For over 14 years, Beth Hatefutsoth has been engaging tens of thousands of students from all over the world in Jewish heritage through the annual "My Family Story International Competition". In this competition, middle school students research and present their family stories and thereby explore their collective Jewish history.
In the 2009 competition, more than 20,000 students from different countries around the world participated presenting projects in their own languages.
- Target participants. The competition is intended for 12-15 years of age students, although entries from high school students are also accepted.
- Eligibility. Participation is only available through educational institutions and community centers. Individuals may not enter independently.
- School representatives. Each institution may select up to four individual projects prepared by their students to represent them in the international competition.
- Family Tree. Every project needs to be accompanied by a genealogical family tree. Family Echo software is available free online to help students build their family trees and then register to The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center at Beth Hatefutsoth to be preserved for future generations.
- Language. Projects can be submitted in students' native languages (Hebrew, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, etc.)
- Teacher support and online forum. An accompanying curricular unit, prepared by Beth Hatefutsoth, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education, and Tel Aviv University, is now available, along with an electronic forum to support teachers and students in the process of preparing My Family Story projects.