New Beginnings Program Descriptions & Schedule

In-Person Program Schedule

Online Program Schedule

New & Noteworthy


Note: New Beginnings will be closed Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, in observance of Shavuot.


Monday, June 3rd, at 1:00 PM

Piano for Four Hands



Tuesdays, June 4th and 18th, at 9:00 AM

Chair Aerobics with Stuart 


Tuesday, June 4th, at 11:30 AM

Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Celebration


Thursday, June 6th, at 10:00 AM

Returning Program: Watercolor Painting with Dmitriy Moshkovich

This Y-sponsored Class for older adults will run for twelve weeks, starting Thursday, June 6th, 2024 and ending on Thursday, August 29th, 2024. Unlike NYC Aging-sponsored programs there is a fee for this class, but the full cost has been offset by a generous New Beginnings member donation.  The cost for New Beginnings members is $120 for the twelve-week session.  Please sign up and pay the full amount at the Y’s reception desk on the first floor.  Scholarships are available to those in financial need.  See New Beginnings Director Sharon Asherman for scholarship information.  


Thursday, June 6th, at 12:30PM

Children’s Bake Sale

Special treats prepared by students in the Y’s Early Childhood Center will be on sale after lunch.  Come support our budding little bakers!


Thursday, June 6th, at 1:00 PM

Monthly Coffee House Concert: Entertainment by Vocal Ease 

Vocal Ease performs cabaret-style shows with a small group of singers accompanied by piano and drums. Selections will include standards from the Great American Songbook, popular musical theater songs, Pop, Soul and R & B as well as classic Spanish language songs. Sponsored by Selfhelp Community Services as part of their monthly Coffee House at New Beginnings.  


Friday, June 7th, at 10:00 AM

Nutrition Lecture: Tips for Affordable and Nutritious Meals

This workshop provides practical strategies for older adults to eat healthily without overspending. Attendees learn about budget-friendly shopping, eating out on a budget, cooking techniques and meal ideas tailored to affordability and nutrition. Presented by Samantha Podob, MS, RD, CDN.


Riverdale Neighborhood House Senior Splash

Friday, June 7th, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Riverdale Neighborhood House is hosting their annual event for older adults.

Join other neighborhood older adult programs for lunch, music and a dip in the pool. Roundtrip transportation available from Riverdale Y. Limited space is available (30 spots). A $5 required deposit will be refunded on the day of the event. WAITING LIST ONLY.

Monday, June 10th, at 10:00 AM

Workshop: Physical Therapy Workshop

A licensed physical therapist will provide tips on exercise and we’ll practice functional activities that address your ability to move and perform daily activities. Bring your questions about rehabilitation services. Presented by a Licensed Physical Therapist from The Methodist Home.


Monday, June 10th, at 1:00 PM

Special Event: Drag Bingo – Monday’s Bingo just got a make-over for June 10th!  Drag Artist Gigi Cutina will lead us in a fun and entertaining Bingo performance. Everyone gets to participate.  Sponsored by a Pride Month grant from the UJA Federation.


Monday, June 17th, at 10:30 AM

The Lucky Guess – Trivia Game Show

Ron Mack, an actor, screenwriter, radio show host and historian, will engage you with a fun game show of trivia: Pop Culture, Current Events, History. Ron comes in a tuxedo, ready to play, and brings all necessary props and equipment. This is an audience participation gig. Come prepared to compete in a trivia game!


Tuesday, June 18th, at 11:30AM 

June Birthday Party!  Entertainment at 1:15 PM

Enjoy a special lunch and stay for entertainment and dancing with Juan Ortega on Keyboards. Tickets are a suggested contribution of $3.50 in advance or $4.50 the day of the event.  Please be sure to purchase yours early to secure a seat.


Wednesday, June 19th, at 1:00 PM

Bereavement Support Group Drop-In with Lucy Hoffman

Join a small group of individuals who have recently experienced a loss in our monthly support group. We provide a safe atmosphere where people can do the kind of sharing and listening needed in order to heal. Please contact Lucy Hoffman for more information or to make sure that this group is appropriate for you, or if you need to talk privately about a recent loss. (Lucy Hoffman, LMSW,, (718) 548-8200 Ext: 352) 


Wednesday, June 19th, at 1:00 PM

Hudson River Voices Culminating Event!

Our Hudson River Voices chorus, under the direction of Caprice Corona, will host a show to share all they’ve learned during their 20-week course. Hudson River Voices was sponsored by the Bronx Opera Company through the SuCasa initiative. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Thursday, June 20th, at 10:00 AM 

TRIP: Visit Nyack Farmers Market and Town

Weather permitting, join us for a trip to Nyack. The Farmers Market offers a cornucopia of the best local produce and handcrafted goods. In addition, you’ll explore the stores and Victorian Houses in this charming riverside town. Enjoy your packed lunch at the waterfront. The van leaves the Y at 10:00 am and returns at 1:30 pm. $12.00 includes a bagged lunch. Sign up with Grethel by Monday, June 17th. Please arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to departure.  We’ll reschedule if inclement weather occurs. 


Friday, June 21st, at 10:00 AM

Nutrition Lecture: Building Strong Bones: Navigating Osteoporosis from Diagnosis to Prevention

In this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of osteoporosis’s significance in the aging population, recognizing its prevalence and impact on quality of life. We explore symptoms and risk factors, equipping attendees with the knowledge to identify and address potential concerns early on.  We will discuss preventive strategies and nutrition modifications, empowering older adults to take proactive steps towards managing osteoporosis and maintaining optimal bone health as they age. Presented by Samantha Podob, MS, RD, CDN.


Sunday, June 23rd, at 4:00 PM

Broadway Showcase: One Singular Sensation

Please join us for our third annual New Beginnings Broadway Showcase: a tribute to the beloved musical, “A Chorus Line,” which we are calling “One Singular Sensation.” 

All 29 actors in the cast are 60+ years old and members of New Beginnings. They will be singing, dancing and recounting the stories of the dancers who first assembled in the 1970s to share why they loved being in Broadway shows. All are sure to wow you with their talents!  

This program is funded by NYC Discretionary Dollars through the office of City Councilmember Eric Dinowitz.  Tickets are a suggested contribution of $12.00 for adults age 60+ and $15.00 for everyone else.  You can choose your seats and pay on-line at  You can also pay cash in the Older Adult Center. We expect the show to be sold out so tickets may not be available at the box office day of the show.  


Monday, June 24th, at 1:00 PM

Concert: Bardekova Ensemble

Ellen Bardekoff on oboe; Adam Ray on flute; Akari Yamamoto on clarinet; Yuki Higashi on bassoon and Sigrun Kahl on French Horn. This popular and versatile woodwind non-profit ensemble’s mission is to make all kinds of music accessible to as many of us as possible. Music will include selections from Bach, Beethoven, Miles Davis, John Williams and Celia Cruz. 


Wednesday, June 26th, at 9:45 AM

Memoir Writing Culminating Event!

Our Memoir Writing class, under the direction of Instructor Frank Ingrasciotta, will host a presentation for class members to share writing selections reflecting poignant memories from their lives. This course was sponsored by the Bronx Opera Company through the SuCasa initiative. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Wednesday, June 26th, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Returning Event: Fundraising Jewelry Sale! 

Donate jewelry you no longer wear to New Beginnings and it will be transformed into new programming!  We are collecting jewelry from members to sell at our third Jewelry Fundraiser. The proceeds will support classes, events and trips that are not covered by NYC Aging. Donate jewelry to Loyda at the Meal Desk. 


Wednesday, June 26th, from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Mobile Food Pantry 

Pick up food from The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Mobile Food Pantry.  To register, please contact Shira Silverman at (718) 548-8200 ext 250 or via email at You will be asked to sign an attestation for income eligibility each time you pick up food from the pantry. If you’re already registered, you can simply show up. 


Friday Flicks – Fridays at 12:45 PM

May 31st: Beyond the Blackboard (2011) A young teacher overcomes her initial fears and prejudices to make a difference in the lives of the homeless children she teaches in a shelter’s makeshift classroom.


June 7th | The Wife (2018)

A woman decides to leave her author husband on the eve of his Nobel Prize presentation in order to finally pursue her own writing aspirations. 1 h 40 min

June 14th: Special Presentation!  

Artistic Energy: The Bronx with Daniel Hauben (2013) 

In the spring of 2013, the Bronx Artist Documentary Project began coordinating a borough-wide collaborative documentation of 80 Bronx-based visual artists at work, by 30 Bronx-based photographers. After the Documentary, there will be a discussion with Daniel Hauben on how the documentary helped shed light on the great artwork that is being created today.

June 21st | Asteroid City (2023) 

An American desert town, 1955. The annual Junior Stargazer competition is spectacularly upended by world-changing events. With an all-star cast directed by Wes Anderson. 1 h 45 min

June 28th | Bob Marley: One Love (2024)

Celebrate the life of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love, peace, and unity. In One Love, discover Bob Marley’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music that changed the world. 

1 h 46 min


 Looking Ahead

 Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024 at 11:30am

Independence Day BBQ Luncheon

Join us for a special July 4th lunch and celebration on the back deck of the Y with hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and all the fixin’s. Dance to the music of Manny Montanez!  We’ll also take a moment to acknowledge the All-American spirit of volunteerism that is alive and well at our Center. Tickets are a suggested contribution of $3.50 in advance or $4.50 the day of the event.  Please be sure to purchase yours early to secure a seat.





 Class Announcements


 Friday’s Y-sponsored Shabbat with Rabbi Scott is on hiatus for the summer and will resume on September 6th. Beginners’ Hebrew with Rabbi Scott is on hiatus for the summer and will resume for a new session on September 5th.



Mondays at 9:30 AM

Conversational Spanish for Beginners 



Mondays at 10:45 AM 

Open Chat with Karl



Wednesdays at 9:00 AM

Tech Class with Trinity 

Bring your mobile device and hone your tech skills.

June 5: Lost iPhone Feature

June 12: Zoom Basics

June 19: Google Earth App

June 26: How to Use the “Find my” App



 Monthly Blood Pressure Check

Center Member Leona Konyn, RN,  will check blood pressure the second Thursday of each month.

From 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. 

Program Descriptions


Stay Well Exercise  

An exercise program that accommodates participants of all fitness levels, Stay Well enhances balance, builds muscle strength and aids in the performance of tasks associated with daily living.



Get a shape and a colorful shine from our dedicated volunteers.  Sign up at the Welcome Desk on the second floor across from the elevator or with Gladys. 


Chess Clinic 

Join Joel Perlmutter to learn how to play chess or find a partner. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.



Find inner peace and clarity through meditation! Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to the practice, our meditation classes offer something for everyone. Join us to learn different forms of meditation, practice mindfulness, and find relaxation in the present moment. Discover the transformative power of meditation for yourself!


Tech Lab with Jerry and Jeannie

For one-on-one assistance with your tech concerns, register at the Welcome Desk on the second floor across from the elevator.  


Art Explorations with Daniel Hauben   

Renowned Bronx Artist Daniel Hauben shares insights into the works of well known artists.   Join him as he explores the evolution of the great artists from their early works onward.  Learn more about artistic periods and the history surrounding them, what influenced these great artists, and how they influenced the world.


Brain Games and Charades with Marv

Join Marv Goodman for word and picture puzzles, trivia and nostalgic quizzes and games.  We’ll play Charades the second half of each session.


Knitting with Barbara

Join Knitter Extraordinaire Barbara Goodman to make your first scarf or work out a complicated new sweater pattern. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.


Chair Aerobics with Stuart 

Stuart Haden, a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor, teaches one-hour cardio and flexibility workouts that can be performed seated or with the support of a chair.


Technology Class with Trinity   

Bring your mobile device and hone your tech skills. 


Water Aerobics/Open Swim

Advance registration NOT required for weekly Open Swim and Water Aerobics. Pool capacity continues to be limited to 25 persons. 


Conversational Spanish for Advanced Beginners with Rhonda

Open to members with a basic understanding of the language, this class is the perfect opportunity to build upon your foundation and become fluent in no time. ¡Hasta pronto!


Functional Movement with Terry

Join Terry Roche in her popular functional training fitness class. Terry is a personal trainer and holds multiple certifications.


Chair Yoga with Anthony (Hybrid) 

This class can be performed seated or with the support of a chair, making it accessible for all fitness levels. Come discover the power of yoga to enhance your strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. Anthony Purdy is a certified yoga instructor as well as an award winning classical guitarist, teacher and poet.


Group Chat with Carmen

Open to all members, we’ll discuss issues that are important to you and your peers. Facilitated by Carmen Lopez, our Social Worker.


Book Club (Hybrid – Waiting List Only)

If you want to join the Waiting List, email group leader

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