Lisa Sutz, DOROT Social Worker, sat down with Zestful Aging to discuss the benefits of intergenerational friendships. She shared the difference she saw in a client after intergenerational relationships were brought back into his life, “It was so striking that when I read his file, I thought, ‘This just has to be a different person with the same name.’” Listen here.
DOROT was honored to once again host a delegation of German politicians to hear the stories of three DOROT clients who survived the Holocaust. The officials traveled to the United States under the auspices of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in partnership with the American Jewish Committee.
DOROT was honored to welcome a delegation from Israel and NYC-based OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) with whom we discussed social isolation and technology. Joining us from Israel were representatives from the Ministry of Social Equality, JDC Israel Eschel’s Digital Literacy Project, and NGOs Machshava Tova and Tapuach. We had a great exchange of ideas and knowledge.
DOROT was honored to welcome a delegation from The Korea Senior Citizens Association who presented us with a beautiful representation of traditional straw craftworks. We were happy to share information about our work with the delegation visiting New York.
"On Sunday, I delivered fresh, kosher Thanksgiving meals and visited with a homebound senior through DOROT, an amazing UJA-Federation partner that mobilizes volunteers to improve the lives of the elderly." - Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York. Read more.
On May 17th, 200 guests gathered at the Museum of the City of New York for DOROT’s 41st Annual Spring Benefit. It was a lovely evening, as we honored Jane E. Brody, Personal Health Columnist for The New York Times, and paid special tribute to Sara Peller, Associate Executive Director of Programs, who is retiring after 31 years at DOROT. Read more.
DOROT’s Wellness Program offers a wide variety of exercise classes to build strength, improve balance, and promote flexibility. Recently, we welcomed Celeste Carlucci, founder of Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG™ who shared her expertise and tips to DOROT seniors. Read more.
We are proud of our Board President, Donna Jakubovitz, for speaking at Governance Matters Presents: A Conversation with Outstanding Board Leaders. The event interviewed the finalists of the Brooke W. Mahoney award for Outstanding Board Leadership, of which DOROT was one. We are thrilled to have such an outstanding Board member represent our organization.
We were honored to have the cast of Fiddler on the Roof perform at DOROT on 12/6/15 to celebrate Chanukah! View video.
HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in #GivingTuesday by donating, spreading the word, sharing our social media posts, and voting for DOROT in online polls. We have raised over $29,000 for Door to Door, including the generous match from the Miriam & Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust!
"At the Cooke Center, she saw a posting online for DOROT, a social services agency based in Manhattan. When she contacted the agency about volunteering, it came up in the conversation that Ms. Nicole was in need of help herself." (Appeared in The New York Times 11-26-15)
Thank You to our Volunteers
We are grateful for our volunteers from Burberry, Marsh & McLennan, Alpha Sights, and Columbia University who were at DOROT helping to pack bags and create cards to commemorate 9/11 and for our Holiday Package Delivery. We remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, and appreciate the service members who helped in rescue and aid efforts.
Happy 100th Birthday Edna!
Edna F. has been a DOROT Wellness Program for Seniors participant for 20 years and attends Mr. Gu’s Exercise class weekly. At her 100th birthday celebration held after the class, Edna shared that she comes to DOROT and has brought many friends here because “DOROT is a giver. They are not out to take, they are out to give.”
On July 15, DOROT hosted a Senior Prom with support from Goldman Sachs. 14 older New Yorkers and 19 Goldman Sachs summer interns attended the event. On July 27, volunteers from PIMCO served dinner at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP).
“The difference between those stuck at home and those able to participate in life beyond their front doors… depends on [seniors’] environments and on assistance.” DOROT’s Door to Door program is one such way seniors can get to medical appointments, run errands, and generally engage with others outside their homes. (Appeared in The New York Times 6-19-15)
Zachary Targoff started a chess program a year ago in April at DOROT, a Jewish social services organization on the Upper West Side that works to make older adults less socially isolated. To that end, and with the support of Zach and his parents, DOROT brings together teenagers and seniors to play chess. (Appeared in Wall Street Journal 5-21-15)
I met Arthur six years ago, thanks to an online ad. A community-based nonprofit called DOROT — meaning “generations” in Hebrew — was looking for volunteers to visit older New Yorkers, many of whom couldn’t easily leave their homes.
Over $520,000 was raised at DOROT’s 39th Annual Spring Benefit honoring Lainie Kaye and Brett Kaplan & Rita and Phil Kaye on Thursday, June 4th. About 260 people attended the event at the Museum of the City of New York.
DOROT was pleased to welcome international colleagues who recently visited DOROT to learn more about our programs that serve older adults and the critical role volunteers play in our service delivery.
On Wednesday, May 21st, five representatives from the People’s Republic of China came to DOROT to learn about our mission and program model, with specific emphasis on our program for homeless seniors.
In observance of Older Americans Month, when the nation comes together to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of older adults, this May, DOROT will be offering seniors the opportunity to engage in a variety of new classes designed especially to meet their needs and interests.
Working with a volunteer and social worker, Dr. Alexander Imich, who will turn 111 years old in early February, has submitted a request to the Guinness Book of World Records to establish him as the “second oldest man” alive on record.
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DOROT has partnered with the Jewish Journey Project (JPP), an initiative of the JCC in Manhattan, to offer a program that promotes learning and collaboration between generations—in the kitchen.
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On Sunday, September 15, hundreds of volunteers of all ages visited over 500 frail seniors in New York City and Westchester County during DOROT’s Sukkot Package Delivery and 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
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As another week–long heat wave stretches across the eastern part of the United States, DOROT is mobilizing dedicated volunteers to ensure that the agency’s frail clients—many of whom live with chronic illnesses as well as mobility challenges—are prepared, comfortable and well hydrated.
On May 21, 2013, DOROT honored this dedicated DOROT family at its 37th Annual Spring Benefit in The Reading Room at The New York Academy of Medicine. Collectively, they have volunteered at Holiday Package Deliveries and the Thanksgiving Banquet.
Several hundred DOROT volunteers visited over 500 frail and homebound seniors who reside in Manhattan and Westchester County, alleviating their social isolation by participating in DOROT’s Passover Package Delivery on Sunday, March 17.
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It’s Purim joy for all as DOROT distributes hundreds of donated mishloach manot (Purim food packages) to our older friends. We are grateful to all our community partners for this happy holiday bounty!
DOROT was proud to have been selected as the top organization in the New York area by the Sprint Local Giving Grant Program for 2012. As part of the selection process, we created two videos (using a Sprint mobile device) featuring our Youth Volunteer Programs (View our winning videos). Earlier this week, DOROT hosted a reception where Sprint presented grants to DOROT and fellow 2012 grant recipients Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and Education Through Music.
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Thanks to the efforts of over 400 volunteers of all ages, 500 seniors celebrated the Thanksgiving season on Sunday, November 18, with a festive dinner in an atmosphere of warm companionship during DOROT’s annual Thanksgiving Banquet and Meal Delivery.
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In the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy, DOROT’s staff and volunteers went into high gear to contact, assist, and reassure our older friends—especially those left without power and/or communication
New York Press article highlighting Karen Fuller, who for the past 20 years has been enriching the lives of seniors through the Wellness Program here at DOROT. The West Side Spirit, the Upper West Side’s community newspaper which honors people who live or work in the Upper West Side neighborhood and have made significant contributions to the community, recently awarded Karen Fuller one of the WESTY Awards for 2012.
Thank you to those that volunteered with DOROT at our Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery & 9/11 National Day of Service this past Sunday. Your delivery of Rosh Hashanah treats and special items to mark the 9/11 National Day of Service, as well as your company helped brighten the day for over 500 seniors in Manhattan and in Westchester County.
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Take one minute to listen to a college intern describe the positive impact volunteering at DOROT has had on her and on seniors. Watch our video to see how to make a big difference, and how a helping hand helps many.
DOROT is honored to have been named for the second time as a finalist for The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, created by The Eisner Foundation to recognize an individual or a non–profit organization’s efforts to unite multiple generations and bring about positive, lasting changes within communities.
Guests at DOROT’s 36th Anniversary Spring Benefit paid tribute to the graduating seniors of Next Generation, DOROT’s Teen Advisory Council, and partook of the wisdom of supercentenarians (people 110 and older) in a presentation by photojournalist Jerry Friedman.
At a special event hosted by DOROT Westchester at the New York Botanical Garden on June 7, supporters of DOROT’s Westchester programs enjoyed brunch and a tour of the popular “Monet’s Garden” exhibit.