About Us

About Us


Educational Alliance is a community-based non-profit organization that provides services to 50,000 New Yorkers annually through dozens of programs at 18 locations in Lower Manhattan. We are a Jewish-founded organization, serving people of diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Since its founding in 1889, Educational Alliance has helped more than 4,000,000 New Yorkers build better lives through education, arts, recreation, and social services.

Who We Are

Educational Alliance is a non-profit organization that changes lives. Founded in 1889 to help Jewish immigrants get settled in the U.S., today we serve a broad and diverse group of downtown New Yorkers -- of all religions, ethnicities, races and socio-economic backgrounds.

We help break the cycle of poverty for low-income children and families through our preschool, after school programs and college prep programs. We renew the minds & spirits of the weary through our art school.  We provide companionship and meaningful activities for our older adults.

We ensure that New York's hungry and homeless Jews have a place to get a warm kosher meal and a connection to the Jewish community. We give hope and support to people in despair through our addiction recovery programs.

We're also home to two of New York's most dynamic downtown community centers, The 14th Street Y, which has been profiled by the New York Times and New York Magazine, and the Manny Cantor Center, our flagship buidling on the Lower East Side that was just recently renovated and reopened.


Our Mission

Educational Alliance is a community-based organization offering a wide range of programs that integrate education, social services, arts and recreation throughout Lower Manhattan. We are a Jewish organization, serving people of diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds who live, work and learn in our neighborhoods. We strive to nourish the total person, strengthen family connections and build inclusive communities.


Our Impact

Last Year:

Kosher meals were served at Project ORE, our program for homeless or isolated Jewish older adults

Youth enrolled in our after school programs

Children participated in our early childhood programs

Seniors were supported with our community, nutrition, activities, and housing

Adolescents, adults, parents, and senior citizens received drug treatment or prevention education

People of all ages participated in arts, culture, and community building programs



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Support Educational Alliance

Without our supporters, none of our work would be possible. To learn about donating and volunteer opportunities, click here or call Ilene Scholnick Ausubel, Annual Campaign Director, at 646-395-4090. To make a secure online donation now, please click the button below:


Tell Us What You Think

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