.

Flu shots will be administered at no cost to the constituent, though participants are asked to bring their insurance card.

“I am pleased to partner with Montefiore Medical Center and Walgreens to offer this important service to the community,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “The flu is a serious health matter, and getting a flu shot protects not just yourself but also your friends, family, and neighbors. I encourage everyone to contact my office about getting a flu shot.”

“Flu and pneumonia account for 2,200 to 3,000 deaths a year in New York City, the third leading cause of death. Vaccination is safe, effective, and the best way to prevent getting the flu -- yet only half of New Yorkers report getting a flu shot. Montefiore is excited to partner with Assemblyman Dinowitz and Walgreens to ensure that Riverdale residents have access to flu vaccines at no cost to them. It's a great way to take care of yourself and your family," said Amanda Parsons, M.D., M.B.A., vice president of Community & Population Health, Montefiore Medical Center. 

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every adult get a flu shot, and annual flu shots from Walgreens are a quick and effective way to protect you and your family from the most common influenza viruses each year,” said Morton D. Shaw, Walgreens Pharmacy Supervisor.

Please note that members of the community must be 18 years of age or older to participate, and cannot be allergic to eggs. Residents MUST contact Assemblyman Dinowitz’s office at (718) 796-5345 to guarantee a flu shot. Assemblyman Dinowitz also partnered with New York Presbyterian and the Visiting Nurse Service of NY to sponsor flu shots at St. Gabriel’s Church on October 8.

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Monday, October 6, 2014
Kids' Zumba

Get in the fitness groove with Zumba!   

Catchy music, awesome dance moves, an amazing and motivating teacher are all you need to get started in the special Zumba class just for 9 - 14 year olds.

Join your friends at the Y! in our Tuesday and Thursday evening classes from 5 to 6 PM, led by powerhouse instructor Isabella Maldonado.

Fall session starts October 21st and runs for 10 classes.

Class fee: $150 / $100 for Y! Family Members

Contact Lisa Bruskin lbruskin@riverdaley.org or click here to register!

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Friday, October 3, 2014
A Trip to The Glass House

Join the Riverdale Y! Senior Center for a day trip and tour of Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, CT on October 30th.

Take a ride with friends up to Connecticut to explore and tour the Glass House, curated country landscape, and architectural structures.

Explore collections of world-class arts and design.  
Roam The Painting Gallery, The Sculpture Gallery, and the famous Da Monstra.
View the temporary and permanent house collections.

Chow down on a special lunch provided by the Center's chef.

Departing the Y! at 9:30 AM
Returning to the Y! at 5:00 PM

Cost - $85 / $90 after October 20th.

Register with Vicki Matalon in person at the Riverdale Y! Senior Center, by phone at 718.548.8200 x 224, or  email her at vmatalon@riverdaley.org 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Bring a friend to dance!

Bring a friend to dance!  

Next Monday kicks off Bring-A-Friend-To-Dance week in the Performing Arts department's dance school. Students of Ms. Pam, Ms. Natalia, and Ms. Shannon are invited to bring a friend who loves to dance to join their class for a free lesson!

No pre-registration required!

For information about all our Arts programs, click here!.

Laurie Walton, Director of Performing Arts

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Lego Robotics

Lego Robotics for everyone!

Join us Monday afternoons at the Y! for creative fun and exploration!


Learn more about all of our after school offerings at riverdaley.org/asp

Interested in just the occasional after school activity?
Try our After-School Sports or After-School Swim classes.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Riverdale Y! Welcomes 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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