In honor of Martin Luther King Day, TLC led a special L’dor V’dor program for the residents of Lions Gate, an assisted-living facility in Voorhees.
So, what is L’dor V’dor exactly? L’dor V’dor is the Hebrew phrase for “from generation to generation.” It is a beautiful concept in Judaism that evokes emotional images of the Torah being lovingly passed down from one generation to the next. So, how does L’dor V’dor function? While the older generation is responsible for sharing, teaching, and making room for new ideas, the younger generation must respect the older ways, ask about them, approach several members of the previous generations, and actively work to understand the past, and to remember it.
Our program began with the students and me leading a Shacharit service for the residents, which included prayers and blessings that we study every week in our “Learners Minyan.” Following our morning service, our students conducted a two-part interview of the residents. The first portion of the interview consisted of questions concerning Jewish life, such as: What is your favorite Jewish Holiday? What are your favorite Jewish prayers and blessings? Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what do you remember about the trip? And how did it shape your Judaism? The second part of the interview was designated for the passing down of knowledge and advice. The questions consisted of: What advice would you like to pass down to the younger generations? What is something that you know now that you wish you knew as a young adult. And lastly, on a scale from 1-10, how important has Judaism been in your life?
This was such an amazing experience, and our students did a wonderful job! Everyone from the staff of Lions Gates to the residents were thoroughly impressed by their behavior and their eagerness to learn. This is just another great example of the type of wonderful projects we are doing every week at TLC! So come, stop by and say hello. We always love new faces!