Keeping it Green at the 14th Street Y

Kids in our After School, Preschool, and “Now We Are Three” program are always busy learning, growing and thinking about ways to be kind to the world and to each other.

Recently, all of these programs spent some time creating green themed projects, Preschool and Now We Are Three in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Holiday for trees, and After School as part of a whole day of greening.

After School  Counselor Mauricio had the idea to create carnival games out of recycled cardboard.
After School Counselor Mauricio had the idea to create carnival games out of recycled cardboard.
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After School kids spent 13 weeks planning and creating games like this one.  The entire After School community got a chance to try them out on ‘greening day’!
bin it to win it
Would you know where to bin it? After School kids play “Bin it to Win it”, and learn when and how to recycle. And when to compost!
house 301 tree
House 301 in our Preschool created this beautiful tree in honor of Tu B’ Shevat. We like to remember the good work the trees are doing to bring us fruits and leaves when spring comes back again.
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Preschool House 305 made this ‘present tree’ which you can see when you climb the stairs at the 14th Street Y!
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There are so many ways to use the beauty of nature in the art that we do. We are looking forward to spring!

Why We March. People’s Climate March Sunday, September 21st

 There are so many reasons to March.  We’ve got a few to share, as well as details about where to go, when to be there and what to expect.

“I’ll Miss the polar ice caps when they melt”


Enter at 58th Street and 9th avenue because that is where everyone from the Jewish People’s Climate contingent will be, including the 14th Street Y!  We will be on 58th Street between 8th and 9th avenue, but be sure and enter at 9th avenue!

Look for the 14th Street Y banners!



Be prepared to show around 11AM, the march is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30AM.



  • To learn more about the narrative of the march and the groups, visit the lineup page here.
  • At 12:58pm a moment of silence in commemoration of the victims of climate change worldwide will be held – and at 1:00pm they will sound the ” climate alarm.



  • The march will end on 11th Avenue, where there will be a huge celebration of everything we just accomplished — a massive People’s Block Party.
  • The block party will have six different areas, one for each of the march’s themes, where you’ll be able to learn about the many issues connected to the climate crisis and connect with other people who want to continue to organize around them after the march.
  • There will be dozens of food trucks parked nearby, stages with music, poetry and performances from around the world, community groups displaying the art they made for the march, and a powerful ribbon-tying ceremony where you can pledge to continue to take action on climate.
  • It’s going to be a huge celebration, not only of what we’ve done, but also of what we will do — it’s the time to talk and get inspired about what comes next after the People’s Climate March.

This link will allow you to share via facebook a declaration that you’re marching, and an image of the march route:





don't want 2B underwater
“I don’t want to be underwater”
teach my kids to fish
I want my children to be able to teach their kids to fish”
we have to share the universe
We have to act to save the universe”
my children
My children
“I want my children to be able to breathe”

The People’s Climate March NYC – Hazon


By Mirele Goldsmith

We’re only 6 weeks away from making history at what is expected to be the biggest climate march ever – the People’s Climate March NYC, on Sunday, September 21. I’m excited to have the opportunity to tell the world leaders who will be convening at the UN that now is the time to stop climate change.
What is even more exciting is that this will surely be the biggest Jewish climate march ever. I have spent the last month reaching out to Jews across the country as we lay plans to march together. I am confident that we will start the new year with a big bang: We’re going to be coming out in force, with our shofars blasting.  The People’s Climate March is taking place just a few days before we celebrate Rosh Hashanah.   To me, there could not be a better way to prepare for the new Jewish year.  
Rosh Hashanah is “hayom harat olam,” the day the earth was born.   It is the most universal of Jewish holidays. Unlike Passover and Hanukkah (to name just two), Rosh Hashanah is not about our particular Jewish story. It calls on us to reflect on our relationship to the earth that we share with everyone else.  In recognition of Rosh Hashanah the Jewish contingent at the People’s Climate March will be led by 100 shofar-blowers. 
As a long-time activist, I have observed that we Jews tend to focus on addressing climate change on a personal level. We ask how we can use our purchasing power to make a difference. Jews across the country are making the choice to build green homes and institutions, install efficient lighting, purchase locally grown food, and reduce waste by cutting down on the use of disposable paper and plastic – all steps that save energy and reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are the cause of climate change. These personal and communal steps are important, and yet we cannot stop there.
We need to change the system. That’s what the People’s Climate March is about. 
So far, despite all of the positive steps that families, faith communities, businesses, cities, and states across the US are taking, Congress has refused to pass climate-friendly legislation or support an international treaty. This is unacceptable. We need to take speedy action to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy now. We need policies that will bring about a world safe from the ravages of climate change with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone.


When hundreds of thousands of people come out to march on September 21, we will be showing our political leaders, and the world leaders convening at the UN, that we support them in making tough decisions for ambitious, comprehensive policies that will prevent climate change from accelerating.


The sound of the shofar is a cry of pain but it also brings a message of hope. This year, by marching together, we will change the course of history.

I look forward to seeing you there, shofar in hand.

Mirele Goldsmith is the Director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship


REGISTER TO MARCH WITH THE 14th STREET Y here and choose 14TH STREET Y from the drop down menu.


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