On the Phone
Through DOROT’s teleconference programs, you can transform your phone into a threshold—to friendship, information, entertainment, support, intellectual stimulation, Jewish culture, and above all, a community. University Without Walls (UWW), our founding telephone program, offers hundreds of classes each year that appeal to a wide range of interests.
Building on UWW’s success, To Your Health offers classes and support groups related to health issues. Russian University Without Walls and Caregivers’ Connections offer specialized classes and the convenience of participation from home to Russian-speaking elders and individuals caring for older loved ones. Partnerships with cultural, communal, and health-related institutions help keep our courses and support groups in step with the greater New York community.
University Without Walls
DOROT has created a unique community via telephone conference calls that enable those with limited mobility to join in lively, stimulating classes, make new friends, get and give emotional support, and celebrate the holidays—all within the comfort of their homes. Classes and support groups are led by professionals and volunteers who enjoy sharing their expertise and learning from class participants. Topics include the arts, history, health, current events, and more. Seniors and facilitators can be connected from any location in the U.S. equipped with a telephone, and all participants can speak to and hear each other.
To Your Health
To Your Health, a sister program to University Without Walls, enables seniors to learn more about their health concerns from professionals in the health care field. It also connects seniors with their peers, who can provide emotional support and the benefit of experience with similar conditions. The courses are available to seniors throughout the greater New York metropolitan area and New Jersey. Partners offering medical expertise include the New Jersey American Parkinson's Disease Association, the City of New York Department for the Aging, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and others.
Russian University Without Walls
Geared to Russian-speaking seniors, this program offers classes and discussion groups conducted in Russian and English via the telephone. Participants enjoy stimulating conversations, develop skills in English, and choose from a variety of educational courses. Seniors and facilitators can be connected from any location in the U.S. equipped with a telephone.
Now available: Citizenship Exam Preparation Course to help Russian-speaking seniors practice for the examination to become a U.S. citizen.
To register for Russian University Without Walls, please call 917–441–5061.
Caregivers’ Connections is DOROT’s educational and support network for caregivers, offered in partnership with hospitals, social services agencies, and health care professionals. Weekly support groups and workshops (click to view current schedules) give caregivers the opportunity to speak with experts, learn about resources, and meet other caregivers. These support groups and workshops are conducted over the telephone via conference call technology to accommodate busy schedules and eliminate the difficulty of traveling to a meeting site.