As we prepare for our auction and gala on March 10th, as well as our Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday, April 5th, I have been reflecting quite a bit on the value of L’Dor V’Dor.
L’Dor V’Dor, is a Hebrew phrase meaning “from generation to generation.” L’Dor V’Dor emphasizes the beauty and interconnectedness of past, present, and future, highlighting the link between ancestors, descendants, and the ongoing narrative of Jewish identity.
When I think of L’Dor V’Dor, I think of my grandmother, Julia Elizabeth. Liz, as she was known for most of her life, graduated from school in the early 1920s and began her teaching career in one of the last one-room schoolhouses in rural upstate New York. She retired after nearly 50 years in education so that my mom could take her place as the fifth grade teacher in their small town. I am incredibly grateful that she lived with us for portions of every winter, passing on her brownie recipe that no one else can get exactly right. Her presence in my life rooted me in our family history and tradition, while also teaching me to be the best educator and mother that I could possibly be.
My grandmother was a shining example of why L’Dor V’Dor is such an important value to honor and uphold at JDS. At its core, L’Dor V’Dor signifies the responsibility of each generation to preserve and pass on the collective wisdom accumulated over centuries. This continuity serves as a testament to the resilience of Jewish tradition amidst the very real challenges and adversities of the past and present, which solidifies the enduring relevance of L’Dor V’Dor in an ever-changing world.
I hope that the spirit of L’Dor V’Dor is present in your own life and that you can create those opportunities for your children. Please join us for our auction and gala on March 10th, where we plan to celebrate our theme of L’Dor V’Dor. Additionally, please share the date of April 5th with your child’s special loved ones so they can be a part of our Grandparents and Special Friends Day.