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Intergenerational After School Chess

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. Once a week during the academic year (in both our Manhattan and Westchester locations), 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 connections.

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.

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

Time Commitment: Monday afternoons from 4:00-5:30pm

Requirements: Application and phone interview

The application for the Spring session of Intergenerational Chess is now closed. Please check back in August to apply for the Fall 2020 session. Contact Quinn Lockwood at with any questions.

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