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Cathedral of St. John the Divine – Space Rentals

The Cathedral welcomes inquiries about use of its capacious and dramatic spaces for corporate and not-for-profit events and facility rentals. While the Cathedral primarily serves its diverse communities, its history, architecture, and capability to seat more guests than many Broadway theaters make it a highly desirable New York City event and performance venue, with the capacity to accommodate the finest arts professionals from around the world. When not in use for its own programming, the Cathedral is pleased to consider requests for public and private events. For details, please contact Isadora Wilkenfeld at (212) 316-7468 or iwilkenfeld@stjohndivine.org.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine – Space Rentals2018-10-18T12:03:08-04:00

Encore Transition Program: Accepting Applications for Spring 2018

Dear Friends, The Encore Transition Program is now a “fixture” here at Union, with the second cohort set to finish on December 12, 2017. This fall, fifteen new participants between the ages of 54-74 spent four months engaged in a bi-weekly process of discernment about their “encore” – or “second” - stage of life. In addition to discussions about aging, transition, creativity, and spirituality, the program provides participants the opportunity for networking, mentoring, and field observation in areas of personal interest.   The Encore Transition Program is designed and facilitated by Ruth Wooden, M.A. ’16. Ruth attended Union as part of her own “encore” after a communications and nonprofit management career that spanned more than 40 years.   Personally, I was delighted to attend a session that met Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017, when the group held an impassioned discussion of the book Falling Upward by Fr. Richard Rohr. I was inspired listening to “fellow travelers” exploring spirituality in [...]

Encore Transition Program: Accepting Applications for Spring 20182017-12-04T15:31:05-04:00

Immigration and Sanctuary Support from the Cathedral

The Cathedral is open to all who wish to enter our sacred space regardless of immigration status. Ongoing Resources & Support Clergy conversations Members of the clergy are available for confidential conversations about all sorts of topics, including immigration status. If you or someone you know wants to speak with someone about questions of immigration status, recently announced changes in DACA, or any other personal or spiritual subject, the Cathedral and its clergy provide a safe pace where they can talk. What is said in those conversations will never be shared. (Text adapted from the Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen) Sanctuary resources If you are worried about your immigration status or are wondering about ways in which you can help those who are, the Diocese of New York is keeping an updated list of resources on Sanctuary. You can find that list here. Upcoming Events Know Your Rights workshops Join us on September 21 and November 16 for a guide to knowing [...]

Immigration and Sanctuary Support from the Cathedral2017-09-11T14:12:34-04:00

Columbia Christens New Arts Center with Exhibit Showcasing Uptown Artists

MANHATTANVILLE— Columbia University opened the doors of its sleek new arts center, christening the occasion with an exhibit of work exclusively from homegrown artists.The Lenfest Center for the Arts officially opened Friday at 615 W. 129th St. near Broadway, and is one of the first buildings to open since the university announced the development of its Manhattanville campus in West Harlem last year. The 60,000-square-foot center will host exhibitions, performances, screenings, reading, lectures and more. The university believes it will be a “cultural beacon” for the university, and will add to the arts scene in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. Its first exhibit, called “Uptown,” includes pieces from more than two dozen emerging and up-and-coming artists who are native or based uptown, from El Barrio to Washington Heights. The show features paintings, prints, photography, video and sculpture, among other works. “We look forward to collaborating with our neighboring museums, galleries and spaces, highlighting our local artists and welcoming new [...]

Columbia Christens New Arts Center with Exhibit Showcasing Uptown Artists2017-06-05T13:58:04-04:00

Music Explorers at Teachers College

MUSIC EXPLORERS is an innovate program, where 5-to-7-year-olds explore the arena of musical performance as both soloist and ensemble member through active and engaging musical experiences, with an opportunity to specialize in two instruments: piano or drums AND ukelele or violin. This is a model for teaching instrumental music to beginners utilizing family and peer in community to advantage the social nature of music making for skill development and well-being. The 10 weekly class sessions consist of semi-private lessons ( 4 children/ 2 teachers) on two instruments plus large group (16 children/8 teachers) activities, all culminating in an ensemble "Band" experience at the end of each class. Tuition including string instrument rental: 1) Fall and Spring terms total of 20 class sessions = $750, possibility of paying in two installments​ $375​ each 2) Fall only, 10 class sessions = $450 Classes are taught by experienced Teachers College alumni and graduate students supervised by Prof. Lori Custodero. [...]

Music Explorers at Teachers College2015-09-10T18:04:54-04:00

The Riverside Church Turns 85

With roots dating back to 1841 at the Norfolk Street Baptist Church, through our first Worship Service in October, 1930, to the present day, The Riverside Church in the City of New York has played a valuable role in the lives of New Yorkers, and the world at large, in helping shape progressive Christianity, social change, and community. Our legacy of being an Interdenominational, Interracial, International, Open, Welcoming, and Affirming congregation has truly been a blessing worth celebrating. As we celebrate our 85th anniversary on November 8, we invite you to take part in a myriad of ways, from displays around the church featuring photos, documents, and artifacts covering all aspects of our rich history. We're also pleased to unveil this fall the Riverside Community Services Corporation (RCSC), a non-profit, non-religious 501(c)3 is dedicated to building stronger and sustainable communities through social service, direct aid, and programs rooted in justice. Read More: https://85.trcnyc.org/

The Riverside Church Turns 852015-08-27T18:38:00-04:00

Grant Houses’ new president brings ambitious agenda to use Columbia funding

Carlton Davis does more than just live in the Grant Houses. He hosts Halloween parties for its children, dreams of organizing a baseball team for its teenagers, and, as of Sunday, is the president of its tenant association. But Davis said that, in addition to bringing enthusiasm to his new position, he will try to reverse what he called a troubling reluctance among the apartment’s current leaders to tap into available funds. “As far as having any program done, I haven’t seen anything,” Davis said, referring to the development’s previous tenant association president. The Grant Houses, New York City Housing Authority apartments on Broadway and West 125th Street, are home to more than 5,000 low-income West Harlem tenants. They are also across the street from the Manhattanville campus, a Columbia expansion which is currently under construction. Because of its location, Grant was allotted $1.5 million in the Community Benefits Agreement, a document signed by University and [...]

Grant Houses’ new president brings ambitious agenda to use Columbia funding2015-08-27T18:22:52-04:00

Jewish Theological Seminary – Open Classroom 2015

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION JTS’ Open Classroom program enables you to audit graduate-level and Hebrew language courses on a space-available basis. The program is a great opportunity to take full advantage of campus resources, JTS’ outstanding faculty, and to engage with the student population.Open Classroom Students: • Do not take exams or submit papers. • Do not receive academic credit or a transcript. • Receive access to course readings via Blackboard • Receive a Student ID card • Enjoy borrowing privileges from the JTS Library • Are not guaranteed enrollment; classes may be oversubscribed or cancelled Tuition: $750/course. Classes begin Tuesday, September 8. View the academic calendar here.  HOW TO ENROLL COURSE SELECTION • Click here to review the course selection document, taking note of any prerequisites and the course number and title.  THE APPLICATION • Applications will be accepted through September 17. • Click on APPLY to set up a user account and complete the online application. • A [...]

Jewish Theological Seminary – Open Classroom 20152015-08-25T15:49:22-04:00

Kuro Kuma

This petite, eight-seat specialty coffeeshop in Morningside Heights peddles Counter Culture beans, espresso shots pulled from a gleaming La Marzocco machine and Balthazar croissants and scones. The restored cherrywood floors and a wall of sky-blue tiles behind the counter make for a serene, Zen-like room, which is no fluke—the shop's name is Japanese for "black bear," an homage to nearby Sakura Park, a Japanese cherry-blossom garden.

Kuro Kuma2016-12-06T16:07:40-04:00

I-House Appoints New Director of Programs & Resident Life

In July 2015, International House welcomed Sharon La Cruise as Director of Programs & Resident Life. We recently sat down with her to discuss her new role. What were you doing before you came to I-House? Before I joined the staff at I-House, I worked at the Ford Foundation as the Programs Manager in the JustFilms unit. JustFilms was launched in 2011 with a $50-million fund dedicated to the field of documentary filmmaking. Since its launch, JF has funded hundreds of films and digital projects largely dealing with the most important social justice issues of our time. These films have been screened around the world: 2015 Oscar winner Citizen Four, 3½ Minutes, Nas: Time Is Illmatic, The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence, Gideon’s Army, Outlawed in Pakistan, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, etc. Before joining the Ford staff, I started my tenure in 2005 as a consultant by day while I worked on my [...]

I-House Appoints New Director of Programs & Resident Life2015-08-19T18:22:04-04:00

The Yiddish Language Group and Other Summer Groups at I-House

During the summer months, I-House is home to a wide variety of groups ranging from Brigham Young University to the International Peace Institute. Summer resident students from the Uriel Weinreich Summer Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at the YIVO-Bard Institute for East European Jewish History and Culture led an evening of language and games in July for the I-House community. Founded in 1968, the six-week Weinreich Program serves beginning- to advanced-level Yiddish speakers and enthusiasts, and remains the oldest intensive Yiddish summer program in the world. I-House residents interested in learning about Yiddish joined summer program residents, enrolled students from outside I-House, and instructors in the dining room to speak together in Yiddish and break bread. The language table, led by Dr. Sheva Zucker, a Grammar and Advanced Literature teacher and the Executive Director of the League for Yiddish, was transformed into a game night that even beginners could enjoy. The convivial evening was [...]

The Yiddish Language Group and Other Summer Groups at I-House2015-08-19T18:36:51-04:00

NOW: Generation Jobless Conference and the mission of International House New York

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI5O457W0rc Producer: Susan Morris Cinematographer/Line producer: Lindsay Mann Fine-cut Editor: David Leitner Editor: Eli Susser Interviews: Nicole Davidson, Phil Greven, Susan Morris

NOW: Generation Jobless Conference and the mission of International House New York2015-08-19T18:42:35-04:00

JTS to Establish the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts

July 13, 2015, New York, NY The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce the creation of the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts in honor of Gilda and Henry Block and in memory of their dear friend, Kenneth Kolker (z"l). Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, director of Liturgical Arts at JTS, will serve as the Center's director. Expected to open this fall, the Center will be an incubator for inventive forms of prayer and liturgy, building community through learning and meaningful shared experiences. Uniting the most creative thinkers and practitioners from across the Jewish spectrum and beyond, the Center will serve as a vital resource for students and the community, a place to exchange insights and draw inspiration. It will be a laboratory space for experimenting with approaches to prayer, both ancient and new, that will catalyze a transformation of the broader community's engagement with spirituality. A dedication ceremony, including a special learning session, will [...]

JTS to Establish the Block / Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts2015-07-14T16:54:41-04:00
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