Dor Vador: Sharing the Wisdom of Elders

Mission Statement

The Dor Vador program aims to foster mutual understanding and improved communication between generations. As a Cutting Edge grant recipient of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Dor Vador celebrates the life stories of Jewish elders and provides a vehicle for elders to share their wisdom with students in the Jewish community.


A project of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s Rongxiang Xu Regenerative Life Science Lab, Dor Vador is a program designed to stimulate storytelling and capture on film meaningful life experiences as told by older adults. These pivotal experiences serve as inspiration for Jewish students of varying ages and backgrounds to render the stories they hear into visual art.

It is anticipated that by synthesizing elements of storytelling, filmed interviews, content analysis, and artistic expression, the program will demonstrate the creative capacities of each group and the reciprocal benefits of intergenerational partnerships.

Photo Gallery

In phase one of the Dor Vador program, young adults in grades K-7 produce their impressions of key moments from the older adult’s stories. The photo gallery below represents the artwork produced by the Jewish students and moments from the art celebration event.

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