42 Worldwide Jewish Students Win International Heritage Prize – “My Family Story” Awards Ceremony
Hundreds of kids and their families, representing dozens of countries, packed the museum to participate in a fun-filled, multi-cultural encounter that celebrated this year’s My Family Story competition and exhibit opening.
My Family Story developed by the International School for Jewish People Studies at Beit Hatfutsot (ISJPS), enables each student and family to value the treasures that define their family, share it with their community, and participate in an international competition in which their family stories are showcased like museum pieces.
This unique yearlong educational program is one of Beit Hatfutsot’s most innovative flagship programs. It concludes with The Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf Competition at Beit Hatfutsot. The projects were judged on four criteria: Jewish peoplehood, creativity, depth of research and aesthetics. The winning art installations were shipped to Israel, and are currently on exhibit till July 15.
Kuky and Sergio Grosskopf, the leading supporters of the program attended the event and together with Beit Hatfutsot’s Chair of the Board, Irina Nevzlin-Kogan and Dan Tadmor (CEO) as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps, they awarded the prizes to this year’s 42 winners, chosen from 168 overall artistic installations.
The awards’ ceremony included not only a short performance by Tararam Kids but also a video of President Peres sharing his own “family story”, emphasizing the significance of Beit Hatfutsot and its substantial role in education and in preserving the story of the Jewish People.
This year, nearly 13,000 students participated representing 82 worldwide Jewish institutions. Besides tracing their relatives’ life stories, they research the overall details of times past, family traditions, unique customs, artifacts, songs and the spiritual heritage of each and every family. The result is a special bond with the legacy of earlier generations and embracing it within their everyday lives.
“Every person is the creator of a special life story. Every family is a collection of stories that traverse many continents, countries, and periods. The Jewish people encompasses the stories of individuals, families, and communities, which together form a rich and diverse, animated and vibrant fabric of the Jewish story throughout the generations,” said Talia Avnon-Benveniste, the Director of The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot. “My Family Story” enables every student to appreciate the value imbedded in their family, present it to their respective communities, and take part in an international competition in which the stories are showcased as if they were museum pieces.
The ceremony was beamed globally via livestream to all the contest’s participating countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
To read more about this years’ winning projects please click here.
To learn more about the program please click here.
List of Participants: Israel
- Tal Sagiv, Gedera
- Yoni Ben Ami, Kiryat Ata
- Neta Ziv, Shefayim
- Noah Kalif, Shoham
- Aviv Elharar, Mazkeret Batya
- Ido Leiser, Gedera
- Shoham Chen, Kiryat Ata
- Elal Gilboa, Kochav Yair
- Shachar Zamir, Shefayim
- Hagar Yishai, Tel Aviv
- Lior Levin, Shoham
- Yarin Salfati, Be’er Sheva
Latin America & Spain
- Ethan Ben Dahan, Madrid
- Yoel Chocron, Madrid
- 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, USA
- Talia Byrnes, Los Angeles, USA
- Evan Haimm, New Jersey, USA
- Yanai Ben Zvi, San Diego, USA
- Gabriel Simpser, San Diego, USA
- Gideon Aroni, Victoria
FSU & Ukraine
- Anastasia Champalova, Samara, Russia
- Michelle Chernokozinskaya, Zaporozhye, Ukraine
- Leana Cohen, Paris
- Danny Amarilio, Athens