To prepare for the Riverdale Y’s annual gala, we will close at 4:30pm Sunday, March 26, 2023. Thanks for your understanding!

ELI talks

Speaker Title

The Shell that has no Shape

By Albert Levi

An attorney facing a dark night of the soul is led to a place in the sun. A tale of family, faith, and fortitude.


(Not) Alone

By Ann Lapin

Local mom feels love and support from the community, following the turmoil of pregnancy and loss.



By Aviva Braun

A Psychotherapist specializing in body image problems turns to her photography lens to create a project to help Jewish women feel at home in their bodies.


Small Acts

By Yali Szulanski

Act One: Learning compassion and forgiveness, which leads to healing and recovery. Act Two: Teaching compassion and empathy, which leads to chessed and tzedaka.


Everything happens for a reason

By Heidi Weissman

I found God in Judaism through adversity and struggles in life, I believe everything happens for a reason.


246 Mile Leg of my Jewish Journey

By Bernard Goldstein

Sometimes the journey towards inclusion can feel like you’re lost and wandering in the desert.  Yet at the same time it might be a journey through the desert, which actually helps you find your way!


Targets and Nets

By Sheila Hicks-Rotella

A look at Judaism in the world colored by race and sexuality.

Wandering Jews – Sharing Your Journey:

September 15

The Riverdale YM-YWHA, through the support of the Riverdale Jewish Community Partnership (RJCP), is partnering with ELI Talks for an evening of storytelling.

Seven of the most thought provoking, heartwarming, tragic and bold journeys will inspire our evening of community. We will showcase neighbors and friends, openness and vulnerability, passion for togetherness. Come because it is your story too!

Story Slam starts at 7:00pm.

Reception starts immediately at the conclusion of the Story Slam.

Buy Tickets Now

Tickets are $18 with a choice of priority seating when you buy online. Tickets at the door are $20 (if available).

(So you know) We have 3 primary goals for hosting a Story Slam:

  1. To connect to our theme of Journey by sharing stories of successful, failed, personal and professional life paths in relationship to others and one’s individual Jewish life.
  2. To get everyone thinking about the journeys that have shaped the lives of friends and neighbors.
  3. To set a tone of openness and vulnerability that will lead to deep learning and connection throughout the neighborhood.