PELIE Scholarships launch MFS in America
PELIE Scholarships launch My Family Story in America
We like to ask our visitors on tour at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People "What's your story?" because the Jewish People is made up of individual stories we love to tell each other, thereby continuing the ongoing and unique story of the Jewish people.
When Mark and Susie Charendoff and their children David and Rachel toured with us, they were interested in the museum's story and were especially enthusiastic about the My Family Story exhibit, a collection of unique artistic displays created by Jewish youth from around the world participating in Beit Hatfutsot flagship educational program and competition. The dynamic and creative installations were expressions of family roots research that identified personal family stories with the collective story of the Jewish people.
My Family Story has been making an impact internationally for 15 years, with over 30,000 Jewish families in over a dozen countries participating in the program. My Family Story was recently adapted by the forward thinking educators of Beit Hatfutsot for the diversity of the American Jewish community and has been introduced at a variety of learning centers across America.
Mark shared our story with PELIE Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, a partnership of funders, whose mission is to impact complementary Jewish education in America. PELIE Executive Director Jane Slotin, appreciative of the added value of this home-based, multigenerational, creative, interactive and engaging program, partnered with the International School of Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot and with Beit Hatfutsot of America to offer a challenging proposition: "Let's launch My Family Story in America by registering 20 organizations in 30 days by December 31, 2012." PELIE then took two substantial initiatives: they introduced My Family Story to a diverse group of American Jewish organizations AND offered a PELIE scholarship to cover the registration fee of My Family Story for twenty institutions.
Thanks to Charendoff's interest in My Family Story, PELIE's enthusiasm and generous contribution, together with Beit Hatfutsot’s teams in Israel and the US, we reached our goal and more! Now that North American Jewish learning centers are members of My Family Story, hundreds of families and kids are connecting to their roots, heritage and culture - a new generation that envisions itself as part of the story of the Jewish people. Stay tuned…we're just getting started!