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Intergenerational After School Chess (In Person)

Applications open now for Fall 2022! Apply today!

Strengthen your skills and make a friend across the chess board!

DOROT’s Intergenerational After School Chess program fosters a setting where wisdom and curiosity meet face-to-face, building mutually beneficial relationships in the process. Every Monday from 4:30-6:00 PM during the academic year, students in grades 6 - 12 and seniors teach and learn chess from one another. The program enables all participants to play chess, share stories and create meaningful intergenerational connections.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the DOROT Intergenerational After School Chess Program requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and with a minimum of one booster shot. There are no exceptions. From beginners to experts, all are welcome to join us in-person at DOROT to strengthen skills, create friendships across the chessboard and make a real difference in the lives of older New Yorkers.

Ages: Youth in grades 6-12 and Adults 65+

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 PM

Requirements: Application and Zoom interview


Fall Semester:

Orientation & Training: October 24

Program Dates: November 7, 14, 21, 28 | December 5, 12


Questions?  Contact us at

About the Intergenerational Chess Program:

This special program got its start when Zachary Targoff, then 13 years old, decided to create a Bar Mitzvah community service project with DOROT. Zachary was matched by DOROT with Herman Bomze z"l, and they played chess every week in Herman’s apartment. At his Bar Mitzvah, Zachary was presented a gift by Herman’s daughter, Bracha – her father’s wooden chess set that had belonged to her father, that Herman inherited from his father and brought from Vienna in 1929. In honor of the bond that Zachary and Herman enjoyed over the years, Zachary and his parents, Josh and Kim Targoff, established DOROT’s on-site Intergenerational Chess program. It has become an impactful addition to our intergenerational programming. 

Watch a video about Zachary and Herman:


Intergenerational Chess at DOROT is sponsored by the Targoff family and friends.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING ONLINE? Join weekly virtual intergenerational workshops led by an experienced facilitator through DOROT’s GENuine Connections program. Learn more about how to participate HERE.