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My Family Story – International Annual Competition 2016

Over 300 excited young teens and their families from around the world gathered for the gala opening of the 21st year of My Family Story 2016 exhibit taking pride in their colorful creative displays that exquisitely captured their personal and collective Jewish identity and heritage. My Family Story 2016 celebrations were especially festive this year when many participated throughout the day in fun-filled activities held directly in the museum’s inaugural New Wing. From the moment guests arrived to attend the International Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf, there was a noisy explosion of emotions expressed in a medley of languages like Spanish, Russian, German, Hungarian, Latvian and of course English and Hebrew.

Shailee Carmeli, a 7th grader at Bialik College in Melbourne, Australia, designed a beautiful collection of wine glasses assembled into the shape of a Star of David. “My journey discovering the past not only exposed our family to new roots and ancestors that were previously unknown to us but encouraged me to dig further and continue learning about my family’s history. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.” Click here to view all the displays.

My Family Story impacts the whole family. G.M., a 6th grader at The Gan of Belgravia in London, England, was accompanied by her mom who was thrilled with their museum visit.  “Our day at Beit Hatfutsot was absolutely magical and we are still basking in the wonder of our visit. We both had a wonderful time learning from you and getting to know the other families from around the world. G.M. felt inspired and proud and made memories for a lifetime. Thank you again for the opportunity!”

The day culminated with the final awards ceremony, the sight of hundreds of teens–happy to be together, and very proud of their home countries, while elated to be in Israel.  MC’d by Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste, director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, she spoke simultaneously in Hebrew and English beamed live-stream globally to the 155 participating institutions from 28 countries including 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.

A procession of young people crossed the stage cheered on by their families as they were recognized by a particularly large number of esteemed diplomatic corps, representatives of some of the participating countries, together with Beit Hatfutsot’s CEO, Dan Tadmor, and Shula Bahat, the Museum’s CEO in America, on hand to award the prizes and certificates to this year’s over 40 winners, chosen from hundreds of worldwide contenders. The diplomats present included, Hungarian Ambassador Andor Nagy and Cultural Attaché Dr. Novak Attila UK Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Rob Dixon, Spanish Cultural Attaché. Mr. Juan Villar, Argentina’s Cultural Attaché Mr. Gustavo Rutilo, Mr. Anthony Hinton, Canada’s General Relations Attaché,, Ms.Polina Levi Eskenazi – American Cultural Program Specialist, and Mrs. Julie Fisher, wife of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who spoke about her earlier work as an educator in a Jewish Day School, in Washington, DC. while praising the value of My Family Story. An energetic performance by the talented young members of the Georgian National Ballet Dance-Israel highlighted the multicultural aspect of My Family Story.

(Photos: Nir Shaanani)

Watch the full ceremony:

Shailee Carmeli, a 7th grader at Bialik College in Melbourne, Australia, designed a beautiful collection of wine glasses assembled into the shape of a Star of David. “My journey discovering the past not only exposed our family to new roots and ancestors that were previously unknown to us but encouraged me to dig further and continue learning about my family’s history. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.” Click here to view all the displays.

My Family Story impacts the whole family. G.M., a 6th grader at The Gan of Belgravia in London, England, was accompanied by her mom who was thrilled with their museum visit.  “Our day at Beit Hatfutsot was absolutely magical and we are still basking in the wonder of our visit. We both had a wonderful time learning from you and getting to know the other families from around the world. G.M. felt inspired and proud and made memories for a lifetime. Thank you again for the opportunity!”

The day culminated with the final awards ceremony, the sight of hundreds of teens–happy to be together, and very proud of their home countries, while elated to be in Israel.  MC’d by Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste, director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, she spoke simultaneously in Hebrew and English beamed live-stream globally to the 155 participating institutions from 28 countries including 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.

A procession of young people crossed the stage cheered on by their families as they were recognized by a particularly large number of esteemed diplomatic corps, representatives of some of the participating countries, together with Beit Hatfutsot’s CEO, Dan Tadmor, and Shula Bahat, the Museum’s CEO in America, on hand to award the prizes and certificates to this year’s over 40 winners, chosen from hundreds of worldwide contenders. The diplomats present included, Hungarian Ambassador Andor Nagy and Cultural Attaché Dr. Novak Attila UK Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Rob Dixon, Spanish Cultural Attaché. Mr. Juan Villar, Argentina’s Cultural Attaché Mr. Gustavo Rutilo, Mr. Anthony Hinton, Canada’s General Relations Attaché,, Ms.Polina Levi Eskenazi – American Cultural Program Specialist, and Mrs. Julie Fisher, wife of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who spoke about her earlier work as an educator in a Jewish Day School, in Washington, DC. while praising the value of My Family Story. An energetic performance by the talented young members of the Georgian National Ballet Dance-Israel highlighted the multicultural aspect of My Family Story.

(Photos: Nir Shaanani)

Argentina’s Cultural Attaché Mr. Gustavo Rutilo, Spanish Cultural Attaché. Mr. Juan Villar, CEO BH, Dan Tadmor, Professor Batia Nemirovsky, Argentina’s director of Central Council of Jewish Education, Martha Mazo, founder of MFS

Argentina’s Cultural Attaché Mr. Gustavo Rutilo, Spanish Cultural Attaché. Mr. Juan Villar, CEO BH, Dan Tadmor, Professor Batia Nemirovsky, Argentina’s director of Central Council of Jewish Education, Martha Mazo, founder of MFS

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Shula Bahat, Noa Rudisch from Congregation Shearith Israel in partnership with the Breman Museum from Atlanta, and her mother Adina Rudisch, with family and friends

Mr. Anthony Hinton, Canada's General Relations Attache', Ms.Polina Levi Eskenazi – American Cultural Program Specialist, UK Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Rob Dixon, Mrs. Julie Fisher, wife of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Shula Bahat

Mr. Anthony Hinton, Canada’s General Relations Attache’, Ms.Polina Levi Eskenazi – American Cultural Program Specialist, UK Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Rob Dixon, Mrs. Julie Fisher, wife of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Shula Bahat

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The Georgian National Ballet Dance-Israel

Mika Goren with her father and younger sister

Mika Goren with her father and younger sister

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Giulianna Dondisch from San Diego Jewish Academy, USA shares her family story project with her friends

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Mr. Anthony Hinton, Canada’s General Relations Attache’, Ms.Polina Levi Eskenazi – American Cultural Program Specialist, UK Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Rob Dixon, Mrs. Julie Fisher, wife of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, and Mrs. D’vora Greisman Daniels

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