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Upcoming Program Schedule

Welcome back to GENuine Connections. If you've already participated in the past or recently attended an orientation it's time to register for un upcoming workshop! We ask that you only register for one workshop per semester.

Here's how it works:

  • Click on the title of the workshop you would like to register for.
  • A new window will open up for Zoom Event registration, select an adult or teen ticket.
  • Log into Zoom if prompted. Participating in GENuine Connections requires you to have a free Zoom account and to be logged into your account.
  • If you have any questions, reach out to us at and we will be happy to help you log on.

New to GENuine Connections? Sign up for an orientation HERE.


GENuine Connections Weekly Workshop Schedule: Summer Session 1, June 28 - July 19, 2023 (Mini - Semester)

Registration for teens is full for the summer, we are currently only accepting adult volunteers 65+


Jewish Perspectives Begins Wednesday, June 28th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

During our sessions, teen volunteers and older adults will contemplate how Jewish text could become a bridge between past and present. Using our associations, we will connect the stories of our sages to our own stories and make Jewish traditional text relevant to our everyday life. 

About the Facilitator: Zhenya Lopatnik lives and works in NY. It is hard to pin down one field of her interests. She sings and composes music, creates art, and works as a Jewish Educator with different communities. Zhenya loves to work on different projects where a high level of creativity is needed. She adores working in a team, because she believes that cooperation between open-minded people can give birth to unique opportunities. Zhenya speaks five languages: English, Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ukrainian, and is happy that all five cultures comprise her background. She is pleased to share it with you!


Brain Games Begins Wednesday, June 28th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Playing games can reduce stress, increase energy, and improve brain function That’s why you need to register today to play brain games. Brain games is an intergenerational group for nine weeks. Over our semester together, our intergenerational group will play Jeopardy, trivia, Pictionary and more. Help build intergenerational connections and have fun doing it! 


Virtual Conversations Begins Wednesday, June 28th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Share stories, experiences, jokes, ideas and much more in an intimate, intergenerational setting through Virtual Conversations. Adults will be paired up with two high school students with whom they’ll meet over the course of four weeks for unstructured and unfiltered conversations. Join this workshop to make a personal connection with someone from a different generation by learning about their life and sharing yours.  


Story Circles Begins Wednesday, June 28th, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

We all have a story to tell. So, spend an hour each week engaging in Story Circles! You’ll gain experience as a storyteller by telling personal stories in a supportive group, guided by a Story Circle facilitator. Each Story Circle will have a different theme and every session will start and end with an informal gathering and mingling. Sign up to share your voice! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say. 

About the Facilitator: Elijah Wong is a Program Coordinator of Intergenerational Engagement at DOROT. He is also a singer, lyricist, and performance artist whose autoethnographical work explores the interstitial spaces of inner-city knowledge, violence and eros. He worked over a decade at Rikers Island providing counseling and post-release services for court-involved youth. He earned his B.A. in Critical Race Theory with a focus on Black and Asian American Studies from Sarah Lawrence College.


Jewish Traditions  Begins Wednesday, June 28th, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Join an intergenerational group for a series of meaningful discussions on Jewish traditions and how we practice them in our homes, with our families, and in the wider community. From food to holidays to music, participants in this course will explore their Jewish experiences and consider the similarities and differences across the generations. Sign up and share your memories, practices, and customs with teens and older adults.