Friday, November 25, 2005

92nd st. Y open shabbos

Y... they call themself jewish...? :

N.Y. Times:

Since 1874, the 92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, as the Y is formally known, has offered - in addition to its famed lectures, concerts, and other programs - a fitness center.
And since 1874, the fitness center, along with the rest of the Y, has been closed in honor of the Sabbath, the day of rest that stretches from Friday evening to Saturday evening - Saturday being the busiest day of the week for most gyms.
The gym, like the rest of the Y, caters to non-Jews as well as Jews. And since at least the 70's, former Y officials said, the Y has been pressed to open the gym on Saturdays - but tradition won out.
Starting in January, tradition will bend. The Y recently sent a letter to the 6,000 members of its May Center for Health Fitness & Sport announcing that starting Jan. 13, the gym will be open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and all day on Saturdays...

Some of the Y's rabbinical neighbors were distressed by the decision. "The Y is a magnificent cultural institution that has enhanced Jewish culture in this city," said Haskel Lookstein, the rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, one of the Upper East Side's most prominent Orthodox synagogues.
"I just don't understand why a Jewish communal institution would open up its gym to activities that are so not in keeping with the Sabbath," he said....

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