New Beginnings In-Person Programming

New Beginnings In-Person Programming



10:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab

10:00 am 11:00 am Mah Jongg

10:00 am 11:00 am Painting

10:30 am 11:30 am Art Explorations (Hybrid)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Knitting


10:00 am 11:00 am Baking with Galina

1:15 pm 2:15 pm Bliss Fit (Hybrid, August 3 and 10)

1:30 pm 2:30 pm Water Aerobics


9:45 am 10:45 am Conversational Spanish for Beginners

10:00 am 11:00 am Tech Lab

10:45 am 11:45 am Functional Movement

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Group Chat

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Chair Yoga (Hybrid, August 11, 18 and 25)


9:15 am 10:15 am Stay Well Exercise (Hybrid)

11:00 am 12:00 pm Current Events

12:45 pm 1:45 pm Webinar/ Film/ Entertainment (August 12, 19 and 26)


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New and Noteworthy This Month

We are delighted to host our DOROT Jewish teens through August 18 to make meaningful intergenerational connections and have some fun! DOROT programming is listed first below, followed by New Beginnings programming. 


Mondays, August 1, 8 and 15  10:30-11:30am

DOROT: Monday Mixers 

Start your week off with a friendly intergenerational encounter or two while playing classic board and card games. Try your hand or refresh your skill at games like Bridge, Canasta, Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Poker and Monopoly – or be adventurous and check out virtual games like tennis, baseball, bowling and dance!

Mondays, August 1, 8 and 15  10:30-11:30am

DOROT: Women’s Group

Join Sharon Asherman, Director of New Beginnings, and  female teen interns to explore gender-specific topics.

Tuesdays, August 2, 9, and 16  10:30-11:30am

DOROT: Stepping Up and Stepping Out

An intergenerational discussion about emerging from the pandemic. What is our new norm?  How are we functioning? What changes have occurred? We’ll compare our different generations’ takes on coping with change and societal issues. Facilitated by Lucy Hoffman, Social Worker for the Safe at Home: Hudson Community Project. The Y is Lucy’s home base on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Tuesdays, August 2, 9 and 16  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Game Show Live

Have you ever wanted to compete on your favorite game show?  Do you know the right questions in Jeopardy?  Are you frustrated when contestants choose the letters R, S and T when they are obviously nowhere in the Wheel of Fortune puzzle? Join us for an interactive, intergenerational gaming experience where you can be the participant!

Tuesdays, August 2, 9 and 16  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Knitting

Facilitated by New Beginnings Member and Knitter Extraordinaire, Barbara Goodman.


Wednesdays, August 3, 10 and 17  10:30-11:30am

DOROT: Karaoke

Everybody’s a star at karaoke! Sing along with old friends and meet new ones. (Karaoke will return to its regular 1:00pm time slot on August 24 and 31.)


Wednesdays, August 3, 10 and 17  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Theater Workshop

In this fun acting workshop, we’ll practice basic interpersonal skills that engage and spark spontaneity, creative imagination and story building. No prior experience is necessary.

Wednesdays, August 3, 10, and 17  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Men’s Group (Hybrid)

Join Matt Abrams Gerber, the Y’s Chief Operating Officer, and our teen interns to explore gender-specific topics in this hybrid group.


Thursdays, August 4, 11 and 18  10:00-11:00am

DOROT: Brain and Trivia Games

Keep your mind fresh and challenged through word and picture puzzles. Our teens will teach us interesting  games that can be played by all.


Thursdays, August 4, 11 and 18  10:30-11:30am

DOROT: Radio Live

Recreate some of your favorite radio moments!  With scripts in hand, get ready to read aloud from a wide array of authentic radio broadcasts.


Thursdays, August 4, 11 and 18  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Group Chat

DOROT teens will join New Beginnings members for our weekly discussion with Social Worker Carmen Lopez. We’ll discuss current events, social issues, wellness and changes in our world through an intergenerational lens.

Thursdays, August 4, 11 and 18  1:00-2:00pm

DOROT: Short Stories with Bill Stock

We’ll read and discuss a story each week. Teens and older adults share and compare thoughts and ideas.




Friday, August 5 at 12:45 pm

General Membership Meeting (Hybrid)

A great way to learn about what’s new at our Center. Come and share your thoughts and suggestions with fellow members and staff. We’ll also hold a Yea or Nay voice vote to ratify the new slate of the Advisory Council. Refreshments will be served.


Friday, August 12 at 9:30am

Trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art  

After all our virtual visits to The Met with Elana Kaplan, Met lecturer and educator, join her in person for a tour of the Impressionist Galleries. Explore the paintings of Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt and other artists. Arrive at the Y at 9:30am for a 9:45am departure. The van  returns at 1:30 pm. $46 includes lunch-to-go, museum tickets and round-trip transportation.  Sign up in the Center office by Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

Friday, August 12 at 12:45pm

Friday Flick – “Being the Ricardos” (2021)

(2 hrs, 5 min) It’s 1952 and Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz face personal and  professional obstacles that threaten their careers, their relationship and their hit television show.

Tuesday, August 16 at 11:30am

August Birthday Celebration and Entertainment 

Celebrate our members’ August birthdays followed by music and dancing at 1:00pm with MESHA  LIVE!  This dynamic and spicy singer performs hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s, Motown, Latin, Jazz and all your favorite hits. Our DOROT teens will join us at this celebration and may teach us some new moves! $3.50 suggested contribution with advance registration/$4.50 at the door.

Tuesday, August 16  1:00pm-3:00pm

Mobile Food Pantry 

Join us in the front parking lot to pick up food from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Mobile Food Pantry. There are no income or age restrictions. To register, contact Alexandra at (718) 548-8200 ext 233 or via email at Provide your name, phone number, date of birth, zip code and email (if available) to complete registration. If you are already registered, you can just show up.


Friday, August 19 at 12:45pm

Friday Flick – “Woman in Gold” (2015) 

(1 hr, 49 min) Maria Altmann (played by Helen Mirren) is an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork seized by the Nazis which is rightfully hers. Based on the true story of the recovery of Gustave Klimt’s famous painting, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” which you can now see at the Neue Galerie on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.


Monday, August 22 at 10:00am

New York Adventure Club Presents: Freedomland USA:  The Bronx’s Long Lost “Disneyland of the East”  (Hybrid)

This webinar takes us back to the 1950s when a former Disney associate decided to create a “Disneyland of the East” in the Bronx, an enormous and expensive theme park that shortly went bankrupt. Learn the story of Freedomland USA and its legacy.   Email Sandy at for the link.

Tuesday, August 23 at 9:30am

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Older adult volunteers are invited for coffee, danish and conversation with our departing youth volunteers. By invitation only.

Tuesday, August 23 at 10:00am

Self Defense with Xavior 

Learn the skills you need to empower and protect yourself on the streets of New York.


Thursday, August 25 at 10:00am

Trip to U.S. Open Qualifiers

Watch professional tennis players battle for the chance to compete in the U.S. Open and see your favorite players on the practice courts. The van  leaves the Y at 10:15am and returns at 4:00pm. $20 includes lunch-to-go and round-trip transportation.  Sign up in the Center Office by Monday, August 22.


Friday, August 26 at 12:45pm

Friday Flick – “Summerland” (2020)  

(1 hr, 39 min) During World War II a reclusive writer’s life is upended when a young evacuee from the London Blitz is left in her care. At first resolving to be rid of him, Alice finds herself emotionally involved and is met with a big surprise.

Tuesday, August 30 at 10:00am

Silver Shoes Dance Club

Join Daniela as she teaches the basics of popular dances like the Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha and more! No partner or experience required.

Wednesday, August 31 at 10:30am

Labor Day Concert 

Pianist Isaac ben Ayala rings in the start of Fall and the end of Summer with a Labor Day Concert featuring music from the American Songbook, including George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein.




Art Explorations with Daniel Hauben (Hybrid) will continue on Tuesdays at 10:30am. This month’s talks are:

Aug 2:  Fairfield Porter

Aug 9:  Theodore Rousseau

Aug 16: Hudson River School Artists

Aug 23: George Bellows

Aug 30:  Ashcan School Artists


Conversational Spanish for Beginners is on Thursdays at 9:45am.


Bliss Fit (Hybrid) classes take place Wednesdays, August 3 and 10, at 1:15pm.


Pammi is back with Chair Yoga (Hybrid) Thursdays, August 11, 18  and 25 at 1pm.


Blood Pressure Check: Tuesday, August 9, at 12:30.


On Friday, August 26, at 10:45am, Christina Soldano, LCSW, JASA Social Worker, will host Mental Health Today.




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All Older Adult Center Programming is funded by the New York City Department of the Aging unless otherwise noted.