My Family Story Award Ceremony at Beit Hatfutsot- June 16 2011
My Family Story Awards Ceremony
Participants from around the Globe Attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2011 Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf International “My Family Story” Competition
As the winners of ’The Manuel Hirsh Grosskopf My Family Story’ competition received their prizes in a festive ceremony on Thursday June 16th, 2011, the global impact of Beit Hatfutsot’s innovative educational programming was truly felt.
This international educational competition for Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children has been held at Beit Hatfutsot for some fifteen years and involves both Israeli and overseas schoolchildren. By exploring their family history the children learn about the Jewish People over many generations and how their families are part of this unique story.
The evening prior to the competition, Avinoam Armoni, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot hosted the Grosskopf family who made this event possible. Through their generous donation and tremendous commitment to this program over 64 schools from Israel and abroad were able to take part. Participants came from Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Columbia, Chile, the Ukraine, Russia, Australia, France, Spain, and the United States as well as from all over Israel. The Grosskopf Family took pride as they viewed the exceptional winning projects and participated in the inauguration of a new study program for “My Family Story”.
Fifty children were flown in to Israel from around the world in order to participate in the ceremony and were joined by youngsters from across Israel. The participants took part in many activities, including a quiz on the subject of the Jewish People.
The prize-giving ceremony kicked off with the children viewing the projects of their peers. The winners of the competition were called on to the stage and received prizes and certificates from Kuky Grosskopf and Avinoam Armoni.
Nicole Zafrany from the Ibn Gabirol school in Madrid, Spain, won first place. Nicole came to Israel with her entire family to take part in the ceremony and to receive her prize. The Zafrany family donated the prize ($500) to the Ibn Gabirol school in Madrid.
The mother of Fuad Tuvia, one of the participants, from Kiryat Shmona particularly moved the audience with the story of her family. Her husband was a member of the South Lebanon Deployment Army who left Lebanon in the year 2000 and came to Israel with his family of devout Christians. They are happy to live here, are very loyal to Israel and see themselves as an integral part of the Israeli society.
A new study program developed by the staff of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies will be launched in the coming school year. This program is designed to help Jewish study teachers all over the world, teach youngsters how to research their family history in an experiential and enjoyable way. The program is accompanied by comics that tell the story of the Jewish People in an engaging manner.
A new website is being created specifically for the ‘My Family Story’ Program and will be launched in September 2011. The website (www.myfamilystory.co.il) will contain an explanation on how to take part in the competition and how to register for the program as well as a blog, a facebook link, a discussion forum and activities that enrich the dialogue between teachers and pupils.