“My Family Story” – The 20th Anniversary Ceremony
My Family Story is one of Beit Hatfutsot’s most innovative flagship programs. Young participants in Israel and worldwide Jewish communities, embark on a meaningful, personal, and experiential, multigenerational Jewish heritage project. Through personal research and inspiring creativity the students produce an art display illustrating their families’ roots and connection to the greater story of the Jewish people.
The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot recently held a festive ceremony on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the program. Over 600 students and their families, from Israel and around the world, celebrated the culmination of the annual Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf International Competition. 170 Jewish institutions involving over 20,000 Jewish youth in 25 countries participated in the competition.
200 artistic installations from around the world were submitted to the international competition, in memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf. Participating countries included: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela. The 44 finalists and their families attended the opening of the international exhibit, which showcased their exceptional creations.
Members of the diplomatic corps from winning countries, including the cultural attaché from the Argentinian embassy were in attendance, as well as representatives from the Grosskopf family. Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot greeted the guests, congratulating the competition’s winners for their inspiring displays and their appreciation of their Jewish heritage. He stressed the importance of expanding this competition, in an outreach effort to additional Jewish schools around the globe.
To mark the 20th anniversary of My Family Story, Beit Hatfutsot turned to prominent Jewish leaders asking them to share in brief their “story”. 40 entries were submitted by artists, rabbis, philanthropists, perfomers, community leaders, diplomats and sportsmen from Israel and from around the world. President Yitzhak Navon, Rabbi David Wolpe, Yasmin Levy, Eliahou Eric Bokobza, Idan Reichel, Ambassador Avi Pazner, Maj. Gen (ret.) Eitan Ben Eliahou, Charles Bronfman, Lynn Schusterman to name a few.
Beit Hatfutsot wishes to thank: The Grosskopf Family, the Nadav Foundation, the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, IAC, the Maimonides Fund, the Jewish Agency, Hefziba, Ms. Juanita Edelstein.
Watch full ceremony here: https://livestream.com/sconnect/familystory
A personal account of the evening, by Anna Hecht, Manager of Donor Relationships at Beit Hatfutsot:
Distilling what it means to be a Jew
Beit Hatfutsot’s 20th Anniversary My Family Story awards ceremony this week was like an experience in figuring out, for once and for all, what it means to be a Jew.
Forty-two 12-15 year olds and their proud-as-punch families, selected from over 20,000 program participants from 25 countries around the globe gathered at the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv… [Read full post in Anna’s blog]
(Photos: Nir Shaanani)