About the Program - My Family Story

My Family Story (MFS), now in its 20th anniversary year, is a fun-filled, meaningful, personal, global and multigenerational Jewish heritage journey to the past, where the exploration of one’s Jewish family story, genealogy and traditions culminates in an artistic installation. My Family Story goes beyond the typical family tree. It connects the younger generation, between 12-15 years old, to their personal stories, their family stories, and the broader story of the Jewish people.

Who Participates?

In 2014, 13,000 kids, from a dozen countries, representing about 100 Jewish institutions, explored their families’ stories and genealogy. Participants were from Israel, Argentina, France, Costa Rica, Ukraine, Canada, Spain, US, Russia and Greece, to name a few countries.

The My Family Story Competition

At the center of My Family Story is the Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf International Competition in which Jewish institutions worldwide send their young participants’ best two projects to Beit Hatfutsot. This is a chance for them to win a free trip to Israel where they join the My Family Story annual event and their projects are displayed in an international exhibition at the museum.

Click here to see a variety of beautiful My Family Story displays from previous years.

How Do You Register?

We invite your community to participate in the 2015-2016 My Family Story International program. Click HERE to register your institution or email us at: myfamilystory@bh.org.il with any further questions.

After completing the on-line registration form a MFS representative will be in touch to welcome and discuss administrative, content and educational details.

Taly Shifra Vainer Polischuk

Taly Shifra Vainer Polischuk

Yanai Ben Zvi, San Diego, California

Yanai Ben Zvi, San Diego, California

Save the Date!

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The 2015 Awards Ceremony, also marking the program’s 20th anniversary, will be held in Beit Hatfutsot on Sunday, June 14 – CLICK here to view invitation

How Does My Family Story Add Value to Your Community?

  • Connects Jewish youth from Israel and around the world to their story and to the broader story of the Jewish people through the creation of a roots art project that reflects the research conducted as individuals and as families.
  • Strengthens Jewish identity and a sense of belonging and engagement with the Jewish people.
  • Establishes a dialogue between Jewish people from around the world and Israel through an experiential educational encounter.
  • Provides a creative and hands-on method for sharing Jewish heritage, promoting the historical memory of the Jewish people and creating a sense of Jewish peoplehood.
  • Offers an interactive family heritage program.
  • Engages participants via a series of tasks and goals based on the Project Based Learning teaching technique with home-based activities.
  • Furnishes an opportunity for Jewish peers to connect around the world and in Israel.
  • Supplies your institution with the chance to highlight a Jewish peoplehood event to your local community.
  • Organizes the chance for your community’s art displays to become part of Beit Hatfutsot’s international museum exhibition.

My Family Story Sample Curriculum

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The Family Story catalogue



Contact Us

To enter the program, your school or community center, please register using this form.

For further information, contact:
e-mail: myfamilystory@bh.org.il
Tel: +972-3-7457906, 972-52-6130516

Our Facebook Page: My Family Story