Rye Y Story Project: Rabbi Mara N.

MaraMy family and I have been a part of the Y for about five or six years now. I had heard of the Rye Y’s reputation in the community, particularly that has friendly and helpful staff, and that its membership reflects the cultural diversity that exists in our region. I’m a Rabbi in Larchmont and both my husband and I strive to support community non-profits and initially felt the Rye Y would be a good fit.

What keeps us engaged here at the Y are the program options for our two sons, Isaac and Solly. Both boys participate in swim lessons and summer camp. We feel that the boys are respected and well taken care of by the Y staff in their programs. They have loved making new friends and enjoy the groups of people they meet.

I’m a loyal person and if my kids are happy then I find no need to look elsewhere. What makes me particularly happy is that Isaac and Solly are not pressured to compete, or be big athletes here at the Y. They can simply be themselves, have fun, and still learn and be active all the same.

My husband and I are also thrilled that the Y has a character development approach and vision in everything that it does. The boys have gone to Rye Y summer camp for years and everything down to the counselor T-shirts with “Role Model” on the back stands out. This approach has made Isaac and Solly feel a part of the camps right from the beginning. I think that’s really special.