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Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Gain leadership skills through a rigorous, unique and meaningful internship experience. Learn how to facilitate intergenerational programs and then enjoy them as a participant! DOROT is thrilled to launch its third Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program at the Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach. As a volunteer, you’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to intern with a group of peers to connect with and learn from older adults who are affiliated with the Shorefront Y and Brighton Beach area NORCs.

Interns do not need to be fluent in Russian but should have comprehension of conversational Russian.

If possible, the program will include in-person indoor and outdoor teen-only group gatherings one day a week, masked with 3-feet social distancing. Otherwise, the entire internship will run virtually


General applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 27. If spaces fill before the deadline, applications will close.

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Overview of Summer 2020:

  • July 27-August 19
  • Monday-Thursday, from 9:30am-4:00pm
  • This program welcomes teens who identify as Jewish, or who have a parent or grandparent who identifies as Jewish
  • Note: Summer Interns are expected to volunteer for at least 15 hours with DOROT and/or the Shorefront Y during the academic year following the summer

View the teen's video on what’s involved with visiting elders in their home:


Teen Interns will:

  • Explore social justice and Jewish communal connections within the context of volunteering
  • Facilitate online intergenerational classes on short-fiction, arts & crafts and poetry
  • Engage in interactive activities with older adults such as chess and Scrabble
  • Facilitate a weekly online conversational English class for Russian-speaking older adults
  • Teach seniors how to use technology
  • Join a virtual knitting circle
  • Lead a weekly, intergenerational teleconference discussion group on current issues
  • Participate in a weekly virtual intergenerational class on "Jewish Perspectives on Important Issues in the News"
  • Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement intergenerational programs using video and telephone platforms

This exciting program is a partnership between DOROT and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton - Manhattan Beach, Inc.

DOROT's Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program is jointly funded by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Jewish Education Project serves as lead operator of the Initiative.