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Curating My Family Story with Beit Hatfutsot

Curating My Family Story is an annual workshop series held at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in collaboration with Beit Hatfutsot—The Museum of The Jewish People—in Tel Aviv, Israel, and supported by the Covenant Foundation. Families explore roots research, oral histories, and collaborative art making to create an artistic display based on their research and family history. Students aged 11–15 are invited to submit artwork to Beit Hatfutsot’s “My Family Story International Competition” for a chance to be included in their annual exhibition. Over 20,000 world-wide entries are submitted each year, with approximately 50 chosen to be included.

Naomi Silverman and her father Jerome Silverman, from San Jose, California participated in The CJM’s workshops and created an interactive video called Schatz's Dreck-a-Mix based on research into the life and history of Naomi’s Great Grandmother Rita Rosen. Presented as an animated box of chocolates viewers are guided through a presentation of stories, images, artifacts, and reflections.

Schatz's Dreck-a-Mix was selected to be included in the 2017 My Family Story 2017 International Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf! Naomi and her father will fly to Israel to personally take part in a two-day celebration held at Beit Hatfutsot on June 8 and 9, 2017 where the participants' displays will be unveiled at the worldwide group exhibition and be on view to the thousands of visitors to this international museum.


Leadership Support for digital media at The Contemporary Jewish Museum is generously provided by the Jim Joseph Foundation.