The What: L'Dough V'Dough is a program connecting students to Holocaust Survivors. In school, all students study history. It comes from standardized history textbooks that utilize an academic voice. At L'Dough V'Dough, we strive to connect students with first hand accounts of the Holocaust.
The Who: L'Dough V'Dough was created in 2012 by a small group of student, parent and Holocaust Survivor volunteers in the Conejo Valley. The name "L'Dough V'Dough" is derived from the Hebrew saying "L'Dor V'Dor," meaning "from generation to generation." There are numerous Holocaust Survivors in the Los Angeles area. In this program, we aim to provide students with the opportunity to make meaningful relationships with Survivors who want to share their experiences from the war with students, hoping that their stories will be passed on to future generations.
The When and Where: We meet at various schools in the Conejo Valley. While preparing and braiding the bread, we share stories in small groups and learn about the Survivors' personal experiences during the Holocaust. After we finish braiding the bread, we form a larger discussion circle to share revelations, ideas and connections.
The Why: Our mission at L'Dough V'Dough is to connect teens to Holocaust Survivors through storytelling and personal connection. We strive to educate teens about the common themes of humanity and the wrongdoings committed in our society (i.e. Anti-Semitism, intolerance, etc.), and then inspire them to act against wrongful action. We also realize that personal connections can be challenging because of a technologically advanced society. We aim to connect students to history through storytelling, a way not often discussed in the classroom. Our goal is to equip students with knowledge, as well as personal connections and stories as told by the Survivors, and to carry them forward for future generations.