With their warm associations and treasured customs, holidays create a singular opportunity to make friends and share experiences. DOROT’s holiday programs, offered in senior’s homes and in the community, bring people of all ages together to enjoy each other’s company at these special times.
Holiday Package Deliveries
On the Sundays before Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Passover, hundreds of volunteers visit seniors in their homes and bring gift packages of traditional foods and holiday items. One of DOROT’s founding programs, Holiday Package Deliveries has since 1976 brought the generations together to share the spirit and warmth of the holidays. This program takes place on both the West and East Sides of Manhattan as well as in Westchester.
On the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, seniors gather in a ballroom on the Upper West Side to enjoy a festive meal of turkey with all the trimmings and live entertainment in the warm company of friends. The meal is served by a host of volunteers of all ages who also socialize—and dance!—with the participants.
Thanksgiving Meal Delivery
As an alternative to our Thanksgiving Banquet hosted in the community, seniors may choose to have a volunteer deliver a full traditional festive meal—and a holiday visit—at home on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Passover Seder Placements
For seniors who can leave their homes, there is no need to spend the Seder Night alone. DOROT will arrange for you to take part in a communal seder at a local synagogue. We will make every effort to find a location that is close to your home.
To speak to a staff member about DOROT programs, please call the Resource Line at (212) 769-2850 or fill out this form.