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January 25, 2012 5:26 pm

Dominicans and Jews Dance Together in Upper Manhattan

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The Jewish Week – Four years ago, Victoria Neznansky was faced with a difficult task. She was the newly hired chief program officer at the YM & YWHA in Washington Heights, which serves a predominantly Dominican community. And it was her responsibility to find a way to attract families from the area’s Jewish population, which had been dwindling for decades — all without alienating the dominant population.

“They live together but they rarely interact,” Neznansky said of the Dominican and Jewish communities in Washington Heights, Inwood, and much of Upper Manhattan, which the center also serves. “That was an invitation to think about something with youth,” she said.

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