42 Worldwide Jewish Students Win International Heritage Prize


Get inspired! Watch this year's winning projects:

Family Story Cover

About The Exhibit

Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People Opens Official My Family Story Exhibit.


On Monday, June 9, 2014 from 16:00-17:30 The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People is thrilled to welcome hundreds of students and their families from Israel and around the world to celebrate the annual My Family Story event.

My Family Story, a far-reaching educational initiative, is one of Beit Hatfutsot’s most innovative flagship programs. Through a yearlong curriculum, young participants in Israel and worldwide Jewish communities, embark on a fun and meaningful, personal, experiential, international and multigenerational Jewish heritage project. Through rigorous research and inspiring creativity the students produce a final art installation illustrating their personal exploration into their family roots and connection to the greater story of the Jewish people.

This year, 82 institutions, and more than 13,000 students in over a dozen countries participated in the My Family Story initiative in which 168 chosen artistic displays from around the world were submitted to the International Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf, the highlight of the program. Participating countries included: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.

Shachar Zamir

Shachar Zamir – Hof Hasharon School, Shefayim, Israel. “Chain of Generations” – Shachar’s display uses clothes to portray his family’s origin and he focuses on his two grandfathers. Shachar dressed one side of the doll in a ghetto uniform with a yellow Star of David, in memory of his great grandfather Alter Fiore. The other side of the doll is dressed in an army uniform, honoring the actions of his great grandfather Moshe Shihrur, seventh generation in the land of Israel, and a founder of Haganah. The figure stands on a tree, showing the sources of the chains of generations. The chain encloses the tree and on it are pictures of family members according to their countries of origin. 

Sol Manor

Sol Manor, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles. “Courage in a Suitcase” – Sol’s suitcase is a symbol of his family’s life: a passport, travel destinations, and his family album and tree, which tell the familiar story of courage and perseverance of a wandering Jewish people. Sol’s grandfather Dan, a crew member on the Israeli submarine, Dakar, travelled a different kind of journey, and packed a suitcase of toys for his newborn son that never made their destination. The submarine disappeared on its maiden voyage to Israel. Here the toys represent the varied occupations of Sol’s ancestors demonstrating a mobile people that eternally survives and thrives. The suitcase represents the continuity of the Jewish people and in Sol’s words: “We ‘carry’ our Jewish identity and traditions like a suitcase.”

Yarin Salfati

Yarin Salfati – Makif Vav School, Be’er Sheva, Israel. “Eternal Melody” – Yarin mounted a harp, that one can strum, on a roof of a synagogue, modeled after a synagogue built by his great grandfather. The inside of the synagogue is lit and invites people to enter. These are the sources of Yarin’s Judaism. Concepts of roots and connection to the surroundings and to the land are emphasized by the shades of brown.

Taly Shifra Vainer Polischuk

Taly Shifra Vainer Polischuk – Jaim Weitzman School, San Jose, Costa Rica. “The Game of Chess” – Jewish sages say that the Jewish people rest on three pillars – Torah, prayer and acts of Hesed or human kindness. This display expands on this idea within the stories found inside these three-colored chess sets. The white set is a collection of stories of Taly’s closest family members; the black set includes family members who perished in the Holocaust; and the brown set represents life’s complexities: rules, choices and difficult decisions which have telling consequences. In each set, the king and the queen epitomize our cornerstones: Torah and Israel.


נטע זיו  בית החינוך המשותף - חוף השרון שפיים -ישראל

Neta Ziv – Hof Hasharon School, Shefayim, Israel. “Grandpa Pinchas’s Basket of Oranges” – Active Model. Using Great Grandpa Pinchas Zuzovsky’s story of absorption in Israel, Neta demonstrates the hard manual labor invested in Israel’s orchards in the years following the establishment of the State. The Israeli agricultural industry was at its peak. Grandpa Pinchas earned his income by sewing baskets to gather the fruit harvest to improve the orange collection, when suitable machinery was scarce. The baskets eased the strenuous work of many orange pickers. 

Talia Byrnes from Los Angeles with her great grandmother (age 107), her family, with Sergio Grosskopf, Irina Nevzlin Kogan

Talia Byrnes from Los Angeles with her great grandmother (age 107), her family, with Sergio Grosskopf, Irina Nevzlin Kogan 

Ethan Ben Dahan, winner from Spain

Ethan Ben Dahan, winner from Spain 

Taly Vainer Polischuk from Costa Rica

Taly Vainer Polischuk from Costa Rica, Ambassador Rodrigo Carreras, Sergio Grosskopf, and guests Martha Mazo, Costa Rica Ambassador Rodrigo Carreras, Dan Tadmor, Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Kuky and Sergio Grosskopf 



Project by Talia Byrnes LA

Project by Talia Byrnes, L.A.

Project by Yanai Ben Zvi San Diego USA

“Seeds of Wisdom”, project by Yanai Ben Zvi, San Diego, U.S.A. 

Israeli winner Tal Sagiv (Gedera) and her family

Israeli winner Tal Sagiv (Gedera) and her family 

Sol Manors relatives grandmother Nurit Manor and uncle Eldar Manor

Sol Manor’s relatives: grandmother Nurit Manor and uncle Eldar Manor 

Rafael Askenazi Shaooli from Mexico and his family

Rafael Askenazi Shaooli from Mexico and his family


The 2014 Winners:

  • Tal Sagiv, Gedera, Israel
  • Yoni Ben Ami, Kiryat Ata, Israel
  • Neta Ziv, Shefayim, Israel
  • Noah Kalif, Shoham, Israel
  • Aviv Elharar, Mazkeret Batya, Israel
  • Ido Leiser, Gedera, Israel
  • Shoham Chen, Kiryat Ata, Israel
  • Elal Gilboa, Kochav Yair, Israel
  • Shachar Zamir, Shefayim, Israel
  • Hagar Yishai, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lior Levin, Shoham, Israel
  • Yarin Salfati, Israel
  • Ethan Ben Dahan, Madrid, Spain
  • Yoel Chocron, Madrid, Spain
  • Taly Shifra Vainer Polischuk, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Jonathan Rozenbaum Bierzwinski, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Alejandro Finkelstein Kaplan, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Alan Yosef Taub Cohen, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jose Rosenfeld Eluani, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Nurit Bistre Taifeld, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Rafael Askenazi Shaooli, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Tomas Misrahi, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Brooke Rubinoff, Toronto, Canada
  • Sol Manor, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Talia Byrnes, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • Evan Haimm, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • Yanai Ben Zvi, San Diego, U.S.A.
  • Gabriel Simpser, San Diego, U.S.A.
  • Gideon Aroni, Victoria, Australia
  • Anastasia Champalova, Samara, Russia
  • Michelle Chernokozinskaya, Zaporozhye, Ukraine
  • Leana Cohen, Paris, France
  • Danny Amarilio, Athens, Greece