Just wanted to say that my mom wanted to express her gratitude for the wonderful meals that were sent to her while I was not able to cook for her due to being in quarantine in another location after traveling. …Once again I wanted to say thank you it is a beautiful thing that you were doing during this difficult time to help or seniors in the community.Cindy
Senior Center Programming in Covid Times
Senior Center Action
Every day, volunteers are distributing hot meals from our kitchen to home-bound seniors.
Staff and volunteers are also making phone calls to check in with our older community members.
Total Meals Delivered: 111,096
For COVID-19 Volunteer opportunities, please visit www.RiverdaleY.org/volunteer.
To support these efforts, click here.
Senior Center Online
*Clicking on the class you want to attend will open up the Zoom link.
Class Descriptions – Upcoming
Tuesday, April 20 at 2:30 pm
Lecture & Slides: New York on Film
Link: https://riverdaley.zoom.us/j/92833622914. Phone #: (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID: 92833622914.
As one of the most photographed cities in the world, the cinematic New York is always a city of extremes. Depending on the genre, decade, and director, The Big Apple is either for lovers (Annie Hall, You’ve Got Mail ) or loners (Taxi Driver). It is either dazzling (Manhattan) or dangerous (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three ), and its inhabitants are either engaging in violent mayhem (The French Connection) or singing and dancing (On the Town, West Side Story). Riveting historical on-line tour of how the movies have portrayed Manhattan throughout the past century. Presented by Max Alvarez, Film Historian
Wednesday, April 21 at 3:00 pm
Art Talk & Images: Great Women Artists of the Early 20th Century:
Link: https://riverdaley.zoom.us/j/95006709452. Phone #: (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID: 95006709452.
Georgia O’Keefe, has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. Mary Stevenson Cassatt, one of the three great ladies of Impressionism, is known for her paintings and prints of women’s social life, and mother and child. Hildreth Meiere was a mosaic artist and muralist who left her mark on many New York City structures. Mario Medici, Lecturer & Amateur Photographer, will share how all three women had to overcome gender barriers in their respective field to emerge as three of the greatest artists of their time.
Thursday, April 22, 29 at 10:00 am
Coffee & Conversation
Link: https://riverdaley.zoom.us/j/95596964434. Phone #: (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID: 95596964434.
Start your Thursday by connecting with Center members. Bring your coffee or tea. A Senior Center staff member will help get the conversation started.
Thursday, April 22, 29 at 2:30 pm
Women’s Discussion Group
Link: https://riverdaley.zoom.us/j/98697534972?pwd=bFJqUCtFc3lwZUlDSHkxM09QUXBUUT09. Phone #: (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID: 98697534972. Passcode: 161359.
Facilitated by Senior Center Director & Licensed Social Worker, Sharon Asherman. All are welcome.
Friday, April 23 at 12:30 pm
Lecture: Seven Steps To Self-Actualization
Link: https://riverdaley.zoom.us/j/92015811039. Phone #: (646) 876-9923. Meeting ID: 92015811039.
Learn to make positive changes within ourselves so that we can be happier & more fulfilled. With Mari Saunders Ph.D, Senior Center Member and retired psychotherapist. Time at the end of this talk for Q&A
Friday, April 23 at 2:30 pm
Midtown Physical Therapy
Exercises will focus on strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility to keep you active in your life & improve your daily function. With Heidi Batchelder, MSPT. Please register in advance.
Monday, April 26 at 10:00 am
Art Documentary & Discussion: Bronx Artist Documentary Project
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87696984386?pwd=M2NnUVkzOFIraC9ON2kzOWcvaUN1QT09. Phone #: (929) 205-6099. Meeting ID: 87696984386. Passcode: 120457.
In 2014, thirty Bronx-based photographers set about documenting artists at work. Conceived by Y Teaching Artist, Daniel Hauben and Judith Lane, and with photographic and curatorial guidance provided by the Bronx Documentary Center, the BxADP was a borough-wide collaboration involving 110 visual artists who work in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Please join Danny to view the magical documentary film about the project, Artistic Energy: The Bronx, and get a glimpse into the creative life of our borough.. Q & A follows
Tuesday, April 27 at 2:30 pm
Health Talk: Coping With Stress
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88001496702. Phone #: (929) 205-6099. Meeting ID: 88001496702.
Living with too much stress can be harmful to the long-term health of your brain and body. Learn to identify the signs of stress and management techniques that can help you manage stress and lead you to a healthier lifestyle.
Presented by Roy Capps, CARE NYC, Caregiver Education Specialist
Friday, April 30 at 1:00 pm
Concert: Celebrating the joyous one day Jewish holiday of Lag Ba-Omer.
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81339266108. Phone #: (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 81339266108.
Singing Jazz Standards, International music, pop songs from 1940s-1970s and Jewish songs, such as songs from Fiddler on the Roof, some horas, & more. Performed by Elly G., Concert Vocalist on saxophone.
Class Descriptions – Weekly Classes
Without leaving your seat you can take advantage of the many benefits of Chair Yoga. It improves cardio and circulatory health, coordination & strength. Designed for seniors struggling with limited mobility, balance issues or stubborn stiffness.
Chair Yoga reduces stress and pain & increases your muscle strength & tone.
With Pammi Anandani, Registered Yoga Teacher, Member of Yoga Alliance
This well-rounded exercise class utilizes yoga, dance, strength training and Qi gong exercises to help enhance overall fitness and well-being. Instructor: Trinity Schmidt, Certified Yoga and Dance Instructor, Personal Trainer.
Discussion Group with Jacob Weiland
Link: https://zoom.us/j/106115254. Dial-In Number: 1 (646) 876-9923, Meeting ID: 106115254
Jacob’s discussions vary weekly. He often talks about spirituality, positive thinking and drawing on our innate strengths. This group is a chance to connect with other Senior Center members.
Participants write a story, at home, based on suggested prompts and then meet each week to share and discuss them.
JASA: Charla para la Pandemia
Link: meet.google.com/mfo-ntca-zwg. Dial-In Number: (413) 889-2224. PIN: 607346882#
With Deborah Lopez, LCSW.
JASA: What’s on Your Mind
Link: https://zoom.us/j/91899532883?pwd=V2laek04WjBTS1VaSzdHVFoyczRSdz09. Meeting ID: 91899532883. Pass Code: 498251.
With Christina Soddano, LCSW.
Explore T’ai Chi and related Qi gong movements. This practice has varied benefits. It encourages the flow of Qi (our internal energy) to nourish our health; improves balance and
leg strength; assists flexibility and gives us an opportunity to cultivate a calm, meditative state of mind and body. Instructor: Steve Shulman. Steve’s T’ai Chi training took place at the T’ai Chi Foundation and he teaches at the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan. He has taught this class at the Y since 2011.
Come Alive Exercise Class
Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7067522362?pwd=S2t4akcveFVtK2w5OFBKZkhpL2lSQT09. Meeting ID: 7067522362. Passcode: 7Q1pS0.
You are welcome to join our daily exercise class. We alternate between sitting & standing with a focus on muscle strengthening & joint mobility. With Martha Covi, Center Member, N.Y.C. Department for the Aging Certified Stay Well Exercise Instructor
In Memory of our Senior Center Members Who Passed Away During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020
David Butler, Dorothy Goldman, Gerald Ornstein, Lenny Scheer, Louise Graham, Mayer Fried, Dr. Selywn Lederman, Seymour Dukovney, Sidney Cohen
Carl Boisseau, our Office Manager’s husband, also passed away during this time.
If you have other Senior Center or Y members to be added, please contact email@example.com
A Beautiful Thing
In no way isolated
The session on ZOOM was very helpful and I look forward to participating in classes to be announced.
I am both amazed and grateful to the Riverdale Y and the Jewish community of Riverdale for the support they are giving during this critical time. While I am self isolating, I am in no way isolated.
Thank you and stay well.Betty Baumel
You lifted my spirit
I want to thank the Y team for offering online exercise classes. This morning I joined Jad’s class. Please let Jad know that I’m isolated in a little cabin in the Catskills and it was fun seeing her in my living room. As she suggested, I used a combination of household items and weights I brought up from the city. I so enjoyed connecting with her and knowing that other Y members had joined in as well. It gave me a sense of community and lifted my spirit. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to conduct the class without seeing or hearing us. Please let Jad know that she did a great job – I worked up a sweat and I loved her sense of humor.Dawn