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

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

Israeli Cuisine @ Home – Coconut Macaroon

Join Shani on March 16 at 7:00 pm for a fun time making Coconut Macaroons! Ingredients: For about 30 macaroons 3 egg whites 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup powdered sugar…

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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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Past Events

Hebrew Language Course

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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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, 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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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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