Our Community Center Vision & Mission

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The Manny Cantor Center is a living laboratory of the universal Jewish values of inclusion, diversity, and community.

  • We value diversity, inclusiveness, community and fun
  • We value health, sustainability, and innovation
  • We strive to offer best-in-class services that meet local needs
  • We aim to build a hub of creative thought and meaningful programming that makes a difference in the lives of our members and community at large
  • We were founded and supported by the Jewish community, built on the Jewish values of tikkun olam, repair of the world.

As the flagship community center of the historic Educational Alliance, Manny Cantor Center offers award-winning programs, critical services and exciting events for toddlers, teens, young adults, and older adults of all backgrounds. We work for and with our vibrant and diverse neighborhood to create experiences that make a difference in our lives and in our world.

Our commitment to the diversity of the Lower East Side is reflected in our programming. Our early childhood program reflects the cultural, religious, and socio-economic diversity of our city; the Weinberg Center for Balanced Living creates community for older adults of all backgrounds and abilities; our fitness center is utilized by neighborhood residents of all ethnicities, income levels, and ages through an innovative tiered membership model. The Educational Alliance Art School uses the study and mastery of fine arts to forge connections between students and master teachers. Our nationally recognized MCC Changemakers Program brings our neighborhood together in meaningful service and advocacy for a better world.  Our Edgies Teen Center and College Prep program serve young people in our community with after-school recreation, fitness, SAT prep, and tools for college success.

With light-filled early childhood classrooms, a state-of-the art fitness center, spacious art studios, and a top-floor community space for public events, our LEED-certified Center welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds.

We seek to bring our diverse constituents together over shared goals for our neighborhood, our city, and beyond. We are guided by a strength-based model, believing that everyone is called upon, and everyone is able, to help transform our world.

We look forward to seeing you.