L'Dor Va'Dor - From Generation to Generation

October 29, 2013

By Mary Yanny, Early Childhood Education Teacher

“L'Dor Va'Dor” is a phrase heard and seen all over our JCC.  Over the past 22 years as an educator at the JCC, I have had enough time to experience and witness “L’Dor Va’Dor - From Generation to Generation.”

L’Dor Va’Dor is more than a phrase.  It is a felt experience to be witnessed.  There are so many examples of L’Dor Va’Dor, but there are two that I hold near and dear to my heart. I experience “From Generation to Generation” each and every day because I have the pleasure of working with my former students.  Alyssa and Carly Rubnitz teach at Gan Ami Early Childhood Education; Sam Schley and Dale Kimmel have taken on teaching rolls in the after school program, Kids Center; and Grace Fantle and Jonah Wagon continued in leadership positions at Camp Interlaken JCC this last summer. Seeing my former students interact with their students and campers is a testament to L’Dor Va’Dor.

My other favorite example of L’Dor Va’Dor happens while I am away at Camp Interlaken JCC during the summer months. Nine years ago at Camp Interlaken I was teaching art. On the first day of chugim (activities) the young adult counselor who was scheduled to assist me came up to me and asked, “Do you remember me, Mary?  I am Adena.”  In her now young adult face I saw the child she had once been.  I responded, “Of course I remember you Adena.”  In our lives we all long to be seen and remembered.  

Whether you are an educator, mentor, parent or grandparent look for L’Dor Va’Dor.  Let us all wish our students, children and grandchildren the words of the great troubadour of my generation, Bob Dylan:

May god bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay, forever young

May you stay forever young