The Riverdale Y will remain temporarily closed, as per the New York State mandate to close places of public gathering, but we are still working for you. Check out our online offerings

Senior Center

Senior Center


Senior Center Action

Every day, volunteers are distributing hot meals from our kitchen to home-bound seniors.
Staff and volunteers are also making phone calls to check in with our older community members.
Total Meals Delivered: 52,506

For COVID-19 Volunteer opportunities, please e-mail

Senior Center Online



11:00 am 12:00 pm Jacob’s Lecture/Discussion on Varied Topics in these Changing Times

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Intergenerational Brain Games (8.10)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Men’s Club (email if interested)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Tech Help (8.10)

3:00 pm 4:00 pm Co-Ed Rap (8.10)

3:00 pm 4:00 pm Virtual Adventuring (8.10)


10:00 am 12:00 pm T’ai Chi

10:30 am 11:30 am Self Portraiture: Claiming & Celebrating Our Multiple Layers

10:30 am 11:30 am Game Show Live (8.11)

11:30 am 12:30 pm Avi’s Hebrew Club (email if interested)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Their Story (8.11)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Expressive Improv (8.11)

3:00 pm 4:00 pm UWW (University Without Walls) – Group 1 (8.11)


10:00 am 11:00 am Full: Sunshine Writers Circle (8.12)

10:30 am 11:30 am UWW (University Without Walls) – Group 2 (8.12)

10:30 am 11:30 am Radio Live! (8.12)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Bliss Fit – Dance, Stretch, and Strengthening Class

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Mystery Solvers (8.12)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Women’s’ Group (8.12)


10:30 am 11:30 am Poetry Class (8.13)

10:30 am 11:30 am Jewish Perspectives in the News (8.13)

11:30 am 12:30 pm Avi’s Hebrew Club (email if interested)

1:00 pm 2:00 pm Listen to Me – Songs that Define Us (8.13)

2:30 pm 3:30 pm JASA What’s on Your Mind? NEW discussion group with Clinical Social Worker, Jeffrey Newman


*To join a class without a zoom link, please email Joseph Robinson at

DOROT Summer Teen Internship Program

DOROT is a prestigious Summer Teen Internship Program that inspires high school students to develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Our teen volunteers are a diverse group of socially-conscious individuals excited to facilitate inter-generational programs with the Riverdale Y Senior Center. Join us for the offerings below…

DOROT Facilitated Class Descriptions

Co-Ed Rap [Zoom or Dial In]

Facilitated, usually by a member of the group, discussion on various topics ranging from personal to current events. This will be in place of the regular 4 pm Monday Virtual Chats.

Expressive Improv with Frank Ingrasciotta [Zoom]

Back by popular demand, Frank Ingrasciotta will take is wildly popular and successful improv class into the virtual world. Having worked with so many of us in the past, at the Y, Frank will guide us through improvisational scene writing and interpretations. Each session will be based on a different theme for the week and will make us laugh, and cry and stretch our thespian craft to new heights.

Game Show Live [Zoom]

Have you ever wished to compete on some of your favorite game shows? Do you often know the right question to ask Jeopardy? Are you upset when the contestants continually use the letter R, S, and T only to find they are nowhere in the word on Wheel of Fortune? Join our DOROT Teen Interns for an interactive gaming experience where you actually play as a participant in the show.

Intergenerational Brain Games [Zoom]

Keep your mind fresh and challenged through word and picture puzzles. Teens will teach simple games that can be easily played over Zoom using pen and paper. We will meet together in a large group to learn and then split into small groups to play.

Listen to Me – Songs that Define Us [Zoom]

Each of us has a “personal soundtrack” of pivotal moments in our lives, from the music of our youth to the songs that encapsulate our greatest heights and lows. We will curate individual, thematic playlists for each session. We will use music as a springboard to engage in dialogue, discussion, debate, exchange, and insight into each others’ lives and personalities while attempting to address the broad question of “what can you learn about me through the lens of what I listen to.”

Men’s Group [Zoom or Dial In]

Join the Riverdale Y’s COO, Matt Abrams Gerber, along with several of our male Jewish teen interns as we explore gender-specific topics.

Mystery Solvers [Zoom]

Participants will step into Pre War Poland as detectives, working to solve a mystery. Visiting locations, making inquiries, and following the trail, each clue will bring you closer to solving the case! Interact with historical figures live to gather information vital to solving the mystery. Teens and seniors will work together in small teams, share information, solve puzzles, and come up with their own theories.

Poetry Class [Zoom]

We will consider poetry through the prism of intergenerational dialogue, with a specific focus on Jewish poets and Jewish content. Seniors and DOROT Teen Interns will interact with each other by way of exploring poetry prompt, sharing ideas, experiences, and personal writing.

Radio Live! [Zoom]

Recreate some of your favorite radio moments in this intergenerational offering.  With scripts in hand, be ready to read aloud to a wide array of authentic radio broadcasts alongside our DOROT teen interns.

Self Portraiture: Claiming & Celebrating Our Multiple Layers with Visual Artist Nancy Katz [Zoom]

We’ll have fun discovering and defining our selves through a series of visual & written exercises—privately and in small groups. Ultimately using wooden stacking dolls as our “canvas,” we will apply an assortment of materials & techniques (paint, collage, etc.) to illustrate the variety of elements that make each of us one-of-a-kind.

Social Issues through a Jewish Lens [Zoom or Dial In]

Join DOROT Teen Interns to explore what Jewish tradition, history, and wisdom can teach us about a variety of current social issues.

Story Swap [Zoom or Dial In]

Spend the afternoon “swapping” stories of life experiences between DOROT Teen Interns and older adults. This will be an opportunity for us all to share precious memories and moments in time with a new friend, and will also be a chance to hear the story retold through the eyes of another. Those new eyes and ears will express the story as if it were their own and provide a new understanding of our own worlds.

Their Story

Wisdom doesn’t come easy. We are looking to help older adults share theirs with others. Working one on one, our DOROT Teens will support older adults interested in recording their legacies for loved ones and generations to come. All this through virtual conversations using the internet-based recording system of Their Story.

UWW (University Without Walls) Group 1 and 2 [Dial In]

Intergenerational telephone discussion. Teens and seniors will compare life experiences and learn what life looks like from many different perspectives.

Women’s’ Group [Zoom or Dial In]

Join Sharon Asherman, Sr. Center Director, along with several of our female Jewish teen interns as we explore gender-specific topics.

Virtual Adventuring [Zoom]

Through the power of technology, older adults and DOROT Teen Interns will explore, uncover, and discover the multitude of possibilities that our great world has to offer. Be it from a historical, anthropological, or sociological perspective this offering will take you on a journey and adventure in the comfort of your own home.

In Memory of our Senior Center Members Who Passed Away During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020

David Butler, Dorothy Goldman, Gerald Ornstein, Lenny Scheer, Louise Graham, Mayer Fried, Dr. Selywn Lederman, Seymour Dukovney, Sidney Cohen

Carl Boisseau, our Office Manager’s husband, also passed away during this time.

If you have other Senior Center or Y members to be added, please contact   

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