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Our Roots

Feb 26, 2015–May 24, 2015

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) and Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, present Our Roots, an international youth video project. These video portraits were created by The CJM’s Teen Art Connect interns and youth from Poland in conjunction with the exhibitions Letters to Afar and Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies.

about the project

These select films were created by The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Teen Art Connect interns, a diverse group of Bay Area high school students, and youth from Poland participating in the Our Roots project. The filmmakers focused on a particular aspect of their families’ stories to answer broader questions about their own roots. The collaborative process revealed commonality and differences allowing the teens to learn about their peers and gain a deeper understanding of themselves.


Maria Avellan
Isabel Alves de Lima
Rafal Ancypo
Molly Bond
Anna Chang
Tiger Chow
Mateusz Ejsmont
Sophie Fox
Sam Garcia
Vanessa Gershbein
Hope Kogod
Karol Matejczyk
Jakub Pilecki
Chloe Lee Rowlands
Katarina Spisz
Cambria Weinshilboum-Warfield
Colin Yap


Thank you to the following individuals for supporting this project

Anna Wencel, Carlos Arrieta, Diana Yip, Leah Greenberg, Leon Rajninger, Roseli Arellano, Yedida Kanfer, and Yoav Potash.

Teen Programs at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by major support from Deutsche Bank and U.S. Bank Foundation. Additional generous supporters include Macy’s, Union Bank Foundation, and the Ira A. Roschelle MD Family Foundation.

The Our Roots project was made possible with additional support from Rayko Photo Center.