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My Family Story in Ann Arbor, Michigan


My Family Story in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Jewish community of Ann Arbor, Michigan, participated in activities of the Beit Hatfutsot My Family Story program as part of the Celebrate Israel Festival in May. The festival, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor, Michigan, included a special My Family Story booth in which visitors of all ages created and uploaded their family trees and share family stories. 

"This day is always a wonderful day full of fun, as well as a special day for everyone to gather and celebrate what we love about Israel,"Celebrate Israel committee chairwoman Laurel Hern said. Participants were also treated to Israeli dancing, Israeli street food and live entertainment. 

 My Family Story program, an international curriculum and competition of The International School of Jewish Peoplehood Studies aimed at encouraging young Jews to connect with their family roots, is now in its 16th year, with over 30,000 participants from 110 schools around the world this year.  “The program conveys the compelling message to young people that you are part of the story of the Jewish people: your story is important to the community as a whole,” said Beit Hatfutsot of America CEO Shula Bahat.

 Beit Hatfutsot of America, which coordinated the activity, is now working with the Jewish Federation of Ann Arbor to bring My Family Story to the community next year. To find out about bringing My Family Story to your own community, contact Beit Hatfutsot of America.