My Family Story: Online!
A blog post by Museum Educator Marisa Shultz! To read more posts from Marisa, click here.
Each year, JMM partners with ANU: The Museum of the Jewish People (formerly Beit Hatfutsot), and several local Jewish day or congregational schools on My Family Story. This year, we were delighted to work with the teachers and students at Krieger Schechter Day School and Ohr Chadash Academy!
Engaging in this project gave students at these schools an empowering opportunity to dive into their own family histories, cultivate their Jewish identities, and expand their knowledge and idea of Jewish peoplehood. During this project, 44 middle school students researched their family histories and each created a piece of artwork and wrote a curator’s statement to illustrate and share their families’ experiences and stories.
The projects are then looked at by a series of judges, who select one or two projects from each participating school here in Maryland to move onto the international competition, in which 50 projects from around the world are selected to be displayed at ANU: The Museum of the Jewish People.
In non-pandemic years, we would normally gather the projects at the Museum for an exhibition in our gallery and invite the students and families to a celebration of the students’ hard work. While we definitely missed seeing everyone in person this year, we were delighted that we could continue this important and empowering project in the virtual world and are so deeply grateful to the hard work of the students, teachers, organizers, judges, and donors who made it possible.
In lieu of an in-person celebration, this year we had the amazing opportunity to invite students to a digital unveiling of our online My Family Story exhibit. At this event, the students heard from Sol Davis, their teachers, and Shula Bahat, the CEO of the American Friends of ANU.
Students then got to see all of the projects on display on our digital My Family Story exhibit which can be accessed at https://myfamilystoryjmm.tumblr.com/.
I am also delighted to officially announce the winners of the My Family Story 2021 competition at JMM! You can see more images of their projects and read their curator’s statements at the links below:
- Ellie B. – “The Berlins on the Beth El Bima”
- Tamar G. – “The Journey Home”
- Aliza R. – “All For the Boss”
- Yair S. – “Zion”
My Family Story at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is generously supported by the
Ronnie and Alli Russel Charitable Foundation.