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"My Family Story" in North America

03.08.2011

September Sees Launch of 'My Family Story' throughout North America


 

After 14 years of international success, Beit Hatfutsot is proud to announce that registration is now open throughout North America for its flagship program, My Family Story.


This year teachers, students, and families will have the added benefit of our newly launched My Family Story curriculum which gives a revised educational structure and  framework to the program aimed at 5-8th graders (10-14 year-olds). This new curriculum has been developed by our team of educators at the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, which is dedicated to using Beit Hatfutsot as a platform for enhancing Jewish peoplehood. We are happy to introduce Ilan and Ruth, characters in My Family Story, who are part of the curriculum and an integral part of a new website, which will be launched shortly. The website allows pupils and their teachers to join world-wide conversations and forums on the subjects raised in My Family Story and hold in-depth discussions on issues of Jewish identity.


My Family Story offers a creative and hands-on method for teaching Jewish heritage, strengthening connections with the Jewish story, and creating a sense of belonging to the Jewish People. Participating students will embark on a journey to the past, exploring their roots and creating a unique project that goes well-beyond the usual family tree.  My Family Story is a journey that connects youngsters to their personal stories, to their family histories, and to their connection to the greater story of the Jewish People.


Outstanding projects will be submitted to the Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf International My Family Story Competition held at Beit Hatfutsot in June. Finalists will participate in the opening of the My Family Story exhibit in Israel.


If you are interested in giving your school community a truly enriching experience which unites personal identity with Jewish and Israel identity, please contact Catriella Freedman at catriellaf@bh.org.il