Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of My Family Story
Worldwide Jewish International Heritage Competition: 155 Institutions, 28 Countries, 20,0000 JEWISH Youths in the Annual “My Family Story” Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf
My Family Story (MFS), now in its 22nd anniversary year, is a fun-filled, meaningful, personal, global and multigenerational Jewish heritage journey to the past, where the exploration of one’s Jewish family story, genealogy and traditions culminates in an artistic installation.
My Family Story goes beyond the typical family tree. It connects the younger generation, between 12-15 years old, to their personal stories, their family stories, and the broader story of the Jewish people.
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 display illustrating their personal exploration into their family roots and connection to the greater story of the Jewish people.
This year, 155 institutions, and more than 20,000 students from 28 countries participated in the My Family Story initiative in which 200 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 include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Latvia, Mexico, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
This year we launched the pilot initiative: CURATING YOUR FAMILY STORY with the support of the Covenant Foundation.
The 2017 annual awards ceremony took place on June 9th, with all the winners, their families, and distinguished guests.
My Family Story Gallery
(Photos: Nir Shaanani)