“My Family Story” – The 20th Anniversary Ceremony

June 22, 2015

Source: Beth Hatefutsoth


"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. 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.


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.


Watch the full ceremony here.‪ ‬‬

Updated: Jul. 15, 2015