L’Dough V’Dough

June 5, 2019

On May 17, students from Hillel at Stanford got together with local Holocaust survivors to bake challah and learn from each other. The event — called L’Dough V’Dough, a play on the Hebrew “l’dor v’dor,” “from generation to generation” — is part of a student project by April Ball, supported by Hillel at Stanford’s Springboard Innovation Fellow, Jason Kuperberg.

April Ball and Stephanie Jacobs, a Los Angeles photographer and instructional designer, traveled to Europe last summer to conduct interviews with Holocaust survivors in the Netherlands and Belgium. Their work, which combines photography and first-person narratives, is displayed in a new exhibit at Hillel at Stanford, and the project is ongoing. 

To mark the opening of the exhibit, Ball and Kuperberg, hosted L’Dough V’Dough at Hillel and partnered with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center, as well as the Stanford University Office of the Vice President for the Arts. The event brought together students with a wide range of experiences, continuing to build a cross-campus community through Hillel. 

Below are some images highlighting this initiative:

Students from the Jewish community and across campus came together, sharing laughs while discussing a difficult topic in an uplifting manner.
(Photos by Stephanie Jacobs)
Stanford student Dean Manko teaches Holocaust survivor Helga how to braid challah, for the first time. Braiding challah together engages all of the senses and helps break down perceived barriers between generations, cultivating more meaningful and dynamic conversation.
(Photo by Stephanie Jacobs)
A proud student shows off her beautiful challah. For many students, this was the first time braiding challah. Those with more experience were able to share their expertise.
(Photos by Stephanie Jacobs)
The Jewish Family and Children’s Services Holocaust Center introduced Stanford Hillel students to Helga, who shared her story as a Holocaust survivor and child from Vienna.  
(Photo by Stephanie Jacobs)

The program emphasizes the importance of intergenerational communication. The experiences and stories, like those shared by Helga, will continue to live on through the students who had the opportunity to hear from and spend time with survivors.

“This is my sixth year being involved with L’Dough V’Dough, and bringing it to Stanford was a powerful experience for me,” April Ball said. “Seeing my classmates and peers engage with such a meaningful opportunity was a reminder of why I do this work, to connect generations and engender inter-generational learning.” This event was an empowering experience for those in attendance, and everyone left with a unique perspective on humanity. 

This event was an empowering experience for those in attendance, and everyone left with a unique perspective on humanity.