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DorotInternsIt is often easy to lose sight of the 1.5 million seniors in New York City. DOROT's Summer Teen Internship program at the Riverdale Y exposes students to the issues surrounding aging and connects them with seniors as they develop professional skills and leadership experience.

Each year 40 high school students are selected to intern at DOROT, a nonprofit that connects volunteers with programs that help the elderly. This year, DOROT is expanding its Summer Teen Internship Program to the Riverdale Y, where interns will lead intergenerational discussion groups, among other activities, keeping older adults engaged, present, and valued in our changing society.

This internship enriches the lives of seniors while giving interns informative perspectives on issues in the field of elder care. "In terms of advocating against ageism, it's a lot more personal than I thought," says Lily B., a summer 2016 Intern. "I was actually with the people who were affected by ageism, which created this personal connection to the cause. I felt like I was doing more than just giving back to the community."

Interns are exposed to a variety of professional skills as part of the internship, including filmmaking. The short documentaries that interns produce teach interns valuable skills and foster personal connections as a means of combatting social isolation among older adults, bringing the generations together to learn from one another.

There are two internship sessions available at dorot2DOROT's Manhattan office, and one at the Riverdale Y Senior Center. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis until May 1st, but interested students are encouraged to apply early. To apply click here or reach out to Evita Sokol at ESokol@dorotusa.org.

This story is sponsored content from Dorot USA.

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UJA1A record-breaking 650 guests joined UJA-Federation of New York to recognize esteemed honorees, enjoy a performance by Harry Connick Jr. and his nine-piece band, and celebrate the organization's centennial at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. The event, which took place on Thursday, March 23, 2017, honored committed leaders Cindy and Ben Golub of Mamaroneck and Lois Kohn-Claar and Gary Claar of Scarsdale.

UJA-Federation's Westchester Regional Chair Martine Fleishman of Harrison reminded the gathering that "The very essence of UJA — what was true in 1917 and remains true until today — is that we care for one another. Once we understand what UJA accomplishes — putting compassion into action to better humanity and our lives — we're easily moved to support it."

One hundred years ago, a group of visionary leaders – led by Felix Warburg, a prominent banker and humanitarian – recognized the need to create a new philanthropic model that would maximize the community's ability to address staggering challenges.

"They proposed to unite 24 cradle-to-grave agencies under the banner of a single Federation, and raise $2 million – $40 million in today's dollars, a staggering amount for a 'start-up' – for the support of these 24 agencies," said Eric S. Goldstein, UJA-Federation's CEO. "With enormous determination, they succeeded."

Harry Connick Jr. and his band

Proceeds from this event, Westchester Centennial Celebration, benefit UJA-Federation, which sustains the activities of nearly 100 health, human-service, educational, and community-building agencies, including 12 in Westchester. The community-based agencies provide services that combat poverty, help the elderly age with dignity, promote Jewish identity and renewal, strengthen children and families, and open doors to those with disabilities and special needs.

Event chairs included Karen and Andrew Greenspan of Chappaqua, Michele and Kevin Gregson of Chappaqua, Randi and Dan Kreisler of Pleasantville, Stephanie and Lee Speigel of Chappaqua, Drs. Rochelle and Joshua Waldman of Scarsdale, and Giselle and Alan Weissman of Rye.

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cudnerhyatthouseThe Scarsdale Historical Society has provided a $100,000 grant to the Friends of the Scarsdale Library to assist in the renovation of the Library. "The Scarsdale Historical Society is very pleased to be able to assist in this important community project. We look forward to continuing to work with the Library on developing a Scarsdale History area as part of the renovated library," said Randy Guggenheimer, Scarsdale Historical Society President.
"We're thrilled by this gift, which will immediately be doubled through a one-to-one match offered by two very generous donors," said Library Board President Terri Simon. "The Historical Society's commitment underscores community recognition of the Library's enduring value not only as a repository of materials, but as an active place of research for Scarsdale now and for generations to come."

"The Historical Society and the Library have had a successful partnership for many years. We are grateful for the continued support and look forward to collaborating on many future projects," said Elizabeth Bermel, Director of the Scarsdale Public Library.

The Scarsdale Historical Society has previously given grants to the Library for digitization of the Scarsdale Inquirer newspaper and for funding summer internships. The Scarsdale Historical Society and the Library are working together on a "Bring Your Scarsdale History" event which will take place this spring.

About the Scarsdale Historical Society
The Scarsdale Historical Society exists to discover, preserve, and disseminate historical information as well as inspire others to learn about and contribute to the history of Scarsdale and the Central mid-Westchester region.

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itamar Zorman photoOn Thursday, March 30, 2017 the JCC of Mid-Westchester will host its Annual Benefit, this year entitled A Salute to the Arts. The event will be held from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the JCC at 999 Wilmot Road in Scarsdale. "Now, more than ever, the JCC needs the community to support its mission and growth" says Benefit co-chair Laura Sheppe Miller, a Scarsdale resident. Adds co-chair and fellow Scarsdale resident, Elise Flagg, "I am thrilled that we are focusing the spotlight on the Arts this year so that more people will have the opportunity to join us and learn about the wonderful programs at the JCC and its important presence right here in our back yard".

The event will also honor Peter Rothschild, past Board President, board member and longtime supporter of the JCC Mid-Westchester. Peter is a managing partner at RF Investment Partners and a resident of Scarsdale. A Salute to the Arts will feature the story of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as told through film, musical performance, and dance.

Over 250 community members and supporters are expected to attend this highly anticipated event. A Salute to the Arts will celebrate the arts in various forms, featuring the JCC Dance School; Josh Aaronson, author; and Itamar Zorman, violinist. Additionally, the work of three artists will be displayed in a gallery setting; items will be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds benefitting the JCC of Mid-Westchester.

"JCC of Mid-Westchester has been a center for culture and arts for over 60 years" says Executive Director Karen Kolodny. "The benefit this year helps us to bring attention to our gem of a theater, the Bendheim Performing Arts Center. We are privileged to have this amazing space in our facility and honored to share it with the community. It is just one of the many elements that make the JCC a unique and special place for the Westchester community."

Westchester Theatre of Dance, under the direction of JCC Dance School Director, Jayne Santoro, will perform to Johann Pachelbel's "Cannon in D," with choreography by Mimi Wallace.

Josh Aaronson, Academy Award-nominated film producer josh aronsonand director, and co-author of the book "Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors", will present an excerpt of the film based on his book.

Violinist Itamar Zorman will perform to a backdrop of images from the original Israel Philharmonic. Itamar has appeared with The Israel Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, The Tokyo Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. His participation was secured in cooperation with the Westchester Philharmonic.

The artwork of Tova Snyder and David Stahl will be on display and for sale, along with the "Passage to Israel" exhibit, a traveling gallery that features various renowned Israeli artists.

JCC of Mid-Westchester provides numerous programs and services to the Westchester community, providing stimulating lectures, concerts and panel discussions for active adults to aging-in-place seniors and those who are residing at local assisted living facilities; gymnastics, swim, dance and fitness programs for all ages; a home for special needs programming for children, teens and an adult special needs community gardening projects; a flourishing nursery school and day camps for children from age 2; speech, occupational and physical therapy for children; and the "Witness Theatre," an innovative intergenerational journey for Holocaust survivors and high school students. Just as important it welcomes people from all backgrounds and religions.

For tickets call 914-472-7672 or click here

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bingo nightAlmost 50 parents and children attended the Fourth Annual Bingo night on March 2. The energy in the room was electric as kids and parents alike sat on the edge of their seats, waiting for that final number to be called by Craig Fuehrer, who strong voice made him the ideal announcer. Winners were able to choose from a bevy of items at the generous prize table. For those who needed refreshments, candies, cookies and drinks were readily available and provided renewed commitment to the game.

Since its inception over 65 years ago, the SHS PTA Scholarship Fund for College has helped to make college a reality for more than 800 Scarsdale students. 100% of the funds raised each year goes directly towards the tuition payments of graduating high school students. The impact of this committee is significant; last year it awarded $87,00 in grants. Committee members appreciate the community's support of this important resource.

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