Israeli Culture

Israeli Culture at the Y

As an institution that is steeped in universally held Jewish values, we are honored to bring an Israeli emissary (Shaliach/cha – in Hebrew) to the community. Their sacred mission is to weave together the threads of culture, tradition, heritage, language, history, innovation, and personality of Israel into a tapestry of connection. We invite our community to be engaged in the programming, classes, and discussions that will be generated from this department. May we grow and learn together for the blessing of siblinghood!


Our Shlicha Shani

Shani Aslan joined our Y all the way from Tel Aviv, Israel! As a Shlicha (Israeli emissary) of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Shani creates and promotes Israel-related activities within the Y, and with the surrounding community.

A few words from Shani: “I see the Shlichut here in NY, as an amazing opportunity to get to know many new people and to learn about myself, about Judaism and about Israel – from a different angle. I hope that I will make the community feel a little more connected to Israel and to get to know her better, by getting to know me.”

You can reach out at any time – if you want to meet, have a phone call, or just ask a question!

Shani Aslan

Shlicha – Israeli Emissary

(917) 459-9650

I grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, as a dancer and a long-time participant in the Israeli Scouts. Served in the IDF for two years, as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles…

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 2 @ 2:15 pm3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:15pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 23, 2021

Hebrew Teen Discussion Group

June 2nd – June 23rd (4 sessions), Wednesdays, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm at the Y’s back yard. Starting on Wednesday, June 2 at 2:15 pm. Join together to practice…

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Tuesday, June 22 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Shlicha Sendoff

Come say Shalom (Goodbye) to Shani, our Shlicha! Shani will be working at Camp 12 Trails for the summer and after that she will finish her Shlichut. Before camp starts,…

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Past Events

Hebrew Language Course

Wednesday, April 7 @ 7:45 pm9:00 pm

Yom Hashoah – Remembering at Home

Yom Hashoah – Remembering at Home – Zochrim Babayit We invite the Riverdale community to join together for our Yom HaShoah Commemoration. We are honored to hear from survivors and…

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Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Israeli Cuisine @ Home – Gondi

Gondi – Persian Chickpea Dumpling Stew with Chicken Ingredients: 1 cup of chickpeas – soaked over night / OR canned chickpeas / OR frozen chickpeas Turmeric Salt 1.2 pounds of grounded…

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Tuesday, April 27 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Israeli Cuisine @ Home – Hummus and Pita

Ingredients: For Pita: 4 cups of white flour 1 tbs sugar 1/2 tbs salt 1.5 tbs dry yeast 2 tbs oil 3 cups water For Hummus: 1 can of chick…

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Friday, March 26 @ 12:30 pm1:30 pm

Virtual Tour of Israel

Join us as we take a virtual visit to the beautiful country of Israel. Learn about important places and the different landscapes and terrain. With Shani Aslan, Israeli Emissary of…

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December 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Israeli Cuisine @ Home – Moroccan Fish

Join Israeli Emissary Shani Aslan for this fun and delicious cooking series, as she brings traditional and modern Israeli cuisine into your own home. Click here to register with Zoom.…

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Wednesday, April 14 @ 4:00 pm7:00 pm

Yom HaAtzmaut: Israel Independence Day Celebration

At YM-YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the field next door). 54 Nagle Ave, NYC, 10040 Join us as we celebrate with Israel-inspired dinner, music, dancing, activity stations, and lots…

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Sunday, February 28 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm

Purim Celebration

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December 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm

Trail of Maccabees

An In-Person Socially Distant Adventure for kids and families (14 and under) Meet us at Riverdale Y, where you will receive a special Hanukah kit! This kit will supply you…

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Tuesday, April 13 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm

Mesaprim VeZochrim: The Stories We Remember

The State of Israel and the entire Jewish world will commemorate Yom HaZikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day starting on the evening of Tuesday, April…

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Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Israeli Cuisine @ Home – Sambusak

Live with Shani Sambusak Hilo / Sambosak B’Jaben – Iraqi pastry filled with nuts (sweet) / cheese (salty) You can choose to make it with either of the fillings or…

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November 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm2:30 pm

Lost in Israel – The Amazing Race

After a week of traveling in Israel, you have arrived at the airport but can’t find your passport! “Retrace” your steps and join us for a community-friendly competition around Riverdale,…

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